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.
It seemed Romney really hurt himself by standing up the people there in Greenville tonight. Seemed arrogant by his absence, and some there seemed sort of po’ed frankly.
I think he just dropped out of the top five by not being there.
Such a shame. /s
Mittens doesn’t and will never have enough money to buy SC.
Yes, Cain came across as the real person.
Howard Kurtz says Pawlenty drew the toughest questions. Guess Fox thinks he’s the only one with half a chance.
I think there’s merit in having smaller debates as opposed to a crowd of, say, twelve, and you’re lucky to get five minutes of short answers from each candidate, making it very difficult to get a good overall impression of each candidate on the pertinent issues.
So a second group of five could include Bachmann, Romney, Gingrich, etc... then another group of five to include Palin, Huckabee, etc.
Just a thought.
Great summary of that question and the answers!!!
Cain’s role is to soak up all the conservative oxygen in the race so that nobody to the right of Daniels and Romney can get any momentum. Looks like he will succeed.
He has no chance to be the nominee. But I doubt his supporters would be dissuaded by that reality.
“Pauls gang is there hollering,, stupid.they ought topull them out!”
They also stacked the deck on the live postings right below the video. Overall, it was not a good night for the GOP. Paulbots may be fervent in their support, but come primary time, he’s history.
Paul, the guaranteed NO vote on everything (many very good, some very bad)
Cain, too much textbook management BS, otherwise he avoided being a political weasel.
Pawlenty, got his candidacy capped by his own cap and trade history
Santorum, sanctimonious trying to convince us he is the most conservative and can win elections, uh Arlen Specter support and 2006 election.
The other guy, a Jerry Brown kumbaya kinda guy.
The presence of Trump, Romney, Gingrich, and Huckabee may have livened it up a bit but, the event still would have been a loser, because those guys are losers too.
Time for Palin or Bachmann to ride in on the white horse.
this is going to be a pretty boring debate.
He did not win the election (Clinton did), but the cancer came back and Tsongas died two days before the end of Clinton's first term.
Pawlenty won’t get the nomination but we could do a lot worse....like Donald Trump or Mitt Romney.
Oh dear...Jesse is really kind of pitiful these days. VP? For who, Alex Jones? ;)
I have issues with Ron Paul - I couldn’t vote for him for president- but I really like that he brings certain things up like the Fed, liberty and free markets. I found myself agreeing with him a lot. Also disagreeing a lot!
Johnson is quirky- but very interesting and thoughtful. I guess my libertarian streak liked him while I don’t agree with all of his or Paul’s views.
Pawlenty may be a nice fellow, but to me he is a caricature of everything I’ve come to dislike about politicians and I couldn’t take him seriously. He and Santorum are political creatures- somehow I expect Karl Rove to be hovering in the background behind these two..
Paul - Same old quack, different year. And I REALLY disliked the panel trying to label him the “father of the Tea Party”
Cain - FAR more electable that I had previously thought.
Pawlenty - Wimpy RINO with no shot.
Santorum - Much stronger than I had thought.
Johnson - WTF is a Democrat doing running in the Republican primary?
that's my personal opinion.
He should have been there - any candidate that’s dipped their toe in should have shown up. Of the declared candidates I think only Romney, Gingrich and Romer were missing. But nobody takes Buddy Romer seriously as a candidate.
Now be fair, Paul did vote YES on something- Nancy Pelosi's tax hike bill back in December (November?)
My mother just called and said she loves Santorum but she realizes he could never win. She also liked Cain and found Paul amusing.
I’m not hanging my hat totally on anyone at this point because it’s simply to early in the game. If I had to cast my vote based on this group tonight Cain would get my vote.
While I’m a big fan of Herman’s and I’d love to see him win it, I don’t think he has the name recognition and I think he has a tough row to hoe in front of him. I think he’d make a great VP choice for Sarah, though.
“Cain did well. Cain/West. It is still not too late West/Cain 2012”
West is eons above Cain, but I don’t believe he has any plans to run. Plus, you know all parties want what they call a balanced ticket (wink wink).
Oh, I did not remember that. Thanks. You see, there is no way to tell when cancer is going to make a comeback, but it nearly always eventually does. And, Cain is not a young man. He will be good, as someone said, to hold the debate to the conservative side of issues. It’s a shame that he is not a young healthy man, but then he would not have the wisdom and common sense that he has. I wish him well.
I am a huge fan of Bret Baier...this was a great debate with a lot of terrific questions, perhaps with the exception of the reality show one. I felt very comfortable with this forum, the moderator, the questions and most certainy, the candidates. I felt I really got to know each of them a little better.
I like the fact that the field was smaller...and if the Republican field of candidates is large, let them debate in small groups like this. Do elimination rounds, taking the top 2-3 and hosting another round.( hey, Obama could even do brackets ;-).
And let Fox do the debates...no more NPR hacks,no more Robin Roberts, Lehrer, etc. This was a wonderful forum and I hope to see it continued. How refreshing. Top pick - Cain, 2nd- Paul. Pawlenty, nice guy but Mitt2, Santorum, strong on National security but Newt2, Johnson?..nice guy, not in the same league,
I saw West in DC on 9/12. He should be on everybody’s short list for VP.
I didn’t or haven’t watched a minute of it. Completely forgot about it!!!
Not falling for the media desire to hold a horse race when the only thoroughbred has not decided whether she wants to go to the race track.
By no means should anyone do that. This is a thinning the herd debate. Heck, 12 folks up there would have been quite labor intensive to listen to.
Ditto.Well said! West 2012 PLEASE GOD. Cain/West 2012
West/Cain 2012. National Security and jobs. Two men of God.
“I believe Hannity has everyone on after the debate tonight”
Paul’s not coming on - Sean said he’s off to a tea party.
I agree. This was not a “debate” it was a question and answer forum. Throw a question out there and let them argue their viewpoints..that’s a debate
Yeah Pawlenty and Santorum are scripted professional politicians. No thanks.
First time I’ve ever seen or heard about Johnson. His hand movements made me think he is gay.
The only way Paul gains any traction is if he give free pot to his camp following.
GWB also endorsed his darling Arlen.
He was a Republican John Edwards. Yikes
Interesting. Not sure if I agree (though I don’t disagree), but Luntz’ poll members picked Santorum #2.
Cain clear winner according to Luntz.
“This is a thinning the herd debate. Heck, 12 folks up there would have been quite labor intensive to listen to.”
Herman Cain was AWESOME tonight!!!!!
Yep. That’s why Santorum endorsed him as well. It would have been better if Santorum had thought for himself and endorsed a true conservative. Pennsylvania would have been far better off.
Incidentally, I loved GWB. He’s a far better man, and was a far better president than Obama is, but he was wrong in endorsing Specter.
He was terrific! He’s a lot smarter than a lot of people realize- but he’s starting to be a little better known- I think he was by far the best of the bunch tonight.
I wanted to watch the debates tonight and was surprised my 18 year old son stayed to watch. I asked if he had a top or bottom person from tonight. He said Cain for top. He didn’t like the two on the ends (Paul and Johnson). He thought they were kind of weird. I have to agree. So, 2 more Cain fans at my house.
So only Cain and Paul remain. The rest are wasting time.
That would explain Johnson’s awkward, catty unprompted criticism of Governor Palin’s outdoors pursuits. That was offensive and dumb of him.
Gays do seem to have a particularly visceral pattern of hostility toward Palin - see also Hollywood and media (way over-represented by liberal gays, imho).
Rush sees it too? I didn’t realize that. WOW!!!
I’m gonna recant that, it’s just not right. LOL
The man has hiked Everest so he has very high ambition, but he doesn’t command a presence.
I meant...Of the bunch tonight.. and someone memo Newt not to bother announcing in Ga. it is a waste of time.
I missed it. But, would you actually consider any of these people contenders for the nomination?
DeMint:”I’ve been in Iowa, New Hampshire and now South Carolina and I’m telling people, don’t jump in right away”
Sounds like he may run.
This was not a debate, it was a turkey shoot, loaded with have you stopped beating your wife questions, especially the first one where they tried to make all of them compliment the president for OBL.
Cain was correct, he may not be electable, but he is more right than the rest of them. I certainly would be comfortable with him.
Santorum came in second. No way. Who did Luntz focus group?
You tube Cain. This is one of the best.