The SC GOP Debate taking place in Myrtle Beach, SC tonight is ongoing as I type, and is also what should have taken place all along. When the debates started in May of 2011, ironically in South Carolina, there were eight candidates on the stage and not enough detail for voters to discern a real sense of how the candidates would govern as President of the United States. As the primary season has started and as we are currently watching the South Carolina debate, we are finally getting to the specifics that voters have wanted to digest and then decide.
I am struck tonight by how the candidates are doing against each other. Newt Gingrich as always has his one liners, Ron Paul has stuck to his guns, Rick Santorum has been solid and attacked Mitt Romney, Rick Perry has been more solid tonight then usual and has actually moved away from his sound bites, and Mitt Romney has been his usual solid but has shown more passion tonight than in any other debate while being under withering assault in the first hour of the debate.
The fireworks have really gone wild tonight and finally each candidate has had a chance to speak his mind and we are finally getting to compare and contrast both policies and temperment.
We will see who the pundits pick as the winner but for the first time tonight all of the people on the stage look and sound Presidential. To me that means we are going to have a strong ticket and future Cabinet if the Republican nominee goes on to win the election in November.