Many are expecting the lower-tier GOP presidential candidates to attempt to jump into the polling by creating viral moments via witty and sharp comments.
Political experts note that one great or bad comment can make or break a campaign.
To the disappointment of many, former President Donald Trump will not share in Wednesday’s debate. Trump brings uncertainty, the possibility of surprise and outrageous comments and the entertainment factor.
However, his absence opens the door for lesser-known candidates to make their mark.,
The Daily Caller reported that during the 2016 campaign, Trump surprised debate host Bret Baier when the panel was asked if they would sign the RNC pledge to support the candidate who won the nomination. Trump was the only candidate to raise his hand and say “no.”
The bold move was met with applause.
Trump’s maverick approach was evident throughout the 2016 campaign. He was quick to call DNC rival Hillary Clinton “Crooked Hillary” and suggested that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) “shouldn’t even be on this stage.”
During debates, Trump mocked Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s low poll numbers and mercilessly jabbed at Jeb Bush.
Trump surprisingly also called out the crowd when they booed him — claiming they were Jeb Bush supporters and that their disapproval did not matter because he did not “need their money.”
Trump also pushed back on Sen. Marco Rubio’s comments regarding Trump’s business practices. The exchange ended with Trump calling Rubio a liar.
Though many may miss Trump’s street-fighter approach to political debates, the Wednesday evening GOP debate will likely have fireworks as eight candidates vie for public attention and viral moments.
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