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.
Question probably submitted by Barbara Walters lol
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Milt just sucks, period.
Next debate (presumably the next debate shown on Fox News... they had trouble sneaking that plug in...)
Aimes, Iowa, August 11
Cain is the only one I’d vote for in this group.
I’d be enthusiastic for a Palin-Cain or Cain-Palin ticket.
Why? Because he wants to run the country like a business or because he has positions that would put money IN the coffers instead of a black hole?
I put Santorum 2nd and Pawlenty 3rd.
It was a good debate. I enjoyed it.
Johnson reminds me of an old actor that I can’t remember the name of.
Cain’s foreign policy answers were reasoned, technically correct, but weak.
I think voters will want him to take a stand.
I do think he’s the clear winner of the debate though.
I really liked Santorum’s answer about Newt (though I don’t care for either of them).
I liked a lot of what Paul and Johnson said- drugs aside.
Cain did well. Cain/West. It is still not too late West/Cain 2012
Yes, you’re all right in the Santorum criticism.
Afteall, with four dollar a gallon gasoline, unemployment through the roof, they should all be really jovial and joking around.
I’ll turn off the sarcasm now.
Read my lips: He's 100% toast, extra crispy.
Cain was the clear victor in tonight's debate.
That battle with cancer would make me hesitate to vote for Cain. I like him in this debate, but cancer has a nasty habit of coming back. What if he got near the finish line and appeared to be winning and the cancer recurred? We would be cooked. Nope. Too risky. Maybe he would be a good VP.
Pawlenty - not famous enough to win this time
Cain - not famous enough to win this time
Santorum - not famous enough to win this time
Johnson - not famous enough to win this time
Paul - IS famous enough to win this time
Frank Luntz focus groups likes Herman Cain. Frontrunner.
I LOVE IT!!! The after the debate is picking Cain.
I agree with your analysis. Cain’s problem is he lost his only race for the Senate. Santorum’s problem is he’s a senator.
Obama’s likable to some people (lolable?). Look how bad he is for the country.
The rest of the cast were all 'minor leaguers'.
The all impressed at some level. But for me, this was more like a Vice-Presidential Debate, with Cain winning as the best choice for the number 2 spot on the Palin/Cain ticket.
Herman Cain just rounded up every one of Frank Luntz’s polling group.
All of them.
I missed the first 20 minutes because somebody needed a favor from me, but from what I heard, Herman Cain was the most impressive of these five candidates.
I agree, Cain clearly won this debate. I was also very impressed with him, this is the first time I actually paid total attention to him.
FOX has gone to Hannity featuring Frank Luntz and his panel. Cain wins in a huge landslide, having no support going in.
Herman Cain all the way baby!
Technically, Luntz clarified “more than half”.
Cain totally hit a home run.
He was solid. He had a very good showing.
Remember Paul Tsongas.
But, but I thought Rupublicans are racists.
the SC primary is open to independents. 440,000 voted in ‘08. What is the conservative organizational strategy for ‘12 primary? Phone banks?
that would be a major commitment by activists in support of the leading conservative candidate. It ain’t like IA or NH, lotsa people to call. Six CD’s. Mitt’s money could help him big here if he survives as a frontrunner. But he won’t.
There is enough information for all of us to have an opinion on military actions. Sorry, don’t agree with you. If he did not give an opinion so as to not have to backtrack later fine, but he DOES have an opinion, he just chose not to state it.
It’s still very early, but both Cain and Santorum improved their lots, either presidential or vice presidential. I still want to hear from Bachmann, West, DeMint, Palin and several others.
Many polls in the past showed an outsider RON PAUL winning.
THEREFORE...I think Cain has an excellent chance! I also hope Bachmann picks up in the polls. Ventura says he IS OPEN to be RON PAUL’S VP. Ventura just screwed Paul’s chances.
Screw Newt, Huck,Romney,Pawlenty,Santorum-NO MORE of the same crap!
Is Obama constraining supply now so he can expand it next year in time to make it look like his policies are working and the Republicans are Chicken Littles?
It's better not to forecast but to talk about themes. Talk about Democrat policies as a drag on recovery and about broken promises.
What a great effort. And truthfully, I am glad the field was smaller,it allowed people to get to know these subset of candidates better in a short amount of time. Bret Baier and company did one fine job of moderating the debate, the questions and answers were terrific.
My top two: Herman Cain and Ron Paul. This was an outstanding forum. I hope to see more like it.
Well done all!!!!!!!!!!!! On to 2012. I felt more energy in that room than I have had in a long time.
We’ve got the “One” on the RUN! Game on.
Yes, this is the first time I’ve see Pawlenty in campaign mode. He is one of the “I” “Me” politicians. That tells me all I need to know about him.
Santorum is a former senator and he lost his last race by 18 points.
He grew up in a meat packing district you know.
Herman Cain for the win! Knocked that out of the ballpark- albeit, he was up against kindergartners in comparison. Come on, TPaw, FraudPaul, and TokeJohnson... not even close.
Hey, I was typing as fast as my thumbs would allow. Yes, Santorum is a former Senator that wants back in the game.
I don’t like Mitt. I don’t want to see another Rino run. I want someone fresh, new and NOT in the good ole boys club.
I don’t know about the questions. I thought debates were supposed to have neutral questioners and those debating each other were supposed to be adversarial to one another?
The next GOP debate is set for CNN in New Hampshire on June 7th.
Hopefully we'll have a full slate for NH.
I agree, Cain won my husband and I over tonight.
It is a big mistake to think the incumbent one does not have a plan, just because that plan does not address the problem we face. He is inducing the problem, that is the plan.
Pawlenty seemed too concerned about telling us what a great Governor he was when he should be telling us what he thinks the President should do. He came off as a standard politician rather than a dyed-in-the-wool conservative. I could vote for him if he gets the nomination, but I would prefer not to.
Paul comes off a little nutty, not unlike Ross Perot. I think I voted for Paul in 1976.
I disliked the “smooth” political pitches made at the closing by Pawlenty and Santorum. They were scripted and came from a political think tank.
Paul and Johnson were just down right out of it, as far as I am concerned.
HERMAN CAIN a man I could relate to!
GO CAIN.........and screw the rest of the GOP wanna bees who stayed home to figure out which way the wind is blowing!
Santorum endorsed Arlen Specter against the most excellent conservative, Pat Toomey. He alienated a lot of Republicans who were his supporters. He has pretty much buried his chances in Pa.
Uh...............no, should I? Sorry, what happened to P.T.?
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