NO TKO’S IN THE CNN DEBATE, TRUMP WINS BY A CLOSE DECISION

The debate went evenly among the candidates; none of them said anything that would push them significantly upward in popularity. Trump did not make any mistakes and came across somewhat less energetic but nevertheless competent. Carson was slightly banal but sounded sincere, but light on foreign policy. Fiorina landed a couple of jabs on Trump’s jaw, but then wrapped herself in the American flag and uttered some unrealistic military proposals. (She also said she wound not even talk with Putin!). Bush wasn’t knocked to the mat, but he was just there, trying to make it through the rounds and avoiding a TKO. Cruz, always the polished debater, criticized Bush for backing Chief Justice John Roberts, who has been widely criticized by conservatives for his judicial opinions upholding gay marriage and the Affordable Care Act– but, he didn’t offer much else. Walker needed to weigh in heavily, but he just couldn’t. Rubio, Paul, Kasich, Christie and Huckabee failed to deliver memorable performances. At the end of the day, Trump probably added a few points to his lead in the polls.

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