In the most recent Republican national debate, Donald Trump continued to boast about his plans to deport 11 million illegal immigrants and to build a wall. Trump’s ideas were largely attacked by fellow candidates John Kasich and Jeb Bush, who both said that the plan proposed by Trump was impractical and divisive. Trump was then booed by the audience as he tried to respond.
Kasich said of Trump’s plan, “Come on, folks, we all know you can't pick them up and ship them back across the border. It's a silly argument. It's not an adult argument." Jeb Bush added that the immigration policy of Trump would tear families apart and ruin the lives of people who have been working hard to make a new life in America.
Another key issue of the debate was that of foreign policy. The eight republican candidates were especially divided when they had to answer as to whether or not the United States should do more in the Middle East.
Candidates Donald Trump and Rand Paul offered policies of non-intervention, while Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush said that the United States needed to intervene in order to be recognized as a “world leader”.
When it came to the issue of possibly raising minimum wage, most of the Republican candidates opposed the idea.
Trump was also booed by the audience when he asked why candidate Carly Fiorina “kept interrupting everyone”. Needless to say, it was not Trump’s finest outing.
Meanwhile, Ben Carson was forced to dodge questions regarding his personal life experiences, which many people have said that he has exaggerated to make him seem more “inspirational” than he actually is. However, no candidates went on a noticeable offensive attack against Carson.
As for candidates who had a good evening, many viewers praised Marco Rubio and Rand Paul for their performances. Rubio offered his support for vocational education, saying that “welders make more than philosophers”. Meanwhile, Paul stated his desire to limit the country’s military spending, which many Americans consider to be too high.
The primary elections for both the Republicans and Democrats will begin in February.