Ted Cruz Turns the Tide on CNBC Debate
by Sonja Harris on November 5, 2015 at 2:30 PM
Much has been written about the October 28, 2015 CNBC GOP debate. Just when we thought that the questioning couldn’t possibly be any worse, it did! Its ill-mannered and unprepared moderators, John Harwood, Becky Quick and Carl Quintanilla, asked the most ridiculous questions proving without any doubt that there is plenty of bias in our media. Instead of enlightening the audience with financial policies from each candidate, the debate became about the inadequate moderators. To say that this debate will be remembered is an understatement. This debate debacle made history not only in CNBC viewership of 14 million but in having the most inept moderators.
I personally did not like the malicious opening question, “What is your biggest weakness and what are you doing to address it?” This was my hint of the questions that were still unspoken. Really, did the moderators believe that some of the presidential candidates and the viewers wouldn’t notice? The GOP candidates’ struggled answering questions on their failures for 30 minutes before Ted Cruz rode in on his white horse and led the candidates to discuss their policies in a smart and civil manner. You didn’t have to be a Republican or a Democrat to see where the moderators were going.
Question from CNBC anchor Carl Quintanilla to Ted Cruz:
"Congressional Republicans, Democrats and the White House are about to strike a compromise that would raise the debt limit, prevent a government shutdown, and calm financial markets of the fear that a Washington crisis is on the way. Does your opposition to it show you're not the kind of problem-solver that American voters want?"
"Let me say something at the outset, "The questions asked in this debate illustrate why the American people don't trust the media."
"This is not a cage match. And you look at the questions -- Donald Trump, are you a comic book villain? Ben Carson, can you do math? John Kasich, will you insult two people over here? Marco Rubio, why don't you resign? Jeb Bush, why have your numbers fallen? How about talking about the substantive issues."
No, Carl Quintanilla was not interested in an answer on the debt limit; he was content with the GOP candidates trashing each other. And, Jeb Bush certainly took the bait and imploded when he went after Marco Rubio. Bush is going to have to work very hard to overcome this big political blunder. And in this minuscule time Ted Cruz reigned in the GOP candidates and gave a well-deserved tongue thrashing to the incompetent, unprepared CNBC Moderators. We also had a firsthand look at what Cruz can do. He unified the GOP candidates. Cruz wants to Audit the Fed and eliminate the IRS which would help our economy. He also mentioned his Flat Tax which can be found on his website https://www.tedcruz.org/tax_plan/ the Simple Flat Tax. Cruz reminded the audience that he is the only one in DC standing and fighting for the people.
What did happen was that the Republican voters were able to glimpse at the strengths of some of the GOP contenders. We learned that Donald Trump could actually keep quiet and give sensible answers. Ben Carson continues to be ambiguous in his responses. Carson says he is for traditional marriage but he sits on the COSCO board and COSCO supports same sex marriage. Rubio held his own when Bush attacked him on his senatorial voting record. Rubio’s attack on the MSM will give him some points in the next polling when he said, “the Democrats have their own Super PAC, the MSM.”
The Republican National Committee has suspended the February, 2016 NBC debate due to the actions of the CNBC moderators. Reince Priebus chairman of the National Republican Party said that the CNBC debate had been conducted ‘in bad faith’.
The next GOP presidential debate will be on November 10 sponsored by the Fox Business Network and the Wall Street Journal. Let’s see if these moderators can rise above the pettiness that has prevailed in the debates. Voters want earnest questions and answers that will help in the screening of presidential candidates not a side show.
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