Skip to comments.Republican Presidential Debate #1 - May 5, 2011 - Greenville, South Carolina (Live Thread)
Posted on 05/05/2011 5:08:20 PM PDT by CounterCounterCulture
Broadcast on: Fox News
Broadcast time: 9pm EDT/6pm PDT
Johnson served as governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2002. He founded what would become one of the largest construction companies in New Mexico. He has competed in several triathlons and climbed Mount Everest.
Cain is the former chief executive of Godfather's Pizza and former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He lost the Georgia Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat in 2004. He was recently the host of Atlanta-based radio show.
Santorum served two terms in the U.S. House and two terms in the U.S. Senate. He became the Senate's third-ranking Republican in 2001. He was defeated for reelection in 2006.
Paul is serving his 11th full term in the U.S. House. Hes an obstetrician-gynecologist and was the Libertarian nominee for president in 1988. He unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for president in 2008
Pawlenty served two terms as governor of Minnesota, from 2002 to 2010. He served in the Minnesota House from 1992 until 2002. He is the son of a truck driver.
On April 27, Rush Limbaugh said of Cain, “I love Herman Cain, he is obviously a leader...In a better world Herman Cain would be seen as one of our foremost candidates. Hes a guy whos got it all.”
I like Cain out of the bunch, but I do believe that his foreign policy questions are weak. He needs to do better than, “we need to have a plan.”
So far I like Herman Cain the best- been watching him for months. I like some of Johnson’s answers too.
Cain is the only dredible candidate in this group in my opinion. Truely he is a candidate without much in the way of dollars and network — but damn it, I like and respect him and have for some time.
Johnson is coming across well but he is too ideologically libertarian in many of his positions that haven’t yet been raised.
Santorum still has his tin ear — comes across as a sour school vice-principal.
Pawlenty is uninspiring.
Paul is having fun being Paul and showing he has dedicated followers that along with him will keep throwing sand in the transmission. He always wants to throw out settled law and come up with an ideological solution.
I think Cain doesn’t want to put himself in a position of having to reverse himself. Reminds me of Obama saying the police acted stupidly even though he admitted he lacked sufficient information on the issue.
I follow Herman Cain on Facebook. He just posted the question, “who do you think is winning the debate?” Obviously, since it goes out to his fans, he’s crushing the competition. LOL!
Who was the pro-abortion guy just now? I couldn’t see the screen and I don’t know who that was.
Gary Johnson is the pro-abort of the group.
I am impressed with all of them. I could vote for any of them over Obama.
I hate the stupid timer they have. Let the guys finish a sentence!
Thats how Obama got into trouble...said he would pull out of Afgan and Iraq and close GITMO but had to renege when he got into office and was presented with the facts. Cain is correct in his answer for that reason.
This guy was sinking fast. Now it's just bubbles after his defense of abortion.
Immigration enforcers are Cain & Santorum....
Cain asked about DOMA. Says Obama violating oath by not defending DOMA in the courts.
Johnson supports "right to choose" though "viability," parental notification, no public funds for abortion.
Ask Pawlenty about embryonic stem cell research. Says we should't pursue new lines but supports Bush policy on existing lines.
Santorum asked about moral issues. Borrows a page from Keyes, talking about Declaration. Rights come from God, belief in family, belief in life. Dodges the question about gays.
Santorum is trying to come across as decisive, determined; but he is coming across as defensive and angry.
I never said that I expect to find a candidate that I agree with on everything.
A poster said that Cain was right on "everything" and I responded with two examples where he wasn't.
But do I appreciate your wish for good luck.
Absolutely you can... obama has not taken that away... yet.
If he were to become a serious contender the drive-by media will turn the screws on him regarding these issues. Other than those two issues I named previously, I think he is a supremely intelligent, articulate man who obviously loves this country.
He’s doing very well tonight, isn’t he? :)
I don’t agree with him everytime- but I like his problem-solving attitude.
Good question, will you “fire” teleprompter of the US?
okay - I understand.
Sorry, my bad...misunderstood, but meant well!
Did Ron Paul bus a bunch of supporters into the debate site?
His supporters travel well, it’s why he always wins the CPAC straw poll.
It certainly seems like he has his own cheering section.
my question is:
Judging from his performance tonight, can you see how Pawlenty could generate enough support in IA or NH to cut into ROMNEY’s support?
If he doesn’t catch on soon, he will be over and done by autumn. I do not see how any of the other 4 will play a major role in the ‘12 campaign.
That's a pretty low bar. I'd vote for Heidi Fleiss over Obama, at least she ran a successful business and doesn't hide who she is.
Pawlenty getting hammered on cap and trade. That’s his Romney Care.
Paul asked same question. Says union wages are artificially high and the cost has been loss of jobs. Says interstate commerce clause should not be used to block businesses.
Pawlenty defending "intelligent design" education bill he signed which leaves such topic to local decisions. Asked about his support for Cap & Trade and his infamous greenhouse regulation ad. He says he was wrong, made a mistake and regrets it. Now opposes Cap & Trade.
Had he committed on an informed issue to only change his mind later on the media would have turned the screws even harder.
What a dumb question by Chrissy. Who cares what Santorum wrote about women in a book in 2005.
What’s That quote from Rush mean. I don’t understand what that means.
Naw... those people have nothing to do now that Jerry Garcia is dead.
Pawlenty sound the most like a career politician. He doesn’t answer the questions decisively. He tries to put his personal story in first, then gives a quick answer at the end of his time.
As for Nikki, frankly I wish she were on the stage with these clowns tonight.
That question and Juan’s question about evolution are the most irrelevant questions asked so far.
Your right... can’t win for losing... they have it down on attacking good candidates and taking them out before the people even have a chance to cast a vote.
Make that an ‘uninformed’ issue. :-)
Santorum asked about his controversial writings on women. Spinning to avoid misogynist charges. Wallace gives him a second chance to get himself out of the noose and Santorum claims he only meant to say radical feminism created an atmosphere that denigrates the choice to stay at home.
And Santorum sounds angry and defensive. Pawlenty and Cain are the only ones out of this bunch that have a shot of going far, IMO. Romney should be here, btw. What a chicken.
I thought I heard one of the panel say that we could give an opinion on those who are not there tonight. Anybody get a link to that?
I'm starting to lean to the Col North's opinion that nothing should have been said at all --- keep them guessing. What we have now is a circus - what we would have is a circus with more pictures.
Ron Paul getting the prostitution and heroine vote
Ron Paul just made a damn good point.
I do agree that liberty is an all-encompassing umbrella.
No doubt that she would be the center of attention. She is very articulate.
I think Paul and Johnson are on drugs right now.
Are you watching?