MILWAUKEE — Republican primary voters wanting tax relief will have their pick of candidates at the ballot box next year: in last night's debate, all nine candidates promised tax cuts and other measures they say will create jobs and promote economic growth in the United States. But which of the contenders has the foreign policy chops to hold the most powerful office in the world?
Billionaire Donald Trump, who has held onto his front-runner status for four debates running, left the stage last night wounded from his foreign policy blunders. Trump criticized the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, saying it would give too much to China and didn't address its manipulation of the RMB currency. One problem: China is not a signing party to the TPP, as Kentucky senator Rand Paul helpfully noted.
A consensus seems to be developing within the GOP that Russian President Vladimir Putin poses a threat to American interests in Syria and the Middle East. Florida senator Marco Rubio described Putin as a "gangster", while Texan senator Ted Cruz and former Florida governor advocated for stronger American leadership to counter Russian influence in the region.
Trump said he would get along with Putin: the two were 'stablemates' during separate appearances on 60 Minutes. He said he would allow Putin to continue fighting in Syria. "If Putin wants to go and knock the hell out of ISIS, I am all for it, 100 percent, and I can't understand how anybody would be against it," Trump said.
This brought condemnation from Bush, who said Trump didn't understand how the "real world works."