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Live Thread: Republican Presidential Debate in Jacksonville, FL on CNN 8 P.M. EST
Thursday, January 26, 2012 | Kristinn

Posted on 01/26/2012 3:56:03 PM PST by kristinn

Hosted by Wolf Blitzer at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. Candidates: Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul.

Word is the audience will be "allowed" to participate.

Livestream here.


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: 2012debates; 2012gopprimary; debate; fl2012; gingrich4america; gopdebate; livefladebate; liveflaprimarydebate; livegopdebate; patriotgingrich; rinoromney; romney4romney; santorum
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To: Zarro; All

TWEETS:

Piers Morgan @piersmorgan
This is a GREAT debate - enthusiastic crowd, combative candidates, superb moderator. Romney edging it for me tonight. #CNNDebate

Nate Silver @fivethirtyeight
I don’t think Romney has much of a chance of winning the Obamacare vs Romneycare debate in the fall.

Donna Brazile Donna Brazile @donnabrazile
Newt has no strategy to win this debate. Romney is well coached & has played terrific offense. Santorum and Paul fighting to be relevant.

Peter Hamby @PeterHambyCNN
GOP source sends along the buzz inside the debate theater: “Huge pro Romney energy”

Taegan Goddard @politicalwire
Romney’s new debate coach is making a big difference

Larry Sabato @LarrySabato
If Santorum had a chance to win FL, his debate performance would be helping him.

Garrett Haake @GarrettNBCNews
Housewives of Washington DC has concluded. We now return to your regularly scheduled debate.

Jackie Kucinich @JFKucinich
And now for the “who loves Reagan the most” part of the debate #cnndebate


1,301 posted on 01/26/2012 6:43:39 PM PST by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: kristinn

I am gonna cry oh wait here comes an issue, nope it was a feint.


1,302 posted on 01/26/2012 6:43:44 PM PST by badpacifist (Hey Libs ......Is your dream turning into a nightmare yet? Newt 2012)
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To: All

wolfe scores one for the dark side.


1,303 posted on 01/26/2012 6:44:03 PM PST by Leep (It's gonna be a Newt day!)
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To: prairiebreeze

Santorum is doing well tonight. His skewering of Romeny on Romneycare and the people who pay the fine instead of high priced insurance premiums had me cheering.


1,304 posted on 01/26/2012 6:44:03 PM PST by prairiebreeze (Who are you and what have you done with Ann Coulter?!)
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To: show

Newt needs to grab the opportunity had briefly had earlier about Romney’s negative ads against him. Romney quickly state that his people run them and he didn’t know what they were.

Newt needs to respond that we don’t need a President who doesn’t know what his people are doing and the left hand is blind to the right.


1,305 posted on 01/26/2012 6:44:11 PM PST by Free Vulcan (Election 2012 - America stands or falls. No more excuses. Get involved.)
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To: Fresh Wind

This could be the worse debate yet and there have been many bad ones.


1,306 posted on 01/26/2012 6:44:29 PM PST by Irish Eyes
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To: All

Romney claims he never voted for a democrat when a republican was on the ballot.

Interesting.


1,307 posted on 01/26/2012 6:44:39 PM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the constitution"-Obama official)
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To: bigbob

Reference to movie: Groundhog Day.


1,308 posted on 01/26/2012 6:44:52 PM PST by proud2beconservativeinNJ ("In God We Trust")
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To: badpacifist

Can Cuba be sunk?


1,309 posted on 01/26/2012 6:44:56 PM PST by MaxMax
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To: badpacifist

Another easy question - For or against Cuba?


1,310 posted on 01/26/2012 6:45:10 PM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: Irish Eyes

I agree.


1,312 posted on 01/26/2012 6:45:14 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (Rick Perry 2012)
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To: FastCoyote

Wow - that Reagan&Newt thing really fizzled for Romney. However many millions of bucks that were spent by the PACs on that was just wasted.


1,313 posted on 01/26/2012 6:45:14 PM PST by AFPhys ((Praying for our troops, our citizens, that the Bible and Freedom become basis of the US law again))
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To: kristinn

Gingrich states that Gingrich endorses Paul Psongas.

Mittens hedges his Psongas vote.

Mitt is slick.

Yes I voted for dem but never when another Republican was on the ballot.

Calling all Romneybots, could I get a translation on that.


1,314 posted on 01/26/2012 6:45:19 PM PST by Biblebelter
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To: kristinn

I want to know what twee would each of the candidates be (if he or she were a twee, of course.)


1,315 posted on 01/26/2012 6:45:31 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: FastCoyote

Romney fumbled on Reagan question.


1,317 posted on 01/26/2012 6:45:49 PM PST by CASchack
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To: MaxMax

Can it tip over?


1,318 posted on 01/26/2012 6:45:49 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: Free Vulcan

Yeah... or ask Romney if his blind trust is running his campaign ads?


1,319 posted on 01/26/2012 6:45:51 PM PST by kjam22 (my newest music video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fHjvo6eRkI)
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To: caww

Thank goodness we have a REAL question from an audience member AGAIN. Wonder if they’re as frustrated as we are.


1,320 posted on 01/26/2012 6:46:00 PM PST by StarFan
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To: angelcindy

It’s amazing...the questions are just puttin Newt on the defensive...they are all geared agains NEWT. Even the wife questions.....this sucks. I can’t wait to vote for NEWT!!


1,321 posted on 01/26/2012 6:46:00 PM PST by Fawn (NEWT! NEWT! NEWT! NEWT! NEWT! NEWT!)
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To: angelcindy

He needs to remain calm.


1,322 posted on 01/26/2012 6:46:00 PM PST by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: onyx

It is soooo obvious!

Man, I hope Florida sends Mitt slithering back to his home.


1,323 posted on 01/26/2012 6:46:06 PM PST by Shelayne
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To: caww

SMACK DOWN ROMNEY!

NANCY REAGAN - "RONNIE HANDED TO THE TORCH TO NEWT!"


1,324 posted on 01/26/2012 6:46:16 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC - DONATE MONTHLY! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know!)
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To: MaxMax
Can Cuba be sunk?

No, but it's an island so it can be tipped over.

1,325 posted on 01/26/2012 6:46:30 PM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: polkajello

I am very impressed with Santorum tonight.

But Ron Paul gave me the most laughs with his clever one-liners.


1,326 posted on 01/26/2012 6:46:40 PM PST by Warthog-2 (Character Counts)
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To: The Chief

I agree; down the ballot races are CRITICAL at boxing Obama and his allies in for his next four years.


1,327 posted on 01/26/2012 6:46:40 PM PST by newzjunkey (a FL win returns Romney to the "inevitability" path.)
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To: kjam22

GOAL!!!


1,328 posted on 01/26/2012 6:46:40 PM PST by Free Vulcan (Election 2012 - America stands or falls. No more excuses. Get involved.)
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To: tcrlaf

Oh so Romney got a new debate..that explains him going after Newt as he’s doing..likely teamed up with CNN. That explains a lot!

Taegan Goddard @politicalwire
Romney’s new debate coach is making a big difference


1,329 posted on 01/26/2012 6:46:46 PM PST by caww
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To: taildragger

Get Gabby Hayes off the stage!


1,330 posted on 01/26/2012 6:46:46 PM PST by bray (More Batting Practice for the Bambino)
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To: onyx

It’s obvious and it’s making me ill.


1,331 posted on 01/26/2012 6:47:00 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~..... GO NEWT GO.....!)
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To: Fawn

Go Newt!!!!


1,332 posted on 01/26/2012 6:47:03 PM PST by angelcindy ("Those who follow the crowd,gets no further than the crowd")
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To: All

Santorum seems to do well on South/Central America questions. Seems to have a real understanding of the politics of the region.


1,333 posted on 01/26/2012 6:47:03 PM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the constitution"-Obama official)
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To: Free Vulcan

Newt states Mittens voted Democrats and super lib Paul Tsongas.

Romney responds to Newt - that I didn’t vote for a Democrat when a Republican was on the ballot. LoL.


1,334 posted on 01/26/2012 6:47:19 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Sarah Barracuda

1,335 posted on 01/26/2012 6:47:19 PM PST by oblomov
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To: Shelayne

Not going to happen. Newt needed a landmark performance tonight and he didn’t have one.


1,337 posted on 01/26/2012 6:47:28 PM PST by Cato in PA (Alas, poor Mittens! We knew him too well.)
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To: FastCoyote

Why are you posting comments to me about Romney? I am not a Romney fan. Maybe you have me mixed up with someone else?


1,338 posted on 01/26/2012 6:47:41 PM PST by CitizenM (Obama's legacy will be to be remembered as The architect of the decline of the USA)
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To: caww

Cuba

Oh boy.


1,339 posted on 01/26/2012 6:47:41 PM PST by AliVeritas (Pray. God's will be done. Abortion leaves two victims, the mother and the child.)
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To: Shelayne

Keep Praying!

GO NEWT!!!


1,340 posted on 01/26/2012 6:47:49 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC - DONATE MONTHLY! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know!)
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To: Shelayne

Keep Praying!

GO NEWT!!!


1,341 posted on 01/26/2012 6:48:00 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC - DONATE MONTHLY! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know!)
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To: AFPhys

He wasn’t going to engage because he would lose in a direct fight with Newt on this one - he’s letting his surrogates do his attacking while he stands back and tries to look like he’s keeping his hands “clean”. Reagan was beloved and Romney doesn’t want to kick any hornet’s nests.


1,342 posted on 01/26/2012 6:48:06 PM PST by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: Free Vulcan
Rush will be talking about this tomorrow, for sure.

http://www.riehlworldview.com/carnivorous_conservative/2012/01/video-of-newt-bashing-reagan-is-bogus.html

1,343 posted on 01/26/2012 6:48:06 PM PST by seekthetruth (I want a Commander In Chief who honors and supports our Military!)
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To: bgill

“Can Cuba be sunk?
No, but it’s an island so it can be tipped over”

If we can just persuade the population to run to the eastern side of the island...


1,344 posted on 01/26/2012 6:48:20 PM PST by AnnGora (I'm suing my tagline for sexual harrassment.)
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To: oblomov

I knew it! She does have a He.


1,345 posted on 01/26/2012 6:48:39 PM PST by MaxMax
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To: icwhatudo

Disagree. Give Cubans Iphones and the Internet and Castro will fall in a week. Keep doing what we’ve been doing for 60 years and we’ll get what we’ve been getting for 60 years.


1,346 posted on 01/26/2012 6:48:52 PM PST by blaquebyrd
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To: Shelayne

“Man, I hope Florida sends Mitt slithering back to his home.”

I don’t think that’s going to happen, now. After tonight, and all of the negative media, I think it’s over.

Wish it was different, but there it is...


1,347 posted on 01/26/2012 6:48:52 PM PST by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: icwhatudo

OOh Wolfie actually tries to steer Mitt away from criticizing Obama “How about Paul’s policy?” Wolf..blatant Obama protector.


1,348 posted on 01/26/2012 6:48:52 PM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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Newt leaves a lasting imprint of the force of Reagan Revolution on stammering Mitt

1,349 posted on 01/26/2012 6:48:54 PM PST by red flanker
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To: Irish Eyes
Sadly, the electoral process is pretty irrelevant. The plan is for Romney to be the nominee so that Obama can get a second term.

Your vote doesn't really matter.

1,350 posted on 01/26/2012 6:48:57 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war.)
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