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Live Thread (CNN Presidential Debate from Mesa, AZ, Feb 22, 8 PM EST)
CNN.com ^ | 02-22-2012 | parksstp

Posted on 02/22/2012 3:30:02 PM PST by parksstp

LIVE DEBATE THREAD (Is it too early to start?)


TOPICS: Breaking News; Politics/Elections; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: 2012debates; aknockout4newt; arizona; arizonadebate; arizonaprimary; az2012; backstabberromney; bitterromney; elections; gingrich; gopdebate; livegopdebate; michiganprimary; mitttrotsky; newt; newt4gunfreezones; newtlautenberg; newtvotedantigun; newtwon; paul; popesantorum; reichsfuhrerpaul; rick4anticondomczar; rickhatesprotestants; ricksturnsoffvoters; romney; santorum
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To: Severa

Ron Paul is a complete embarrassment. This meandering old idiot should NOT be invited to these debates. Why is he even still in the race?


151 posted on 02/22/2012 5:20:00 PM PST by Pravious
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To: KansasGirl

CNN is keeping Obama’s America out of the debate. The kids can’t see it and bite the CNN BS. Newt will steer them back.


152 posted on 02/22/2012 5:20:16 PM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: imchris

[ CNN now asking Ron Paul to attack Rick. ]

Paul was more than happy to oblige. Jerk.


153 posted on 02/22/2012 5:20:23 PM PST by KansasGirl
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To: KansasGirl

Paul and Romney HAVE A DEAL going into this!

Romney will give Paul whatever he wants. Paul NEVER attacks Mittens!


154 posted on 02/22/2012 5:20:27 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (NEWT in 2012)
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To: All

Santorum, excellent counter attack.


155 posted on 02/22/2012 5:20:36 PM PST by imchris
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To: Pravious

He’s an attention whore.


156 posted on 02/22/2012 5:21:06 PM PST by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: Toespi

Newt balanced buget 4 yrs in a row; quotes a little Hamilton; talks about energy and the economy..save 16 trillion? if we open offshore drilling
Santorum on the defense...btw the CAGW also cited Santorum for his 90 MILLION dollar pork legislation he cosigned with Hillary and Lieberman to study the affects watching tv has on children.


157 posted on 02/22/2012 5:21:06 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Ron Paul looks like an evil Keebler Elf. One that does not make any sense.


158 posted on 02/22/2012 5:21:06 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: parksstp

Paul says the American people are sick of Congress....

Yet, 3 current/former are on the stage, including Paul.

lol


159 posted on 02/22/2012 5:21:15 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Someone give RP the hook. Get to the issues.


160 posted on 02/22/2012 5:21:25 PM PST by bray (More Batting Practice for the Bambino)
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To: Jane Long
In that kind of fake, phony humility Romney has always said "whoever the nominee is."

Santorum is rambling and tripping over his talking points.

161 posted on 02/22/2012 5:21:31 PM PST by newzjunkey (Santorum voted for Sotomayor, Obama's 1st choice for Supreme Court.)
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To: imchris

Right on cue...FR is slower than a ROmney answer! GEEZUZ PETE!!!!

As for RuPaul.....he can hbot direct his own freakin eyebrows, so how the hell does he think he can direct a nation? (that is Rhetorical, for those of you in Rio Linda)


162 posted on 02/22/2012 5:22:07 PM PST by MagUSNRET (I have always been proud of my country, it is my government that I am ashamed of!)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

Seems like the questions are aimed at getting the candidates to attack Santorum. They’re treating Romney with kid gloves.


163 posted on 02/22/2012 5:22:07 PM PST by sandshark222
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To: Vision

Great discription!

Just seeing him hurts my head ~


164 posted on 02/22/2012 5:22:23 PM PST by AllAmericanGirl44
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To: Pravious

This debate is tracking just like the last one. Nothing important ever discussed. CNN is very careful not to ask anything that might embarrass the dear leader.


165 posted on 02/22/2012 5:22:34 PM PST by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin 2012)
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To: Red Steel
Correction, 100 US senators, not 50. But minor slip.

Santorum is struggling a bit, to be frank (probably the butterflies with so much at stake, I saw it with Bachman, Perry, Cain and Newt when one or the other of them were temporarily ahead, but he will get wound up and fire in the belly by the time the debate gets into full force. I think he is going to tear Paul a new one, enough to get the Paulbots in the audience booing. Praying for a major Bishop Romney slip of the tongue. He is such a pre-programmed, boring, slick robot...somebody, any of the other three, needs to trip him up!

166 posted on 02/22/2012 5:22:46 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Patience, my compatriots, PATIENCE! FR will be "Santorum Country" in a very short time, IMHO.)
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To: imchris
Flipper's lips are moving and the lies are flyin'.

We know your record, Myth!


167 posted on 02/22/2012 5:22:46 PM PST by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: parksstp

Newt should sarcastically ask John King if he wants to talk about his ex-wife again?


168 posted on 02/22/2012 5:23:00 PM PST by Son House (The Economic Boom Heard Around The World => TEA Party 2012)
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To: sheikdetailfeather
She's just using Code Words meaning John King has been coached, rehearsed and ready to insert himself into this debate with a personal vendetta.

Newt is talking DIRECTLY to the people. John King asks the Questions. Newt answers them specifically to the American people.

The reason John King was pummeled in the last debate, is because he had rehearsed his walk across the stage with lighting and camera angles to ask Newt the first question about his Ex-Wife.

John King is an Actor, he isn't asking Newt about his Ex-Wife, he isn't charging at him with an opening sentence like he did at the last debate.

John King's rehearsal to react differently than he did before will never be seen. As the only reason Newt reacted that way is because John King literally walked forward to Newt as he was asking a very disgusting question. And Newt nailed him with a cheering crowd. It was a beautiful thing to watch. That scene will never repeat itself. Liberals are so stupid.

169 posted on 02/22/2012 5:23:11 PM PST by show
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To: Severa

Criticisms of Ron Paul notwithstanding, ya gotta admit if it weren’t for his zany statements and stunning remarks, these debates would be hella boring.


170 posted on 02/22/2012 5:23:11 PM PST by baa39
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To: imchris
I have a question for Mass (Bay Staters) doesn't Mass require a balanced budget? Many states do!
171 posted on 02/22/2012 5:23:11 PM PST by Reily
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To: Vision

We have a choice........the richest, the smartest, the holiest and the craziest


172 posted on 02/22/2012 5:23:19 PM PST by Toespi
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To: Future Snake Eater

New drinking word for Romney is “Olympics”


173 posted on 02/22/2012 5:23:19 PM PST by freemarketsfreeminds
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To: sandshark222

I can’t stand Mitt’s speech pattern ... he always sounds slightly hysterical (and I don’t mean funny)


174 posted on 02/22/2012 5:23:49 PM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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To: TomGuy

[ Paul says the American people are sick of Congress....

Yet, 3 current/former are on the stage, including Paul.

lol ]

I’m sick of Paul.


175 posted on 02/22/2012 5:23:49 PM PST by KansasGirl
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To: Jane Long

Newt’s first answer was sharp and focused. He didn’t take the bait. I hope this debate is very good for him.


176 posted on 02/22/2012 5:24:07 PM PST by newzjunkey (Santorum voted for Sotomayor, Obama's 1st choice for Supreme Court.)
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To: baa39

Yeah I can admit that. Hell I’m just glad that Newt is finally getting an opportunity to speak!


177 posted on 02/22/2012 5:24:29 PM PST by Severa (I can't take this stress anymore...quick, get me a marker to sniff....)
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To: sandshark222

It’s the same trick they play on the Sunday shows.

“Mitt, tell us why you’re great...”
“Newt, you’ve been accused of being an evil, fat troll. How do you defend that?”
“Rick, given those absurd comments you made yesterday, how can you possibly stay in this race?”
“Ron, say something nice about Mitt.”


178 posted on 02/22/2012 5:24:47 PM PST by Pravious
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To: All

Newt: “Current government is a disaster” *drink*


179 posted on 02/22/2012 5:24:47 PM PST by imchris
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To: All

Newt is beginning to frame the debate!


180 posted on 02/22/2012 5:24:47 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Irish Eyes

like santo but newt can speak. no uhh’s or umm’s


181 posted on 02/22/2012 5:24:55 PM PST by not romney (no uhh's or umm's)
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To: Jane Long

Same ol Mitt stump speech, Gov, Olympics blah blah blah,


182 posted on 02/22/2012 5:24:55 PM PST by bray (More Batting Practice for the Bambino)
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To: rodguy911
CNN is very careful not to ask anything that might embarrass the dear leader.

Agree. But, Newt has a great talent for working important issues - whether they're asked about, or not - into the dialogue.

183 posted on 02/22/2012 5:25:01 PM PST by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: KansasGirl

Newt: “The current government is a disaster!”


184 posted on 02/22/2012 5:25:06 PM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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To: newzjunkey
Excuse me Santorum people but I must ask, if you are in SWOON mode, because he is not presidential at all.! The professor is at the debate tonight and is cleaning their clocks with his reasonable viable solutions! Go NEWT!

Lots of applause right now too!!!!

185 posted on 02/22/2012 5:25:06 PM PST by Repub4bush (GOPbriefingroom.com)
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To: parksstp

I love following debates on FR. It’s like we have our very own version of Twitter. I read a little of my current Kindle favorite for awhile and then jump back to FR and catch up with the debate by reading quickly through the latest “FReets”.

Saves time and you don’t have to listen to Romney. A twofer.


186 posted on 02/22/2012 5:25:36 PM PST by InterceptPoint (TIN)
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To: newzjunkey

The seating is interesting. RuPaul and Myth, the BFFs, should be seated together. Myth next to Noot...he is doing that smug smiley thing. Good on Noot or Rick if they keep their tempers and don’t punch him in the nose. He is soooooo condescending.


187 posted on 02/22/2012 5:25:38 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: imchris

Mittens defended his “Severely Conservative” statement.

Newt - Current government is a disaster

It’s utterly stupid to say that the government cannot defend the border.


188 posted on 02/22/2012 5:25:50 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: PennsylvaniaMom
Say what you will about Ron Paul, I though he was great in Lost In Space...


189 posted on 02/22/2012 5:26:25 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: PennsylvaniaMom
Ron Paul looks like an evil Keebler Elf.

Exactly! That laugh/giggle of his is getting really, really creepy!

190 posted on 02/22/2012 5:26:30 PM PST by CAluvdubya
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To: Clint N. Suhks; American Constitutionalist; Antoninus; Colonel_Flagg; cripplecreek; ...

For those interested.


191 posted on 02/22/2012 5:26:32 PM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: PennsylvaniaMom
Say what you will about Ron Paul, I though he was great in Lost In Space...


192 posted on 02/22/2012 5:26:40 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: PennsylvaniaMom
Say what you will about Ron Paul, I though he was great in Lost In Space...


193 posted on 02/22/2012 5:26:40 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Reily

The question is how did he balance the budget (raise taxes?). Whhy isn’t anyone ripping Mitt on his Olympics fairy tale?


194 posted on 02/22/2012 5:26:55 PM PST by freemarketsfreeminds
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To: newzjunkey

Santorum and Romney will be at each other tonight. Newt will be presenting his ideas.


195 posted on 02/22/2012 5:26:59 PM PST by sheikdetailfeather ("We need to teach the establishment a lesson!" Newt Gingrich CPAC 2-10-2012)
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To: bray
This current government is a disaster.

Newt goes right to the core,is unafraid and did so good john king had to change the topic immediately not to reflect poorly on the Joker.

196 posted on 02/22/2012 5:26:59 PM PST by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin 2012)
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To: Toespi

“We have a choice........the richest, the smartest, the holiest and the craziest.”

Toespi, you have summed it up brilliantly! That should be a headline.


197 posted on 02/22/2012 5:27:09 PM PST by baa39
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To: newzjunkey

Sorry newz wasn’t referring to you as a Santorum person


198 posted on 02/22/2012 5:27:09 PM PST by Repub4bush (GOPbriefingroom.com)
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To: mylife
Newt is beginning to frame the debate!

Gingrich isn't going to play King's game.

199 posted on 02/22/2012 5:27:16 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Repub4bush

Santorum sounds whiny and shrill and it’s early. Not good.


200 posted on 02/22/2012 5:27:28 PM PST by Severa (I can't take this stress anymore...quick, get me a marker to sniff....)
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