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  • Mitt Romney to skip last pre-Super Tuesday debate [GA], and Rick Santorum likely to join him

    02/16/2012 12:42:50 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 16, 2012 | Aaron Blake, with Amy Gardner and Rosalind S. Helderman - The Fix
    Mitt Romney will not take part in March 1 debate in Georgia, the final debate before Super Tuesday on March 6, his campaign said Thursday. And Rick Santorum looks like he will sit it out as well. [snip] By not attending the debate, Romney’s campaign appears to be trying to de-emphasize its importance and instead relying on his overwhelming financial advantage on the airwaves. Romney’s campaign and a super PAC supporting him have all but drowned out their opponents with ads. The debate is in the state Gingrich represented in the U.S. House, but both Romney and Santorum have signaled...
  • Romney, Santorum to Skip March 1 Debate

    02/16/2012 12:45:46 PM PST · by KansasGirl · 269 replies · 1+ views
    National Journal ^ | 2/16/12 | Sarah B. Boxer
    The front of the GOP pack will be absent at the March 1 debate in Atlanta sponsored by CNN and the Georgia Republican Party, CBS News/National Journal has learned. The Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum campaigns said they have decided to skip the debate, throwing into question whether it will happen as planned. "With eight other states voting on March 6, we will be campaigning in other parts of the country and unable to schedule the CNN Georgia debate," Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said. "We have participated in 20 debates, including eight from CNN." The 20 debates include one scheduled for...
  • Mitt Romney won't commit to Florida GOP debate in Tampa

    01/21/2012 3:41:45 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 73 replies
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | January 21, 2012 | Aaron Sharockman
    TAMPA — Mitt Romney on Friday wouldn't commit to Florida's first 2012 presidential primary debate, further upending a campaign that has swung from perfunctory to unsettled in a span of 48 hours. Romney spokesman Ryan Williams said the campaign had "no announcements" on the Monday night debate, which is being hosted by the Tampa Bay Times, NBC News, National Journal and the Florida Council of 100. Romney probably will decide whether to participate and under what terms after today's primary in South Carolina. Polls there show he now trails Newt Gingrich. Gingrich pounced on the indecisiveness while campaigning in Orangeburg,...
  • Republicans sharpen knives for dual debates

    (Reuters) - The knives will come out at back-to-back debates this weekend as Republican presidential hopefuls frantically jockey for position days before New Hampshire's key primary. Debates are once again the main show in the 2012 race after candidates spent two weeks on the road campaigning in coffee shops and pizza places through Iowa and now, New Hampshire.The six contenders will go at it twice within 12 hours, first on Saturday night and then again on Sunday morning. It is their last, best chance to sway large numbers of voters with New Hampshire set to vote on Tuesday.
  • Trump Debate a Joke? A Reality Show? Beneath Office of President?

    12/06/2011 9:54:56 AM PST · by maggiesnotebook · 40 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 12-6-11 | Maggie@MaggiesNotebook
    I don't think so. Last night on the Fox Panel, Donald Trump was roundly flogged for moderating a debate with GOP Presidential candidates. The complaints were that Trump might still run himself, Trump is not a journalist, a Trump debate is nothing more than a reality show, it's a joke and beneath the office of the Presidency (that from Ron Paul). Charles Krauthammer joined in and agreed. Karl Rove has expressed similar opinions. Krauthammer, Rove and other elitists need to get over themselves. True Conservative members of any Tea Party can do as well as any "journalist," and a Trump...
  • Romney leads Cain 2-to-1 in electability, says CBS News poll

    11/12/2011 9:22:59 AM PST · by Innovative · 102 replies · 1+ views
    CBS News ^ | Nov. 11, 2011 | Lucy Madison
    Four out of ten Republicans believe Mitt Romney would be the most likely candidate to beat President Obama in the general election, according to a new CBS News poll. Cain trailed in the category with just 20 percent... Electability, however, was not most Republicans' top priority when selecting a candidate: 58 percent said they believe it's more important to have a nominee who agrees with them on the issues than one who can beat Mr. Obama next year. Thirty-nine percent said the opposite. But the race could still change; seven in 10 Republican primary voters say it is still too...
  • Should more Republicans skip the debates?

    10/28/2011 7:55:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies · 2+ views
    Hotair ^ | 10/28/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    When a credible candidate for significant political office makes a statement or adopts a strategy that seems obviously counterintuitive, criticism will shower down first, followed by a wave of wait-maybe-this-is-brilliant rebuttals. Byron York offers a bit of the latter (as well as some of the former) in a thoughtful piece that poses the question of whether Perry’s announcement that he might not attend future debates isn’t just self-serving, but actually a rational strategy that other Republicans should adopt: Until a few weeks ago, there seemed to be lots of time for debating. The Iowa caucuses were set for Feb. 6,...
  • Tuesday’s debate as seen from my corner

    10/21/2011 1:26:36 PM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 1 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | OCTOBER 21ST, 2011 | Ron Reale, staff writer
    So I’m streaming the debate on my laptop Tuesday night, one ear listening through a headset, while watching a great old movie with my better half, (in a loving10 year relationship between a woman who despises anything political, and a man that lives and breathes it every day, this is called “compromise”). “A Fish Called Wanda,” with John Cleese and Jamie Lee Curtis was on, and is always worth watching.A group of personable miscreants scheming, seemingly together, for the same goal, while planning to screw all the other participants any way possible to attain that goal themselves…but enough about the...
  • Cain: I Should've Defended Gay Soldier From Boos at Debate

    10/19/2011 1:54:41 PM PDT · by katiedidit1 · 73 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/02/2011 | unknown
    WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said Sunday that he should not have stayed silent after the audience at a GOP debate booed a gay soldier serving in Iraq. The Georgia businessman told ABC's "This Week" that it would have been "appropriate" for him to have defended the soldier. None of the candidates on stage at the Sept. 22 forum responded to the boos. "In retrospect, because of the controversy it has created and because of the different interpretations that it could have had, yes, that probably -- that would have been appropriate," Cain said, when asked if he...
  • Steele: Perry Got 'Owned' When He Opened 'Whup---'

    10/19/2011 4:50:25 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 24 replies · 1+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    A lively GOP debate dissection on today's Morning Joe. Mika really liked Romney's performance, saying among other things that he was "fabulous." She also had surprising praise for Michelle Bachmann. There was consensus that 9-9-9 was "deboned" and that Herman Cain hurt himself badly with his pre-debate answer on releasing terrorists from Gitmo. Michael Steele had a striking way of saying that Perry's aggressiveness backfired. Video and more here.
  • Cain earns prime real estate at Tuesday GOP debate

    10/10/2011 1:16:50 PM PDT · by Baladas · 22 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill's BLOG BRIEFING ROOM ^ | 10/10/11 | Justin Sink
    As Herman Cain climbs the polls in the Republican primary, he is receiving increased attention from Republican voters, adversaries in the field and, it seems, the staging department of Tuesday's Washington Post/Bloomberg debate at Dartmouth College. Cain's rise to second in recent national polling means he has earned a spot next to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in tomorrow night's debate, ABC News is reporting. Gov. Rick Perry (Texas), whose numbers have been in freefall since the last GOP debate, has been edged to the right of Cain, meaning he'll be paired across the table from fellow Texan Rep. Ron...
  • Why In God’s Name Is The GOP Consenting to Let a Journolist Member Moderate a Debate? (Oct 11)

    10/06/2011 6:03:30 AM PDT · by opentalk · 30 replies
    Redstate ^ | October 6, 2011 | Erick Erickson
    Before the MNSBC-Politico Debate, I wondered why in God’s name the Republican candidates would bother giving press and air time to a bunch of liberals asking snide questions down their noses to the GOP about issues not one person cares about.After that debate it convinced me the GOP candidates should be more discerning in their debates. And now, as Ben Domenech notes and I too can confirm, I think the candidates should boycott the Washington Post Bloomberg debate on October 11th. The debate is billed by the Washington Post as “exclusively” about the economy. I had relished them having this...
  • Cain Says He Should Have Spoken Up For Gay Soldier

    10/02/2011 3:00:31 PM PDT · by Baladas · 204 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 2, 2011
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said Sunday that he should not have stayed silent after the audience at a GOP debate booed a gay soldier serving in Iraq. The Georgia businessman told ABC's "This Week" that it would have been "appropriate" for him to have defended the soldier. None of the candidates on stage at the Sept. 22 forum responded to the boos. "In retrospect, because of the controversy it has created and because of the different interpretations that it could have had, yes, that probably — that would have been appropriate," Cain said, when asked if...
  • Obama not seeing debates he cited?

    09/26/2011 3:40:36 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 32 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 09/26/11 | MATT NEGRIN
    Is President Obama watching the Republican debates or not? According to the White House, he isn’t. “The president didn’t watch the debates,” press secretary Jay Carney told reporters on Monday. But on Sunday, Obama used the debates as a pivot point to criticize Rick Perry. “Has anybody been watching the debates lately?” he asked his supporters at a fundraiser. “You’ve got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change.”
  • Rick Perry's Solyndra: "Venture Socialism" - The Texas Way!

    09/22/2011 10:20:57 AM PDT · by RobaWho · 141 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Sept 22, 2011 | Brian T. Carter
    "Venture Socialism" Perry Style! In Texas, bio-tech firm Convergen LifeSciences looks a lot like Governor Rick Perry's Solyndra. Governor Perry manages the Emerging Technology Fund (ETF), providing financial support to companies developing new technology in the hope of creating high-tech jobs. First created in 2005, ETF is made up of regional panels that screen proposals for a statewide advisory panel (all appointed by Perry). ETF dispersed $342 million through August 2010....Read more to understand the full stench of this Crony Capitalism love story.
  • The Ugliness of Cheering for Capital Punishment

    09/11/2011 12:25:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 146 replies
    Real Clear Religion ^ | 09/11/2011 | Rod Dreher
    I said here last night that the California GOP audience cheering the announcement that Texas has executed 234 condemned murderers under Rick Perry was a vile, repulsive thing. Even when I was for capital punishment, I believed this. Justice may require execution, but we should never rejoice in taking the life of another human being. At best, capital punishment is a necessary evil. I quit believing in capital punishment when I became convinced that the state is not trustworthy to use this power responsibly. It happened about 10 years ago, when it emerged that a forensic scientist in Oklahoma whose...
  • Presidential Candidate Forum (hosted by DeMint) Set For Monday In Columbia 3 pm EDT on CNN

    09/04/2011 9:12:21 PM PDT · by Clairity · 88 replies · 1+ views
    WSPA ABC News ^ | Sept. 4, 2011 | Laura Sanders
    Half of a dozen Presidential candidates will make their way to South Carolina Monday, for a GOP forum hosted by Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina). According to CNN, Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Michelle Bachman, Herman Cain, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich have agreed to attend the "Palmetto Freedom Forum" in Columbia. The "Palmetto Freedom Forum" starts at 3:00pm Monday. CNN and ETV will broadcast the event.
  • Fox News confirms 8 candidates in Aug. 11th Iowa debate

    08/10/2011 4:52:19 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 33 replies
    Election Central ^ | AUGUST 9TH, 2011 | NATE
    … Participants: Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty, Ron Paul, Herman Cain, Jon Huntsman, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich Date/Time: Thursday, August 11th – 9pm EST / 8pm CST on the Fox News Channel ...
  • Sen. McCain to accept an invitation to debate Mike Huckabee

    02/18/2008 4:40:39 PM PST · by Man50D · 40 replies · 645+ views
    To: Sen. John McCain A Republican debate was scheduled to take place on February 28th, 2008. It was to be sponsored by the Ohio Republican Party. This debate has since been mysteriously cancelled. A rush to judgment has ensued following the Super Tuesday elections on February 5th in which more than 21 states held primaries or caucuses. Sen. John McCain gained an enormous advantage and squeezed out Gov. Mitt Romney. Gov. Mike Huckabee was left standing as the Party’s only other viable candidate. We believe: 1) Sen. McCain should earn the respect of the Republican base by debating Mike Huckabee...
  • California Debate: McCain Reminds Conservatives Why They're Suspicious Of Him

    01/31/2008 11:52:04 AM PST · by Checkers · 42 replies · 294+ views
    redcounty ^ | 01/30/2008 8:26 PM | Jubal
    Except for a brief time before his exit when I decided to vote for Fred Thompson, this presidential contest marks the first time in my entire life I have been undecided in a GOP nomination fight. Going into tonight's debate at the Ronald Reagan Library, I was strongly considering voting for Sen. John McCain, in spite of McCain-Feingold and other heresies. After watching McCain in action tonight, he'd have to make a heckuva case in the next few days to keep me from voting for Romney. There were a number of flash points tonight that pushed me away from going...
  • An Angry, Defensive McCain

    01/31/2008 12:43:58 AM PST · by Checkers · 154 replies · 1,365+ views
    hughhewitt.townhall.com ^ | 01/30/2008 | Hugh Hewitt
    John McCain won over few if any conservatives tonight, and his display of bad temper and his rambling filibuster of his wrongful "timetables" attack on Romney from last weekend may even have lost him some moderates. In the spin room heads were shaking. McCain was at his worst in the second half of the debate, and those who watched had to ask themselves how this sort of performance would play against a youthful, upbeat Obama with a MSM ready not to protect McCain but tear into him as aging and confused --even obviously deceptive-- about his facts. The first half...
  • McCain shows True Colors in California Debate.

    01/31/2008 7:38:21 AM PST · by stillafreemind · 106 replies · 453+ views
    associated content ^ | Jan. 31, 2008 | Bobby Tall Horse
    John McCain’s performance in the California debate was at best a turn-off to conservative voters. At worst, McCain showed the world a glimpse of whom he really is. This should not be a comfort for those like Giuliani who are supporting him. Arrogant, nasty, having to prove he was right even though everyone knew he was wrong, is this Presidential material? Anger below the surface, fidgeting and sneering throughout the debate are a part of who John McCain really is.
  • What They're Really Saying About Governor Mitt Romney At The Second Reagan Library Debate

    01/31/2008 4:13:00 AM PST · by Reaganesque · 172 replies · 258+ views
    Romney for President 2008 ^ | 01/30/08 | various
    Wednesday, Jan 30, 2008 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: Kevin Madden (857) 288-6390 National Review's Jim Geraghty: "When Romney takes his shots at McCain, it's both strong and fair - he acknowledges that McCain has some areas in which he's a conservative, but he takes several fair shots - McCain Feingold; voting against the Bush tax cuts twice (McCain noted earlier that he had voted to make them permanent)." (Jim Geraghty, " How Rarely I Get To Write This: Romney Takes McCain To School," National Review's The Campaign Spot, http://campaignspot.nationalreview.com/, Posted 1/30/08) - Geraghty: "I like that Romney says that the original...
  • FR Poll: Which GOP presidential hopeful did the best job (debate)

    01/30/2008 7:05:35 PM PST · by Jean S · 201 replies · 22,733+ views
    FR ^ | 1/30/08 | JimRob
    FR Poll: Which GOP presidential hopeful did the best job of advancing his chances in tonight's debate?Who did you vote for and why?
  • Bush Lands at SFO {keeps his record of never stepping foot in S.F. intact}

    01/30/2008 6:56:12 PM PST · by SmithL · 30 replies · 189+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/30/8 | John Wildermuth
    SAN FRANCISCO -- President Bush paid a rare visit to the Bay Area Wednesday, ending a day in California that was all economics, all the time. Bush kept intact his record of never visiting San Francisco during his presidency. Instead, he flew into San Francisco International Airport late in the afternoon and immediately went by motorcade to Hillsborough, where he dropped by a dinner for the Republican National Committee. Earlier in the day, Bush joined Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, chatting with workers on the floor of Robinson Helicopter and urging the Senate to pass...
  • Reagan Library Republican Presidential Debate: January 30, 2008 (Official Thread)

    01/30/2008 4:16:12 PM PST · by khnyny · 2,641 replies · 13,543+ views
    CNN ^ | January 30, 2008
    Reagan Library Republican Presidential Debate: January 30, 2008 SIMI VALLEY, California (CNN) -- Republican presidential hopefuls will face off Wednesday night without a familiar face as ex-New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is expected to drop out and endorse front-runner Sen. John McCain. The remaining candidates will take the stage in a debate -- sponsored by CNN, the Los Angeles Times and Politico -- beginning at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday. The event at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, follows McCain's Tuesday night win in the Florida primary. McCain topped former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney 36 percent to...
  • Republican Debate 1-30-08 (Live Thread)

    01/30/2008 10:44:16 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 81 replies · 421+ views
    Self | January 30, 2008 | PJ-Comix
    Just a reminder out there to everybody to tune in to tonight's CNN Republican Debate from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA. 8 to 10 PM EST. This will probably be the most crucial primary debate of them all for Republicans since it is the last one before Super Tuesday. So what topics should be brought up? If I were Mitt Romney, I would stress HARD McCain's support for amnesty for illegal aliens. Also Mitt should remind people that McCain OPPOSED the Bush tax cuts when they were first introduced.
  • Can someone tell me the time (PST) and channel of the GOP debate tonight?

    01/30/2008 12:49:55 PM PST · by olivia3boys · 15 replies · 177+ views
    Can someone tell me the time (PST) and channel of the GOP debate tonight?
  • What Romney Has To Do At Tonight's Debate

    01/30/2008 10:02:49 AM PST · by jdm · 285 replies · 321+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Jan. 30, 2008 | Ed Morrissey
    In the wake of the loss in Florida yesterday, Mitt Romney needs to focus on tonight's debate to break out as the conservative choice for the nomination. John McCain has taken leads in significant Super Tuesday states, and tonight will be the last national audience for all of the remaining candidates before 21 states go to the polls or the caucuses. Romney has to ignite conservatives and make this a binary race across a clear ideological line. Some feel that the moment has already passed. Writers at The Corner and Dick Morris have resigned themselves to a Romney loss before...
  • Republican Debate Tomorrow Night!

    01/29/2008 7:48:15 PM PST · by SeafoodGumbo · 44 replies · 1,427+ views
    Reagan Foundation ^ | 1-29-08 | Reagan Foundation
    The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation has joined forces with CNN, the Los Angeles Times and POLITICO.COM to host the final GOP presidential debate before the 2008 “Super-Tuesday” primary in California and several other key states. The event will give voters one last opportunity to hear the GOP front-runner candidates discuss their positions in a debate format before casting their votes in the February 5, 2008 primary. This will serve as a follow-up to the first debate of the full field of GOP Presidential candidates that was held at the Reagan Library on May 3, 2007.
  • The Romney 'He Raised Taxes' Whisper Was .... Open Mike

    01/26/2008 11:21:47 PM PST · by newbie2008 · 21 replies · 122+ views
    No, the whisper wasn't space aliens. No, it wasn't he Holy Ghost. No, it wasn't a super-sekret transmission prompting Romney--presumably because the dual Harvard Law/MBA Romney is an empty suit. Looks like someone in the control room forgot to turn off a hot mike. So, it could be Brian Williams, but I'm guessing it was Ron Paul mumbling to himself. We're just lucky Paul's mike wasn't on 30 seconds earlier. Chances are we'd here him saying 'Illuminati mind control'. Raw Story: "We heard the same thing you heard," MSNBC VP for Communications Jeremy Gaines told RAW STORY via e-mail Friday...
  • Highway to heaven (Huckabee's nutty infrastructure plan)

    01/26/2008 10:20:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 179+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | January 25, 2008 | Megan McArdle
    Is Huckabee's highway plan the nuttiest thing to come out of this presidential election? I don't want to speak too authoritatively, because I certainly haven't tried to catalogue every nutty thing everyone has said. But it certainly seems like a good candidate. I say that as the daughter of an avid transportation infrastructure advocate--indeed, my dad just co-authored a report on transportation finance for the next 50 years, which I hope he'll be joining me for a podcast on next week. Transportation spending takes years, even decades, to complete, which makes it less than ideal for stimulus spending. In a...
  • A Great Night for the G.O.P. -- and for Mitt, Mac and Mike

    01/26/2008 12:27:19 PM PST · by littlehouse36 · 42 replies · 176+ views
    Townhall Blog ^ | 1/24/08 | Michael Medved
    Thursday, January 24, 2008 A Great Night for the G.O.P. -- and for Mitt, Mac and MikePosted by: Michael Medved  at 11:53 PM   In their debate in Florida on Thursday night the five remaining Republican candidates passed up repeated opportunities to attack one another and instead concentrated their fire on Hillary Clinton   That means it was a great night for the GOP.   Voters should make a direct comparison between this debate – which was substantive, serious, genial, even friendly- and the recent Democratic brawl in South Carolina. Instead of sniping at each other with derisive and highly personal...
  • Strange Whisper Before Romney Answer Perplexes Debate Viewers

    01/25/2008 11:07:20 PM PST · by pissant · 165 replies · 277+ views
    Fox News ^ | 1/25/08 | staff
    Forget Dennis Kucinich’s claims about seeing UFOs. The new unsolved mystery of the campaign trail is the “whisper.” The blogosphere was abuzz Friday morning over an audible whisper that cut through the mix during the GOP presidential debate in Boca Raton, Fla., the night before. It’s unclear who it was, but the voice could be heard after moderator Tim Russert asked Mitt Romney whether, as a fan of Ronald Reagan, he would “do for Social Security what Ronald Reagan did in 1983.” Right before Romney answered, somebody seemed to whisper: “He raised taxes.” And then Romney responded, as if taking...
  • Brian Williams "Religion" Question to Mitt Romney: Did Williams Doctor an NBC Poll?

    01/25/2008 5:59:07 PM PST · by Stajack · 22 replies · 154+ views
    Article VI Blog ^ | 1/25/2008 | Lowell Brown
    Here is Williams’ question, from the MSNBC transcript: Williams: Governor, we’ve got an NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll coming out in the morning that says, among a lot of other things, 44 percent of respondents say a Mormon president would have a difficult time uniting the country. And I know you’ve answered similar questions about what you were able to do with the Catholic vote in Massachusetts, but 44 percent nationally, writ large, is a large number.
  • Romney, Like George W. Bush, Using a Wire

    01/25/2008 1:05:47 PM PST · by WL-law · 40 replies · 97+ views
    some libtards ^ | 1-25-08 | WL-Law
    A friend watched the debate last night and heard am audible voice prompting Gov. Romney just before Romney started his answer, and immediately after Tim Russert had finished a question to Romney regarding taxation. I found a clip here -- listen for yourself. http://afterdowningstreet.org/node/30421 Maybe this is the way everyone plays the game, but it struck me as a bit of an Ashley Simpson lip-sync'ing moment, at a minimum embarrassing to the candidate. And recall that John Kerry accused GWB of similarly using a "hearing device" back in the 2004 election cycle.
  • Man from Mars perspective on the Republican debate

    01/24/2008 9:28:20 PM PST · by AKSurprise · 41 replies · 140+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | 01/24/08 | James Fallows
    As soon as this evening's Florida debate ended, the MSNBC TV commentators were wondering how it would have looked to "someone who was seeing these candidates for the first time." Why didn't they just ask me? This is the first debate among the Republicans that I've seen at full length and in real time.* So factoring in all the expectations I'd gathered from coverage (Romney too weaselly, McCain really the strongest one, Huckabee a charmer, etc), how did it look? Romney by a mile. More precisely, the only candidate you could imagine putting up a plausible general-election fight. Again, I'm...
  • Economics Dominate Florida Debate

    01/24/2008 10:40:03 PM PST · by americanophile · 32 replies · 431+ views
    GOPublius.com ^ | January 24, 2008 | GOPublius.com
    Thursday’s Republican debate in Florida, which was calm, respectful and thoughtful, contrasted sharply with the rancorous and largely shallow Democratic debate in South Carolina held days earlier. In what was a largely, low-key, policy-heavy debate, domestic issues and economics took center stage, while foreign policy concerns such as Iraq were little mentioned. The emphasis on domestic matters deprived Senator McCain of his strongest issue - his clear leadership on Iraq and the War on Terror, and forced McCain to play on slightly foreign economic turf. Senator McCain was particularly weakened by a sharp question from moderator Tim Russert in which...
  • Florida Debate: Romney Scores, Rudy Close Behind

    01/24/2008 8:21:07 PM PST · by jdm · 243 replies · 1,905+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Jan. 24, 2008 | Ed Morrissey
    Florida voters got their final head-to-head look at the Republican presidential candidates tonight, and the winner of the debate was Mitt Romney. He looked presidential, poised, and factually prepared. In a debate that spent the first two-thirds with everyone doing well, Romney not only broke out on his own in the last stanza, he successfully parried some strange attacks from Tim Russert as well. Rudy Giuliani needed a big win in this debate and didn't get it. However, he did do a fine job, showing a little more personal engagement in this event. He looked very cool and confident and...
  • LIVE THREAD- Republican Debate, Boca Raton FL- 01/24/08

    01/24/2008 5:19:00 PM PST · by SE Mom · 86 replies · 693+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 24 January 2008
    BOCA RATON, Fla. - The ever-shrinking Republican presidential field meets for potentially the last time as a 5-way contest on Thursday night here in Florida. Broadcast live on MSNBC and streamed on msnbc.com from 9-10:30 p.m. EST, the debate will be moderated by NBC’s Brian Williams. He will be joined by Tim Russert, as well as St. Petersburg Times editor Paul Tash. It is the only debate before the state’s crucial Jan. 29 primary. And there’s a do-or-die feel to it.
  • *** LIVE THREAD MSNBC GOP PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE, 24 JANUARY 2008 ***

    01/24/2008 5:17:01 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 3,159 replies · 19,310+ views
    MSNBC | 24 JANUARY 2008 | EEE SUBSTITUTING FOR COUNTERCOUNTERCULTRE
    Debate among the GOP presidential contenders. Live at 9:00pm EST/8:00 CST
  • WHY FOX NEWS EXCLUDED HUNTER FROM THE DEBATE

    01/14/2008 6:14:27 AM PST · by pissant · 98 replies · 101+ views
    Radio Patriot ^ | 1/14/07 | Andrea Shea King
    This just in from the Duncan Hunter for President Campaign HQ -- an answer to the question we've all been asking: "Unfortunately, the media elites misrepresented the few votes he received because he was listed on the ballot as having little support. Significantly, the media did not exclude Senator Thompson, who polled approximately the same number of votes that Duncan received in NH. Duncan is the only candidate who has been addressing the tough issues for securing our Nation's future such as border security and preserving our wartime industrial surge capability. The solutions threaten powerful economic interests who own the...
  • Thompson toughens tactics on the campaign trail

    01/13/2008 1:09:10 PM PST · by jdm · 17 replies · 175+ views
    CNN ^ | Jan. 13, 2008 | by Rebecca Sinderbrand
    (CNN) -- For months, much of the finger-pointing over negative campaigning in the Republican presidential race has been directed at Mitt Romney. The former Massachusetts governor has tangled with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani over immigration, with Arizona Sen. John McCain over waterboarding and with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee over just about everything. But another Republican has embraced the brass-knuckle school of presidential campaigning, with far less fanfare. Like Romney, he began to target each of the major contenders as his campaign struggled to right itself. But unlike Romney, who has drawn return fire from each of his...
  • Finally A Debate That Was A Debate

    01/12/2008 7:16:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies · 171+ views
    The American Chronicle ^ | January 12, 2008 | Ken Hughes
    The last two Republican debates finally offered the voters a look at the candidates as they are [sans] the You Tube foolishness. The debate was periodically laced with sarcastic innuendo otherwise they were very informative for the first time in this campaign. Fred Thompson as it turned out was every bit the Statesman of the group, I’m not sure the public is ready for a statesman. Statesmen are only crowned as such after their service to the nation is over. Fred Thompson has a long and distinguished career serving his country in a variety of positions. If he doesn’t become...
  • Duncan Hunter Should not be Excluded from Debates

    01/11/2008 8:35:42 AM PST · by AuntB · 24 replies · 70+ views
    Big Dogs Weblog ^ | Jan. 10, 2008 | Big Dog
    I wrote a post earlier about Ron Paul being excluded from a debate. Duncan Hunter was also excluded and I commented that anyone who is still in the race deserves to participate in any process associated with the election including the debates. Fox News has decided that they will exclude candidates based upon polling results but they also rely on polling data that excludes certain candidates from the process. Duncan Hunter is such a candidate. If one were to look at Fox's site he is not listed as a candidate and Real Clear Politics does not list him in their...
  • A Combative Thompson Sways Voters

    01/11/2008 10:22:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 134 replies · 218+ views
    The New York Times ^ | January 12, 2008 | Paul Vitello
    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — John and Ann Berenberk dutifully watched the umpteenth Republican presidential debate on television on Thursday night and had an epiphany. It was about the candidate they had previously referred to as the tall, silent one. Fred D. Thompson. The last of the candidates to enter the race, Mr. Thompson, 65, a former Tennessee senator, has so far seemed to distinguish himself mainly by a laconic style that has made him_almost invisible beside the others on the stage in past debates, the Berenberks said. “But then last night — we hadn’t even been thinking about him —...
  • Fred raises big cash since debate, goes back on air

    01/11/2008 8:45:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies · 635+ views
    The Politico ^ | January 11, 2008 | Jonathan Martin
    Fred Thompson has raised over $200,000 online since his boffo debate performance last night, says spokesman Todd Harris. For a candidate who is putting everything on South Carolina, the showing could not have come in a better place (Myrtle Beach) or on a better network (Fox) or at a more critical time (just over a week before the South Carolina primary). The debate got front-page previews in both the Charleston and Myrtle Beach papers yesterday, and many conservatives were already likely tuning in to their favorite station. The South Carolina papers had similarly prominent coverage of the debate this morning....
  • Tonight's Debate

    01/10/2008 11:16:54 PM PST · by Checkers · 69 replies · 152+ views
    hughhewitt.townhall.com ^ | 01/10/2008 | Hugh Hewitt
    UPDATE: John McCain with Sean Hannity immediately after the debate compounds his error on immigration by giving the impression that the only change needed in McCain-Kennedy is border-security first. Wow. He just doesn't get it. Romney followed McCain and by contrast shined, and spent time talking about the Reagn example and inspiration and the Reagan-Bush legacy. Romney also got the opportunity to talk to Michigan voters. "I continue to feel that you cannot write off jobs," he replied to Sean's question about McCain's "straight-talk" about Michigan's economic woes, and spoke specifically to the auto industry's renewal in Michigan. Assuming that...
  • Focus On McCain As GOP Debates.

    01/11/2008 11:21:11 AM PST · by meandog · 11 replies · 175+ views
    The Republican presidential field debated in South Carolina last night. After his win in New Hampshire, much of the press coverage focused on the performance of Sen. John McCain. As the AP reports, "The debate unfolded as one poll showed McCain getting a bounce from his New Hampshire triumph and moving narrowly ahead of Huckabee and Romney in South Carolina." The Wall Street Journal headlines its story "Debate Tests McCain's New Status," and notes Mitt Romney lost no time going "for his main rival in Michigan, Mr. McCain. Mr. Romney noted the Arizona senator has said some manufacturing jobs lost...
  • Republican Presidential Candidates Debate | Full Transcript

    01/11/2008 9:05:06 AM PST · by khnyny · 35 replies · 324+ views
    Thestate.com ^ | January 10, 2008
    REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES PARTICIPATE IN A DEBATE SPONSORED BY FOX NEWS JANUARY 10, 2008 SPEAKERS: FORMER GOV. MITT ROMNEY, R-MASS. SEN. JOHN MCCAIN, R-ARIZ. FORMER MAYOR RUDOLPH W. GIULIANI, R-NEW YORK CITY REP. RON PAUL, R-TEXAS FORMER GOV. MIKE HUCKABEE, R-ARK. FORMER SEN. FRED THOMPSON, R-TENN. BRIT HUME, MODERATOR CHRIS WALLACE, MODERATOR CARL CAMERON, MODERATOR WENDELL GOLER, MODERATOR