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.
Feel like I’m watching Fox News Sunday with Chrissy and his republican GOTCHA! GOCHA! GOTCHA! questions! wtf
Sweet. That’s the lobbyist section.
“I think Paul and Johnson are on drugs right now.” LOL
These questions about drugs are irrelevant as well. The 2012 campaing isn’t going to be fought over leaglization of drugs.
I surely didn’t but maybe someone will have the answer in a few.
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.
I don’t think Paul needs drugs. He’s loopy w/o them.
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!!!
Out of this group, I like Cain.
and the communists and george soros
I do have major respect for that Officer and Gentleman.
“One right decision does not a great president make”
I’m going to have to remember that one lmao!
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?
Great quote along with, “how’s that working out for ya?”
Out of this group tonight he wins hands down.
yEAH, YOU MAKE A GOOD POINT...
Forget Paul....he scaires the h...l out of me.
Cain, west great.
Like Santorum too...
Paul: Economy. Obama has no clue about the business cycle.
Cain: Economy. Broken promises.
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.
And he smokes dope too. Wow.
Well, in comparison to the incumbent -- who obviously doen't have one -- it's a clearly superior position.
Mitt seems really plastic and boring compared to these guys.
Erick Erickson of RedState tweeted that Pawlenty looks “extremely presidential”.
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
If you saw a picture "they" said was the dead UBL how would you know?
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).
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.
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.
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!
I’ve got to hand it to RP, he about made me spit up my beer.
I liked Santorum, Cain, and Pawlenty.
I am, and I think Mr. Cain is knocking it out of the park.
I’m watching on Facebook and here...
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.
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.
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.
Johnson gets the Trump question. He’s too bland and seems a bit metrosexual.
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...
Stuuuuuuuuuupid question to Gary Johnson. Juxtaposing with Trump, What kind of show would you be?
He is really out of place, but God bless him for trying.
Ron Paul looks weird up there. Like his suit doesn’t fit him.
He should have just said, “West Wing”
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.
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.
Yeah, what the hell is he saying???
I suspect some tokage of Hindu Kush.
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
Yeah, he looks like that weird dude on Lord of the Rings, .... “my precious.... “
Santorum plays the victim card .... got arrows in his back from the media.
Agreed on Santorum.
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.
Gary Johnson needs to go home and never be heard from again.
True. But RP and Johnson are just not electable in my personal assessment. RP is very quick-witted though.