September 16, 2015 by Lin Given
One candidate will not be on the debate roster. On Friday September 11, former Texas governor Rick Perry was the first Republican candidate to drop out of the 2016 presidential race. Despite backing by a well funded Super Pac, Perry’s campaign ran into financial problems. Based on polls, he was never a serious contender for the party’s nomination.
Donald Trump continues to be the front-runner in the race with a wide margin over second place candidate Ben Carson. Jeb Bush is a distant third.
This debate could change all of that. Trump has yet to offer any insight into how he will fund the things that he says he will do, except for building a wall on the U.S. southern border; however, he has not said how he plans to get Mexico to pay for it. Building up the military and infrastructure repair are both expensive projects. The other major question is how he will persuade the congress, which has not been able to agree on much of anything, to go along with his plans. What is good for the country takes a back seat to partisan politics, which is very much a part of the U.S. political scene.