The debate began at 8 p.m., however, doors opened at 7 p.m. for people to watch the
pre-debate and discuss general expectations and topics that were within the
forecast of CNN’s televised event. As each candidate began their introductions, dry
humor filled the room when a candidate made predictable comments. Joanna Shook, a
guest who identified as an independent, said, “It’s good. It’s a little immature, in my
opinion, but it’s good,” in regards to the debate.
As the night went on, the atmosphere remained light-hearted. The remarks and
commentary of the candidates seemed to shift some of the viewers’ outlooks. The group
chuckled as Republican candidate, Donald Trump, responded to conflict with humorous
comebacks to his fellow competitors.
Savannah Area Young Republican chairman, James Hall, commented, “That’s why
Donald Trump is so high in the polls – he talks the most.”
“America can weather any idiot,” Michael Nelson added about Trump.
Among the 11 candidates onstage, Carly Fiorina was the only female. During the
debate, Fiorina expressed several plans for national policies. Toward the end, there was
wide agreement that she would move up in the post-debate polls.
In a recent national CNN/ORC poll, Fiorina jumped from 3 percent support to 15 percent
support, taking a spot in between front runner Donald Trump and third runner-up Dr.
Ben Carson. The debate itself was three hours long. Even though the comments from
the watch party died down, the spirit remained high.
“There are 300 million people – it’s a matter of who is going to push America forward,”
October looks to be a busy month for both the Republican and the Democratic
presidential hopefuls. The Democratic candidates have their first primary debate
scheduled for Oct. 13 in
Nevada. The Republicans will return for their third debate Oct. 28 in Colorado.
To contact the Savannah Area Young Republicans organization or to find out about
upcoming events, visit their Facebook page. Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of
every month at 7 p.m.