Wednesday evening, the Republicans candidates for President will meet once again for a televised national debate. For some, this could be the last chance to get their voice heard or it could be the cherry on top of a successful campaign. For one, Jeb Bush it could become the pivotal moment in his campaign as to continue on or to cease operations to become the Republican nominee for President. For leaders, Donald Trump and Ben Carson, a bad showing could spell a decline in popularity polls. Trump, who has held a lead over all of the other Republicans all summer and up until this week, but new Iowa polls show Trump has slipped to second to Ben Carson. We will have to find out if those polls will play a part in how the debate plays out.
Tonight’s debate will be focused on the economy. For the nominees who are considered “outsiders” their experience in business should be a plus. The experience of creating jobs must be brought forefront if they are to make any points with the audience looking for anyone but a politician, which means those like Jeb Bush will have to really work it to get the viewers and voters swayed to his campaign. The subject to the national budget will sure to get a few candidates talking. There is also the subject of the new Speaker of the House and whether Paul Ryan is the best choice the Republicans could come up with.
No matter the subject matter or who is leading in the polls at this given moment, all eyes will still be on Donald Trump. Trump will be front and center in the debate again. This time, though, people will expect to get more definitive answers regarding these plans for the economy and jobs. Trump has a vast experience in getting new business ventures off the ground and the viewers will want to know how he will create jobs in a stagnant economy. A good showing by Trump could push him once again to the leader of the pack in the Iowa polls. Although Trump may have lost first place in the Iowa polls there is no indication that Trump will slow down or shut down his campaign. It appears that Trump is in this campaign for the long haul.
The other leading candidate for the Republican nominee is Dr. Ben Carson. Carson has moved ahead of Trump in the Iowa polls. Carson is also popular as a non-politician and an outsider. Trump may get the most of the press but Carson held his own in previous debates. Carson has had controversial moments too. Carson gained momentum after his comments regarding Muslims and the Presidency. He did not make apologies for those comments which it seems is exactly what the American public wants. Dr. Carson in his surgical career at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore, earned the nickname “Gentle Ben.” That reputation, his devout Christian faith and the fact that he isn’t politically connected have drawn primary voters to him.
For Jeb Bush tonight is pretty much, do or die. His campaign in faltering, he has cut staff and offices. The vision of what Jeb Bush hoped to have heard is not making the connection with fellow Republicans. The beast that is Donald Trump has taken any shine off the star that many thought would be the next Republican nominee for President. Bush has not found his footing and time has pretty much run out. If Bush is to be considered at all for the nomination tonight he has to pull off an all-star effort.