After having made statements regarding how much Muslims hate the US, the United States Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump came under attack from rivals at a CNN-hosted debate at the University of Miami. However, such attacks especially from previous settings gave rise to some civility in the debate as serious matters of concern were handled.
Trump, in a rare stance, sided with what other Republicans had proposed, stating that the US will need 20 to 30,000 troops to fight the aggressive Islamic State (IS).
The Miami debate was crucial as it came days before Florida and Ohio voted on who will proceed with their presidential candidacies- either the US Senator Marco Rubio of Florida or the Governor of Ohio, John Kasich.
Having recognized Trump’s willpower and refusal to be swayed by previous onslaughts, Marco Rubio and US Senator Ted Cruz of Texas went for a different approach by questioning Trump’s policy positions.
Shunning the negative personal remarks made on his rivals, Trump was adamant on using the debate to attract traditional Republicans, claiming to look for support from non-Republicans who would help in bringing victory in the November 8th election.
“The Republican Party has a great chance to embrace millions of people that it’s never known before. They are coming by the millions. We should seize that opportunity,” he said.
However, he voiced his own beliefs which were largely opposed by traditionalist Republicans, stating that the followers of Islam “hate us”.
“We have a serious problem of hate. There is tremendous hate,” said Trump. He had initially proposed a temporary ban on Muslims entering the US.
On the other hand, Republicans Rubio, Cruz and Kasich maintained that it was vital for the US to be in good relations with Muslim Middle Eastern countries as it will aid in fighting the IS.
“We are going to have to work with people of the Muslim faith even as Islam faces a serious crisis within it,” Rubio said.
He further went on to defend American Muslims saying, “If you go anywhere in the world you’re going see American men and women serving us in uniform that are Muslims… Anyone out there that has the uniform of the United States on and is willing to die for this country is someone that loves America.”
While the issue of Trump’s position and beliefs were in question which he spent two weeks addressing, Marco Rubio switched to a more positive tone. This, however, did not stop both him and Ted Cruz from poking holes in Trump’s policy positions which covered trade to issues in the Middle East.
Cruz highlighted Trump’s delay in joining the conservative movements, mentioning his past support for Democratic campaigns and candidates. He also didn’t cease to evince Trump’s “backward” thinking, with Trump asking his supporters to raise their right hand during rallies. This some critics couldn’t fail to liken to the time of Nazi Germany.
Although some may consider Trump to have some characteristics of George Bush during the Iraqi war, Trump vowed to quickly end the mission against ISIS and bring troops home. He remained unmovable on the number of troops he intended to send, stating that, “We really have no choice, we have to knock out ISIS. I would listen to the generals, but I’m hearing numbers of 20,000 to 30,000.”
It is considered one of the most detailed views of Trump’s position against ISIS, having recently stated his intentions of “knocking the hell” out of IS, yet failing to underline how.
Next Tuesday will give delegates an awarded chance on a basis of winner-take-all. Florida and Ohio Republican primaries will be given a chance to prove themselves with the winner of the popular vote receiving the state’s entire delegate seats.
Donald Trump has proven himself having gained a strong lead in the delegate race. To date, 25 states and Puerto Rico have engaged in nominating contests.
Trump, unsurprisingly, stays in the lead with 458 delegates, followed by Cruz with 359, Rubio a 151 and Kasich at 54.
Attaining the Republican nomination demands that one has 1,237 delegates.
367 delegate slates are on the line on Tuesday, including a complete number of 165 in Florida and Ohio.
On Thursday, Trump appeared to be more presidential, something he had promised on doing in the past.
Modulating the tone of his voice and that of his remarks, which many considered vulgar, Trump said “I would say this, we’re all in this together. We’re going to come up with solutions, we’re going to find the answers to things, and so far I can’t believe how civil it has been up here.”
The Miami two-hour debate covered discussions of urgent foreign and domestic policy issues including illegal immigration, Social Security alterations, free trade deals and federal government’s role in education, not forgetting Israel.