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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: show

Lol, Santorum talks about how principled he is, then torturously defends his “pragmatic” support of Arlen Specter… arghh.


551 posted on 02/22/2012 6:05:44 PM PST by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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Lol, Santorum talks about how principled he is, then torturously defends his “pragmatic” support of Arlen Specter… arghh.


552 posted on 02/22/2012 6:05:56 PM PST by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Mitt got his ass kicked.


553 posted on 02/22/2012 6:06:00 PM PST by maggief
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To: Deo volente
Kingman. Barstow. San Bernardino.

OK. ILLEGAL INVASION ISSUE IS UP!!

554 posted on 02/22/2012 6:06:16 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Patience, my compatriots, PATIENCE! FR will be "Santorum Country" in a very short time, IMHO.)
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To: parksstp

CNN is ignoring Newt, BECAUSE HE IS KICKING ASS!


555 posted on 02/22/2012 6:06:16 PM PST by ct_libertarian (W.W.J.G.D? What would John Galt do?)
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To: Deo volente

10% buys a lot of votes!!


556 posted on 02/22/2012 6:06:56 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Pravious

No, they boo Santorum because they hear what he says!


557 posted on 02/22/2012 6:06:56 PM PST by newzjunkey (Santorum voted for Sotomayor, Obama's 1st choice for Supreme Court.)
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To: RitaOK

My husband, who switched from Newt to Rick, has now come home to roost.!!! He said Rick is not presidential and he will be making calls for Newt!!! Hail Mary and thank you Jesus! We are a two religion home..LOL


558 posted on 02/22/2012 6:07:15 PM PST by Repub4bush (GOPbriefingroom.com)
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To: matginzac

I think Santorum is tearing himself down without anyone’s help and the more he dominates the conversation and shows his anger, the deeper it gets.


559 posted on 02/22/2012 6:07:15 PM PST by StarFan
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To: Reily

Romney may have his crowd in the audience but he looks just as infantile as little Ricky.


560 posted on 02/22/2012 6:07:28 PM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: dandiegirl

“Moderator needs to get control.”

This is the plan. CNN and opponents of Newt want Newt silent. If the opponents never mention his name, Newt is stopped cold, but for questions from John King.


561 posted on 02/22/2012 6:07:42 PM PST by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. Newt knows where all the bodies are buried, because he buried them.)
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To: Irish Eyes
"I would love to have a look at the buses in the parking lot there. How many with Utah plates? Team Mittens pffffffft!"
Will not have too. Mesa Arizona is Mormon territory. Mitt is playing in his own backyard.

The Mormon population in the Phoenix metro area must be huge as two more temples are under construction, one in northwest Phoenix and one in Gilbert (south of Mesa).(A LDS press release says the Mesa temple is attended by more Mormons than any temple outside of Utah). The NW PHX temple has been subject to numerous challenges by local Deer Valley homeowners groups as it is being built in a residential area. LDS has had to change plans several times to receive city of PHX approval and it is now under construction with a much scaled back structure. The Gilbert temple is nearing completion and has a structure similar to the Mesa temple but with a 195 feet spire "capped with a golden angel Moroni." (http://www.ldschurchtemples.com/mesa/region/)

562 posted on 02/22/2012 6:07:47 PM PST by CedarDave (Donna Brazile: "... we we believe that the weakest candidate ... [is] Mitt Romney.")
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To: writer33

Santorum is getting ticked. Romney has begun to go after him now since Santorum has gained and Ron Paul is backing him. Santorum does his best when he goes after him on Romneycare.


563 posted on 02/22/2012 6:08:10 PM PST by sheikdetailfeather ("We need to teach the establishment a lesson!" Newt Gingrich CPAC 2-10-2012)
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To: this is my country

Yeah Santorum is bumbling and stumbling over the head of the audience as is mitt,Rick really does not look presidential.


564 posted on 02/22/2012 6:08:19 PM PST by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin 2012)
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To: ct_libertarian

Yes, where is Newt? I am watching this to hear what Newt has to say.


565 posted on 02/22/2012 6:08:38 PM PST by Bronzy (Send a NEWTron to Obama!)
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To: maggief

Yep, he really took it to Mitt, and humiliated him. RS got his dander up, which was good—his true self, with a tinge of anger, needed to emerge. Don’t cross this guy. He is rising to the occasion. Just the stacked crowd is not in the tank for him.


566 posted on 02/22/2012 6:08:37 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Patience, my compatriots, PATIENCE! FR will be "Santorum Country" in a very short time, IMHO.)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Simply saying many are cheering every misstep by Rick. To stop Romney, Santorum needs to take Michigan and AZ.

And many are estatic when Newt hits it out of the park, understandable but where does that leave us?


567 posted on 02/22/2012 6:08:37 PM PST by Kenny (I)
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To: eyedigress

Newt

Duncan Hunter mention on his fence

:)


568 posted on 02/22/2012 6:08:46 PM PST by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: newzjunkey

I know if Romney is the nominee.... I’m staying home. I will never vote for that slimey liar.


569 posted on 02/22/2012 6:08:46 PM PST by kjam22 (my newest music video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fHjvo6eRkI)
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To: Utmost Certainty

Romney scored with the Arlen Specter jab - Santorum’s excuses sounded ridiculous.


570 posted on 02/22/2012 6:08:57 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: StarFan

Disagree...total BS


571 posted on 02/22/2012 6:08:57 PM PST by matginzac
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To: StarFan

Disagree...total BS


572 posted on 02/22/2012 6:09:01 PM PST by matginzac
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To: ct_libertarian

Newt is the king of nano-second sound bytes that destroy liberals, media and Romney in less than 20 seconds.

Nano-Newt is on FIRE !


573 posted on 02/22/2012 6:09:01 PM PST by show
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To: eyedigress
Newt is staying out of the little boy fight between Romney and Santorum. (Smart Newt) And I love how he is keying off so effectively with any time he gets. Newt is leading this debate brilliantly!
574 posted on 02/22/2012 6:09:10 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: newzjunkey
Can anyone here imagine Santorum debating Obama?

That is what it's ALL about. The ONLY one up there who can smack BamBam outta here, is Newt! It's obvious...he's the only one with clear plans, who doesn't lie about his record and who will take it to Bammer!

575 posted on 02/22/2012 6:09:16 PM PST by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: All

whew....after Rick and Mitt’s ‘he said she said’ bickering... Newt definitely sounds like the adult in the room.


576 posted on 02/22/2012 6:09:31 PM PST by Shortstop7
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To: Revolting cat!

King tries to drive a wedge between Newt and Perry on the border fence. It fails badly. Now Newt going after King citing a BS study.

Applauses for Newt.


577 posted on 02/22/2012 6:09:31 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: matginzac

Newt is the best candidate.....still.


578 posted on 02/22/2012 6:09:58 PM PST by Fawn (Anyone but OBOZO!!!!)
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To: Utmost Certainty

That’s what grates on me about Santuckabee - he always has an excuse for what he does but then snarks for the same thing. He is NOT pristine. Repeat, he is NOT pristine. He is NOT pristine.

It’s becoming clear.


579 posted on 02/22/2012 6:09:58 PM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: show

Gingrich is way smart. He’d destroy Obama.


580 posted on 02/22/2012 6:10:22 PM PST by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks!)
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To: RitaOK

Newt would appoint Gov Perry to head up the border problem; do it for 10% of what the govt charges and have it completed by Jan 2014! cited his work in San Diego.

GO NEWT!


581 posted on 02/22/2012 6:10:26 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: matginzac; Liz

Romney the illegal alien employer during the AMNESTY Bill

“we cannt send them all back”

“We need to find a path to citizenship”


582 posted on 02/22/2012 6:10:26 PM PST by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Yes, sir. It’s definitely pile on by Paul and Romney. Meanwhile, John King keeping them agitated with each other. Going after Romney on Romneycare is important. As Santorum, said, “Folks, we can’t afford to give this issue away.”


583 posted on 02/22/2012 6:10:35 PM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: Tennessee Nana

Voting for delegates today I went all in with Newt and Perry’s committed delegates.


584 posted on 02/22/2012 6:10:35 PM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: show

Yay, Sheriff Joe in the house!!!
Let him ask a question....


585 posted on 02/22/2012 6:10:48 PM PST by matginzac
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To: Kenny

“And many are estatic when Newt hits it out of the park, understandable but where does that leave us?”

That leaves us screwed. Romney has proven he’ll just spend whatever it takes to smear Newt in campaign commercials. If Newt rises and Santorum falls, they’ll simply split the anti-Romney vote and Romney will win.


586 posted on 02/22/2012 6:10:48 PM PST by Pravious
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To: All

The scope and breadth of Newt’s intellect is head and shoulders above the others. He can say in two sentences more than anyone I’ve ever heard. A pleasure to hear. I sincerely hope he gets to debate Obama.


587 posted on 02/22/2012 6:11:02 PM PST by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only hope for Western Civilization.)
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To: Fawn

Does Mitt ever answer the question that is addressed to him? Or does he only give canned responses?


588 posted on 02/22/2012 6:11:02 PM PST by ClearCase_guy ("And the public gets what the public wants" -- The Jam)
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To: Right_in_Virginia
Newt has been educating the audience but just as he gave both Romney and Santorum an out on a bait question then they both reopen the can of worms on contraception and kept it going.
589 posted on 02/22/2012 6:11:02 PM PST by tobyhill
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To: StarFan
You're not alone. He's like a teacher's pet turned class snitch and the audience is beginning to see through him with their boos.

Yes I agree. Santorum alternates between petty attacks and his soapbox and I don't like either. I would have to rank their performace as follows thus far: Gingrich, Romney, Paul, Santorum

590 posted on 02/22/2012 6:11:20 PM PST by plain talk
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To: maggief

Yes, he did.


591 posted on 02/22/2012 6:11:20 PM PST by Girlene
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To: matginzac

Romney will not do one tenth of what he promises. He needs congress and he does not have the muscle to get it done. He is a snake oil salesman. That’s it.


592 posted on 02/22/2012 6:11:25 PM PST by kjam22 (my newest music video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fHjvo6eRkI)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

Romney and Santorum are both sounding ridiculous. Nonstop spin and (unsuccessful) ass covering.


593 posted on 02/22/2012 6:11:42 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is not just brewing, rebellion is here!!)
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To: CedarDave

Better a Mormon temple than a mosque....
Newt just nailed illegal immigration with his fence idea,it was awesome.


594 posted on 02/22/2012 6:11:42 PM PST by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin 2012)
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To: Tennessee Nana
Duncan Hunter mention on his fence

Duncan Hunter Bump!


595 posted on 02/22/2012 6:11:42 PM PST by WalterSkinner ( In Memory of My Father--WWII Vet and Patriot 1926-2007)
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To: Gator113

Hi, Gator. I’m watching and reading. Newt is so fine. So is this Blue Bell Strawberry Cream ice cream with no sugar and low fat.

Our Texas border needs help - Newt would do it.


596 posted on 02/22/2012 6:11:42 PM PST by Marcella (Newt will bash Hussein in debates - Newt needs money.)
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To: Pravious

“INDEED. Amazing that, as a Doctor, he thinks there’s no difference. What a buffoon.”

He said it’s birth control, the same as other birth control.

I’m so confused - I’ve read for years, since its start in France years ago (wasn’t it called RU486?) that the morning after pill is an abortion pill. Then lately, I read to the contrary.

Which is it - is (God forbid) RuPaul right?


597 posted on 02/22/2012 6:11:44 PM PST by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: show
Newt is the king of nano-second sound bytes that destroy liberals...

Just like Ronald Reagan!

Go Mr. Speaker!!


598 posted on 02/22/2012 6:11:44 PM PST by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

When Mitt scores, he does not help himself because, well, he is still Mitt. He helped Santorum in Florida and elsewhere against Newt, and tonight Santorum’s struggles are demonstrating that Newt - who is brilliant tonight - is the best to beat Romney in the short run and Obama in the long run.


599 posted on 02/22/2012 6:12:06 PM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: newzjunkey

[ No, they boo Santorum because they hear what he says! ]

No, they boo Santorum because Romney bought their tickets.
It is really disgusting the way they cheer every word out of Romney’s mouth.

Did Rick just say he opposes e-verify?


600 posted on 02/22/2012 6:12:20 PM PST by KansasGirl
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