Millennials opinion on Debate


The Taxpayer Association of Oregon PAC decided to try something new and ask Oregon’s younger voters their opinion on the debate and vote for  the top three performers. (the highly interesting yet unscientific poll on right).

* Give us your opinion in the comments *


“My biggest takeaway is Trump is making the field stronger across the board. He is pulling them out of their comfort zone.”
TB from Portland

“Bush misses the point on the immigration problem. We have issues with illegal immigrants, not guest workers.”
Polly from Portland

“Overall, there are just far too many candidates for voters to make any sense of what’s happening. Voters are parents and their 11 Republican children all want their attention.CNN completely botched this debate. They attempted to frame a candidate as a bad guy and then force them to prove they weren’t which caused muddled questions and answers.”
Reagan from Bend

“Bush handled himself well against Trump’s attacks, proving by a long shot who would be better poised to have the key to the nuclear arsenal.”
Philip from Beaverton,

“The debate focuses on the wrong issues – the questions focus on soundbite-sexy topics, not on issues that voters should be focused on when voting for our nation’s leader. We need to be talking about the issues that are impacting every day Americans like jobs, employment, taxes, education, our future prospects to be successful and responsible individuals, building a strong nation and getting some stability back to being an American.”
Rebecca from lake Oswego

” I was disappointed that they did not cover education. As a student, I have concerns about the education system in the U.S. and would have liked to hear the candidates ideas on education reform.”
Philip from Beaverton,

“CNN kept promoting mudslinging, questions on character over issues.  CNN so  lousy they made Mr. Trump look honorable”
Amy from Portland


“Kasich lost any ground he gained in the last debate.High definition didn’t do these guys any favors.”
William from Wilsonville

“Cruz gave some good answers but always sounds rehearsed like he’s doing an infomercial.”
Reagan from Bend

“Huckabee resorted to too much exaggeration. He appeared desperate.”
Phillip from Beaverton,

“In the Shadow of the Air Force One that bore Ronald Reagan across the globe, Republican candidates fought for the honor to follow in his footsteps with foolishness that is causing infinite laughter on social media websites and admirable rhetoric that will inspire the leaders of tomorrow.”
Andrew from Olympia

“Cruz always looks like he’s about to cry.  $10 bill question became sloppy kiss to moms and wives.  Walker seemed like a JV team”
Amy from Portland



“Carly surprised me with her controlled zeal & pitch-perfect one-liners. The most impressive moment of the debate was her sincere passion in excoriating Obama & Hillary for excusing the inhumanity shown in the “beating heart” Planned Parenthood videos and contrasting that with “the heart of this nation”
Nathan from Beaverton

“Rubio is the most like Ronald Reagan on that stage. He has incredible optimism, and is a great communicator but needs to prove he has a plan.”
Reagan from Bend

“Fiorina made excellent jabs against Trump. Even if she stands no chance, that alone is worth her running.”
Philip from Beaverton,

“I liked that Carson, Rubio, and Fiorina all seemed genuine. They may not have as much experience, but they truly believe in making the United States a better place.”
Taylor from Amity

“I did appreciate Christi just because he was positive throughout the whole debate and didn’t try to attack his fellow Republicans.”
Andrew from Olympia

“Rand Paul was smooth delivery for everything, except for speaking up and being heard”
J.T. from Beaverton

  • Maximus Prime

    Carson & Cruz stole the show

  • Bob Clark

    The Planned Parent Hood attack is appealing to social conservatives and GOP folks more generally. But I know of millennials who have substantial respect for Planned Parent Hood. So, the tact does well in the GOP primary but distracts in the general.

    I try to explain to my millennial acquaintances Planned Parent Hood does do some very good things like steering teens and young adults away from unwanted pregnancies. However, Planned Parent Hood has gone off course, mostly because it is receiving federal funds making it more of a business seeking in-kind profit with a government shield against any transgressions. One of the unmentioned transgressions for the GOP is Planned Parent Hood works in subtle ways to campaign for the Democrat party (with this being more obvious in the 2012 presidential campaign where Planned Parent Hood representatives went door to door dressed in blue shirts while promoting their agency).

    Planned Parent Hood should get taken down a notch by federal defunding. I suspect it will get back to the basics, and probably receive local government funds for doing social services.

  • thevillageidiot

    Did trump not have any responses from the debate poll? Did not see his name. Rand and Carson are the only two non vetted GOP runners. the rest are fully vetted by the GOP so we will continue to have the SOS as we have had for the last 24 years plus. at this point it makes no difference who wins. Everything from here on out is just a comedy-drama. so make yourself some popcorn and enjoy the show. Your vote does not count. The GOP has successfully marginalized Rand and Carson. come the first Primary they will both be out. The opinion of the “millennials” counts for nothing as they do not vote. some how they thought CNN would hold an unbiased debate. Negative and positive comments were all about appearance. by the comments not one candidate stood for anything but looking good. If Bernie can continue to make inroads into Hilary’s base then he will be the candidate for the donkey. but he too has been fully vetted by the Donkey power elite. AKA in both cases CFR candidate A or CFR candidate B. so how does anybody’s vote count when you have no choice.

  • Granola girl

    I thought CNN’s questions were horrible and sounded like a game we played in middle school. It was ridiculous how they tried to pit one against the other. That’s the democratic way I guess. I would have like to have heard straight forward questions like “what is your stand on Iran, what are your plans for helping kids pay for their education”, etc.

    • Dick Winningstad

      I’m with you. Especially the opening questions trying to get the candidates to attack each other. And the ridiculous “Would you trust Trump with his finger on the nuclear button?” What about a real question like how would you fix the regulatory system as it allies to business? But then that would take a bit more than one minute. I miss the Lincoln Douglas format.

      • .

        Amen and challenge amnesty for what’s left of U.S.

  • Maximus Prime

    I would never ask an open ended question “Where do you stand on Iran?”, you will get a non-answer

  • MrBill

    Rubio/Fiorina or vice versa. That should be the ticket.

    • Miss Romney Ryan yet

      Hillary would rather accept a SCOTUS position than stand for VPOTUS. Yet what a grand stand scene: Trump v. Biden, Fiorina vs Clinton in debate structure.
      At this point wassa matta?

      • A. Tad Boo

        Hello or halloo: HRC a recital-ized Ms Piggy countenance in Kermit’s world of Pogo prominence….

        • guest

          Center Ringing: Welcome a cage mismatch presuming Hillary whipping Carly into jumping short of HRC’s cohorts – yet with a swipe of a finer cat’s meow, dispatches HRC back to Benghazi lamenting what difference does it make
          since (or sins) having been a mad cow disease in the white house pasture since 1983.

          • Winsome Loosum Churchill

            1993, of course – altho’ there’s Dems who’ve never seen the delight of day because of the sleep masking by the DNC…ever since Jimmy Carter took clover from his peanut pasture digs, and delivered surrender, kinda like Neville Chamerlain’s DEMenture.