Ohio Politics Now: What you need to know about the GOP debate

29 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

At the Republican Debate, Noise Drowned Out Substance.

While Wednesday night’s G.O.P. debate started with a snoozy question (“What is your greatest weakness?”), the claws soon came out when Donald Trump went after Ohio governor John Kasich after the latter made the mistake of touting his economic credentials. “I’m the only one on this stage that has a plan that would create jobs, cut taxes, balance the budget and can get it done because I’m realistic,” said Kasich, bragging about his record as a governor who created a surplus, brought hundreds of thousands of jobs, and cut taxes in his home state, and his record as a Congressman, during which, he said, he was the “architect” of a successful balanced budget plan. Kasich opened night’s Republican presidential debate by warning that Americans are in danger of electing “somebody who doesn’t know how to do the job,” whose promises are the stuff of “fantasy.” Unfortunately, we didn’t hear enough of that from Mr.

Ben Carson early in the debate, lashing out at Carson’s tax plan, which would institute a flat tax that CNBC moderator Becky Quick pointed out would create a big deficit. “You just don’t make promises like this, why don’t you just give chicken in every pot while we’re coming up with these fantasy tax plans? The debate in Colorado was billed as a discussion of the so-called kitchen table issues that matter most to voters: jobs, taxes, the federal deficit, and something that host network CNBC called “your financial freedom.” This, it would seem, was an opportunity for the G.O.P. contenders to offer solid ideas for the American economy.

The candidates, trying to break out of a crowded pack, went after each other in a debate Wednesday night in Boulder, Colorado, that did little to cement neurosurgeon Ben Carson’s status as a fledgling frontrunner, placed a spirited Trump back at center stage and put former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s fade on display. Oh, that we’re just going to be great, and we’ll ship 10 million people out of this country, leaving their children here in this country and dividing families. Kasich argued he’d travelled the country and learned how to create jobs as a banker, saying that he was proud of his work and again touting Ohio’s economic successes. Roughly 40 Kasich fans crammed into the New Day for America headquarters and dialed into the first primary state, sharing tidbits from their candidate’s resume and platform. Becky Quick, one of the moderators, had Marco Rubio stammering as the budget hawk tried to explain how he squares his personal financial difficulties with a million-dollar book deal.

New Day, an independent political action committee known as a super PAC because it can raise and spend unlimited cash, cannot coordinate or communicate with Kasich’s campaign. Trump, knowing that Kasich was going after him, brushed him off by pegging Ohio’s balanced budget to its natural resources: “First of all, John got lucky with a thing called fracking, O.K.?” He then launched an uncharacteristically concise, but brutal strike, targeting Kasich for the governor’s tenure at Lehman Brothers in the years before the firm collapsed at the start of the 2008 financial crisis.

However, it was hard not to side with candidate complaints about a random question on fantasy football betting — that question, unfortunately, cut off an impromptu exchange between Mr. Jared Polis, a Democrat who represents Boulder, even made reference to Christie’s opposition in an introductory message to the candidates earlier in the day.

The debate occurred at an interesting moment: Today in Congress, the Republican-led House passed a bipartisan budget proposal without a fight that would again paralyze the federal government. The volunteers, ranging from young millennials to senior citizens, including a number of Ohio GOP insiders, erupted in cheers as Kasich took the stage in Colorado and giggles as his rivals were introduced.

Kasich’s title was a managing director in investment banking, and colleagues said his responsibilities included working with Lehman teams on initial public offerings, debt offerings and other deals in areas including manufacturing, media and technology. Later on, the slightly peeved moderator gave him another chance to answer it and said “We’re clearly not having that beer you mentioned,” referencing a statement by Cruz that he might not be a candidate a voter would want to share a beer with.

Fiorina has cited her time as CEO of HP as a key qualification, and said that under her leadership, the company quadrupled its cash flow and top-line growth. Cruz ended up giving his response to Quintanilla’s question but he first remarked “I’ll buy you a tequila — or even some famous Colorado brownies.” The comment visibly threw the moderator off for a moment and produced a big smile.

And when debate moderators noted that Perkins had previously said that the rich should get greater voting rights than the poor, Fiorina she didn’t always agree with him. But, like Kasich, they believe the policies he’s pursued in Ohio can be an example to the rest of the country. “It’s exciting,” said Angela White during a commercial break. “He’s reiterating that his strategies have been successful. Asked about his involvement with Costco Wholesale Corp., named by U.K. market research firm YouGov as the most LGBT-friendly company, Carson turned the question into a referendum on the media. He said equating gay marriage disapproval with homophobia is evidence of “PC culture that’s all about destroying the nation.” Trump, for his part, pitched the bankruptcy of Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc., which owned three Atlantic City casinos, as an asset rather than liability. Talk about tough timing: On the day of the debate, a Florida newspaper called on Rubio to resign for not showing up to recent Senate votes and voicing frustration over the job of serving in Congress. “I’m a constituent of the senator and I helped him and I expected that he would do constituent service, which means that he shows up to work,” Bush said. “He’s a gifted politician.

You get like three days where you have to show up?” “The only reason that you’re doing it now is because we’re running for the same position and someone has convinced you that attacking me is going to help you,” Rubio said. Rubio deflected questions about his personal finances, saying his struggles paying off student loans were evidence of how hard it is for Americans, an answer that could resonate with many voters who had their own student loans to pay off. Several tried to defend their tax proposals, even though many of them have been criticized by independent analysts as being overly optimistic or unrealistic. The Tax Foundation, which bills itself as a nonpartisan tax policy research organization, has said Bush’s tax plan would lead to a 10 percent higher gross domestic product “over the long term” and would add 2.7 million more full-time equivalent jobs, while Trump’s would boost GDP by 11 percent and create 5.3 million more full-time equivalent jobs. “The questions that have been asked so far in this debate illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media,” Cruz said. “This is not a cage match.” He faulted the debate hosts for provoking fights among the candidates by asking if Trump was offering “comic book proposals,” or questioning Carson’s math on his tax plan.

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