Though most would say that it’s too late to make much of a difference, especially when not being on the big stage for the GOP debate on Tuesday night, Sen. Lindsey Graham did quite well in expressing his passion for the people of the United States. In particular, he appears to have solid ideas for wanting to defeat ISIS, according to Huffington Post report on Tuesday. Again, it is likely too late to make much impact on Graham’s campaign for president, but he came across as the most impressive of the lot in the undercard debate in which he was featured with three other GOP presidential candidates: Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee and George Pataki.
Though passionate about choosing our allies wisely in fighting ISIS and not befriending many foreign countries in the fight, Graham did hit somewhat of a sour note when he referred to former President George W. Bush. Pataki was quick to say that we need to look ahead to the next president and not look back to President Bush. Other than Graham, not only did the other candidates not exhibit the energy Graham has for the job of president, they delivered some views that are most likely not very popular.
For example, while Santorum questioned women in a military role which would not be a popular view by some in these times, Graham discussed having civility toward peaceful Muslims. Graham has been described as the responsible Republican who refuses to partake in fear-mongering on the topic as many of his contenders are doing. He took issue with the other three candidates on the stage at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas regarding Islamophobia. In fact, Graham is the one who stood up to challenge Donald Trump who is prepared to ban Muslims from entering the United States temporarily. He went as far as to say:
I am sorry, he does not represent us. What he said about banning Muslims has made us all less safe. ISIL would be dancing in the streets. They just don’t believe in dancing.
In spite of his stark contrast and criticism of Trump, he said he would definitely support him if he became the Republican nominee. All four candidates suggested that the ultimate goal, basically, is to defeat Hillary Clinton and the Democrats. The topic throughout the undercard debate was terrorism and national security.
The main event was to take place after the first debate. The top nine candidates according to recent poll averages were to debate later. That debate will feature Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Rand Paul, and John Kasich. All eyes are on Donald Trump as the front-runner and Ted Cruz who is closing in on Trump in Iowa polls, says the Guardian.