Quotes of the Day at Hot Air deal with TPaw whimping out on the ObamneyCare question. Why was he not better prepared for that question? Why the whiff? Someone who is already considered to be a bit of a wimp needed a strong, decisive answer on that one.
The candidates participating in the debate: Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Herman Cain, Ron Paul.
I liked Ron Paul’s answer to the question – “Has President Obama done anything right on the economy”. “That’s a tough question.” He couldn’t think of any. Honest answer.
Mitt is asked about Obamneycare criticism. He says if elected, he would work to repeal Obamacare. Talks about the differences in his state health ins plan, and Obamacare. TPaw is getting slammed by moderator, John King, for calling it “ObamneyCare”. You can tell who the MSM favorite is. “Mainstream” (read moderate) Republican asks Santorum how he would be able to bring all factions together. Santorum doesn’t take King’s bait to disparage the teaparty. Neither does Michele Bachmann, obviously.
Bachmann announces that Obama will. be. a . one. term. president.
Herman Cain says he will use his business acumen to get America on its feet, again. Says he’ll do what’s right – not necessarily what is politically right.
Bachmann wants to pass the “mother of all repeal bills”.
Pawlenty supports “right to work” legislation.
Gingrich wants to eliminate the NLRB.
Cain also believes in “right to work”.
Frivolous questions coming up to give viewers an idea about their personalities:
Santorum is asked, Leno or Conan? I think. Santorum stumbles a little - Says probably Leno, but he really doesn’t know because watches neither. Pretty much what I would say.
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A consensus forming that John King is being obnoxious with his constant interruptions. Maybe he read Twitter during the break because he’s doing better, now.
Gingrich is answering the question about his Road To Prosperity budget plan. Makes the point again that he didn’t want to see Republicans passing legislation in a hasty manner when the American people are not behind it, (like Obama did). Talks about where he differs with Ryan on the budget.
Santorum “wholeheartedly supports” the Ryan plan. Says he wouldn’t slow down…something needs to be done now.
Cain: “We don’t need to slow down”. Supports the Paul Ryan plan.
Gingrich is the odd man out, here.
Mitt asked about raising the debt ceiling, and says that the president needs to lay out a plan to rein in spending before debt ceiling is raised. Asks good question why the president isn’t leading?
Bachmann says she has already voted to not raise the debt ceiling and will do it again without serious spending cuts.
A “separation of church and state” question from (most likely a lib). TPaw is hitting it out of the park. Says the phrase was meant to keep the state out of the private worship of citizens.
Paul notes that the Constitution says nothing about “church and state”. A lot of liberal heads are exploding, they’ve never heard that before.
Cain makes the distinction that he would not have a radical Muslim on his staff. King twists his position as a “litmus test”.
Mitt Romney is giving a bland PC answer about everyone having equal rights, etc.
Gingrich jumps in and says there’s nothing wrong with asking a potential employee where his allegiance lies. If you cannot be loyal to the United States you cannot be in my administration, period.
Cain prefers deep dish to thin crust pizza. I can live with that.
All of the candidates are against the overturning of “don’t ask don’t tell”.
Bachmann: I stand for life from conception until death.
Santorum now talking up his solid pro-life credentials.
A legal immigrant asks about illegal immigration:
Santorum says he consistently voted against giving benefits to illegals.
Paul says we need to protect our borders, not those of Iraq and Afghanistan, (to tepid applause).
Gingrich hits this one out of the park. Ends with:There are humane, practical steps that can be taken if we can get politicians to deal with the problem honestly.
I will say this: Gingrich is resurrecting his campaign, tonight. He is sounding very strong.