It was clear that a lot of the questions in Thursday night’s debate were centered around Donald Trump and what he plans to do regarding various issues. It almost seemed like the CNN moderators were trying to pit all the candidates against Trump. Moderators asked questions like, Mr. Trump says he plans to have Mexico pay for the border wall, why to you think his plan will not work? But instead of hurting Donald, these questions ended up making candidates like Cruz and Rubio look bad. Their responses made them sound like childish whiners.
It also seemed like the moderators were having a difficult time moderating. They lost control of the debate several times. Candidates were going over their time limits, they were interrupting other candidates questions and answers, and they were talking over the moderators. The debate ended up being a free for all. It was also interesting that Carson pointed out the unfairness regarding certain candidates receiving more questions than others, despite CNN’s promise to be fair.
All in all last night’s debate was a bit of a mess. Candidates were so busy attacking each other that it was hard to figure out what they were saying. They spent more time hurling insults at one another that there was very little time spent addressing the actual issues. Also, the questions should have been asked in a way that they did not position one candidate against the other. And finally, as mentioned previously, there needed to be more fairness in the debate. For example, all of the candidates should have been given the opportunity to respond to all of the questions, not just a few of them. CNN had promised to be fair in the debate, but clearly they were not. Why? Because the CNN moderators were more interested in attacking Donald Trump. However, these tactics made CNN look bad and showed their inability to conduct a good debate.