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Live Thread: Republican Presidential Debate in Jacksonville, FL on CNN 8 P.M. EST
Thursday, January 26, 2012 | Kristinn

Posted on 01/26/2012 3:56:03 PM PST by kristinn

Hosted by Wolf Blitzer at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. Candidates: Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul.

Word is the audience will be "allowed" to participate.

Livestream here.


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: 2012debates; 2012gopprimary; debate; fl2012; gingrich4america; gopdebate; livefladebate; liveflaprimarydebate; livegopdebate; patriotgingrich; rinoromney; romney4romney; santorum
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1 posted on 01/26/2012 3:56:09 PM PST by kristinn
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To: kristinn

I was a military wife during the First Gulf War and Wolf Blitzer/CNN was on my tv 24/7. I was naive, what can I say? I wanted to know what was going on and CNN seemed to be on top of it. If I knew then what I know now....


2 posted on 01/26/2012 3:57:33 PM PST by austinaero (Obama or America - can't have both)
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To: kristinn

It is my hope that Mitt gets destroyed tonight. This man is not worthy of a single vote from a Conservative.


3 posted on 01/26/2012 3:58:20 PM PST by sand88 (Hey Rove et al, I will, with great pleasure, NOT cast a vote for the Statist Mitt.)
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To: austinaero

We should all make sure we have CNN log ins so we can post pro-Newt comments on the site as it goes along. Just a thought.


4 posted on 01/26/2012 3:59:10 PM PST by austinaero (Obama or America - can't have both)
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To: kristinn

Thanks for thread! It is truly appreciated, FRiend


5 posted on 01/26/2012 3:59:52 PM PST by MagUSNRET (I have always been proud of my country, it is my government that embarrasses the hell out of me!)
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To: kristinn

Personally, I’m sick of the Romney/Gingrich war and hope that Santorum emerges and will be the last man standing.


6 posted on 01/26/2012 4:00:24 PM PST by demkicker (My passion for freedom is stronger than that of Democrats whose obsession is to enslave me.)
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To: sand88

I wish Romney could hear my boos from my living room.


7 posted on 01/26/2012 4:00:32 PM PST by CASchack
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To: kristinn

Bet the audience is picked MittBots and have been told to boo Newt.

It really wouldn’t surprise me.


8 posted on 01/26/2012 4:00:36 PM PST by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: kristinn

If CNN wants to limit something how about the number of ridiculous accusations you can hurl in 60 seconds (or give the person accused more than 30 seconds to rebut. Last debate was outrageous with Mitt hurling multiple accusations and then giving Newt 30 seconds to respond to them all. PS John King already spinning wildly on CNN. What a dbag.


9 posted on 01/26/2012 4:01:05 PM PST by freemarketsfreeminds
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To: kristinn

Thanks! I was just wondering why there was no link for the debate. Should be some real fireworks tonight. Hopefully Newt stands up to the mountain of crap that’s been thrown at him in the past day or so (he’s good at that). One thing I know... it can’t POSSIBLY be more boring than the last debate. That would be impossible! :-)


10 posted on 01/26/2012 4:01:16 PM PST by Pravious
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To: kristinn

thanks for thread kristinn. Have you been able to attend any of the recent rallys I have heard about? Sound exciting, much like we had with Sarah a few years back. Lord knows we need something to be excited about


11 posted on 01/26/2012 4:01:44 PM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell God how big your storm is... tell your storm how BIG your God is!)
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To: kristinn

GO NOT-ROMNEY!!!


12 posted on 01/26/2012 4:02:03 PM PST by Grunthor (I don't vote for Democrats, this includes Mitt Romney.)
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To: Bobalu; All

Word is, audience members will be required to caffeine detection units.


13 posted on 01/26/2012 4:02:46 PM PST by j.argese (Newt ... the Nixon of our time ...)
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To: kristinn
<popcorn>
14 posted on 01/26/2012 4:04:55 PM PST by tomkat (+1 for the white-haired smart guy)
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To: kristinn

It should be a doozy

Mark Levin the Great One is slapping Romney for his lies about Newt...

Wonder what Romney will look like when Mark finally lets him out of the woodshed..

LOL


15 posted on 01/26/2012 4:05:24 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: kristinn
Thanks for the thread. Hope Newt completely rips Milt for all the lies he (always) tells.

Go Newt!!! NO ROMBAMA!!!


16 posted on 01/26/2012 4:05:33 PM PST by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: sand88

Newt gas GOT to have the debate of his life tonight. romney should be turned into ash and blown away with the wind. But I have learned that these debates don’t always go the way I want them to...so I will be praying. A LOT.


17 posted on 01/26/2012 4:05:53 PM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: sand88

If Newt lost his temper and bloodied Mitt’s nose on live TV I wonder if it would hurt him or help him?

I kinda would like to see that but don’t want Newt to drop in the polls.


18 posted on 01/26/2012 4:07:09 PM PST by tsowellfan (https://twitter.com/cafenetamerica)
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To: Bobalu

Another Freeper mentioned that the GOP had 3000 tickets to the debate, but gave out only 800. I suspect that there will be a number of paid Romney plants in the audience.


19 posted on 01/26/2012 4:07:22 PM PST by CASchack
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To: Tennessee Nana

As I said on Marks thread....his audience is so huge, he might just get through to some of the Romney Bots!
I hope Newt is blistering in his rebuttal...and I hope that Wolf Blitzed sits there and shuts his yap and allows Newt to eviscerate Mittens!


20 posted on 01/26/2012 4:07:59 PM PST by MagUSNRET (I have always been proud of my country, it is my government that embarrasses the hell out of me!)
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To: Tennessee Nana

Even Krauthammer slammed dole AND romney for the blatant lies and hypocrisy tonight. Right now he is wiping the floor with obama. Wonder what’s gotten in to him.


21 posted on 01/26/2012 4:08:28 PM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: freemarketsfreeminds
John King already spinning wildly on CNN.

Is he the moderator tonight? If he's out to save face or redeem himself in the eyes of his fellow liberal media elite, chances are whatever scheme he has planned will be shattered, gathered up and deposited in his nether regions by Newt in seconds!

By the way, welcome to FR!
22 posted on 01/26/2012 4:08:52 PM PST by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: MestaMachine

Mark Levin is the warm up act tonight...

Hes been at it for the past hour against Romney...

I hope Newt knows about it...

Im sure Romney is cringing...

couldnt happen to a worse liberal...


23 posted on 01/26/2012 4:09:05 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: kristinn

GO NEWT GO!

CNN had better give him time tonight and not play to Romney!


24 posted on 01/26/2012 4:09:18 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC - DONATE MONTHLY! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know!)
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To: tsowellfan

I believe Newt is the adult in the room, and he can do more harm to Mittens with a emre stern look and FACTS< than all of Mittens gyrations and stupid chit-eating grin.


25 posted on 01/26/2012 4:09:42 PM PST by MagUSNRET (I have always been proud of my country, it is my government that embarrasses the hell out of me!)
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To: MagUSNRET

place marker


26 posted on 01/26/2012 4:11:11 PM PST by goodnesswins (2012..."We mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor")
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To: kristinn

bttt

I’m betting Romney will have the audience salted with his supporters. We’ll know for sure if we hear loud boos for Newt. I hope we have plenty ot Tea Party people there to counteract them if that happens.


27 posted on 01/26/2012 4:11:11 PM PST by Matchett-PI ("One party will generally represent the envied, the other the envious. Guess which ones." ~GagdadBob)
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To: kristinn

Maybe I”ll have a creative day in the future and start a vanity thread requesting ideas from people for positive nicknames for Newt. The one I read recently which really strikes me is Newt “THE TORCH” Gingrich. I love that!


28 posted on 01/26/2012 4:11:49 PM PST by austinaero (Obama or America - can't have both)
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To: kristinn
The Liberal RINO Romney and his Hellions and Legions of Death


THE IMPOSITION OF OBAMACARE/ROMNEYCARE
AND DEATH PANELS BY BACKSTABBER ROMNEY,
THE SWIMMER AND THEIR FELON.

29 posted on 01/26/2012 4:12:07 PM PST by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: kristinn

Saving a place ;)

(Go Newt!)


30 posted on 01/26/2012 4:12:14 PM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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To: kristinn

Now that Newt knows what R-Money is up to he will be more than ready for the snakeoil salesman. Newt is no idiot and he has handled many like R-Money.
My hope is that Poindexter keeps up the attacks and gets slapped down with his transgressions. If Newt hits back than Poindexter asked for it.

GO NEWT!


31 posted on 01/26/2012 4:12:14 PM PST by mardi59 (Newt brings hope, and change is coming. 2012!!)
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To: kristinn

The audience will prolly be stacked with Mitt supporters.


32 posted on 01/26/2012 4:12:23 PM PST by abigailsmybaby ("To understan' the livin', you got ta commune wit' da dead." Minerva)
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To: austinaero; Colofornian; Elsie; FastCoyote; svcw; Zakeet; SkyPilot; rightazrain; Tennessee; Nana; ..
We should all make sure we have CNN log ins so we can post pro-Newt comments on the site as it goes along.

Good idea. Mitt will have the entire mormon church membership praising him.

33 posted on 01/26/2012 4:13:36 PM PST by greyfoxx39 (Romney seems like a creature put on Earth to blend in with the humans and report back what he finds.)
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To: sand88

Agreed however I am not sure I could hold my anger I hope that Newt and hold it together and destroy Romney. Mitt is a passive aggressive back stabber with no conservative cred in his resume.


34 posted on 01/26/2012 4:14:32 PM PST by vicar7 ("Polls are for strippers and cross-country skiers" Sarah Palin)
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To: kristinn
DRAMATIS PERSONAE

Pontius Pilate by Wolf Blitzer

Barabbas by Mitt Romney

...

35 posted on 01/26/2012 4:15:36 PM PST by matt1234 (Bring back the HUAC.)
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To: MestaMachine
-- Newt gas GOT to have the debate of his life tonight. --

I think his mind will be more lucid, and he more relaxed - which will give him an advantage over a nervous, duplicitous opponent.

37 posted on 01/26/2012 4:16:05 PM PST by Cboldt
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To: demkicker

I heard today he is going to drop out.


38 posted on 01/26/2012 4:16:33 PM PST by firebrand
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To: austinaero
The one I read recently which really strikes me is Newt “THE TORCH” Gingrich. I love that!

Good one!!

Nancy Reagan 1995 - Ronnie Turned That Torch Over to Newt

39 posted on 01/26/2012 4:21:57 PM PST by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: Matchett-PI

Usually booing is not allowed. But fake raucous cheers can accomplish the same purpose, if that is what they are up to.

If you can’t evoke the thunder, fake the thunder.

I hope some good reporters will question the crowd and find out the truth.


40 posted on 01/26/2012 4:22:24 PM PST by firebrand
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To: kristinn

Thanks for the post Kristinn.

Praying Newt has clarity of thought tonight and is at ease when expressing himself.


41 posted on 01/26/2012 4:23:25 PM PST by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: Cboldt

I HOPE to G-d the TEA Party is there in force. If the audience is stacked with rombots, that is gonna be a problem. I hope Newt has a plan. Oh boy.


42 posted on 01/26/2012 4:24:11 PM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: firebrand

I think Santorum will be on a gingrich ticket


43 posted on 01/26/2012 4:24:26 PM PST by kjam22 (my newest music video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fHjvo6eRkI)
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To: LostInBayport

Wolf Blitzer is moderating.


44 posted on 01/26/2012 4:29:47 PM PST by freemarketsfreeminds
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To: DollyCali
I got to meet Newt yesterday. (Freeper photos at link).

I met Newt Gingrich after the speech on the ropeline and was able to relay JimRob's FreeRepublic.com endorsement in person and that there is a lot of support for him on the website. Newt politely thanked me as we shook hands. He then stepped away, stopped, turned back, looked me in the eye again and emphatically repeated, "Thank you," as if it took a second for him to assess what was said and he wanted me to know he understood.

The event itself was packed, perhaps a thousand in the room and another thousand outside. I barely got in and was in the back a few rows before the press riser. More people were given standing room behind the riser.

I saw Fox's Carl Cameron and ABC's Jonathan Karl among the media. Print reporters and still photographers were brought to the front just before Newt arrived.

The crowd was revved up and waiting to cheer Newt. The speech was well received, as you saw on C-SPAN. While there were reports that leftists would infiltrate the crowd, there were no disruptions. The Q&A which was scheduled for after the speech was ditched. Newt lingered inside the room, Callista by his side, shaking hands, posing for pictures and giving autographs. He did the same when he went out the back of the Holiday Inn Express convention room on the way to his campaign bus. It was almost 45 minutes after the speech ended before he left for his next event.

I met FReepers 3D-Joy and mcmuffin after the speech. They were out sign-waving before the event. 3D-Joy made a special 'FreeRepublic.com supports Newt Gingrich' sign.

I think other FReepers were there, but I didn't see them in the crowds.

214 posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 10:18:24 PM by kristinn (Dump the Chump in 2012)

45 posted on 01/26/2012 4:29:51 PM PST by kristinn (Dump the Chump in 2012)
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To: kristinn

Checking in. This should be good to see Newt hammer Mittens for the stretch run in Florida. :-)


46 posted on 01/26/2012 4:30:18 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: kristinn

Bumping the thread in preparation of the debate, Kristinn.

I’m wishing I could livestream it over the Web, but a live thread on FR should do nicely.


47 posted on 01/26/2012 4:30:45 PM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: kristinn

Some ideas about what I wish Gingrich would say (among other things).

Something along the lines of
“I was born in Georgia. I have lived in the USA ALL of my life. I love this country and you will not find anyone to tell you differently. I am up front. Nothing is hidden I realize people have negative opinions of me and those are out there and those are based on and referenced to public information. There are no sordid secret details about me. I’ve been around awhile. You can find lots of dirt and if you choose to dwell on that sideshow, so be it. There are pundits who want to tell you I am bad. I am here to say, you have the right to make up your own mind. I am here to talk about my vision for this great country and why I want you to join me in making that happen. You can read all the rest later,,but for now I want to concentrate on,..

and then launch into what HE wants to say.

For what it’s worth. Sometimes I”m an idiot but I’m hopeful because it’s the only alternative to being afraid.


48 posted on 01/26/2012 4:30:45 PM PST by austinaero (Obama or America - can't have both)
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To: greyfoxx39
Good idea. Mitt will have the entire mormon church membership praising him.

Romney got his second wife Ann Coulter and third wife Karl Rove to go on the talk shows afterwards and try and bash Newt while singing his praises also.

49 posted on 01/26/2012 4:31:11 PM PST by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: kristinn

bkmk


50 posted on 01/26/2012 4:31:49 PM PST by Raebie (WS)
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