Skip to comments.Live Thread: Republican Presidential Debate in Jacksonville, FL on CNN 8 P.M. EST
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.
After a good debate on his part, Rick sounded very small in his closing statements.
Santorum had a great night overall, but he botched the last question by going negative.
He had the luxury of being outside of the Newt/Mitt squabble.
And now the stacked crowd is shouting “Mitt Mitt Mitt”...what a hoax.
Newt’s closing “doing it for the children” was lame.
It is good not to have all the eggs in the Newt basket.
Look at Mitt jumping into his mosh pitt of paid supporters ...how fake.
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.
Will that there Magic underwear stop me from peeing in Morse code?
His trust fund?
The best debate tonight was right here on FReeRepublic!
Thanks to all of you!
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.
You can tell the crowd was pro-Mitt by the extra oomph in the applause when he answered something.
DRUDGE has a poll that needs freepin
Romney - you saw the support in this audience.
Yeah, bussed in stacked audience by CNN.
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
Mitt lost. Santorum did well and took it to Romney. Newt did well, considering the obstacles placed in his way.
>>Newts closing doing it for the children was lame.
Gloria Borger massaged Mitt’s manhood.
Newt said thanks I am no shrinking violet.
Romney mentions the AUDIENCE RESPONSE proving that he knows the audience was stacked.
Yes, it would have been better if he'd stuck with his ideas rather than attacking Newt and Romney again in his closing remarks.
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.
“Newts 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+
I read here it was Norm Coleman. No link, but that detail might be enough for a google or other search of recent news.
Gov. Romeny’s blind trust = Mr. Magoo leading the way.
I'll stick with Newt.
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.
CNN dum dum panel giving hard analysis.
Yes, sir. Agreed.
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.
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.
Ditto. The first thought I had as well.
YOu could have slept though the entire debate and not missed much....
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?
He's as rich in platitudes as Obama. No way a thinking person buys his lines.
We are screwed buy ammo.
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.
The advisor who said no way on Obamacare was Norm Coleman. Source is Rush Limbaugh.
Nothing about the economy, nothing about class envy, nothing except pandering and division. Guess the economy is pretty good in FL.
PR gets all the Gov goodies without any of the responsibility of statehood.
Why would they ever vote for statehood?
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
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