I am not going to get into a lot of specific policy differences and platform issues of each candidate. I just want to give a few thoughts. I have not watched the past couple debates involving the Republican candidates. I know….shame on me.
One of the reasons I haven’t watch the past couple debates is I felt that my favorite candidate most likely stands no chance – and that is unfortunate. As far as this debate that took place Thursday September 22nd in Orlando Florida – I was really impressed.
I am not naive. Presidential candidates are not going to stand up and say blatant things I do not want to here. They play with words at times and are very careful how they say things. They are looking for votes – I know that. However, when trying to select who I will vote for in the upcoming Primary in my state as well as for President – I like to listen and get a feeling for each candidate. Of course I am interested in their track record and their beliefs on many issues. Many of the candidates have very similar beliefs. Ron Paul certainly stands out from the crowd as far as different beliefs and stances on many issues.
Here are my thoughts and no doubt many will say – “What? How could you think that? Did you watch the same debate as me?” Well – all is good as long as you realize that I am always right. 🙂
Mitt Romney impressed me. I have not always been a fan. Its just his persona – he bores me. Last night – I saw something from him. He was decisive. He was clear. He was confident. He also had passion. I was impressed.
Rick Santorum has always impressed me. He seems smart and impassioned. His stances on most all issue are inline with my beliefs. I like him a lot.
Michelle Bachmann was disappointing. I have liked her and her Conservative beliefs. I also like the stance she took on NOT raising the debt ceiling. She just seemed a little…..bland. She didn’t stand out to me. Who knows what will happen over the coming weeks.
Herman Cane is awesome. I really like this guy. He is not a politician and that is a major benefit to me. He certainly seems passionate and very much a leader. Of most all the candidates up on stage he seemed to me to speak “leadership”. I enjoyed hearing him speak and feel that he may be the best motivator running.
Newt Gingrich is the smartest person running. He also stands probably no chance of winning. He has been my candidate all along. I truly believe this guy could make a difference. There is still quite a bit of time so who knows. I have a lot more experience with Newt than all the other candidates and really like what he has to say.
Rick Perry – I do not like him at all. Now – to be honest – I have not seen him much and there is a lot of time. There is a reason why so many people like him. I just haven’t seen it yet. His answer on boarder security to me is ridiculous. He seems too polished and seems like another politician to me. I am totally ready to change my mind though.
Ron Paul. Oh boy – this is tough. I really like his Conservative stance on many issues. His beliefs on the Federal Reserve – right on. On other things – the guy seems a little “nutty”. Lord – here comes the comments and emails – I know, I know. I am not saying he couldn’t do the job. I just don’t agree with some of his views. That’s OK right? After all – this is America.
So – what are your thoughts on who you like right now?