Yahoo! News asked voters for their reactions to Thursday night's South Carolina debate. Here is one voter's perspective.
COMMENTARY | INMAN, S.C. -- As a GOP voter in South Carolina, I was watching the final Republican debate in Charleston last evening with my preferred candidate choice already determined. But I watched it with an open mind, and I was willing to change my opinion if I heard enough from another candidate that could sway my vote. That did not happen! My choice was and still is Newt Gingrich after viewing the Thursday debate.
The very first question asked by CNN's moderator John King to Newt Gingrich about his ex-wife's claim of Gingrich asking for an "open marriage" appalled me, as it obviously did Gingrich. I believe the moderator's question was inappropriate and frankly detracted from the dignity and importance of this critical debate before the primary voting takes place on Saturday. I applauded Gingrich's unhesitant and direct response to King. My concern is focused on the issues that are important such as jobs, health care, security, the economy, not personal dirty laundry.
When Gingrich remarked that candidates need to release their tax returns before the nomination in case there is anything questionable in them that would help lose the election, I agree with this and Gingrich is the only one of the four that has released his 2010 tax return. This shows me he practices what he preaches and has nothing to hide.
A potential candidate for president should be grandiose in his thoughts because like Gingrich implied the presidency is a big job, in a large world that has big projects to work on.
Finally, my decision to vote for Gingrich was solidified during this final debate when he remarked how he would welcome a debate with President Barack Obama on his health care plan and that President Obama could rely on his teleprompter while he could speak from his knowledge and experience.
After this debate and before the voting on Saturday, I believe Gingrich is the most knowledgeable, most experienced, and the strongest candidate we have that can defeat President Obama, which is imperative to the health and safety of our nation.