Skip to comments.My own humble opinion about the debate... and yours?
Posted on 09/22/2011 8:12:40 PM PDT by dangus
Newt Gingrich won again. I'm actually starting to get excited for him. In fact, if Sarah Palin doesn't run, I'm going to have to consider him, in spite of his personal life. He came off as the smartest, most capable guy in the room, but also, again, the most feisty and courageous.
Michelle Bachmann continues to fade into the background, despite explaining her Gardasil comments. Much better than the last two debates.
Herman Cain gave a great performance, a huge improvement over a couple debates ago when he was a non-factor. I think his 9-9-9 is idiotic, since a sales tax is BOTH regressive and crushes spending, which might have been a plus in 2005, but is a killer to hopes of an economic recovery. But his *performance* was strong.
Rick Perry was absolutely terrible. He was so stiff, he looked as stiff as Charles Krauthammer and as propped up as Mike Dukakis, and so incapable of annunicating his attacks on Romney that they fell apart with a simple denial by Romney. His answers about illegal immigration were complete crap, forcing him to run away from Rick Santorum's painfully simple question.
Romney in contrast played a game of "I'll deny this, but I'll admit this," openly acknowledging that there's stuff in his past that people will have problems with, but denying each of Perry's specifics. To me, his admissions in general to unpopular stances, but denials of specific accusations by Perry actually made his specific denials credible, and Perry seem weak.
Santorum was excellent, second only to Gingrich in his sharpness and boldness. Too bad he's unelectable, but he actually started to seem vice presidential to me.
How can Ron Paul top siding with Ahmadinejab? How about making the US into the Soviet Union and the Mexican border with the Iron Curtain? Despicable. Loathesome. Insane.
Gary Johnson came off as the credible libertarian candidate. An awkward delivery style, but he avoided the bizarre statements and embarrassing positions of Ron Paul.
Jon Hunstman quit attacking Republicans and actually started to sound like one. Not a bad talker, but too much like Romney. Not at all because they're both Mormons.
The big winner: Newt Gingrich, with Mitt Romney, Herman Cain and Rick Santorum being strong. Johnson takes the libertarian title.
The big loser: Rick Perry actually manages to top Ron Paul in offending the most people, by calling opposing giving special $100,000 tuition breaks to illegal aliens, "heartless."
Still waiting for Sarah.
The real loser was Fox News. What a pathetic format.
Yeah, I think it was produced by the same idiots that came up with the voodoo World Series coverage.
Newt and Cain were both outstanding. MB and RS made me like them even less. Romney was smarmy. I wouldn’t buy a car from the guy. Perry was really off his game...he needs alot of work! I support him but he needs to get some practice in, quick. Nobody else on the stage matters enough to mention.
What did Gingrich say that Megan Kelly said was the best of the night?
Someone phoned me so I missed part of this.
fox news lost control of the debate.
Why wont Paul go to the dem party were he belongs? He is aggravating more each day, dottering old fool.
There is no way I am voting for a RINO.
Still waiting for Sarah.
Cain. Sorry he’s not even a longshot.
This concludes for me, Sarah Palin is the answer no one on the stage tonight has the plan. Oh sure, tonight once again, they are like rabid dogs trying to attack each other, point fingers, and like Obama, have no plan.
Perry's stamina issues both physically and mentally again remain a challenge for him. He does not take spotlight very well and rightly so, he has way to many skeletons to carry the TeaParty Torch.
Romney was right in closing saying things about him to some would make him unelectable is correct and prophetic.
This debate tonight opened up the field....eliminated in my opinion Perry and Bachmann and sets Romney up for another fail.
Cain won the debate hands down.
I’ve been saying for a long time that Newt needs to be the 45th president’s chief of staff. Now I’m thinking he ought to be the veep. I truly appreciate the fact that he is focused on defeating Obama, he makes that clear every debate.
Herman, Herman, Herman....I love you man.
Cain and Newt were the winners, and Johnson’s dog finished second.
The one who stayed on the sidelines, keeping her powder dry... watching while all the GOP midgets kick each other in the shins.
Oh, that was Megan Kelly. I was wondering what Christina Applegate was doing hosting the debates. HHOK. I’m not sure what she was referring to.
Can’t argue with your assessment. Perry is boxed in by the tuition problem. The majority of R primary voters are opposed to this, but the Texas legislature overwhelmingly voted for it so it was not prudent at the time to veto it as he had to run for governor and needed Hispanic votes. Just as Romney felt he had to support State sponsored health insurance as the governor of the most liberal of liberal states.
Santorum is forceful and knowledgable on many fronts and Newt would be formidable if not for his moral and personal failings.
Romney is the most “presidential” in style and appearance and will likely be the one standing at the end. Romney/Santorum .... I could live with that!
Agree. Really liked Newt and Cain but Newt is too cozy with the left for me. Remember the climate change ad with Pelosi? I like Cain, then Perry, Bachmann....
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