Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Fox Business GOP Debate Gradebook

Vito and Vito after the GOP debates grade each candidate's performance. These rankings do not reflect the candidate's policies, only their debate performance. We try to be as objective as possible.

In the comment section below add your own grades and compare them to Vito and Vito. Do you agree with our grades? Who do you think won?

Click below for each candidate's grades!

Rand Paul
Vito DiGiovanni: A
Vito Palmeri: A

Rand Paul had his best performance yet. He was more civil than he was in the first debate and came off much better. He hit the nail on the head with his tax plan and the federal reserve questions. He also won the exchange with Marco Rubio. He called out Rubio on his family tax credits saying it wasn't conservative. Rubio couldn't rebut and called Paul an isolationist, which isn't true.

Ted Cruz
Vito DiGiovanni: A-
Vito Palmeri: A

Ted Cruz did well again. He was the only candidate to talk about sound money. Cruz called out Gov. Kasich on his non-conservative stance on bailouts. Kasich's response to bailing out the big banks was received very low by the crowd. Ted Cruz was consistent, but only slipped with his Rick Perry moment when he forgot to say he would abolish the Dept. of Education and repeated the Dept. of Commerce. Later on Fox he joked that the Department of Commerce is so bad it needs to be abolished twice.

Ben Carson
Vito DiGiovanni: B
Vito Palmeri: B

Dr. Ben Carson did well, especially when he brought up Hillary Clinton lying when he was asked about his West Point lie. Other than his closing statement, he did not shine. He did receive the most, by far, new Twitter followers; over 6.8 thousand.

Donald Trump
Vito DiGiovanni: B-
Vito Palmeri: B

Donald Trump did not do too bad in this debate. He was much quieter than usual. Rand Paul called him out on the TPP agreement saying China is not involved in the deal after Trump kept harping on China. Also, Trump received boos after he complained about Carly interrupting him. He also was caught when he said he got to know Vladimir Putin via a green screen while on 60 Minutes.

Marco Rubio
Vito DiGiovanni: B-
Vito Palmeri: B

Marco Rubio, as always, did well in the debate. His personality shined and he is very likable. The only instance that stopped him from getting an A was when Rand Paul called him out on his tax plan. Paul said the family tax credits was not conservative. Rubio immediately attacked Rand and called him an isolationist, which isn't true. He kept avoiding the question and tried to change the conversation to Paul's stance on foreign policy. Rand won that exchange.

Carly Fiorina
Vito DiGiovanni: C+
Vito Palmeri: B-

Carly Fiorina shined when she spoke about foreign policy, especially when she said she spoke to Vladimir Putin in a private meeting for 45 minutes. She also had the crowd behind her when Donald Trump complained about her interrupting him.

Jeb Bush
Vito DiGiovanni: C-
Vito Palmeri: C

Jeb Bush did slightly better this time, but he hasn't had a good debate yet. He said it was "silly and not adult conversation" to talk about deporting millions of illegal immigrants. His only bright spot was when he said how he'd reverse each one of Obama's executive orders if president. Jeb has yet to stand out, which is important when there's so many candidates on the stage at once.

John Kasich
Vito DiGiovanni: F
Vito Palmeri: F

Where to start? John Kasich needs to drop out immediately. He constantly whines and throws himself at the moderators and cuts people off to try to jump into every conversation. He lost the exchange with Ted Cruz about bailing out the big banks that was not received well by the audience, or by conservatives. Kasich also slipped when he commented on illegal immigration. He used a common left talking point that tried to pull on the heartstrings of Americans saying if we deport the illegal immigrants we would break up communities and families.

Fox Business Moderators
Vito DiGiovanni: A+
Vito Palmeri: A

The Fox Business moderators did a great job, the best yet. They asked good questions and was consistent with keeping the subject of the debate mainly on economics. They also took a jab at MSNBC at the end when Neil Cavuto said, " wasn't about us, it was about them."

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