Ranking 8 Republican Presidential Campaign Websites, Because Candidates Sure Plugged Them A Lot During The Debate
It was a contentious couple of hours, but at long last, it's all over. The fourth Republic presidential debate has come to an end, meaning we've heard everything about cutting taxes and draconian immigration policy that we have to for the night. But those weren't the only debate moments on repeat. There were also quite a few campaign website plugs, which are always quaint, as if anyone who'd want to find Ted Cruz's campaign website couldn't figure out how to find it already. Well, in case Google is not your friend, we've got you covered: here are the 8 Republican presidential campaign websites, ranked.
What goes into a perfect campaign website? It's purely subjective. Maybe you like a clear, concise statement of the facts or a sharp, crisp graphic design. Or hey, maybe you'd prefer the goofy nostalgia of a campaign website straight out of, say, the mid-'90s! Maybe the Bob Dole/Jack Kemp Republican ticket of 1996, perhaps?
Anyone is entitled to disagree about who's got the best website, but what's not up for debate is that campaigns these days really seem to want to get the word about them. Here are the campaign websites of the eight candidates who were on the main debate stage on Tuesday night.
There's something to be said for leading with your best, strongest punch. And if you're running DonaldJTrump.com, there's no doubt what that is — TRUMP in all-caps, "Make America Great Again," and a photo of Donald Trump flashing the victory sign.
Say what you will about Jeb! (and god knows many people have), there's something hauntingly entrancing about that picture of him, with the words "DEBATE NIGHT" laid on top. Maybe my perception is colored because of how lackluster his debate performances have been so far, but isn't there a pensive, almost sad glint in his eye?
Carson's campaign website is undoubtedly the most soothing out of all of them with the candidate pictured in a pensive seated mode. And that's no surprise — Carson is also the sleepiest, most laconic candidate in the field, and he gets bonus points for his soft-spoken bedside manner.
There's something very eye-catching and pleasing about Kasich's simple K-flag campaign logo, and the sharp, bold lettering of his name. It's not necessarily the best photo to use, though, since mouth-open photos are always a dangerous game. Also, it suffers from a lack of directness — if it just said "Vote Kasich And Win Ohio," wouldn't that be refreshing?
Ted Cruz often employs pretty fiery rhetoric — he's a bit of a doomsayer, as caustic conservative senators go. But if you stopped by his campaign website without knowing anything about him, you'd be none the wiser. Why, I'm just a starry-eyed young reformer standing under a clear, blue sky!
Rubio's website almost looks more like a vertical frame-themed Tumblr than an official campaign web portal. It doesn't exactly suit him poorly, given his fresh-faced young gun act, but it looks trifling compared to some of other more polished, expertly crafted offerings.
While it isn't necessarily betrayed by her front page, Fiorina's website is a mess of needlessly show sliding frames, a classic example of trying too hard when a simple, clean website would do. Also, notably, she's got the only of the eight campaign websites which has no visible mention of her actual name when it first loads.
Well, here it is: the worst website out of all the campaigns, property of Mr. Rand Paul. Pro tip: when you're deciding the first thing visitors to your website are going to see, try to avoid obscuring the candidate's face entirely with a tacky looking donation counter. Also, try to avoid childish-sounding phrases like "Debate Victory Moneybomb."