Posted By RichC on November 10, 2015
As a big fan of the Wall Street Journal and the FoxBusiness network, I’m looking forward to the next GOP debate tonight (9PM Tuesday 11/10/2015) and am hoping the moderators do a better job than last months CNBC hosted debate. I suspect Maria Bartiromo, Neil Cavuto and Gerard Baker will work particularly hard to avoid “gotcha” questions or ridiculing the candidates. Shamefully for CNBC. Hopefully they will be able to draw a few more details from the leading candidates regarding how they will govern, negotiate with congress to move the country forward and deal with our adversaries overseas (and at home).
There will also be an earlier 7:00PM showing with 4 second tier candidates – 3 governors and one senator: Christie, Huckabee, Jindal and Santorum. That one-hour debate will be moderated by Sandra Smith, Trish Regan and WSJ’s Gerald Seib.
I’m particularly fond of a tax overhaul and fiscal responsibility in Washington DC, but not confident that any “electable” candidate will be able to infiltrate the culture which rewards politicians who dole out entitlements, tax loopholes and promises benefiting their particular constituents. The system is broken. On the other hand, let’s not give up on a compromise in order to gain a little ground for the best interest of the whole.
I’m hoping moderators steer the conversation around the actual issues and avoids the personal attacks. It is bad enough when they come from candidates’ supporters, but really turns me off coming from the moderators and the candidates themselves.
The graphic above has to do with the “pop” in social media in the previous CNBC GOP debate. I think it is Twitter only, but indicates what kind of comment generates an public response from viewers … the Cruz blue spike was his chastising CNBCs’ moderators and the long stretch of red is a vocal base of Trump supporters. What will tonight bring?