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What Is Your Republican Candidate Doing This Saturday Night?

January 10, 2012 8 comments

One of the more humorous moments that came out of the recent New Hampshire debate in my opinion was George Stephanopoulos’ question at the end of the evening.  He asked each of the candidates where they would be on Saturday night if they weren’t busy debating each other.

There was some humanity in the answers.  There was more than a little bit of folly.  And of course there were some careful crafted political responses.

In case you hadn’t seen the clip, you can follow the link here.

Here was each person’s response.

Rick Perry – “I’d probably be at the shooting range.”

Yes!  I love this answer!  Spoken like a true Texan.  I might have jumped on the Perry bandwagon a few months ago had I heard candor like this (and assuming he didn’t make all those subsequent mistakes).

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It’s Time For Another Republican Presidential Debate!

November 22, 2011 1 comment

It seems like this is Republican Presidential Debate #417 (actually, it’s just the 11th which is still way too many) and we’re still a year away from the actual election.  Alas, our candidates are going to go at it again anyway with tonight’s topic being national security.

This will be the first debate since Newt Gingrich has risen to the top of the polls.  A story on Yahoo this morning had this appropriate take on the Republican front-runner status…

The 2012 primary race has followed a familiar pattern so far. Previously unheralded and little known candidate surges to head of the polls. The media and the public express surprise and amazement. The media and the public then start actually looking at the candidate’s background and positions. The spotlight zeros in on the front runner. Another televised debate happens and the front runner implodes on state. Rinse. Repeat.

And it’s happened to several candidates so far.  First to Michele Bachmann, then to Rick Perry and most recently to Herman Cain.  Can Gingrich strike up another command performance on the big stage and hang on to his lead in the polls?

Tonight’s debate is in Washington and will be broadcast on CNN with Wolf Blitzer moderating at 8PM Eastern.

Republican Presidential Debate Recap: Winners & Losers

November 10, 2011 2 comments

Last night’s Republican Presidential Debate on CNBC provided some surprising fireworks as well as one of the biggest debate gaffes in recent memory.

The primary topic of the economy set the stage for some emotionally charged responses (hey there, Newt Gingrich), some confusing responses (looking at you, Rick Perry) and some solid thoughtful responses (good job, Mitt Romney).

Condensing everything that happened during the two-hour debate, here’s my thoughts on who did well last night and who lost some ground.

LOSER – Rick Perry

Is there an easier choice?  Perry continued his debate struggles in a big way by forgetting a big part of his platform and drew jeers from the otherwise supportive crowd in Michigan.  This will ultimately been seen as the final nail in Perry’s flailing campaign.

WINNER – Mitt Romney

I’ve never been a huge Romney fan but I thought he presented very well under pointed questioning and offered solid, well-spoken responses to most questions.  His deflection of commenting on Herman Cain’s recent issues was particularly classy and he showed a sense of humor as well.  A good performance all around.

LOSER – Michele Bachmann

I thought she might get a chance to present her platform and pick up voters but she was largely an afterthought in this debate.  I think she answered all of one question in the first 35-40 minutes of the debate.  She’s struggling for support right now and this debate won’t do a lot to help her standing.

WINNER – Newt Gingrich

I enjoy seeing politicians show a little spark and personality during public appearances and Newt filled that role for me last night.  Granted, some of his responses bordered on sarcasm and belligerence but he showed some life.  His jabs at Occupy Wall Street were particularly enjoyable to me.

WINNER – Ron Paul

Paul showed a similar fire to Gingrich although he always has.  He is without a doubt one of the smartest people running for President and his knowledge showed last night.

Rick Perry Forgets His Own Campaign Platform During CNBC Debate (with video)

November 10, 2011 Leave a comment

Rick Perry has shown several times during this campaign that he is not a good debater.  He drove that point home last night during the CNBC Republican Presidential Debate in Michigan when he couldn’t even remember part of his own platform.

Watch for yourself…..

This has got to be one of the biggest crash and burn episodes I’ve ever seen during a Presidential debate.  I mean, seriously, who completely forgets a major part of their own campaign platform?  Perry demonstrated quite clearly that he’s not ready for the big stage like this and this lapse in memory likely spells the end of his presidential bid (he may still hang around but I can’t imagine that he’ll be taken seriously after this).

So long Rick!  It’s been nice knowing you!