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The best question from last night's debate
Washington Examiner ^ | September 13, 2011 | Charlie Spiering

Posted on 09/13/2011 4:50:46 AM PDT by markomalley

"Out of every dollar that I earn, how much do you think that I should be allowed to keep?" asked a young man at the GOP debate last night. This was arguably the best question of the night and a good politician would have won a lot of points for a personal answer.

"I love that question!" Michele Bachmann exclaimed, but she did not get an opportunity to address it.

Sadly, debate moderator Wolf Blitzer pitched this question to Jon Huntsman, who rambled on about his economic plan and the enormous national debt. Wrapping up his answer, Huntsman condescendingly lectured the man and his generation telling them to get involved in the 2012 election.

Watch below:

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TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012debates
video at link
1 posted on 09/13/2011 4:50:47 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

That is the type of BS answer that has screwed the pooch in our country for far too long. Remember his answer for voting purposes.


2 posted on 09/13/2011 4:53:44 AM PDT by healy61
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To: markomalley

It would be great if that same question could be asked again in the next debate.

;-)


3 posted on 09/13/2011 4:56:12 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: markomalley

I can’t watch that video again. Why Wolf gave that one to Huntsman and no others really ticked me off.

I would have LOVED to hear Bachman, Cain and Gingrich’s answers. I hope they all put out their own answers on that question today.


4 posted on 09/13/2011 4:59:28 AM PDT by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: markomalley

That is probably the most important question. How much of your life is actually yours?


5 posted on 09/13/2011 5:00:08 AM PDT by all the best
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To: markomalley

One thing I noticed is they spent a lot of time not actually answering the question asked. If I wanted weasel answers, I’d watch Obama. I only got to watch portions, so maybe they did better when I wasn’t looking.


6 posted on 09/13/2011 5:01:56 AM PDT by LevinFan
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To: all the best

If you are 100 % on the dole, you do exactly as you please.


7 posted on 09/13/2011 5:04:38 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: markomalley

Why do Republicans agree to let lefties moderate their debates? Is it that they have no choice?


8 posted on 09/13/2011 5:08:53 AM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears ("But resist, we much...we must...and we will much...about...that...be committed." - Al Sharpton)
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To: The_Media_never_lie

To me, some of the answers given seemed to project individuals asperations to be vice presidents as they know their day in the mainstream candidate’s field is closing.

CNN’s mission last night was to take out Perry on three fronts, social security, illegal aliens and that stupid vaccine idea. On the first they did not succeed as well as they did on the next two. Romney is their candidate and they used the Tea Parties to take out Perry. That is how I saw it.


9 posted on 09/13/2011 5:12:43 AM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: Mouton

Perry was his own worst enemy. He was for strong border protection before he was against it, only he’s for it now, but not anything physical like a fence, but illegals should be allowed to get in-state tuition, but he’s really strong on the border issue...come on.

And the Gardisil thing...he did that to himself 100%. Santorum was right—why wasn’t there an “opt-in”? Why was this such a tremendous emergency that he didn’t wait for the state legislature? Was Gardisil illegal in TX before Perry’s order? Were girls 12-13 years of age dropping dead left and right until he sprang into action? That mentality along with Romney and his Obamacare-Lite plan really do prove Bachmann’s point that neither are going to be serious about taking out Obamacare. They want to control you as much as any other leftist.

I was impressed by Perry in the last debate. This one...I don’t know. He’s all over the map on some VERY important issues.


10 posted on 09/13/2011 5:20:00 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: LevinFan
One thing I noticed is they spent a lot of time not actually answering the question asked.

They're politicians. They NEVER directly answer a question. It's always "I think the real question is...." or, "The fact of the matter is...."

They should all be wired up & when they start rambling, just give 'em a jolt and say "please answer the question that was just asked."

11 posted on 09/13/2011 5:27:31 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: markomalley
Huntsman is an absolute condescending jerk and needs to leave the race now...
12 posted on 09/13/2011 5:38:47 AM PDT by FreedomProtector
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To: markomalley

BEST question...EVER!! Needs to be asked again and again again!!


13 posted on 09/13/2011 6:01:55 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: healy61

I remember an old TV show called “Sliders”. Hour heros would “slide” into alternate universers and land in an alternate US.

In one episode they landed in modern San Francisco in a world where there had been no revolutionary war and we were still a British colony. The main change was that we paid a whopping income tax rate of 70%.

But is it so “whopping”? If you add the various business taxes and fees rolled into the price on the things you buy, the fees, the sales tax, and the income tax, I think that might actually be pretty close to what we pay today in THIS world.


14 posted on 09/13/2011 6:03:37 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Puppage

I Ike the idea of juicing them to get them to answer the question. But seriously. Why watch the debate if it’s mostly campaign speeches. Answer the blinking questions and debate it.


15 posted on 09/13/2011 6:34:26 AM PDT by LevinFan
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To: markomalley

The author didn’t present his own answer, if he has one.


16 posted on 09/13/2011 6:38:13 AM PDT by KrisKrinkle (Blessed be those who know the depth and breadth of their ignorance. Cursed be those who don't.)
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To: markomalley

The author didn’t present his own answer, if he has one.


17 posted on 09/13/2011 6:38:27 AM PDT by KrisKrinkle (Blessed be those who know the depth and breadth of their ignorance. Cursed be those who don't.)
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To: Future Snake Eater
There was most defiantly an “opt out” on Gardisel. I have heard him say before that the reason for the word “mandate” was so the state would pay for the vaccine. I know someone who would defiantly have benefited from the vaccine at 12. By age 15 she was infected. Parents were outraged at the suggestion that their innocent little girls would become sexually active, but it happens, every day.
18 posted on 09/13/2011 6:45:35 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Mouton
Why do the Republicans give CNN dibs on selecting the candidates by injecting their socialist overpaid commentators into the debates? Can't the League of Women Voters, etc. supply questioners who would refrain from "Are you flaky?" types of questions? I've had it with the haughty, arrogant self righteous moderators.

Please tell me why the Republicans are bent on doing this to themselves?

19 posted on 09/13/2011 6:56:28 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: SumProVita

Absolutely, lets put this question to all candidates for President. But lets get specific: Ask for the actual percentage of my dollar. Then let former Secret Service agents comment on the truth of the answers.


20 posted on 09/13/2011 6:59:04 AM PDT by Pyrrhomaniax
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To: Future Snake Eater

Oh, and Perry’s against e-verify too.

Could he possibly be a worse candidate on the issue?


21 posted on 09/13/2011 7:03:17 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: The_Media_never_lie

At best, the League of Women Voters is a rabid, partisan, liberal constituency.


22 posted on 09/13/2011 7:35:36 AM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: Ann Archy
BEST question...EVER!! Needs to be asked again and again again!!

We need to each ask that questions of our representatives in any town hall or Q & A meeting with them. Give us a percentage, not based on income but on how much of our money is theirs and how much is ours?

23 posted on 09/13/2011 7:59:46 AM PDT by thirst4truth (The left elected a mouth that is unattached to an eye, brain or muscle.)
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To: Ann Archy
BEST question...EVER!! Needs to be asked again and again again!!

Yes it does, and needs to be asked of every democRAT candidate as well.

24 posted on 09/13/2011 8:18:25 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, please let it rain in Texas. Amen.)
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To: Ditter

I know there’s an “opt-out”, Perry has said so in both debates. Santorum had a great point in both debates—”Why wasn’t there an ‘opt-in’?” And why did he feel this sudden urgency that couldn’t wait for the legislature? Why was he forcing people to do it, burying the “opt-out” in the fine print of his magnanimous decree?


25 posted on 09/13/2011 8:49:03 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: 9YearLurker

He really tried to be on all sides of the illegal immigration and border security issues last night and it was completely, transparently pathetic. I don’t expect Romney or Huntsman or Gingrich to be any better, frankly.


26 posted on 09/13/2011 8:53:20 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: SueRae

Cain answered that question earlier with his “9” “9” “9” plan.


27 posted on 09/13/2011 8:57:51 AM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Where is our military?)
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To: markomalley

I think that if the candidates were wise they would answer every question from all the debates on a camera and put it on YouTube. Because the moderators only let a few of them answer the questions.


28 posted on 09/13/2011 9:01:13 AM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Where is our military?)
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To: HIDEK6

Ok, but there must be some unbiased group.

If not, why not have conservative questioners at the democrat debates, to confront them on their class warfare ‘rhetoric’.


29 posted on 09/13/2011 9:06:58 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: The_Media_never_lie
Just handpick your moderators.

Say, Brit Hume, Michael Barone, maybe some financial guy.

30 posted on 09/13/2011 9:32:51 AM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: The_Media_never_lie
Just handpick your moderators.

Say, Brit Hume, Michael Barone, maybe some financial guy.

31 posted on 09/13/2011 9:40:26 AM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: Future Snake Eater

You are in NC I am in Texas I knew there was an opt out before the debates, long before. How many politicians do we have who listen to the public and do what they want? Not many. Perry is one who listens and does what we want.


32 posted on 09/13/2011 9:49:48 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: The_Media_never_lie
If not, why not have conservative questioners at the democrat debates, to confront them on their class warfare ‘rhetoric’.

Mark Levin has volunteered... ;-)

33 posted on 09/13/2011 9:57:43 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: Ditter

You’re dodging the issue as poorly as Perry did. Even the Gardisil nonsense isn’t as bad as his demonstrated coddling of illegal immigrants. There was no indication given in the debate that he was serious about locking down the border. I figure only about half of the candidates are, so it’s not like he’s alone on that one.


34 posted on 09/13/2011 3:10:36 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: Future Snake Eater

I am not dodging anything. Just because he doesn’t think a physical fence is the answer doesn’t mean he doesn’t want border security. His words were “a 30’ fence will make the illegal get a 35’ ladder”. I happen to believe that is true. He has stated we need something better than an obstacle to climb over or tunnel under. I think you are tuning into dem talking points.


35 posted on 09/13/2011 3:24:22 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter

Sure you are. Why didn’t he wait until the legislature was in session? What was the rush? Why was there an opt-out when a voluntary opt-in would’ve sufficed?

First rule of defense—deny access. Second rule—always provide overwatch. He’s willing to do #2, but not #1. They work together; individually they’re easily defeated.


36 posted on 09/13/2011 4:14:06 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: Future Snake Eater

Texas legislature is only in session every other year maybe that had something to do with his timing. I explained to you that the “mandate” had to be in the wording to get the state to pay for it. He has explained he was more worried about the low income girls than the high income because if their parents had to pay they would not have gotten the protection. I think your mind is made up and I sure don’t have the energy to change it. I promise to cast my vote for the winner of the Republican primary I earnestly ask you to do the same.


37 posted on 09/13/2011 5:27:13 PM PDT by Ditter
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