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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: StarFan

After a good debate on his part, Rick sounded very small in his closing statements.


1,651 posted on 01/26/2012 7:13:22 PM PST by this is my country
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To: kjam22

Santorum had a great night overall, but he botched the last question by going negative.


1,652 posted on 01/26/2012 7:13:22 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: kjam22

He had the luxury of being outside of the Newt/Mitt squabble.


1,653 posted on 01/26/2012 7:13:32 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: KansasGirl; All

And now the stacked crowd is shouting “Mitt Mitt Mitt”...what a hoax.


1,654 posted on 01/26/2012 7:13:46 PM PST by Shortstop7
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To: Pravious

Newt’s closing “doing it for the children” was lame.


1,655 posted on 01/26/2012 7:13:46 PM PST by AnnGora (I'm suing my tagline for sexual harrassment.)
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To: kjam22

It is good not to have all the eggs in the Newt basket.


1,656 posted on 01/26/2012 7:13:54 PM PST by ari-freedom (If SOPA/PIPA passes, we will lose our Free Republic.)
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To: kjam22
If this thing were based solely on tonight... Santorum wins with over 50%

Ditto.

1,657 posted on 01/26/2012 7:13:57 PM PST by madprof98 ("moritur et ridet" - salvianus)
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To: kjam22

Look at Mitt jumping into his mosh pitt of paid supporters ...how fake.


1,658 posted on 01/26/2012 7:14:01 PM PST by LibsRJerks
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To: tcrlaf
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.

Considering she flat-out stated on one of the post-debate round table discussions that Democrats WANT ROMNEY to win, BECAUSE they believe "he is the most beatable" by Obama, I am sure Democrats all over are salivating at how well Romney did in tonight's debate.

1,659 posted on 01/26/2012 7:14:03 PM PST by BagCamAddict (THANK YOU GOVERNOR PERRY for doing the right thing. GO NEWT !!)
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To: kristinn

Will that there Magic underwear stop me from peeing in Morse code?


1,660 posted on 01/26/2012 7:14:08 PM PST by badpacifist (Hey Libs ......Is your dream turning into a nightmare yet? Newt 2012)
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To: womanvet
hey, Romney was in the private sector. Who would have known it?

His trust fund?

1,661 posted on 01/26/2012 7:14:14 PM PST by ConservativeInPA (Newt makes me want to become a better American. There are no bounds to greatness.)
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To: All

The best debate tonight was right here on FReeRepublic!

Thanks to all of you!


1,662 posted on 01/26/2012 7:14:23 PM PST by JDoutrider
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To: bigbob; onyx; katiedidit1; TBBT; Gator113

Good: Quality Newt performance, most crowd reaction.

Bad: Romney has clearly learned the importance of cheers, and has stacked the crowd.

Good: Romney getting owned on ads, Romneycare, Reagan connection, et al.

Bad: Santorum doing well enough to convince himself to stay in and take votes from Newt.

Good: Newt appears to have a small national lead.

Bad: Romney has the edge in Florida, especially with Santorum in the race.

Good: Newt appears to OWN the South, where lots of delegates are.

Bad: Florida is a very different state demographically, and plays well to a moderate candidate.

Summation: No game-changing performances. The sad truth is, however, that Santorum staying in the race means Romney will certainly win the nomination.


1,663 posted on 01/26/2012 7:14:23 PM PST by TitansAFC (Next time, GOP Establishment, back someone who isn't totally despised by the grassroots!)
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To: Shortstop7

You can tell the crowd was pro-Mitt by the extra oomph in the applause when he answered something.


1,664 posted on 01/26/2012 7:14:30 PM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: FReepers
My pc is *very* upset with me for having had cnn streaming thru him for 2hrs !


1,665 posted on 01/26/2012 7:14:30 PM PST by tomkat (+1 for the white-haired smart guy)
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To: advertising guy

DRUDGE has a poll that needs freepin


1,666 posted on 01/26/2012 7:14:39 PM PST by angelcindy ("Those who follow the crowd,gets no further than the crowd")
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To: KansasGirl

Romney - you saw the support in this audience.

Yeah, bussed in stacked audience by CNN.


1,667 posted on 01/26/2012 7:14:39 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: bray

Rick Santorum’s record is not as conservative as Newts. No one on that stage has as conservative a record as Newt. The audience was stacked. Many minds were made up before this debate. Sure, Santorum was calm tonight..he has been out of state and really not attacked as much as Newt. Romney is an absolute disgusting man. He does not deserve to be president..he is a liberal through and through. IF Newt loses in Fla..Romney gets all 50 delegates. God help the USA


1,668 posted on 01/26/2012 7:14:43 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: freemarketsfreeminds

Mitt lost. Santorum did well and took it to Romney. Newt did well, considering the obstacles placed in his way.


1,669 posted on 01/26/2012 7:14:43 PM PST by CASchack
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To: AnnGora

>>Newt’s closing “doing it for the children” was lame.

Why lame.


1,670 posted on 01/26/2012 7:14:56 PM PST by jennychase
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To: kristinn

Gloria Borger massaged Mitt’s manhood.

Newt said thanks I am no shrinking violet.


1,671 posted on 01/26/2012 7:15:01 PM PST by Biblebelter
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

Yep!


1,672 posted on 01/26/2012 7:15:01 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: badpacifist

Romney mentions the AUDIENCE RESPONSE proving that he knows the audience was stacked.


1,673 posted on 01/26/2012 7:15:01 PM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: bray
Rick is blowing a great night! Tell us why you not why not them.

Yes, it would have been better if he'd stuck with his ideas rather than attacking Newt and Romney again in his closing remarks.

1,674 posted on 01/26/2012 7:15:01 PM PST by Will88
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To: kjam22

I don’t think any of them gave a good response to the last question about why they will could be a better president than Obama. The first thing they should have said was because “I and my wife love and have always been proud of America. “ the applause would have been deafening.


1,675 posted on 01/26/2012 7:15:04 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: onyx

“Newt’s closing was excellent.”

I wish I knew. CNN’s live streaming cut him off.

Santorum was an A.
Newt was a B.
Romney was a D+


1,676 posted on 01/26/2012 7:15:07 PM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: PMAS
-- Which one of his advisors said no way to appealing ObamaCare ? --

I read here it was Norm Coleman. No link, but that detail might be enough for a google or other search of recent news.

1,677 posted on 01/26/2012 7:15:07 PM PST by Cboldt
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To: Cato in PA
Spin room now and of course first up Romney. It is going to be a love fest.
1,678 posted on 01/26/2012 7:15:11 PM PST by Irish Eyes
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To: LibsRJerks

Gov. Romeny’s blind trust = Mr. Magoo leading the way.


1,679 posted on 01/26/2012 7:15:24 PM PST by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: angelcindy
Santorum won the debate but he is passive-aggressive and sneaky.

I'll stick with Newt.

1,680 posted on 01/26/2012 7:15:27 PM PST by Tribune7 (GAS WAS $1.85 per gallon on the day Obama was Inaugurated! - - freeper Gaffer)
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To: AFPhys

Santorum is gathering strength slowly and steadily as the campaign rolls on. He has gotten the whine thing well under control, has an excellent grasp on the basis of conservatism and is plenty smart enough. He also has an excellent portfolio on American foreign policy from South America to the Middle East and beyond.

And I truly like, admire and respect the guy.


1,681 posted on 01/26/2012 7:15:36 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: All

CNN dum dum panel giving hard analysis.


1,682 posted on 01/26/2012 7:15:45 PM PST by Leep (It's gonna be a Newt day!)
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To: Proud2BeRight

Yes, sir. Agreed.


1,683 posted on 01/26/2012 7:15:45 PM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: mylife

funny


1,684 posted on 01/26/2012 7:15:50 PM PST by FreedomProtector
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To: mylife
He had the luxury of being outside of the Newt/Mitt squabble.

Bingo!

1,685 posted on 01/26/2012 7:16:10 PM PST by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: PMAS

http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=morman+holy+underware&oe=UTF-8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=zxMiT6ugDKWjiQKD7ZTVBw&biw=2108&bih=1201&sei=7xMiT7_xMeWWiQKXgMHuBw


1,686 posted on 01/26/2012 7:16:15 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~..... GO NEWT GO.....!)
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To: angelcindy

F@$K Drudge!


1,687 posted on 01/26/2012 7:16:16 PM PST by halo66
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To: PMAS
Something to do with a Mormon ritual. It's more like long johns
but most people call them Magic Underwear.
1,688 posted on 01/26/2012 7:16:23 PM PST by MaxMax
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To: wolficatZ

Turned the TV to “Hippos: The Dark Side”. Somehow, that seems appealing after the debate - can’t stand to see the post-debate pro-Romney analysis.


1,689 posted on 01/26/2012 7:16:23 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: KansasGirl

I don’t think you’ll see Santorum drop out - he’s there to suck votes away from Gingrich - to help Romney, I think. Watch what happens in the election next week.


1,690 posted on 01/26/2012 7:16:25 PM PST by Ron C.
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To: ez

Ditto. The first thought I had as well.


1,691 posted on 01/26/2012 7:16:36 PM PST by cincinnati65 (We've been taken for a ride - by Wall Street and Washington DC - Welcome to Amerika!)
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To: newzjunkey

YOu could have slept though the entire debate and not missed much....


1,692 posted on 01/26/2012 7:16:38 PM PST by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin 2012)
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To: MagUSNRET

I wasnt sure if it was Jefferson of Ben Franklin. It was a great interjection of true Conservatiism.

What are Gloria Borger and David Rodham Gergin smoking? Myth had a great night?


1,693 posted on 01/26/2012 7:16:47 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: KansasGirl
-- Romney has been coached very well on what to say to sell himself to conservatives but he still comes off as a phony (but I know his record unlike a lot of voters). --

He's as rich in platitudes as Obama. No way a thinking person buys his lines.

1,694 posted on 01/26/2012 7:16:47 PM PST by Cboldt
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To: CASchack

We are screwed buy ammo.


1,695 posted on 01/26/2012 7:16:53 PM PST by jpsb
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To: AllAmericanGirl44
just who is the debate for?

It's for the DNC-loving enemedia to get sound bites to attack Republicans for the next few days and to make ads through the election. Republicans are really stupid to go along with doing them in the first place and attacking each other in the second.

It is very discouraging to have the right principles on our side but to have such loser leadership. They liked it better during the 40 years in the legislative minority when they got invited to all the best DC parties and didn't even have to fight for anything, just go along and give a few milquetoast speeches.

1,696 posted on 01/26/2012 7:16:59 PM PST by Freee-dame
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To: PMAS

The advisor who said no way on Obamacare was Norm Coleman. Source is Rush Limbaugh.


1,697 posted on 01/26/2012 7:16:58 PM PST by navymom1
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To: rodguy911

Nothing about the economy, nothing about class envy, nothing except pandering and division. Guess the economy is pretty good in FL.


1,698 posted on 01/26/2012 7:16:59 PM PST by bray (More Batting Practice for the Bambino)
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To: Kickass Conservative

PR gets all the Gov goodies without any of the responsibility of statehood.

Why would they ever vote for statehood?


1,699 posted on 01/26/2012 7:16:59 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Tribune7

Right. Santorums record is a lot more liberal than Newts. Dick Morris on Fox saying Newt did not hit it out tonight. Romney slammed Newt according to the talking bobble heads


1,700 posted on 01/26/2012 7:17:06 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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