Monday, June 13, 2011

The New Hampshire Republican Presidential Debate

Several blogs have already posted on the CNN broadcast of The New Hampshire Republican Presidential Debate and I have included links below. I watched the entire debate and thought that Michele Bachmann did the best job in answering all of the questions given to her, as well as expanding upon them by showing specifics of the horribly failed "leadership" of the Obama Administration.  It was exciting to learn that she has officially entered the race!

Some of the questions were unnecessary, IMO.  It seemed to me that the questions were geared towards what could have been "gotcha" questions, designed to get the candidates to choose between something Obama stood for vs. a preconceived notion of a former failed policy. I thought that was a waste of time and took away from giving the candidates an opportunity to expand on the broader issues.  The "this or that" questions were downright silly!  They didn't give us much insight into the candidates personal lives.  However, some strategically got in important information for the record (e.g. Michele Bachmann's background and her children and foster children  that she and her husband raised). 

I must say that the moderator, John King, was SO ANNOYING at the beginning when he kept interrupting the candidates because he wanted them to answer every question in 30 second sound bites.  How ridiculous is that???  Who in their right mind thinks that these critical issues can be answered in half of a minute?  Thankfully, he learned his lesson (or maybe got a note from management?) and gradually stopped the constant interruptions.

I thought that everyone held their own in this debate, but obviously some came across better than others.  Personally, I thought that Rick Santorum did well but didn't get any credit for his performance at the end of the debate.  I thought Gingrich had some good answers but appeared crabby in demeanor.  Ron Paul was the loon that he always has been.  He had a few good answers but he was the one person on the stage that I thought didn't do as well. I found it ironic that John King chose to interview him after the debate.  Herman Cain was OK.  I've seen him do better (like on the Glenn Beck show). Some of his answers were real good, but others were a bit of a disappointment in comparison to the answers of others. 

Although Mitt Romney is considered the front runner in the race (so far), I thought that Tim Pawlenty matched him on some issues.  But Pawlenty doesn't have the name recognition that Romney has.  I thought it was very strategic of him to show the ineptitude of Joe Biden; while giving Sarah Palin a gracious thumbs up when comparing the two as former rivals in the 2008 Vice Presidential race.


posted by nicedeb at Nice Deb - 3 hours ago
The candidates participating in the debate: Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Herman Cain, Ron Paul. CNN Livestream, here. I liked Ron Paul’s answer to the questi...
posted by Jim Hoft at The Gateway Pundit - 3 hours ago
The CNN Republican Presidential Debate in New Hampshire– Seven Republicans will be on the stage Monday night at the CNN/WMUR/New Hampshire Union Leader presidential debate. Best intro– Newt

One of the best comments at Gateway Pundit:

"#57 June 13, 2011 at 8:19 pm
Mad Hatter commented:
John King should be asking (this or that) Capitalism, or Socialism? That’s what we’re facing."

Ha!!!   REALLY!!!!

posted by William A. Jacobson at Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion - 5 hours ago
Despite the hype, I suspect many people will be thinking about some current and former Governors who will not be there, and who have not yet declared, or who may never declare. I'll be traveling tonight s...
***more to come***
Also, Nice Deb has the video up about the discussion between Congressman Darrell Issa and Fox news anchor PattiAnn Brown regarding AG Eric Holder facing contempt charges for obstructing justice in Operation Fast and Furious (part of the Gunrunner scandal - see my last post):
posted by nicedeb at Nice Deb - 7 hours ago
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, discusses the constitutional authority of Congress when issuing a lawfully issued subpoena to the Executive Bra...

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