Republican presidential hopefuls stand to gain or lose a great deal at the second primary debate. Those with the best chance of gaining ground will be those who can effectively articulate a sound platform that will unite the conservative base and speak to the general electorate. Candidates must also stand out and make a strong impression with their audience, while showing that they are well-versed in current issues and policies. Candidates who make missteps by misspeaking, misunderstanding information, or actively alienating large portions of the electorate are likely to lose ground. To make a lasting impression, candidates must demonstrate their appeal, poise and readiness to take on the role of commander-in-chief.