My Esteem of the Eight GOP Candidates

This week was a whirlwind. I watched the Ronald Reagan Library’s Air Force One base go from bare to bustling. Within hours, lights were in every nook, microphones were capturing every sound bite, and the stage was set for MSNBC’s GOP Debate, moderated by Brian Williams. I was a runner for the event and I went in hoping for the best and always expecting the worst—you never know what could happen on air—you have to be prepared for anything and everything.

Thankfully, the event was beyond what I’d hoped. From seeing Brian Williams to working with the candidates, this was a week where I realized—I HAVE to do this. There was such a thrill throughout the whole process. It reminded me of those days when I was in theater as a kid awaiting my entrance backstage. It’s in those moments of anticipation that you realize the magic of it all.

Because this was a GOP Debate, I thought I’d offer a little of my perspective, being the moderate conservative that I am. But a note for those of you reading—these are my opinions, and mine alone. I am not trying to sway you or bias your opinion and I hope that you won’t judge me for mine. Here’s my esteem of the eight:

1. Rick Perry: Let’s start with the (temporary) frontrunner. He’s a very friendly man but I was not happy when I heard about his extensive cuts in education. Not to mention, Perry believes that evolution shouldn’t be taught in school. I’d like to take him to the Smithsonian museum.

2. Ron Paul: What a kind and gentle man. I got to shake his hand and it made my day…I just don’t think he can save the day when it comes to America.

3. Michele Bachmann: She claims she gets Botox for her migraines? Is that why she looked like a deer in the headlights?

4. Santorum: Look it up on Google.

5. Jon Huntsman: I was so impressed with him. I love that he was Obama’s Chinese ambassador—we need that international connection that Huntsman could provide. I’m rooting for him all the way.

6. Newt Gingrich: I also enjoyed Gingrich’s performance. Even though he took a little jab at the media, I love how he stands by his party instead of as an individual candidate. His composure during the debate made him a standout.

7. Herman Cain: I love this man! We talked briefly backstage and when I asked him how the campaign trail has been, he told me that it isn’t a trail…it is a journey. I love his wit and humor.

8. Mitt Romney: Doesn’t he look like the classic President we’ve seen in the movies? I don’t like what he’s doing with the addition to his house but he might make a good addition…maybe. I’m still on the fence with this one.

What’s your take on the candidates? Don’t be shy, now!

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The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

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