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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

The Candidates...

Gary Johnson

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.

Herman Cain

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.

Rick Santorum

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.

Ron Paul

Paul is serving his 11th full term in the U.S. House. He’s an obstetrician-gynecologist and was the Libertarian nominee for president in 1988. He unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for president in 2008

Tim Pawlenty

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.


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: cain; debate; debates; garyjohnson; gopdebate; hermancain; johnson; paul; pawlenty; presidentialdebate; ricksantorum; ronpaul; santorum; scdebate; scgopdebate; timpawlenty
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To: newzjunkey

Feel like I’m watching Fox News Sunday with Chrissy and his republican GOTCHA! GOCHA! GOTCHA! questions! wtf


201 posted on 05/05/2011 7:23:53 PM PDT by merryberry (was once a sad berry.)
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To: stocksthatgoup

Sweet. That’s the lobbyist section.


202 posted on 05/05/2011 7:24:09 PM PDT by Palter (If voting made any difference they wouldn't let us do it. ~ Mark Twain)
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To: Pan_Yan

“I think Paul and Johnson are on drugs right now.” LOL


203 posted on 05/05/2011 7:24:28 PM PDT by stocksthatgoup (Wealth = Net Worth ...........Income = Net Work!)
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To: ConservativeTeen

These questions about drugs are irrelevant as well. The 2012 campaing isn’t going to be fought over leaglization of drugs.


204 posted on 05/05/2011 7:24:42 PM PDT by ejdrapes ("Trump is NO conservative." - Jim Robinson)
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To: ejdrapes

LOL!


205 posted on 05/05/2011 7:24:51 PM PDT by MagnoliaB
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To: WVNan

I surely didn’t but maybe someone will have the answer in a few.

LLS


206 posted on 05/05/2011 7:25:07 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (THANK YOU PRESIDENT BUSH!)
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To: All
Wallace goofs by calling Paul "Senator."

Johnson wants to legalize and tax pot. Has admitted to using it. Asked how far he'd go on legalization. He whines the problem with the drug war is prohibition, not use! Advocates looking at other drugs as a "health care" issue, not law enforcement.

207 posted on 05/05/2011 7:25:40 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Stay focused: Debt, Deficits & Immigration.)
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To: ejdrapes

I don’t think Paul needs drugs. He’s loopy w/o them.


208 posted on 05/05/2011 7:26:17 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a long history of tolerance." ~Hussein Obama, June 4, 2009, Cairo, Egypt)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie; Clintonfatigued; unkus

Agree! Pawlenty admitted he screwed up with Cap&Trade. I give him credit for admitting he screwed the pooch on that.

Santorum is a pretty good speaker, better than I recall him being.

Personally, I’m thrilled Milt isn’t at the debate!!!


209 posted on 05/05/2011 7:26:41 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Some men DO just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: newzjunkey

Out of this group, I like Cain.


210 posted on 05/05/2011 7:26:58 PM PDT by Poser (Cogito ergo Spam - I think, therefore I ham)
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To: Palter

and the communists and george soros


211 posted on 05/05/2011 7:27:01 PM PDT by nakutny
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To: Mike Darancette

I do have major respect for that Officer and Gentleman.

LLS


212 posted on 05/05/2011 7:27:33 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (THANK YOU PRESIDENT BUSH!)
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To: CounterCounterCulture

“One right decision does not a great president make”

I’m going to have to remember that one lmao!


213 posted on 05/05/2011 7:27:33 PM PDT by redk
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To: All

I was checking out NRO to see if they were blogging from the debate. I usually visit NRO’s blogs each day but man I don’t like all the piming they’re doing for Mitch Daniels. I understood why they endorsed Romney - they felt he was the most conservative of those running who had the financial resources to compete with Obama. But now when the field isn’t even set yet why are they pimping someone who hasn’t even indicated he’s running?


214 posted on 05/05/2011 7:28:17 PM PDT by ejdrapes ("Trump is NO conservative." - Jim Robinson)
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To: redk

Great quote along with, “how’s that working out for ya?”


215 posted on 05/05/2011 7:28:31 PM PDT by reegs
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To: Poser

Out of this group tonight he wins hands down.


216 posted on 05/05/2011 7:28:51 PM PDT by MagnoliaB
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To: surfer

yEAH, YOU MAKE A GOOD POINT...

Forget Paul....he scaires the h...l out of me.

Cain, west great.

Like Santorum too...


217 posted on 05/05/2011 7:29:24 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (Where is the Great Santini NOW when we need him?)
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To: All
What's Obama's biggest vulnerability?

Paul: Economy. Obama has no clue about the business cycle.

Cain: Economy. Broken promises.

Pawlenty: Economy.

Santorum: Ignores the question. Says he can beat incumbent Dems.

Johnson: Economy. Says he has no idea why voters would trust Republicans after the Bush years but says only Republicans can fix things.

218 posted on 05/05/2011 7:30:11 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Stay focused: Debt, Deficits & Immigration.)
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To: ConservativeTeen

And he smokes dope too. Wow.


219 posted on 05/05/2011 7:30:20 PM PDT by gitmo (Hatred of those who think differently is the left's unifying principle.-Ralph Peters NY Post)
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To: foobarred
He needs to do better than, “we need to have a plan.”

Well, in comparison to the incumbent -- who obviously doen't have one -- it's a clearly superior position.

220 posted on 05/05/2011 7:30:25 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: GOPsterinMA

Mitt seems really plastic and boring compared to these guys.


221 posted on 05/05/2011 7:30:42 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (Where is the Great Santini NOW when we need him?)
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To: All

Erick Erickson of RedState tweeted that Pawlenty looks “extremely presidential”.


222 posted on 05/05/2011 7:31:45 PM PDT by ejdrapes ("Trump is NO conservative." - Jim Robinson)
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To: GOPsterinMA
In reference to Johnson's last answer which was basically "I don't know why anyone would put the Republicans back in charge."

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223 posted on 05/05/2011 7:32:04 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: merryberry

Re: my post 201 Cain not only hit his Crissy GOTCHA question out of the park but it actually broke little Crissy’s teeth..in his face. Cain sealed the deal. He won this debate IMO


224 posted on 05/05/2011 7:32:12 PM PDT by merryberry (was once a sad berry.)
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To: CounterCounterCulture
Wow, that is a major disappointment.

If you saw a picture "they" said was the dead UBL how would you know?

225 posted on 05/05/2011 7:32:17 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Is Trump a Stalking Horse for Guiliani?)
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To: Notasoccermom

Seriously? Impressed with ALL of them?? R-U-N Paul sounds angry and out of joint!! I would never consider voting for that individual (and, he has a snowball chance in Hell of getting the nomination).


226 posted on 05/05/2011 7:32:30 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier currently deployed in the Valley of Death, Afghanistan)
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To: ejdrapes

Democrats will savage him. Independent women will be afraid of him. They used that very thing to run him out of the Senate. It’s some “baggage” he has and calls into question his claims of electability.


227 posted on 05/05/2011 7:32:37 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Stay focused: Debt, Deficits & Immigration.)
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To: newzjunkey

I think Cain’s wrong about saying that gas prices will go up. Hazardous forecasting the price of anything.

Prices may go down because of a looming double-dip recession.


228 posted on 05/05/2011 7:32:45 PM PDT by foobarred (My post is less racist than your teleprompter.)
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To: MagnoliaB

Absolutely! The rest sounded like politicians. Cain sounded natural and speaks with confidence and conviction. You can tell he was a CEO of a large company.

Good answer about Romney! LOL!


229 posted on 05/05/2011 7:33:38 PM PDT by sneakers ("Obama is like the dog that chased a car and caught it. Now he doesn't know what to do with it.")
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To: MagnoliaB

I’ve got to hand it to RP, he about made me spit up my beer.

I liked Santorum, Cain, and Pawlenty.


230 posted on 05/05/2011 7:33:45 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: Pan_Yan

I am, and I think Mr. Cain is knocking it out of the park.

I’m watching on Facebook and here...


231 posted on 05/05/2011 7:33:50 PM PDT by justsaynomore ("Holding hands and singing kumbayah is not a foreign policy strategy!" - Herman Cain)
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To: newzjunkey

Mary Kathrine Ham tweeted that Santorm would be well advised to town it down a notch when being challenged. He did sound angry/defensive several times tonight.


232 posted on 05/05/2011 7:34:44 PM PDT by ejdrapes ("Trump is NO conservative." - Jim Robinson)
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To: MagnoliaB

I like Herman because he’s passionate patriot. After his incredible battle with cancer, most men would be happy to retire into the sunset, enjoying each day of their lives. He’s a true statesman who cares about the country and wishes to return it to greatness.


233 posted on 05/05/2011 7:34:48 PM PDT by reegs
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To: campaignPete R-CT

Ron Paul is the only one of that 5 who is going to have an impact. It’s good for Ron Paul to have Gary Johnson. Johnson agrees with Ron Paul on many things, but differs in others, and where they differ, typically Johnson is taking the Libertarian position.


234 posted on 05/05/2011 7:35:59 PM PDT by truthfreedom
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To: eyedigress

Johnson gets the Trump question. He’s too bland and seems a bit metrosexual.


235 posted on 05/05/2011 7:36:34 PM PDT by Poser (Cogito ergo Spam - I think, therefore I ham)
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To: eyedigress

global warming will be a problem for Pawlenty, but I like the fact he comes out and says (in not so many words) I f’d up, I admit it. Mitt Romney doesn’t. Question is will people believe he’s changed his mind. Not sure. But plenty here believe in Trump’s conversion to pro-live so...


236 posted on 05/05/2011 7:37:19 PM PDT by ejdrapes ("Trump is NO conservative." - Jim Robinson)
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Stuuuuuuuuuupid question to Gary Johnson. Juxtaposing with Trump, What kind of show would you be?


237 posted on 05/05/2011 7:37:19 PM PDT by CounterCounterCulture (I have already previewed or do not wish to preview this composition.)
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To: Poser

He is really out of place, but God bless him for trying.


238 posted on 05/05/2011 7:38:38 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: truthfreedom

Ron Paul looks weird up there. Like his suit doesn’t fit him.


239 posted on 05/05/2011 7:38:58 PM PDT by ejdrapes ("Trump is NO conservative." - Jim Robinson)
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To: CounterCounterCulture

He should have just said, “West Wing”


240 posted on 05/05/2011 7:39:09 PM PDT by foobarred (My post is less racist than your teleprompter.)
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Cain asked why he supported Romney in '08: business experience.

Pawlenty asked about whether a Huckabee run puts him out of business: "I love 'The Huck.'" Claims he has momentum. (HA-HA!)

Paul asked about Bachmann having eclipsed him. He says no. Says they meet in the Tea Party caucus.

Santorum asked about Newt's personal past as baggage. Says even hypocrites can preach standards they can't live up to and shouldn't be intimidated for doing it.

Johnson asked about having a Reality TV show like Trump. Some physical fitness show. Dings Palin's show and her crawling around on the ground.

241 posted on 05/05/2011 7:39:09 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Stay focused: Debt, Deficits & Immigration.)
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To: antceecee
So far I have liked what Cain has said with exception to release of BL photos and his answer regarding whether we should be in Afghanistan or other military actions. Just seems that even if he does not have the top secret intelligence regarding why we are involved in these military ventures, he should still have somewhat of an opinion. He seemed to dodge giving us his point of view.

How could anyone that does not have access to The Pentagon, Langley AFB, Ft. Meade, MacDill AFB, Norfolk NB, or Offut AFB ever hope to have an opinion about prosecuting a war. Cain has had the only reasoned response to this kind of question.

242 posted on 05/05/2011 7:39:30 PM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: Pan_Yan

Yeah, what the hell is he saying???

I suspect some tokage of Hindu Kush.


243 posted on 05/05/2011 7:40:16 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Some men DO just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: CounterCounterCulture

Pawlenty: “I grew up in a working class family”

SHUT UP about that already! ENOUGH!

Cain/Santorum - Winners tonight.
Paul - Lots of fun to listen to but not presidential
Johnson - Loser tonight


244 posted on 05/05/2011 7:40:28 PM PDT by Poser (Cogito ergo Spam - I think, therefore I ham)
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To: ejdrapes

Yeah, he looks like that weird dude on Lord of the Rings, .... “my precious.... “


245 posted on 05/05/2011 7:40:33 PM PDT by foobarred (My post is less racist than your teleprompter.)
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To: CounterCounterCulture

Santorum plays the victim card .... got arrows in his back from the media.


246 posted on 05/05/2011 7:40:35 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: ejdrapes
He did sound angry/defensive several times tonight.

Agreed on Santorum.

247 posted on 05/05/2011 7:40:56 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Stay focused: Debt, Deficits & Immigration.)
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To: Poser
He’s too bland and seems a bit metrosexual.

I noticed the same thing about Johnson. He speaks with a slight lisp and his mannerisms are a tad on the "light" side. He was married until 2005 until he opted for a separation.

248 posted on 05/05/2011 7:40:56 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: CounterCounterCulture

Gary Johnson needs to go home and never be heard from again.


249 posted on 05/05/2011 7:41:03 PM PDT by Chandalier
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To: ejdrapes

True. But RP and Johnson are just not electable in my personal assessment. RP is very quick-witted though.


250 posted on 05/05/2011 7:41:23 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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