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Debate This | Should Donald Trump be the Republican presidential nominee?

Donald Trump visits the Horry County Republican Party Convention in April 2015. He’s currently leading in voter polls among GOP presidential candidates. File photo.
Donald Trump visits the Horry County Republican Party Convention in April 2015. He’s currently leading in voter polls among GOP presidential candidates. File photo. jblackmon@thesunnews.com

There are lots of Republican presidential candidates to choose from, 17 to be exact.

The one leading the pack in the polls is Donald Trump, real estate developer extraordinare and, until recently, a TV personality. (He was fired from that gig in mid-August.)

According to a CCN/ORC poll that came out earlier this week, Trump has 24 percent of the GOP votes. The next closest candidate is Jeb Bush, with 13 percent.

According to the same poll, 36 percent of voters have a favorable opinion of Trump; 45 percent think Trump can best handle the economy; 44 percent think he can best handle illegal immigration; and 32 percent believe he can best handle ISIS.

However, voters also think the Republican party has a better chance of winning the presidency if the candidate is someone other than Trump. Thirty-eight percent say the party has a better chance if Trump is the candidate but 58 percent think the party has a better chance if someone else is the candidate.

Here’s where some Surge staffers stand on the Trump issue. Where do you stand?

Trump for president

In today’s world of poltical correctness, Donald Trump is a polar opposite.

The real estate mogul has had a no-holds barred approach to his campaign, firing off a piece of his mind on a bevy of issues with no thought to who it might offend.

Sadly, that’s something for which many Americans have been left wanting. Too often plans and programs fall wayside to political agendas that may not have the people in mind. Transparency in our government is at an all-time low.

Can Trump fix the problem? Who knows?

But you can bet if there is someone or a group opposing his policies, we’re sure to hear about it.

Fire Trump again

If there’s anything that should be taken seriously in America, it’s the presidential race. The position is one of the most powerful in the world.

We don’t need someone in that position who makes a mockery of the process and who doesn’t seem to take it seriously or feels like he knows what the majority of the American people need/want when he himself is in the finanical minority of Americans.

We don’t need someone who makes derogatory statements about other people who are different than he is in some way, no matter if he apologizes or explains it away afterward. People who say things like that usually believe them.

We need someone with fresh ideas, yes, and it’s nice to see a different approach. But we need someone who can temper those fresh ideas and his rhetoric when necessary and is capable of working with others to get things done. At the end of the day, that’s what being president is all about — doing what’s best for America, not for The Donald.

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