Final Republican Presidential Debate Tonight; Latest Monmouth Poll Shows Trump Still Leading

Republican 2016 presidential candidates (L-R) New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, Dr. Ben Carson, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, businessman Donald Trump, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, U.S. Senator Rand Paul and Ohio Governor John Kasich pose at the start of the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland, Ohio, August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk (TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

 

Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump speaks during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump speaks during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Later this evening, Republican presidential candidates will meet in Las Vegas for the final presidential debate that will be sponsored by CNN, Facebook, and Salem Radio.  The debate will be split into two debates with the first debate starting at 6:00 p.m. EST followed by coverage of the second debate at 8:30 p.m. EST.

CNN’s anchor Wolf Blitzer will play the role of the moderator.  CNN’s Dana Bash and Salem Radio Network host Hugh Hewitt will be the panelists and question the candidates.

The Republican candidates will have another opportunity to debate topics such as national security and terrorism.

The debate will provide an opportunity for Republican candidate Donald Trump to further explain his controversial statement following the December 2nd San Bernardino terror attack in support for a temporary ban on all Muslims traveling to the U.S. which has sparked an outcry from a majority of Americans, Muslims, and world leaders.

Trump has stood by his draconian Muslim ban that would very likely face a host of constitutional and legal challenges.

Although U.S. President Jimmy Carter announced sanctions against Iran in 1980 along with the cancelation of visas for Iranian citizens that impacted one particular ethnic group, the move didn’t resemble Trump’s latest proposal to temporarily ban all 2 billion worldwide Muslims from entering or immigrating to the United States.

Upholding a discriminatory immigration policy that views all Muslims as a threat to the security of the United States without making distinctions is a misguided position for a candidate who is running for president of the free world and whose own constitution is based on upholding liberty and justice for all.

Building a “fortress America” and shunning all Muslims would severely damage U.S. credibility around the world and usher in a fear based era of religious exclusion and prejudice which run counter to American values.

Latest Republican Poll Results

According to a new Monmouth University poll that was released yesterday, Donald Trump leads the Republican field at 41 percent, followed by Ted Cruz at 14 percent, Marco Rubio at 10 percent, and Ben Carson at 9 percent.

Jeb Bush had single low digits (3 percent) along with John Kasich (2 percent), Chris Christie ( 2 percent), Carly Fiorina (2 percent), Mike Huckabee (2 percent), and Rand Paul (2 percent).

Trump’s strong showing has increased by 13 points from his 28 percent result in mid-October.

The poll was conducted from December 10-13th and the results were based on a subsample of 385 registered voters who identify themselves as Republicans or lean towards the Republican Party.

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