Skip to comments.Live Thread (CNN Presidential Debate from Mesa, AZ, Feb 22, 8 PM EST)
Posted on 02/22/2012 3:30:02 PM PST by parksstp
LIVE DEBATE THREAD (Is it too early to start?)
Romney - Pretend like your watching Sesame Street. Today's Mitt Romney is brought to you by the word "Earmark" which you'll probably here from his mouth a zillion times trying to counter a Santorum attack (along with that creepy staredown grin that nobody ever calls him on). Take a drink whenever he does either. If Santorum or Newt draw blood, he's in more trouble. But even if he draws, depending on the circumstances, it may still not be enough.
Santorum - In tonight's play, Barack Obama will be played by Mitt Romney, in which Santorum will turn Romney into a punching bag designed to show what it will look like if he got a shot at the real Obama in the ring. Santorum's ready for this. As quickly as Romney says "Earmarks", Santorum will be back with Romney=Obamacare, TARP, and Climate change. Drink on either occurrences. Santorum will also have to defend himself on the social questions bound to come tonight after some of his comments. He has to defend himself strongly, because if he doesn't, as strangely as it sounds, Newt Gingrich will do it for him.
Newt - Standard ideas, probably won't attack anyone with two exceptions. If he gets a question on his "viability" and current polls, Newt is going to launch into a tirade at the VA GOP and the ballot access issue there. Trust me, that's already been worked in there somewhere should the same situation arise. But the more likely "indignant" moment where Newt takes off at the media is likely not to come at a question directed at him, but at Rick Santorum. For example, if Santorum doesn't do a good or strong enough job defending himself on his comments and stances this week from the social issues (Satan, birth control, etc), Newt's going to go after the media for asking stupid questions with idiot premises to begin with. Trust me, that one is worked in there too should the situation arise. Finally, if neither of the two cases present themselves, Newt may suggest the participants as chicken for backing out of the debate on March 1. However, if he goes with that route, look for Romney, Santorum, or even Paul to bring up Ben Jones and 1994.
Paul - He's an idiot on foreign policy, and tonight we probably find out that he is wishy washy on social issues as well. Whenever he says something kooky, stupid, or downright dangerous, then take a drink. If you don't get alcohol poisoning, I commend you.
How about the “last debate” meme.....I was pretty sure there was one more between now and Super Tuesday. That was the impression when the debate in Georgia was cancelled - one of three remaining - meaning still two were left before Super Tuesday.
Great, now I’m going to have to find CNN on my TV.
So this is gong tobe a conference table style debate..
The Santobots already began a thread to start a problem.
This is pre damage control.
Who gives a damn? Heads, we lose, tails the commies win. NO ONE CAN FIX THIS ANYMORE.
I can’t believe people are still paying attention to this farce.
Anybody know what time the debate starts?
“The Santobots already began a thread to start a problem.”
So, are you a Nutubobot or a Pualbot?
Senator Santorum, do you stand by your contention in 2008 that the institutions of America are under attack by a super-natural being named Satan?
She is supposedly a Newtbot, but judging by her posting histroy, I sincerly doubt she is really a Newt supporter. Probably a masquerading Romulan.
I said nothing critical of Newt in my analysis listed above. Everybody knows he is prepping some kind of indigant moment to exploit in the debate should the opportunity come. There’s nothing wrong with that. That’s good debate strategy. And I think I laid out 3 possible circumstances where the situation might present itself.
And also, just to clarify, when I say “Standard ideas”, I don’t mean dull and boring, but the typical stuff people are used to hearing in a Newt speech or statement.
So I don’t know what her problem is, unless of course it was with calling Ron Paul a kook.
So, Mittens decided to play the “class warfare” card today, huh? Conservative, my arse!
"Fixing it" is an irrelevant concept. The question is whether it can be improved vs the status quo. The answer is yes. However given that we have two conservatives splitting the vote and dems/independents/RINOs voting for Romney in the primaries it will be quite a challenge.
Whoever should ask this question would be shown to be a babbling idiot with the response, "Americans who still believe us one nation under 'a super-natural being' named God, would have no problem with that contention. Why do you?"
Drinking word for this Newtist is: FUNDAMENTAL.
Ping for later.
Ping for later
IIRC, the other two have been cancelled, due to lack of participants.
After all this time saying he’s a Conservative, he goes the Liberal, class warfare route (with his “new” tax plan).
This guy had better not end up as our nominee.
Newt is going to have to make his own moments CNN will avoid him the best they can.
It should have been held outside on the lawn. The weather here is just so perfect today-currently 78 degrees without a cloud in the sky!
I would certainly enjoy seeing that exchange.
They’re gonna focus on Santorum’s Satan stuff.
It may be in Arizona but this debate is all about taking out Willard in Michigan!
Michigan @NBC News/Marist
Santorum 35, Romney 37, Gingrich 8
NEWTORUM +6 OVER Willard
2012 Republican Presidential Nomination @Associated Press/GfK
Santorum 33, Romney 32, Gingrich 15
NEWTORUM +16 OVER Willard
2012 Republican Presidential Nomination @Quinnipiac Survey
Santorum 35, Romney 26, Gingrich 14
NEWTORUM +23 OVER Willard
2012 Republican Presidential Nomination @Gallup Tracking
Santorum 35, Romney 27, Gingrich 15
NEWTORUM +23 OVER Willard
didn’t someone say last week Mitt had somehow bought most of the tickets to the live audience or somehow managed to stack the audience in his favor . . . I hope not.
Mith and Rickie will avoid any mention of Newt or his positions to avoid Newt getting any rebuttal time!
I better not lose my DISH signal . . . oh no and daughter just left for dance class a bit ago and won’t be out until 8:15 . . . and she wonder why I always say “bee careful”.
Willard the Lib is toast if Rick and Newt unite.
John King will try to steer the debate too.
Screw the non-fat diet - I'm drinking Amaretto during this debate.
The doc says I have to gain weight, then says don't eat any fat - huh? Is that possible? Bring on the Amaretto.
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I think you can count on the audience being stacked. Mesa, AZ is a mormon stronghold and I'm sure the mormons will be there in force to boo Newt and Santorum and cheer hysterically for Mitt.
Isn’t that the truth. Take nothing for granted. My future son-in-law has been spending a lot of time on the road between Huntsville and Tuscaloosa. Just what I need. Another kid to worry about. :)
Geesh... FR is slooowwww tonight... :-(
Kinda mean, Christie.
I prefer SatanNots. Or AngelBots.
Either one describes us perfectly. (^;0
I think you’re right. I think Obama wants to go against Santorum..a rooky campared to Newt.
I think you’re right. I think Obama wants to go against Santorum..a rookie campared to Newt.
Yeah, I’ve had it crash on me a couple times in just the last 5 minutes. I don’t know if she’ll make it through the debate.
And he could use an eyebrow haircut!
That people is a fact. I hope that there will be support there for Newt. Demonstrations outside?
I predict that the worshippers of Saint Rick will declare him the winner over the satanic forces of the other candidates.
Santobots? How offensive!
Use “Rick Rollers” instead.
Well, they’re not in Tahiti where you are!
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