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.
Don’t even get me started ‘bout Mr. big-government Santorum ...
I liked his answer. That doesn’t mean I believe he’ll govern in accordance with his answer.
CNN post debate spin crew are the Baghdad Bob of television!
Tim Paulenty cheering Romney on and on and on. ...to the point of ridiculous.....
Fred T. asked why is he for Newt....”Says cause of the condition of the country...we are at a tipping point...Obama taking us in direction of Europe...we need someone who is substitive, can articulate issues and take it to Obama. Newt is the guy who can carry the mail....Mitt was behind so pulled out all the stops and went after Newt”.
Fleischer defends his boy Romney on the fact checked Romney ad. Anderson suggests the ad is accurate even if Newt didn't say what the ad claimed he said. So transparent.
Wolfie and Coop' talking about Newt being "flat."
I don't see how stating fact about where Romney's had money kept in a Swiss account and the Caymen Islands is "charge" or "serious allegation."
Everyone thinks Romney walks on water, seem to predict he'll take FL.
I dread they are correct. This was not Newt's best night. With Santorum giving up on FL but not dropping out, I don't see Newt pulling off back-to-back wins.
With winner-take-all FL's 50 delegates, Romney gets back on track with inevitability a sweeps through the friendly states like Mormon-heavy Nevada and his birth state of Michigan in February.
CNN spinmasters are saying Mitt took it to Newt, but they all said Santorum did well. They just can’t say he won the debate. He was the clear winner.
Can it be verified that busloads were brought in from the Romney camp?
Are there photos or videotape of these people and these busses?
I heard lots of shouts and applause for Ron Paul too.
Did he bus in his people?
He endorsed Specter over Toomey eight years ago. Supporting a RINO over a true conservative is an inexcusable death-penalty offense. Unless that RINO is Dede Scozzafava. Then it's forgotten in less than two years.
Actualy my guess is since the Florida Republican Committee sponsored the debate, we know who got a lot of the other 2200 seats...the FL GOP-E.
I am shocked to see Ari Fleischer on the panel.
Agreed good post,we have to do more with the New Media if we want any level of fairness. We sure as hell won’t get it with the drivebys.
Cool. Cookbook !
Which one of his advisors said no way to appealing ObamaCare ?
link please if you have
Norm Coleman. I don’t have a link, but it was on FR.
the line “for the children” has become a joke. Surely you know that by now. Get real. It’s pandering.
Donna Brazille is looking ill. She is either sick or on one heck of a weight loss program. Maybe she is a lot older than I think.
Hey, lets not get crazy TK....lol
Well, maybe "Off his game" would have been a better description.
I know what you mean but I think we also have to look at what was being asked for questions.
Newt does best on questions about policy. Many of the questions were to pin him and Romney against each other based on ads and attacks or why would your wife make a good first lady.
The thinnest cookbook ever written! 28 pages.
Oh, you listen to them? God bless ya for He knows how tough a job that is! :-)
Romney may have a shot at buying the election.If he can saturate the air waves in every state with lies like he did here in Floriduh it could happen.The country has an ignorant voter base,we maybe doomed.
Mitt got his lunch handed to him by Rick on the Romneycare. If the voters are supposed to ignore that then they really are blind.
I just don’t how we (Newt) get to “focus on Obama”, if we fail to take on Romney first, which in so doing would hand Romney the victory. Nobody beats Romney without a punch, because his opposition research operation swamps the rest. After all, Newt is enduring a full frontal assault right now and must be seen standing ground and fighting back.
I would agree with you on that.
Very well said. Rush and Coulter..no children involved. We all know the mess this country is in and what our children and grandchildren will face. The greatest generation left behind a great country full of opportunity. What happened? I like Newt because he has a genuine concern for the children of America. He spoke in the past of teens going to work...the work ethic; English as our official language. He is the anti gop establishment candidate and our hope to revive this nation. God help us if Romney wins.
No, I finally told my wife to turn the channel to FOX so we had a chance to get something more accurate on analysis.
Something called “Temple Garments,” I think.
His excuse for supporting Specter over Toomey was Specter agreeing to back the justices being brought to the supreem court.......not that that is a good excuse. Specter was ranking minority member....I think....someone correct me on this.....????
Why is the GOP establishment so afraid of nominating conservatives? The dems aren’t afraid to nominate flaming liberals.
Mittens' "11 million grandmothers" quip absolutely shredded Newt - who asked for it with his colossally stupid, pandering appearance with Jorge Ramos on Univision. Newt's immigration stances are preposterous, and are slowly undermining him. Once his Florida panderfest is over, he had better change his tune, and fast.
Although Santorum performed remarkably well, any advance by Santorum in the vote count comes out of Gingrich's score. Therefore, a good debate by Santorum such as we saw tonight hurts Gingrich.
Romney did very well on theatrics and that is of vital importance in this context. Gingrich's argument is that he can out debate Obama and that means that he must be able to out debate both Santorum and Romney. A tie is a loss.
Finally, Gingrich went into the debate tonight requiring a turnaround performance and he did not deliver. He will lose momentum in Florida.
Full disclosure I am one of the earliest supporters of Gingrich on these threads. My observations are just that, reporting what I saw, not what I wish to have seen.
Newt should have stated it exactly as you just did. Instead, he said “I’m doing it for my children.” Again, lame. Sounds automatic and pandering. Billy Jeff Clinton on a typical, lip biting day.
Santorum is a flat-out liar when he says Newt has been for an individual mandate for 20 years. Newt has talked about many things to help fix health care. Santorum makes it sound like Newt and Willard are on the same level with socialized
medicine. Santorum will say and do anything to make himself look good. In that regard he would make a good running mate for the lying sneaky SOB Romney, whose the phoniest, fakest SOB this side of the moon. Just another filthy rich liberal trying to buy the nomination. Does the names John McCain come to mind. Guess what. He lost.
Exactly what I did! Trying to catch up now. Sounds like Mith may have had a good night - I hope not!
You have a hearing problem. He said it was about his grandchildren. I guess it is possible in some warped world to pander to ones own grandchildren.
Notice how Wolf presented the question to Romney..."Lets ask Gov. Romney first of all what would you say to Abraham?" Afterwards Wolf then follows with "Thank you Governor"
Newt's Turn...Wolf prefaces the question "Speaker Gingrich you got into a little hot water when you said the Palestinians were an invented people" Newt nails the answer and Wolf interrupts the audience applause with..."Lets go to Miami"
Fair???? This crap was going on all night!
How was Romney the clear winner? Santorum cleaned his clock tonight. By the way, even those on CNN said afterward there was no clear winner.
Wouldn't surprise me one bit if he only agreed to do these debates after he got the audience taken out of the first debate, and after he (or his Super PAC) BOUGHT 2200 seats in the 3000-seat auditorium for this debate.
He may not be ethical, but he knows how to spend money to stack the deck in his favor.
Santorum and Paul did well tonight.
*pffffffffffft* IF, and that is a big IF, Mitt gets the nod, he will be savaged in the general by this very media that is propping him up. He won’t even win his own state.
Why aren’t they talking about the government gun runners, how about solyndra, the troops dying in Afghanistan, gitmo, failing educational system, keystone pipeline, fuel prices, and the list goes on. Instead they are baited against each other, and then to top it off, they are asked why their wives would make good first ladies. Disgusting.
Santorum - (A-) far and away his best debate, energized, passionate.
Newt - (B+) deck clearly stacked against him but gave reasoned answers to most questions
Romney - (B-) started strong (well-rehearsed) but stumbled on blind trust and Reagan support
Paul - (C-) was there and occasionally witty but no strong answers on any question of substance
Predictions for Florida:
Newt - 38%
Romney - 34%
Santorum - 18%
Paul - 9%
Others - 1%
Either way, I'm just glad the damned thing's over .. LOL
I tried to get tickets for this debate as it is near me.
I was told off the GOP lady that there were 3,000 seats but only 800 tickets went out.
Now who got those tickets less than 800, I heard and I am betting Romney establishment stooges to cheer him.
Disgusting how they have come after Newt instead of staying out of this.
Yes, sir, because it won't fly anywhere else.
Well bless your wife then for saving your brain from turning to mush. Wolf and Cooper aren’t exactly Thomas Paine and Tom Clancy.
Boy did you hit that one on the head.
His money dwarfs everyone else.