How Donald Trump was able to eclipse other Republicans at first debate

By Sanni Muhammad August 7, 2015 17:25

How Donald Trump was able to eclipse other Republicans at first debate

Donald Trump, currently leading in Republican polls, made his much anticipated appearance at the first Republican presidential debate, facing tough questions and of course stirring controversy with his comments.

He was also made to face misogynistic comments and also accused his moderators of dishonesty as he took several jibes at President Barrak Obama.

Many did not expect an in-depth or illuminating discussion of critical issues facing the country, domestic and foreign, especially with ten candidates providing frank and bruising exchange of views however the watching audience was in for a few surprises.

Even with the heightened ambush from other Republican candidates, Trump emerged pretty much unscathed after dominating most of the conversation. Other candidates such as Florida Senator, Marco Rubio, Ohio Governor, John Kasich, Rand Paul and Chris Christie delivered strong performances and polished answers.

None of contenders made noticeable blunders but none of them could outshine Trump.

Though it was Trump’s first political debate he navigated the debate stage with ease, even when faced with unexpectedly sharp questions.

The 10 leading Republican candidates for their party’s nomination argued and chitchatted but avoided any clear humiliations from Trump especially when the discussion of immigration and surveillance was brought up.

Rubio may have had the strongest performance, hammering out talking points while avoiding squabbles or getting mired in moderators’ questions.

Paul and Christie were the most combative candidates, fighting at length over foreign aid and NSA surveillance powers – Paul to limit them, Christie to expand them. Paul also battled with Trump, accusing the billionaire of “buying politicians.”

Trump defended some of his controversial ideas, including the theory that Mexico actively sends criminals across the border to the United States because US leaders are “stupid” and take care of the illegal immigrants. He sardonically proposed a wall “with a beautiful door.”

Scott Walker also gave a relatively uninspiring performance, mostly reciting memorized lines. Jeb Bush spoke more about immigration, education and energy reform, but occasionally struggled to distinguish himself.