Donald Trump went into the first Republican debate with high expectations as the clear frontrunner. There is no question his authentic style is capturing the sentiments of many voters who are fed up with the ruling class in Washington.
In the first debate, Trump was given twice as much time to speak as the average participant. Various outlets reported anywhere from 10.5 to nearly 12 minutes, while most of the rest of the candidates received six and a half minutes or less.
However, some of Trump’s answers may have evoked more questions. Here are the top four answers that Trump gave and some follow-up questions that must be answered.
On his past support for single-payer (government-run health care):
It works in Canada, it works incredibly well in Scotland. It could’ve worked in a different age, which is the age you’re talking about, here. What I’d like to see is a private system without the artificial lines around every state.
Mr. Trump, what conditions changed where you think government-run health care could have worked a few years ago, but wouldn’t work now? Could conditions change to a scenario where government-run health care would work, in your opinion? If so, would you support such a system?
If government-run health care works well in other countries, why do their citizens still often come to America due to the long waiting lists? Most importantly, do you think a government-run health care system is constitutional, and why?
On his long history of political donations to leftist Democrats like Hillary Clinton and Harry Reid:
Our system is broken. I give money to many people. I’m a businessman. I give to everyone. When they call, I give. When I need something from them, they are there for me… I told Hillary Clinton to be at my wedding, and she came to my wedding. You know why? She had no choice.
Why make yourself an active participant in a broken and corrupt system? Do you think it’s moral for you to procure favors from politicians for personal gain? Do you feel any unease about contributing to leftists who work to uproot liberty, squelch economic prosperity, and undermine American traditions?
On what his business history says about how he’ll govern:
I used the laws of this country…to do a great job for my company, for myself, for my employees, for my family. I have never gone bankrupt… On four occasions I have taken advantage of the laws of this country… I’ve built a net worth of more than ten billion dollars…
If you take advantage of the system to profit yourself financially, does this mean that you will do the same to your political advantage, as President? Where would you draw the line on presidential power?
On whether he would pledge to not run as a third-party candidate.
I’m discussing it with everybody. I want to win, and we will win. I want to win as the Republican… I will not make that pledge tonight.
Are you willing to let Hillary Clinton win the election, since a third-party run would likely only affect the Republican nominee’s support? If so, why?
Yes, the moderators played the “gotchya” game with Trump and others, because that is the new norm in these debates. The problem was that Trump gave answers that just spark more questions.