Campaign 2016: The Ten & The Seven

Since Fox News has a show called “The Five” I think it’s perfectly OK to call the Republican Fox News/Facebook debate Thursday night “The Ten” and the debate for those candidates not fortunate enough to make the big show can be called, “The Seven.”

One big difference is “The Five” show on Fox News normally has several females participating, but “The Ten” won’t have any females and the “The Seven” will only have one, Carly Fiorina.

According to Fox News, the roster of 10 candidates was determined based on an average of the five most recent national polls.

Are you excited or what? Since Facebook is sponsoring the debate, maybe they should have the candidates attempt to post comments or a photo on their own Facebook page to see if they are at least a little tech savvy…

Here are “The Ten” who made the big show:

Businessman Donald Trump, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and Ohio Governor John Kasich.

The following seven people did not make the top ten, but they still get a consolation prize! They get to debate a few hours earlier: Former tech executive Carly Fiorina, former Texas Governor Rick Perry, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, former New York Governor George Pataki, and former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore.

The debate for “The Ten” is scheduled for two hours. Fox News anchors Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly, and Chris Wallace will attempt to moderate the debate, which may be like herding cats. They will be outnumbered on the stage and probably in most other departments…

Face it – most people will not be watching the debate to see Jeb Bush or Scott Walker, but they will watch it to see Donald Trump lob a few bombs at the other candidates. The other candidates will be going after Trump to get some attention.

Trump has managed to gain traction in the polls by being the non-politician. People have grown tired of politicians. The favorable rating of congress is between 10-15%.

As for Bush, so far in this election season he appears lost and unexcited about being a candidate. Walker is doing well in the polls, but recent reports, like this one from Business Insider, say that he has massive credit card debt and is paying an interest rate of 27.24%. The Daily Beast and The Boston Globe both reported back in April that Walker owed Sears up to $50,000 in credit-card debt. Sears. That information about Walker should concern folks.

I hope that Marco “the gulp” Rubio has plenty of water. We’ll see who filibusters more, Ted Cruz or Rand Paul. Neurosurgeon Ben Carson may need to dumb down his answers to get his point across. Mike Huckabee is already done. I was surprised Chris Christie made the top ten as I believe his time was four years ago.

I was happy to see Ohio Governor John Kasich make the top ten. If you compare his experience, he probably has the most, but is experience something people are even looking at these days?

This is just the first debate of many. Let me know in the comment section who you like. After the debate, I’d also appreciate your thoughts. I’ll have a recap on Friday in my “Caught My Eye” column. I will be on Twitter Thursday night. I won’t be too serious.

Let’s get ready to rumble…

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