****The Republican Debates****

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    Last night was the third of a series of scheduled Republican debates with I believe two more scheduled over the next two or three weeks. I don't know that these are helping us know how any of the candidates might govern, but they are helpful in letting us get a glimpse of the style and a bit of the substance.

    As much as it pains me, I think MSNBC ran the best of the three so far. There were fewer 'gotcha' questions than came from either Fox or CNN and more questions that the people really want to be asked.

    It is probably a pipedream, but I would like this to be an ongoing thread through the remainder of the campaign to evaluate how well the candidate's handled themselves and whether the debates are making a difference in our perception and evaluation of the candidates.

    Currently those participating are:

    Michelle Bachmann, Congresswoman from Minnesota
    Herman Cain, Business Executive most recognized as former CEO of Godfathers
    Newt Gingrich, Former Congressman from Georgia; former Speaker of the House
    Jon Huntsman, Former Governor of Utah; former U.S. Diplomat
    Ron Paul, Congressman from Texas; physician
    Rick Perry, Current Governor of Texas
    Mitt Romney, Businessman and former Governor of Massachusetts
    Rick Santorum, Former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania

    (Gary Johnson, former contractor and Governor of New Mexico is still a candidate but has been dropped from the debates due to him only polling at 1% or less.)

    So are you watching? What is your impression of the candidates? Are the debates making a difference to you?

    (P.S. I don't expect everybody to like the candidates or the GOP or have an intention of voting for any of them. But if we could keep this as civil as possible, it would be much appreciated.)
     
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    Last night was a debut in the debates for both Rick Perry and Jon Huntsman and I think both made a very good impression. As the debates go along, however, I am becoming more comfortable with all the candidates and think the GOP will probably come out with somebody who will be competent and have his/her head on straight to lead the country out of this economic mess we are in.

    The weakest performance last night I think was Rick Santorum who was less convincing that he had a plan and seemed to use more general platitudes and talking points than the others. He also brings the weakest resume to the mix as he has a law degree, but I don't think he has much private sector experience.
     
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    I find it sad and odd that Rick Santorm and Herman Cain could be there
    but they excluded Buddy Roemer ?

    That's not right.
     
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    I was disappointed in the debate. same old same old from everyone.
     
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    Romney is the man. The others are just there to make him look good...
     
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    I tend to agree. Perry and Hunstman Looked pretty good.

    I liked a lot of what I saw last night. Didn't watch the whole thing but I liked what I did see.

    Although there is no way he could get the nom I really liked OL'Newt. He's one smart guy and he knows his shit. I liked Cain as well.

    Will have to catch the whole of the rest of these debates.
     
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    To tell you the truth I didn't even know he was a candidate so he must be polling even worse than Gary Johnson. But I checked him out and he indeed is a candidate so should be added to the mix:

    Buddy Roemer, former banker and former Congressman from Louisiana.
     
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    Well, once they've said it, and if they believe it, what can they do but keep driving the same points home? Do you object to what they are saying/proposing?

    Personally I think one of the GOP's problems has been that they don't focus on the most important isues and keep hammering that home until people understand it and get behind it.
     
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    Last night I liked, in order:

    Herman Cain
    Newt Gingrich
    Rick Perry
    Mitt Romney

    The others didn't do it for me, I am a big Ron Paul guy but he was having one of "those" nights last night and any ron paul follower knows what I mean ;)
     
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    Perry really, really stumbled. There is no way one could make such inflammatory remarks about SS and global warming and still be taken seriously as a candidate. Hell, he couldn't explain why Texas lags behind so much on education and wages.

    Romney and Huntsman looked great. They would make a formidable team should they choose to run together.

    Newt looked very presidential when he scolded the moderators. That will only help his dismal polls.

    The rest of them were simply there and didn't contribute much.

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