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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: Signalman

Newt needs to get his new 30 min ad out there so people can see it.


651 posted on 02/22/2012 6:19:25 PM PST by Irish Eyes
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To: C. Edmund Wright

But it does not matter that Newt is brilliant, in his answers tonight, because his answers will not be understood even by the CNN, FNC, MSM Talking Heads. He can not win against the RNC elite. They aer afraid of him. Sad to say. But true!


652 posted on 02/22/2012 6:19:29 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Netizen

I like both too but Santorum is not backing down. Any of the others who have been the frontrunner has backed down during the attacks.


653 posted on 02/22/2012 6:19:29 PM PST by Kenny (I)
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To: KansasGirl

There HAD to have been a private caucus of some kind between CNN and the DNC/White House, days ago, to architect some of these zinger questions. Note how hardly any of the CNN questions are framed in a “you guys up here on the stage, what do you say with respect to Obama doing (such and such). These guys are SO in the tank for the Messiah. I will hand it to Santorum and Gingrich for aiming some political fire on the Administration and pivoting on an answer, though CNN has this agenda-ed out the way they definitely want it to go. By the way, anyone know the viewership of these debates especially Arizona and Michigan? I bet it is very very low. Call it debate fatigue. The Mass Media has really played a clever game over the last nine months to rip up to shreds the GOP in advance of them pitting their candidate against Obama. It is “Operation Chaos” ten fold, if you ask me. I say, NO MORE DEBATES BEFORE LIBERAL MEDIA OUTLETS. PERIOD. Let us have Citizen-Moderated Debates which the media can pool-cover if they wish.


654 posted on 02/22/2012 6:19:39 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Patience, my compatriots, PATIENCE! FR will be "Santorum Country" in a very short time, IMHO.)
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To: kjam22

Credit to Romney for seeing there is a problem,
his fixes aren’t always conservative solutions,
so I will vote aligned with Conservatives/TEA Party,
for the most Conservative Congress, regardless of Mitt, Rick Newt or Ron.


655 posted on 02/22/2012 6:19:48 PM PST by Son House (The Economic Boom Heard Around The World => TEA Party 2012)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

The man is extremely quick on his feet and has an ability to stay focused on his message. There is no doubt to me who the GOP must put up against Obama. Watch his energy speech if you get a chance, it is Reaganesque.


656 posted on 02/22/2012 6:19:48 PM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: Signalman

Exactly. I bitterly resign myself to the idea we are going to be stuck with Romney as the nominee, then I watch the debate and wonder how in the world people can’t see we need Newt?


657 posted on 02/22/2012 6:19:48 PM PST by Shortstop7
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To: freemarketsfreeminds

” He’s figured out CNN game plan. Keep Republicans fighting. Protect Obama. “

The rules are in play and but for a question, Newt can be silenced.


658 posted on 02/22/2012 6:19:59 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: rodguy911

this debate is annoying me. The giving of time to answer insults has resulted in way too much back and forth between Romney, Santorum and Ron Paul.

Newt has been ignored to the point of embarrassment and he’s made the best comments.

John King’s revenge?


659 posted on 02/22/2012 6:20:00 PM PST by altura
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To: nutmeg

Mesa has a very strong and active Mormon community. Indeed the town was founded by Mormons.


660 posted on 02/22/2012 6:20:07 PM PST by refreshed
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To: Allon
After two weeks of quiet rhetoric and undeserved support for Santorum, let's hope the right thing finally happens.

We truly do need Newt to fix this country, is and when the American people can hear what he has planned to fix this disaster cause by Obama.

No other candidate can connect like Newt is capable of.

661 posted on 02/22/2012 6:20:11 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: Tennessee Nana

Where in TN? We aren’t expected to get storms until tomorrow in Franklin.


662 posted on 02/22/2012 6:20:11 PM PST by Fledermaus (I can't fiddle so I'll just open a cold beer as I watch America burn.)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

I have been listening to hear attacks against Obama. The questions seem centered to attack the Republican candidates.
Newt had one good attack on abortion.


663 posted on 02/22/2012 6:20:11 PM PST by Bronzy (Send a NEWTron to Obama!)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

santuckabee noun: one that thumps Bible loudly and often enough in hopes that his liberal tendencies on many other issues will be ignored.


664 posted on 02/22/2012 6:20:17 PM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: All

Define yourself with one word: F*CKBARACKOBAMA.


665 posted on 02/22/2012 6:20:17 PM PST by imchris
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To: bossmechanic

A trillion dollars added to our debt each year, and the candidates are asked a silly question about defining themselves in one word.


666 posted on 02/22/2012 6:20:17 PM PST by Deo volente (God willing, America will survive this Obamination.)
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CHEERFUL!!

Go NEWT!


667 posted on 02/22/2012 6:20:34 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Reily

Next is foreign policy, as you say. Question: Would Santorum make a good Secretary of State?


668 posted on 02/22/2012 6:20:34 PM PST by Poincare (Reality is not a fool.)
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To: Kenny

I LOVE Newt’s answer ... Cheerful.


669 posted on 02/22/2012 6:20:47 PM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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To: parksstp

King: that was a good exercise [the one-worders]

No, it fell flat, John.


670 posted on 02/22/2012 6:20:53 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: All

Paul - consistent
Santorum - courage
Romney - resolute
Gingrich - cheerful


671 posted on 02/22/2012 6:21:00 PM PST by Girlene
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Newt should have said “@ss-kicker” LOL!!!!!


672 posted on 02/22/2012 6:21:00 PM PST by sheikdetailfeather ("We need to teach the establishment a lesson!" Newt Gingrich CPAC 2-10-2012)
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To: kevao

kjam22 <- cheerful


673 posted on 02/22/2012 6:21:00 PM PST by kjam22 (my newest music video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fHjvo6eRkI)
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To: parksstp

CHEERFUL!


674 posted on 02/22/2012 6:21:06 PM PST by ct_libertarian (W.W.J.G.D? What would John Galt do?)
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To: Tennessee Nana

Where in TN? We aren’t expected to get storms until tomorrow in Franklin.

Oh, east. That is the stuff we had this morning. It was light.


675 posted on 02/22/2012 6:21:06 PM PST by Fledermaus (I can't fiddle so I'll just open a cold beer as I watch America burn.)
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To: TomGuy

I don’t know... “AMERICAN” would be a defining moment.

LLS


676 posted on 02/22/2012 6:21:18 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (Hey repubic elite scumbags... jam mitt up your collective arses!)
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To: All

One word answer = AA, psychobabble clap trap stupidity


677 posted on 02/22/2012 6:21:35 PM PST by matginzac
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Romney and Santorum accuse each other of being what they both are: Obama-lite and Bush-lite conservatives. Before everyone's eyes they destroy and vaporize each other, while Newt...remains in command and goes on to lead a nation.


678 posted on 02/22/2012 6:21:35 PM PST by red flanker
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To: imchris

FREEPER POST OF THE YEAR!!! LOL!!!! No matter which candidate a Freeper supporters, they would all like that response.


679 posted on 02/22/2012 6:21:35 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Patience, my compatriots, PATIENCE! FR will be "Santorum Country" in a very short time, IMHO.)
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To: altura

Women in the military question?? Give me a break. Can we please get to something that matters.


680 posted on 02/22/2012 6:21:48 PM PST by dandiegirl
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To: Right_in_Virginia

Yes, easily. Santorum is the only candidate on the stage with any conviction - man that can be trusted to do what he says he’ll do. He can campaign on the campaign trail, which is something that will have to be done against Obama. Debates will be at a very minimum. McCain got two. Anyone running now will be lucky to get that.

Obama is the POTUS and doesn’t have to debate anyone, and if he doesn’t care about America then he sure isn’t going to care what people think about whether he debates.

The results are clear. Santorum is campaigning and his numbers are good. And he did it where he had to do it, stumping on the trail.


681 posted on 02/22/2012 6:21:48 PM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: RitaOK

LOL


682 posted on 02/22/2012 6:21:57 PM PST by Repub4bush (GOPbriefingroom.com)
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To: parksstp

Debate Analysis so far:

Fixed for Romney. As usual, Romney
gets extra time AND questions framed for him
to others, so he gets ... even more time.

Romney - Memorized lines well. Romney must have
had his pre-debate attack script read well
by the CNN anchor.
Romney again was mentioned in many questions, so he
could get a ‘free whack’ against his competition
courtesy of the anchor.

Santorum - Must be frustrated that Romney gets away
with lying. No one ever questions Romney’s ‘facts’
... or his fake votes.

Gingrich - When he speaks up, he takes control.
But he has been wounded by the Romney Attack Machine
and here, an audience filled with vocal RomneyBOTs.

Paul - Cindy Sheehan and al Qaeda and RomneyBOTs cheer,
as the ‘deal’ has already been made.


683 posted on 02/22/2012 6:22:05 PM PST by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Just what I thought, Huckabees supporters are now Santorums


684 posted on 02/22/2012 6:22:10 PM PST by Son House (The Economic Boom Heard Around The World => TEA Party 2012)
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To: altura

Newt is winning this by staying off the playground.


685 posted on 02/22/2012 6:22:23 PM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: Right_in_Virginia

If Newt had answered, “Conservative” instead, I think the place would have erupted.


686 posted on 02/22/2012 6:22:33 PM PST by Deo volente (God willing, America will survive this Obamination.)
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To: Right_in_Virginia

Yo Mitt! Syria is more than in flux.
We had an American killed there today.


687 posted on 02/22/2012 6:22:39 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: sandshark222

“What the hell? Do these Romneybots support actually Romneycare???”

They support Mittens, that’s why/who they support. They’re no more conservative or small government than he is.


688 posted on 02/22/2012 6:22:45 PM PST by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: Poincare

Santorum can take his only agenda over to HHS and serve there, undoing Sebelius! IF, Newt doesn’t wipe out that department!


689 posted on 02/22/2012 6:22:54 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: eyedigress

Newt: CHEERFUL

It shows that Newt has more Emotional Intelligence over anyone on stage.

Romney obviously had that question ahead of time and thought Resolute would be the word to use.

And then Newt...

Cheerful. E-intelligence. He has it.


690 posted on 02/22/2012 6:23:04 PM PST by show
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To: Poincare

Santorum can take his only agenda over to HHS and serve there, undoing Sebelius! IF, Newt doesn’t wipe out that department!


691 posted on 02/22/2012 6:23:04 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: Bronzy

That’s exactly how all the questions are asked, and Newt is the best at turning them back onto Obama and King.


692 posted on 02/22/2012 6:23:29 PM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: eyedigress; All

MITT STACKED THE AUDIENCE..200 BUCKS A HEAD?

693 posted on 02/22/2012 6:23:34 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: rodguy911

excellant analysis!


694 posted on 02/22/2012 6:23:40 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (NEWT in 2012)
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To: imchris

That would have been my eword. Audience would have gone wild. UNOBAMA.


695 posted on 02/22/2012 6:23:44 PM PST by freemarketsfreeminds
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To: writer33
You gave me Santorum platitudes ... not substance.

But I do appreciate the effort. Thanks.

696 posted on 02/22/2012 6:23:45 PM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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To: parksstp
RESOLUTE ROMNEY?


Alex Beam: “In truth, Ronald Reagan
and Mitt Romney have as much in common
as Cardinal O’Malley and Conan O’Brien.
Deservedly or not, Reagan earned a reputation for constancy.
Once he turned against communism, he opposed it big-time.
…. And our former governor? Inconstancy, thy name is Mitt!
A woman’s right to choose? Yes! No! Yes!
Are we in Massachusetts? Yes! Are we in Iowa? No!
Are we on TV? Whatever!”

697 posted on 02/22/2012 6:23:50 PM PST by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: llandres
All Mitt did was rattle off a list of international and domestic problems, BUT HE DID NOT TIE THEM TO OBAMA. Rambling.

Uh oh. Crazy Uncle up now.

698 posted on 02/22/2012 6:24:03 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Patience, my compatriots, PATIENCE! FR will be "Santorum Country" in a very short time, IMHO.)
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To: altura
With very few exceptions this debate follows the last steering very gingerly away form areas that the regime is vulnerable on.

We owe nearly 16 trillion with a almost a third of that due to zero and there is no talk about it!!! Simply crazy.

699 posted on 02/22/2012 6:24:03 PM PST by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin 2012)
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To: All

Oh crap, Ron Paul now complaining about “wars” again.


700 posted on 02/22/2012 6:24:10 PM PST by imchris
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