Showdown in Motown: GOP Hopefuls Debate in Detroit

<> on March 3, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan.
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DETROIT— All eyes will be fixed on the four remaining Republican presidential candidates, Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Marco Rubio, and Gov. John Kasich, who square off tonight at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan, the Motor City, once known as the automotive capital of the world.

Donald Trump, after a day of firing targeted rhetorical barbs back and forth with former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, seeks to continue the momentum coming from his seven-state victory on Super Tuesday. After his Super Tuesday victories, at a press conference was the results were rolling in, Trump expressed a  positive message. He asked the Republican party, and the American people as a whole, to unite behind him. It remains to be seen whether the billionaire businessman will continue with his optimistic message, or will instead, and perhaps more likely, continue his verbal cage fight with Sen. Marco Rubio and the rest of the remaining field.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) outperformed expectations on Super Tuesday, winning Texas by double-digits. He also scored upset victories in both Oklahoma and Alaska. The Texas Senator has been trying to position himself as the candidate who has a mandate to run head-to-head against Trump. He earned accolades for performing well in last week’s debate, utilizing a precision-guided, prosecutorial debate style to expose Trump’s alleged shortcomings. An anti-Trump rebellion continues to grow throughout the ideological spectrum, and Cruz hopes he can sell that faction on the possibility that he can defeat The Donald during the primary process.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), after achieving his first state primary victory in Minnesota on Tuesday, may continue to seek to position himself as a reliable fighter for the GOP establishment’s priorities. Reports continue to surface showing that his biggest backers, such as Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, and several right-leaning publications, have started to lose faith in the Florida Senator. Time will tell whether he can come up with a strong performance and regain the faith of his establishment backers. Expect Rubio to continue carrying out his hyper-aggressive assault campaign against frontrunner Donald Trump.

Gov. John Kasich (R-OH), debating near his home turf, will attempt to show that he is a viable establishment alternative to Sen. Rubio. Kasich, like Rubio, has hedged the legitimacy of his candidacy on winning the state he represents. Kasich, the lone governor remaining in the race, has decades worth of credentials on a multitude of issues. His foreign policy bonafides are second-to-none. Can the Ohio Governor rise above to express his informed opinion of the issues concerning Americans, or will he instead fade into the background of a three-person bomb-throwing fiasco?

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