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

And yet openly admits to choosing Democrat ballots in primaries.

Romney also DID NOT DENY Newt's charge Romney was behind the "Newt hated Reagan" pieces appearing today.

1,351 posted on 01/26/2012 6:48:57 PM PST by newzjunkey (a FL win returns Romney to the "inevitability" path.)
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To: Jane Long

Well, Wolf, I knew Reagan in the ‘80s, I rented Bedtime for Bonzo once, I was a big fan of that movie.


1,352 posted on 01/26/2012 6:49:01 PM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Romney in 2012!)
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To: blaquebyrd

Me too.

Reagan was twenty years ago.

The world has changed tremendously in those two decades.

90’s solutions would not work today.


1,353 posted on 01/26/2012 6:49:03 PM PST by Warthog-2 (Character Counts)
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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...


1,354 posted on 01/26/2012 6:49:10 PM PST by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: AnnGora

LOL


1,355 posted on 01/26/2012 6:49:22 PM PST by ConservativeInPA (Newt makes me want to become a better American. There are no bounds to greatness.)
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To: FReepers
GO Florida!

VOTE FOR NEWT!

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WooHoo!!



1,356 posted on 01/26/2012 6:49:24 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: donaldo

On Free Republic, it’s nobody but Newt.

Sure it’s anti- Zero & Romney. But Free Republic is a Pro- Newt Gingrich website.

We want Newt Gingrich to win the nomination and to be the next President of the United States.


1,357 posted on 01/26/2012 6:49:28 PM PST by show
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To: Artcore

Agreed.


1,358 posted on 01/26/2012 6:49:31 PM PST by yield 2 the right ( Space blank until I come up with a nice Tagline.)
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To: seekthetruth

I can see a great Newt ad here: Romney - the blind trust, out of touch Presidency.


1,359 posted on 01/26/2012 6:49:31 PM PST by Free Vulcan (Election 2012 - America stands or falls. No more excuses. Get involved.)
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To: MaxMax

My rating so far...

1. Santorum. Clearly the best answers. Not afraid to attack Romney. Seems to be speaking from the heart. But I STILL won’t vote for him, STILL don’t like him, and STILL am not fooled for a second into thinking he has what it takes to be President.

2. Newt - Mildly hot, but not on fire tonight. WAY better than his sleep-walking through the last debate, but not nailing Romney the way I wish he would. Perhaps he doesn’t want to come off as “angry”... but he’s not the Professorial lecturer-in-chief that he’s been on his best debates.

3. Ron Paul - His usual self. A couple of refreshing answers, off-set by his usual wacky blathering.

4. Mitt Rommey - The more I see him, the more I dislike him. I won’t vote for him if he’s the candidate. I’ll join others here and write in Sarah’s name as a protest vote.


1,360 posted on 01/26/2012 6:49:46 PM PST by Pravious
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To: onyx

Do you have any doubt that cnn was working with the mitt campaign prior to this “debase?”


1,361 posted on 01/26/2012 6:49:48 PM PST by glock rocks (I didn't leave the Republican party, it left me.)
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To: Biblebelter
Calling all Romneybots, could I get a translation[Paul Psongas] on that.

Romney get an A+ in BS. LoL.

1,362 posted on 01/26/2012 6:50:05 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Irish Eyes
Crazy Uncle Paul managed to break out and make an appearance..."Most American's aren't worried about a jihadist under their bed".

Whew...you just can't make this shee-ot up.

1,363 posted on 01/26/2012 6:50:08 PM PST by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: ez

He has done that several times, I wish they would talk about the UN,IMF, push toward globalism..foreign aid


1,364 posted on 01/26/2012 6:50:50 PM PST by opentalk
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To: CitizenM
Like myself, I think were just clicking anybody to get our input in.
I could be wrong.
1,365 posted on 01/26/2012 6:50:50 PM PST by MaxMax
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To: onyx

Great answer by Newt on Cuba. One of his best tonight.


1,366 posted on 01/26/2012 6:50:54 PM PST by The Citizen Soldier (America needs Gingrich in 2012 about as much as England needed Churchill in 1940!)
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To: StarFan

Apparently there are no Whites in the crowd?


1,367 posted on 01/26/2012 6:51:01 PM PST by bray (More Batting Practice for the Bambino)
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To: Jane Long

Yep. Next he’ll be claiming we’re flying drones over Cuba. LOL!


1,368 posted on 01/26/2012 6:51:10 PM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: All

Palistinian American asking about Palestine/Israel. This should be interesting.


1,369 posted on 01/26/2012 6:51:16 PM PST by KJC1
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To: mylife
I sure miss Rick Perry.

Late to the thread here, but I sure miss him too. He would've been a great president.

1,370 posted on 01/26/2012 6:51:16 PM PST by Inspectorette
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To: writer33

Good contrast...RuPaul got booed with his ‘jihadist under every bed line’ and Santorum tied (again) southern border issues to the jihadists.


1,371 posted on 01/26/2012 6:51:17 PM PST by PennsylvaniaMom (Just because you are paranoid it doesn't mean they aren't out to get you.)
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To: MissMagnolia
..........he’s letting his surrogates do his attacking while he stands back and tries to look like he’s keeping his hands “clean”.

Romney is trying to put himself above the dirty tricks of him campaign.

1,372 posted on 01/26/2012 6:51:24 PM PST by Irish Eyes
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To: tcrlaf

I think that Newt has done well tonight thus far. Romney has held his own on most things except healthcare and his bad attacks on Newt. Santorum has done well. RPaul has gained some agreement with me on issues other than finance.


1,373 posted on 01/26/2012 6:51:24 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: onyx

Romney fumbles and stumbles like his tongue can’t catch up with what he’s trying to remmber to say.

Newt’s doing ok but not exactly knocking it out of the park tonight....Santorum showed he can fight...and Newt let him have the stage and enjoyed the show himslef! He really nailed Romney!


1,374 posted on 01/26/2012 6:51:35 PM PST by caww
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To: All

A Palestinian/American Conservative Republican??!! WTF?


1,375 posted on 01/26/2012 6:51:35 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: B Knotts

Spanish station question, Cuban, Palestinian... What’s next?


1,376 posted on 01/26/2012 6:51:42 PM PST by AliVeritas (Pray. God's will be done. Abortion leaves two victims, the mother and the child.)
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To: Jane Long

Ok, I’m giving Mitt a high five on his Israel answer.


1,377 posted on 01/26/2012 6:51:45 PM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: onyx

The only interesting part of this debate was the RomneyObamacare part and the Reagan part. The rest of it is completely forgettable.

What else did they talk about for the last hour and a half?


1,378 posted on 01/26/2012 6:51:54 PM PST by KansasGirl (GO NEWT! NO ROMNEY!)
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To: Pravious

You aced it IMHO....


1,379 posted on 01/26/2012 6:51:56 PM PST by yield 2 the right ( Space blank until I come up with a nice Tagline.)
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To: show

Santorum is just as conservative, if not more, than Newt. Either one would be good. Both...even better!


1,380 posted on 01/26/2012 6:51:56 PM PST by AnnGora (I'm suing my tagline for sexual harrassment.)
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To: PennsylvaniaMom

There is no one more solid on this stage on foreign policy than Rick Santorum.


1,382 posted on 01/26/2012 6:52:07 PM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: glock rocks

I don’t have any doubt....this was all set up by CNN. Pro Romney all the way.


1,383 posted on 01/26/2012 6:52:09 PM PST by Shortstop7
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To: Raebie
I give up now we got a Republican Palestinian American asking why we dont love hamas!! Too bad I don't drink anymore.This debate was over before it started.
1,384 posted on 01/26/2012 6:52:09 PM PST by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin 2012)
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To: KJC1

And as much as I HATE it, Romney is doing great on this answer.


1,385 posted on 01/26/2012 6:52:11 PM PST by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: Free Vulcan

Or...How can a man who is blind to his own personal investments be expected to lead America’s investments?


1,386 posted on 01/26/2012 6:52:13 PM PST by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: All

Mittens good on Palestine question.


1,387 posted on 01/26/2012 6:52:20 PM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the constitution"-Obama official)
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To: mylife

No Shiite


1,388 posted on 01/26/2012 6:52:20 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: ClearCase_guy
The plan is for Romney to be the nominee so that Obama can get a second term.

Very true.

1,389 posted on 01/26/2012 6:52:29 PM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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To: glock rocks
Do you have any doubt that cnn was working with the mitt campaign prior to this “debase?”

None at all.

Romney has never before gotten so much applause at any debate!

Way too obvious the audience is stacked.

1,390 posted on 01/26/2012 6:52:34 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: Cato in PA
I have a suggestion.

CNN loves to have these focus group, live dial things going showing reactions of people watching at the time.

How about they also run a bar chart at the bottom as to how many minutes each candidate has had to make a statement or answer a question? We could see if one particular candidate or two particular candidates are droning on and dominating the time, or, more importantly, if CNN is picking one or several and ignoring others.

1,391 posted on 01/26/2012 6:52:33 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Hooray for Governor Jan Brewer. Poster girl for American Courage. I love this woman, truly do.)
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To: kristinn

It was a great speech, wasn’t it!! I was there with some folks from Idaho — they saw him in Ft Myers or Naples at Thanksgiving, and have been following him around Florida.

I voted today. Felt good to know it was done.

Now, if only my internet would work well enough tonight for me to see it. I hope I can find it on reruns


1,392 posted on 01/26/2012 6:52:34 PM PST by womanvet (Lesser of 2 evils is Romney...no, come to think of it, he is pure evil.)
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To: bgill

Ok, I’m giving Mitt a high five on his Israel answer.
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That’s because it’s a rehash of all of Newt’s past debate responses.


1,393 posted on 01/26/2012 6:52:48 PM PST by Raebie (WS)
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To: Jane Long
Paul......"Most American's aren't worried about a jihadist under their bed".

Well, Ron...we are worried about a jihadist lopping off our head!

1,394 posted on 01/26/2012 6:52:48 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: bgill

Agreed: Mitt did very well on the Palestinian/Israel issue

Newt will do just as well.


1,395 posted on 01/26/2012 6:53:02 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: seekthetruth

To the fake republican palistinian get flogged.


1,396 posted on 01/26/2012 6:53:07 PM PST by Leep (It's gonna be a Newt day!)
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To: tcrlaf

Don’t worry, Newt will win Florida!


1,397 posted on 01/26/2012 6:53:07 PM PST by seekthetruth (I want a Commander In Chief who honors and supports our Military!)
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To: Vendome

LOL!


1,398 posted on 01/26/2012 6:53:17 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: writer33

I disagree....more it is like Santorum got or gave excellent foreign policy answeres ....others were ax’d different q’s


1,399 posted on 01/26/2012 6:53:23 PM PST by advertising guy (piss on the media like a Marine !)
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To: AllAmericanGirl44
I've been pretty sure Santorum will endorse Romney when he drops out, but after Santorum’s strong criticism of Romney on Romneycare tonight, maybe I'm not so convinced. Hmmm.
1,400 posted on 01/26/2012 6:53:23 PM PST by BagCamAddict (THANK YOU GOVERNOR PERRY for doing the right thing. GO NEWT !!)
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