Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Live from New Hampshire: GOP Debate
Townhall.com ^ | October 11, 2011 | Guy Benson

Posted on 10/11/2011 3:18:34 PM PDT by Kaslin

Greetings from the picturesque campus of the Ivy League's Dartmouth College, the site of tonight's Republican presidential tilt.  The Tipsheet will have live coverage of the event, which kicks off at 8:00 pm ET and airs on Bloomberg television (time to break out the TV guide, I suspect).  Before you read my take on what to watch for tonight, check out the latest poll from Gallup, which puts the three top-tier candidates within five points of eachother.


Storylines


(1) Iran: Although the debate is supposed to focus almost exclusively on economic issues, today's breaking news bombshell that the Iranian government has been caught financing and coordinating terrorist attacks against targets inside the United States should absolutely be addressed.  The candidate with the most granular understanding of the issues at play on this subject is Rick Santorum. I'm eager to hear what he, and all of his rivals, have to say.  (Except for Ron Paul, who doesn't think Iranian nuclear aggression is a biggie, and who will find some way to blame us for Iran's poisonous treachery).  Another wrinkle: Could Eric Holder's involvement in this story provide an opening for someone to finally raise Solyndra and/or Fast & Furious in one of these debates? 

(2) Chris Christie's endorsement of Mitt Romney will likely get some play.  Will Rick Perry -- or someone else -- pull the Northeastern RINO card?  A Perry spokesman has already come pretty close

(3) Mormonism: Rick Perry was recently introduced at an event by a pastor who has called Mormonism a "cult."  Today, Mitt Romney demanded that Perry repudiate this view, arguing that the Consitution forbids a religious test for the presidency, and that anti-Mormon bigotry is ugly and has no place in American politics.  A Perry spokesman has already declined to acede Romney's request, calling the issue a "distraction."  I'll be stunned if this kerfuffle doesn't spill over into the debate, and Rick Perry had better be prepared with a damn good answer.

(4) Occupy Wall Street questions are almost inevitable.  The base cannot stand the mob of hippies, communists, anti-capitalists, and sundry lefty hangers-on who comprise the bulk of the "movement."  Organized labor and the Democrat Party establishment are getting on board, too.  He (or she) with the best Occupy Wall Street-related zinger might win one of the biggest headlines tomorrow.


Candidates


Mitt Romney - The former Massachusetts Governor is in his own backyard, leading in the polls, and feeiling buoyed by the Christie "get."  Deep down, he knows that Rush is right:  Absent a tactonic shift in the race, Mitt will be the Republican nominee.  His goal is to keep things moving on the current trajectory.  It will be interesting to see if anyone besides Rick Perry will try to jolt Romney out of cruise control.

Herman Cain - With first-tier status comes first-tier scrutiny (and first-tier stage positioning).  Expect more exploration of Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan, which I called for in an earlier post.  It's been fascinating to watch the Romney-Cain partnership develop over the last few debates.  Neither one has anything bad to say about the other, with Rick Perry hardest hit.  At some point, if Cain is going to win this thing, he's going to have to attack his ally.  Will that first salvo come tonight?

Rick Perry - The guy is still raking in major bucks and has never lost a campaign in his life.  Reports of Perry's demise are -- for now -- premature, but the comeback train has to leave the station soon.  Perry's campaign unleashed a brutal attack ad against Romneycare this week.  Almost on cue (arguably, directly on cue), the White House has leaked the story that several top Romney healthcare advisors were actively involved in crafting Obamacare.  If ever there were a time to really tee off on the frontrunner, tonight would be the night.  Perry's probably got the most to gain, and he seems to enjoy mixing it up, so he'll likely lead the charge.  But will be be able to pull it off succinctly and convincingly, unlike his slow-motion trainwreck in Orlando?  The good news: Perry's son says his dad will be "well-rested" this time.

Newt Gingrich - I briefly heard Newt compare Occupy Wall Street to the Tea Party movement on a local radio show this morning.  I wonder what he means by that, and whether he's read Ann Coulter's column on the subject.

Rick Santorum - The former Senator's expertise and greatest appeal to primary voters lie in the realms of foreign affairs and social issues.  Does this mean he'll he flounder in an economic debate?  Not at all, but he may feel less relevant.

Jon Huntsman - He needs a strong showing in New Hampshire to justify the continuation of his campaign, so Romney's the guy to beat.  But some anti-Mormon rhetoric has seeped into this race over the last few days, and Huntsman might join forces with Romney to beat it back.

Michele Bachmann - One of her previous high water marks came here in the Granite State, when she made a stellar debate debut in June.  She'll try to recapture the magic tonight.

Ron Paul - The retiring Texas Representative says many of his "extreme" views of three years ago have been vindicated by intervening events, and have now gained broader credibility and acceptance.  He'll have another chance to explain why tonight.


Tonight's debate is being co-sponsored by Bloomberg, the Washington Post, and a local television station.  Between Romneycare, Mormonism, and the "Occupy" mob, there could be major fireworks on tap.  Tune in, and follow our live chat here at Townhall.


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: gopdebate; wapogopdebate
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-150151-200 ... 1,901-1,949 next last

1 posted on 10/11/2011 3:18:39 PM PDT by Kaslin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

What channel is this supposed to be on?


2 posted on 10/11/2011 3:23:36 PM PDT by SuzyQue
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

I don’t like Romney and I sure hope some better candidate gets in.


3 posted on 10/11/2011 3:24:23 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

btt


4 posted on 10/11/2011 3:25:28 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SuzyQue

Bloomberg TV Channel 353 DirectTV.


5 posted on 10/11/2011 3:27:12 PM PDT by SgtBob (Freedom is not for the faint of heart. Semper Fi!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

if romney’s the democrat-plantation-rino-msm-fox-news candidate,

i’m not voting.


6 posted on 10/11/2011 3:27:12 PM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
Rick Santorum - The former Senator's expertise and greatest appeal to primary voters lie in the realms of foreign affairs and social issues. Does this mean he'll he flounder in an economic debate? Not at all, but he may feel less relevant.

For Rick to feel any less relevant to tonight's debate he'd have to be a guest questioner.

Regards,

TS

7 posted on 10/11/2011 3:29:02 PM PDT by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ken21

If Big Donald Duck is nominated, it would be wise to pull the lever for him...


8 posted on 10/11/2011 3:29:03 PM PDT by SgtBob (Freedom is not for the faint of heart. Semper Fi!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: SuzyQue

C-Span, maybe.


9 posted on 10/11/2011 3:29:07 PM PDT by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by Perry and his fellow democrat)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
(2) Chris Christie's endorsement of Mitt Romney

(3) Mormonism:

How about Romney supporting IAG?
Nope. No interest.

How about Romney supporting the 911 Victory Mosque?
Nope. No interest.

How about Romney in a business with Soros [JET Blue]?
Nope. No interest.

How about Romney supporting Sharia?
Nope. No interest.

How about Romney supporting ObamaCARE indirectly?
Nope. No interest.

How about Romney supporting Obama for years secretly?
Nope. No interest.


10 posted on 10/11/2011 3:30:12 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Anywhere on the internet to watch this tonight?


11 posted on 10/11/2011 3:30:32 PM PDT by Proud2BeRight
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
All 3 of the latest polls use Republican leaning Independents. For a primary poll that is weak.

The poll needs to be of likely Primary voters. Mitt could be losing for all we know.

12 posted on 10/11/2011 3:31:08 PM PDT by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
No one knows more than Newt...He's one damn good politician...not perfect...but I have no doubt of his love of country and its people.

I think Perry will be the candidate in the end.

Cain...Says what you want to hear. No doubt that he's a good man....But re: the n-rock...his roots were showing overtime and I could picture Rev Wright giving him a pat on the back and a big smile.

13 posted on 10/11/2011 3:35:54 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Proud2BeRight

http://postpolitics.com/. Give that one a try.


14 posted on 10/11/2011 3:37:15 PM PDT by SgtBob (Freedom is not for the faint of heart. Semper Fi!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Proud2BeRight

Bloomberg.com tv streaming. I have the stream on now; coverage starts in 25 minutes.


15 posted on 10/11/2011 3:39:11 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture (Could be worst in 40 years))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: normy
All 3 of the latest polls use Republican leaning Independents. For a primary poll that is weak.

With respect to NH, polling independents makes sense, because it's an open primary. I know some independents; they are hard-working, honest people. They tend to be a little populist, however. They do not like bailouts, subsidies, and crony capitalism. That's why they fell for McCain and his "maverick" crap. If the Pubbies nominate someone who sells out to enemies of America, like Rick Perry, they will lose these people.

16 posted on 10/11/2011 3:39:48 PM PDT by hellbender
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

I don’t get bloomberg tv....I guess I’ll have to learn what happened second hand.


17 posted on 10/11/2011 3:41:28 PM PDT by Grunthor (Heartless Bigot for Cain.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SuzyQue

203 on DISH.


18 posted on 10/11/2011 3:42:15 PM PDT by Rushmore Rocks
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Grunthor

check on it.

we didn’t either, and then come to find

we have it on ch 353 direct tv.


19 posted on 10/11/2011 3:43:32 PM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: hellbender

“They do not like bailouts, subsidies, and crony capitalism.”

Are there any conservatives that support these things?


20 posted on 10/11/2011 3:44:08 PM PDT by Grunthor (Heartless Bigot for Cain.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: ken21

I did check, I don’t have it. I’ll see if it’s going to be on c-span.


21 posted on 10/11/2011 3:45:02 PM PDT by Grunthor (Heartless Bigot for Cain.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: SgtBob; steve86

Thanks. Looks like Bloomberg and WAPO are both sponsors and both are where to be.


22 posted on 10/11/2011 3:45:43 PM PDT by Proud2BeRight
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Grunthor

http://www.bloomberg.com/tv/


23 posted on 10/11/2011 3:46:05 PM PDT by Baladas ((ABBHO))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: All
.
24 posted on 10/11/2011 3:46:19 PM PDT by VU4G10
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

>> “I’ll be stunned if this kerfuffle doesn’t spill over into the debate, and Rick Perry had better be prepared with a damn good answer.” <<

.
Being the “clip-on” Christian that he is, I can’t see Perry addressing this well at all.


25 posted on 10/11/2011 3:49:29 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Sarah Palin - 2012 !)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

I have basic TV, Comcast. I watch TV usually for two hours a day 5-7PM FOX. I hope this debate will be shown so ALL the people can see it, but I wouldn’t put it past the Socialist sponsors to keep it off the air as much as possible! So much for ratings!


26 posted on 10/11/2011 3:50:20 PM PDT by Paperdoll (I like Herman Cain!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Proud2BeRight

I think Bloomberg owns the Washington Post.


27 posted on 10/11/2011 3:51:07 PM PDT by SgtBob (Freedom is not for the faint of heart. Semper Fi!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

>> “ I briefly heard Newt compare Occupy Wall Street to the Tea Party movement on a local radio show this morning.” <<

.
No surprise coming from this elitist socialist AGW proponent.


28 posted on 10/11/2011 3:52:49 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Sarah Palin - 2012 !)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Baladas

Thank you. That link is working for me.


29 posted on 10/11/2011 3:54:33 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: The Shrew

>> “For Rick to feel any less relevant to tonight’s debate he’d have to be a guest questioner.” <<

.
LOL!


30 posted on 10/11/2011 3:54:48 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Sarah Palin - 2012 !)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
Today, Mitt Romney demanded that Perry repudiate this view

Oh my. Look out for that punch Governor Perry.

31 posted on 10/11/2011 3:56:30 PM PDT by McGruff (Still a member of Sarah's Army)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SuzyQue

222 U-Verse


32 posted on 10/11/2011 3:58:30 PM PDT by Jedidah
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: SuzyQue

I have Optimum cable and it’s channel 105 I believe.


33 posted on 10/11/2011 3:59:16 PM PDT by McGruff (Still a member of Sarah's Army)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Oh Gawd - not Al Hunt!!!!!!!!!


34 posted on 10/11/2011 4:01:45 PM PDT by sodpoodle (God is ignoring me - because He is watching you)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Streaming at

http://www.bloomberg.com/


35 posted on 10/11/2011 4:03:07 PM PDT by TomGuy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin; All
Bloomberg TV channel finder

Washington Post Live Stream

It starts at 8pm ET.

36 posted on 10/11/2011 4:04:17 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Obama wins in 2012.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Stress is a frequent after-effect of having 200 gallons of BOTOX injected into various parts of one’s body.

What IS this fascination with freaks like this “woman?”


37 posted on 10/11/2011 4:04:44 PM PDT by Dick Bachert (The 2012 election is coming. Seems we have MORE TRASH TO REMOVE!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

and Matthew Dowd
http://www.nationaljournal.com/reporters/bio/14


38 posted on 10/11/2011 4:04:56 PM PDT by sodpoodle (God is ignoring me - because He is watching you)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: org.whodat

I found Bloomberg in Indianapolis on Comcast digital. I don’t think we have it in HD.

Not all that important, I guess.


39 posted on 10/11/2011 4:05:46 PM PDT by dforest
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Who are the protesters?


40 posted on 10/11/2011 4:07:06 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

oh yeah

They let protesters into the debate auditorium.

What a CROCK!


41 posted on 10/11/2011 4:07:24 PM PDT by TomGuy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Is this being televised? Is there an internet feed of it at least?


42 posted on 10/11/2011 4:07:31 PM PDT by Blue Highway
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SuzyQue
On Bloomberg. Fox news was talking about the debate yesterday, but didn't say what channel. So i did a search here

2012 Primary Debate Schedule

I am not going to watch it but I set my DVR yesterday to record it

43 posted on 10/11/2011 4:08:09 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Actual debate doesn’t start for an hour — 8 ET/7 CT


44 posted on 10/11/2011 4:08:30 PM PDT by TomGuy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: editor-surveyor
I am believing God for Rick Perry tonight. I remember being pretty disgusted at the Palin supporters questioning his Christianity. Now the Baptist Minister for President bandwagon is gonna start?
45 posted on 10/11/2011 4:09:31 PM PDT by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
The nominee will put out that the USA under his watch will get the Mexican "Government" to fix their mess or we will fix it for them.

That fat gun grabbing son of a bitch megalomaniac Christie messed up real bad endorsing FLIP MYTH SLICK WILLARD RINO ROMNEY.

All bets are off.

46 posted on 10/11/2011 4:11:01 PM PDT by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Proud2BeRight

http://www.bloomberg.com/tv/


47 posted on 10/11/2011 4:11:11 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Rush Limbaugh = the Beethoven of talk radio)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: netmilsmom

And you’re welcome. About an hour out then, there’s yet another debate next week.


48 posted on 10/11/2011 4:11:25 PM PDT by Baladas ((ABBHO))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: ken21
i’m not voting.

You are ridiculous, this is for the primary and not the general election. No one knows if he will get the nomination. If everyone thinks like you that the reelection of the arrogant pos that currently occupies 1600 Pennsylvania Ave is guaranteed.

Do you want that?

49 posted on 10/11/2011 4:13:09 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: editor-surveyor
Cain said that the doubling of the sales tax would be offset by the lower corporate tax breaks because corporations would lower their prices to stay competitive.

(I say doubling because I already pay 8.25 in Texas so my sales tax rate would more than double as would all those below the poverty level. What a losing issue)

50 posted on 10/11/2011 4:13:28 PM PDT by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-150151-200 ... 1,901-1,949 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson