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Highlights and Lowlights from the GOP Debate

By Bobby Eberle

It seems like there's been a million GOP presidential debates so far, and there are even more on the schedule. But I still tune in and hope for something new or something different. It's hard to get any real substance with one minute answers and thirty second rebuttals, but in the case of CNBC's debate on Wednesday night, I'm glad I watched. The candidates were sharp, on message, and for the most part, kept the focus on Barack Obama and the economy. There were definitely winners and losers, with some candidates continuing to rise, while others are sinking like lead balloons.

The whole idea behind CNBC's "Your Money, Your Vote" GOP Presidential Debate was to get the candidates to focus on the economy and jobs. Both the panel of moderators and the GOP hopefuls did a a great job of staying on message. Of course, there were a few stray bullets here and there, but mainly, we all were able to get a grasp of where the candidates stand and how effectively they can present their ideas.

The debate started with a question to Herman Cain. Considering all the attention Cain has been receiving lately regarding accusations of sexual harassment, I'm sure many viewers were like me and were thinking, "Oh boy, here they go." But, instead, the moderator asked about Italy's financial troubles. Once the question was asked, I was finally able to exhale.

Of course, CNBC couldn't totally ignore the issue. After all, this was a debate on the economy and jobs, right??? But, the question was asked. The moderator framed it as part of a CEO's character and should Americans elect a CEO if he or she has a character issue like the one alleged by Cain's accusers. Personally, I found the reaction of the audience to be very telling. As the question was raised, the audience started booing. They weren't booing Cain; they were voicing their displeasure with the question. As he answered, their boos turned into cheers. What does that mean? It means that even with a name and a face behind the accusations, Cain is still part of the mix.

Rep. Ron Paul and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had great replies to a question regarding student loans. CNBC's Sharon Epperson pointed out that student loan debt is higher in America than credit card debt. But in typical liberal fashion, she seems to think that the only way that students can pay for college is with the federal government's help.

I love it! Pay for college by working? What a concept!

The candidates stuck to their messages, and the best performers, were Romney, Cain, Gingrich, and Paul. If Cain can get through the current media firestorm, it can still be a race between him and Romney. If not, Gingrich is the candidate who stands to gain. In the debates, we are reminded of just how much he knows on so many different topics and how well he can explain a subject to the American people.

Huntsman, Bachmann, Perry, and Santorum did not do anything to change the game or the GOP presidential dynamic. In particular, Perry suffered yet another set back. Since he stormed onto the scene and seized the frontrunner position, he has seen his support erode with each passing debate. Pundits have said that he needs a homerun. Instead, he provides a strikeout. Whether it's an incoherent speech that was reported last week, or his gaffe last night. Perry is destroying his candidacy.

Perry talked about the three departments he would eliminate if he were president. Unfortunately, he could only remember two out of the three.

The third department was energy, and Perry said it later in the debate, but the damage had been done. In post-debate analysis, CNBC's Lawrence Kudlow called it a fatal blow to the Perry campaign, noting that not only do these candidates have to debate each other, but the winner will also have to debate Barack Obama.

For those sick of the 30-second sound bites, Gingrich did propose a series of "Lincoln-Douglas" debates between him and Obama. Wouldn't that be a spectacle? Instead, this is the format that we have. It's certainly weighted to style over substance, but it is what it is.

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  1. newsjunkyComment by newsjunky
    November 10, 2011 @ 9:21 am

    “Gingrich did propose a series of “Lincoln-Douglas” debates between him and Obama. Wouldn’t that be a spectacle?”

    Oh, if I could only see the man with the golden rhetoric who literally hypnotized millions, blown away by the history professor with a mind like a steel trap.  Newt wouldn’t need any telepromptor, nor would there be any hesitation while he stops to think of what he’s going to say.  There isn’t a function in politics that Newt isn’t aware of, and can’t talk about without faltering, and his ideas about where to take this economy are extraordinary.

    I have to admit that Romney is a good debater and knows how to counterattack when being criticized, however, to me he’s so superficial, as if everything he says and does has been previously rehearsed.  As usual, Santorium played the attack dog with little substance, and the others, although, seemingly great at their previous positions, don’t seem qualified enough to me to govern this country.  I don’t doubt that Romney will become the nominee, however, I don’t believe he is the best man for the job. 

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    • wenramComment by wenram
      November 10, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

      It would truly frighten me if Romney got the nomination.  I don’t believe him, I don’t trust him.  You are correct in saying it is all rehearsed for him.  

      More and more I am leaning towards Newt.  

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    • RobertRComment by RobertR
      November 10, 2011 @ 1:39 pm

      You can’t help but like Newt and his ability to BS with the best of them.  However hard to see  him going far with the personal history he has.  The left will demonize whoever gets it but they have plenty of ammo when it comes to Newt. 

      I agree with wenram that I can’t trust Romney as far as I can throw him.  He’s just NOT what we need but I suspect we’ll wind up with him.   And the part that scares me more than anything is how many of our ‘conservatives’ will stay home from the polls and thus let the Demos keep the Senate and possibly the oval office.  

      This is not shaping up to be what most of us thought it would be.  It’s shaping up to be a disaster.  The worst president in modern history will probably be re-elected.  

      I think the only person who could save this mess might be Donald Trump and of course many of our own think he’s a phony as well. 

           

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    • billwvComment by billwv
      November 10, 2011 @ 2:51 pm

      I like Mr. Gingrich a lot; he is knowledgeable in every aspect of government.  I voted for him in GA when he ran for Congress.  I plan to support him for the Republican nomination for President.

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    • Texas PatriotComment by Texas Patriot
      November 10, 2011 @ 2:52 pm

      agree with you, newsjunky. i have almost no trust in Romney. His policies change with every shift in the political winds. i would have to hold my nose to vote for him. probably would not be able to do so at this time.

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    • dirtystratComment by dirtystrat
      November 10, 2011 @ 3:34 pm

      “It would truly frighten me if Romney got the nomination.”
      It would frighten me more if Obama is reelected and that is where we need to focus. I would pay money to see Newt debate Obama. It would be mind blowing. But if not Newt I can live with Romney. As someone who lives in Mass I can tell you that the Democrats rule supreme in Massachusetts. Those same Democrats kept Romney backed into a corner as Governor and is reflected in Romney’s record here. I don’t think Romney would be as bad as some of you seem to think.

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    • SAnnComment by SAnn
      November 10, 2011 @ 4:00 pm

      I made the statement I would not want Gingrich elected, but I am beginning to change my mind. He is the best choice and is more knowledgeable of any of the other candidates and he continues to let us know what he would do as President.  He does not hmmm hawwww around and he would BLAST Obama in a one on one debate. I do not want Romney, Perry, Bachmann, and especially Paul who I believe will try to run as an Independent and give the election to Obama. Yes, you read right, GIVE the election to Obama. Huntsman should withdraw from the run and I have turned away from Cain and not because of his recent problems but because he was part of the Federal Reserve and I did not like what he had to say about that. . I did like Santorum and what he had to say but the Republican Elitist Party have ignored him and he never had a chance with them.  At this moment in time I will be more than willing to give my vote to Gingrich without holding my breath!

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    • AMVoterComment by AMVoter
      November 10, 2011 @ 6:05 pm

      I would love to see Newt blow away the lying teleprompter-n-chief in a debate.  Obama can’t put a sentence together without stuttering without his teleprompter, and he has never faced difficult questions.  Newt is so much smarter than Obama could ever be!  Out of the group Newt is the best one to turn this country around.
       
      I was sickened by Maria Boobiroma who early-on tried to smear Cain.  At least she wasn’t successful!  She and the other leftwing moderators just further showed they have little to no credibility.
       
      Romney did well but he is still a RINO being pushed by the Republican establishment.   While I like Cain, I do not think he is ready to be president.  Perry lost his train of thought at one point but I do not think it was a bad flub.  Santorum is spinning his wheels.  Paul is, well, just Paul.  Huntsman should be challenging Obama in the primary as he is nothing but a liberal in a Republican suit.
       
      All these debates are getting rather tiresome, especially the ones hosted by the hostile left which is intent on tripping them up.  It seems as if the candidates would be better served to get out among the people

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    • wenramComment by wenram
      November 11, 2011 @ 12:40 pm

      It would frighten me more if Obama is reelected 

      Yes, I agree.  But I’m not sure Romney will be that much better.

      If Obama gets in again I’m moving to the country of Texas. 

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    • ladylilac1611Comment by ladylilac1611
      December 16, 2011 @ 4:12 pm

      That would be the first time I could bear to watch the Kenyan. I have never listened to him since he was put into OUR White House.
       
      But to see Gingrich smile and tear the Kenyan apart . . it would be so worth watching.

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  2. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    November 10, 2011 @ 10:41 am

     
    Rick Perry has proven his continuous debating Brain Farts will render him impotent in a real debate with Obama. Time to move on Rick
     
    As for the economy I was waiting with baited breath for just one candidate to express that when Socialist P I G countries like Portugal, Italy and Greece or individuals gamble on  Social Experiments with other people’s money, it is up those countries and individuals to work off the debt and make their gambling losses good. It is not up to the other people like us in the United States to cover the losses of their foolish embrace of their Socialist Stupidity. He have plenty enough of our own failed Social experiments to account for. Like the Student Debt Bubble which flooded the educational system with trillions of dollars of borrowed or printed money. This drove up the cost of education to fill the pockets of overpaid Liberal College professors who filled up the brains of our children with self-perpetuating socialist Pablum. They fed the failed concepts of Socialism to our newly created College degreed socialist children in adult bodies who are now trained to live in entitlement  like dependent children  off the honest labor of others. Why else Obama’s push to forgive student loans in one more taxpayer paid redistribution of honest money to finance their Socialist agenda of grabbing power over the minds and purses of sane Conservative America.
     
    Newt was right that had not this money driven up the cost of education with government sponsored student loans, our children could have actually worked their way through College the old fashion way and acquired a self-sustaining work ethic in the process. This of course would have run against and defeated what the liberal College Professors of entitlement were teaching the kids in class. They issued the kids sheep skins upon graduation to signify what they have tuned our children into,,,SOCIALIST SHEEP of entitlement.
     

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    • RobertRComment by RobertR
      November 10, 2011 @ 1:42 pm

      If people will remember Obama isn’t exactly a master at debating either.  Even the village idiot McCain won some points in their debates and it was clear that McCain was so mad he couldn’t think straight.  Not that he thinks straight any other time but it was obvious they were both angry.  Don’t recall which debate that was but it was a joke from both sides. 

      The people will vote the platform that serves their best interest when it comes down to it.  Most Hispanics that I knew voted for Obama because of the demo platform.  Not because they liked or trusted the man.  That’s what the voters will vote for or against when you get down to the final election.  If our people stay home we’ll get our behinds handed to us.  Same for the other side.   

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    • Texas PatriotComment by Texas Patriot
      November 10, 2011 @ 3:08 pm

      RobertR, here is the scary part. If Romney is the nominee, millions of Tea Party patriots and fiscal or social conservatives WILL STAY HOME. If Paul is NOT the nominee, substantial numbers of his fanatical supporters will stay home or throw their votes away on irrelevant candidates. If Paul IS the nominee, more potential votes will stay home even than with Romney. If only we can nominate a candidate that ALL lovers of freedom and liberty can unite behind, we will be rid of the Marxist fraud currently pretending to be our President.

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    • AMVoterComment by AMVoter
      November 10, 2011 @ 6:08 pm

      You are being too hard on Perry.  Last night’s momentary loss of train of thought wasn’t so bad, but you are right that he probably would not do well against the teleprompter -n-chief.

      TexasPatriot, I do not believe Tea Party people will stay home. This election is too important. Tea Partiers will grudgingly vote for Romney if he is the candidate because Obama is a destroyer and this country can NOT afford 4 more years of the ant-American!

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  3. JDZComment by JDZ
    November 10, 2011 @ 11:58 am

    As the debates continue, which are starting to wear out their value added, my choices of the top two candidates that I would trust to take on Obama next year are Romney and Gingrich. Both of these two have consistently handled the debates well and continue to exhibit the maturity and control of a seasoned politician and leader. I still like Herman Cain, but I don’t see him at the same level of broad based knowledge and experience as Romney or Gingrich.

    I can also see these two running together on the GOP ticket, but even though I know that Gingrich would chew up Obama in a head to head debate, I actually prefer Romney as the Presidential candidate and Newt as the VP candidate. This could be the strongest combination to take on Obama and whomever he chooses for his VP running mate, and to me, have pros and cons that complement one an another extremely well.

    Unfortunately for Herman Cain, I think his sex allegation problems have taken some of the bloom off of his rose and have set him back in this election cycle.

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  4. brucefeherComment by Bruce Feher
    November 10, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

    Cain and Romney hold steady while NEWT is moving up…UM?

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  5. billwvComment by billwv
    November 10, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

    After watching all the debates, I certainly like Newt Gingrich best, based on his knowledge of government and history and his experience in the Congress as Speaker of the House.  He is not a pushover on the debate floor: whether by other candidates or by the moderators.  I voted for Mitt Romney over John McCain and still feel as though Romney is 100% better than McCain and 1000% better than Obama.  Just something about Newt that stands head and shoulders above the mentality and experience of the other candidates.  Go Newt !

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  6. handymanherbComment by handymanherb
    November 10, 2011 @ 12:35 pm

    So everyones ready to dump Cain at the first speed bump, you had to know it was coming, everyone is afraid of him on both sides and both sides are feeding this non story, like the last woman was from chi-town, a place where Herman never worked, but is were the obama base of power comes from.

    To bad we the people aren’t buying the **** and more people jump on the Cain train everyday

    Cain/West 2012 

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    • rdlong567Comment by rdlong567
      November 10, 2011 @ 1:14 pm

      Definitely not jumping the Cain train yet. I’m hoping, though, that he deals with the issue in an honest, straightforward manner. If he doesn’t, he’ll get “fried,” because people are sick of seeing political gaming. The timing of all these so-called witnesses, however, is a bit strange. Where were these women even two months ago? He’s been in the campaign for months now, but it wasn’t until he became a front-runner that the allegations started to fly.  

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    • blemeComment by bleme
      November 10, 2011 @ 7:26 pm

      He has dealt with it a dozen times during the last 2 weeks. How many more times do you need to hear “it didn’t happen”?

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  7. bmm1Comment by bmm1
    November 10, 2011 @ 12:56 pm

    An investigator who uses software used by police departments to determine if a suspect is lying, determined Cain is telling the truth. Will we hear more about this, or will it be buried by the media?
    If Newt continues to rise in the polls, he will suffer similar assaults as Cain. Newt’s background is not squeaky clean.
     

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    • ConnyComment by Conny
      November 10, 2011 @ 1:58 pm

      The two ‘glaring’ accusations against Newt have been addressed by him to my satisfaction.   Signature on divorce papers while wife in hospital (supported by their daughter);  Medicare ‘withering on the vine.’ (Incorrectly quoted–his assertion has come to pass.)  Newt does not dwell on defending himself time after time.  He moves on.  His conversion to Catholicism, I believe, makes him a stronger person.  But–that’s just me.

      The media do NOT cover information favorable to Conservatives.  I’d be very interested in researching the information supplied by the investigator.  I’m not doubting your statement in the  least, but can you supply a link where I could read further about this subject?  Thank you.

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    • newsjunkyComment by newsjunky
      November 10, 2011 @ 3:02 pm

      Conny:

      Those rumors have destroyed Newt for no less than 3 decades.  However, his daughter rebuked it by stating what actually happened. 

      Gingrich’s Deathbed Divorce? Not So says Daughter  … The story of Newt Gingrich’s first divorce, reportedly beginning while his wife was on his deathbed, has taken on a life of its own in some circles. The problem? It’s not true. Gingrich’s daughter, Jackie Gingrich Cushman, set the record straight with a recent column she wrote at creators.com.

      “Waiting for approval???”

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    • newsjunkyComment by newsjunky
      November 10, 2011 @ 3:52 pm

      “her” deathbed.

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    • blemeComment by bleme
      November 10, 2011 @ 7:29 pm

      Did you know the Ex is still alive? That is quite a deathbed….

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  8. ConnyComment by Conny
    November 10, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

    Even before there were any declared candidates, a friend of mine asked if I’d vote for Newt if he decided to run.  My reply was ‘In a heartbeat!’ I think I’d give up my parking pass to see a debate between Newt and Obama.  Newt would use O’s head as a scouring pad and mop up the floor with him.

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  9. JRComment by JR
    November 10, 2011 @ 1:10 pm

    Gingrich, Perry, and Romney are all globalists.  So is Obama, and they have practically destroyed this country.  Additionally Perry and Romeny are RHINO’s.  Is this the Republican party or just a satellite Democrat party?  Is this a party for America/Americans, or a party for foreign interests?

    The real run should be between the others….not them.

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  10. ConnyComment by Conny
    November 10, 2011 @ 1:15 pm

    Forgot to add: Living in MI, I have a bit of loyalty to Mitt.  However, I believe he’s only about 2 degrees to the right of McCain and on some issues I’d consider him a RINO.  Although he’s probably forgotten more about politics/business than I’ll ever learn, there’s something about him I find almost untrustworthy.  I felt McCain was a very poor choice for the last election and think Mitt is only a little better.  Newt is #1 for me!

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  11. wdjincComment by wdjinc
    November 10, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

    Perry destroyed any chances he had with his brain-dead lamebrain forgetfulness of the three agencies he planned to abolish.

    Cain is good, but not presidential material. Unless he can resolve the harassment allegations made by four women he does not stand a chance and the distractions will continue to hurt.

    Gingrich has proven to be the smartest and most effective debater and the most experienced. He has my vote for head of the ticket. Romney may be the front runner, but is too liberal for a conservative. A Gingrich/Cain ticket would be a winner. 

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    • ConnyComment by Conny
      November 10, 2011 @ 2:24 pm

      ‘A Gingrich/Cain ticket would be a winner.’

      You and I are on the same page.  I’m hoping that’s the way it shakes out.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      November 11, 2011 @ 7:51 am

      I’m beginning to wonder if Perry can remember just the one agency he needs to abolish, whose name is Barak Obama. Those newt lovers need to understand that like Cain, when and if he rises high enough in the polls to threaten the liberals, the liberal mediaw will trot out his dirty laundry and smell up the campaign. Newt has soiled many a conservative diaper in his personal life.

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  12. joyComment by joy
    November 10, 2011 @ 2:02 pm

    I personally hope Newt is the one that goes on to run for President.  Romney is half Democrat and half Republican and he doesn’t know how to even spell Conservative.  We need someone that knows how to run the Government and that would be Newt.  I personally believe he is the one to turn the mess Obama and our do nothing Congress has created.  The only thing Romney knows how to do is run for President! If he is the one selected, he will get beat worse than McCain did by obama.  When personal life is used to destroy someone and take an inferior Candidate for the office of President is silly.  Cain and his personal life would be used to destroy him and he should drop out.  Whether he is guilty or not will not matter, it’s been planted in enough minds to destroy his chances.  Rick seems to be lost and Paul is a joke.  Michele doesn’t stand a chance.  It’s time for America to get behind Newt, if he is careful with his VP pick  he can beat obama with ease.

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    • blemeComment by bleme
      November 10, 2011 @ 7:32 pm

      Newt groped me in the men’s shower. It’s not true of course, but should he still drop out?

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  13. clayman7Comment by clayman7
    November 10, 2011 @ 2:53 pm

    I think Newt is about to put the ROPE-A-Dope on them he is slowly working them into a corner and as soon as the first few primaries are over and we lose a couple of the canidates he will move in and it will be him and Romney fighting for the nomination.

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  14. boydasmithComment by boydasmith
    November 10, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

    I still support Herman Cain!, … in spite of the blatantly obvious, politically-motivated ‘character assassination’ by the Democrats. The insidious schemes of Chicago-based Democrat ‘minions’, and Gloria All-RED… (after all, it worked against Meg Whitman in the California Governor’s race,.. so why not smear Herman Cain now, before he gets more traction?)… can’t dissuade me from my support of Herman. 
       I’ve always liked Newt Gingrich’s intelligent and articulate arguments, … and his ability to admit when he’s wrong (i.e., reversing his support of the individual mandate for health care). But sometimes he’s a little closed-minded in what I believe are his  wrong-headed views? For example, though he opposes ‘Cap-and-Trade’,… I regret that he isn’t more more ‘up-to-speed’ on the genuine science which totally debunks the idea that human-caused CO2 emissions are causing catastrophic ‘Climate-Change’.
        The ANTHROPOGENIC-CLIMATE-CHANGE argument is an essential leg of the Socialist argument for ‘redistribution’, and it’s the primary waste of the ‘Obama Stimulus’,… along with government Union/Big-money-Democrat-bundler  ’kickbacks’.  The other major redistribution is with the government take-over of health-care.  
        The extreme environmentalists are the single most significant reason for  America’s present economic demise! They are the reason for the regulatory burdens of the EPA and other useless government agency ‘Vampirism’.
        The idea of ‘Protecting the environment’ is what has given cover to burdensome Big-Government policies for the last 40 years. They stand in the way of AMERICAN ENERGY INDEPENDENCE,.. which is why we are so beholdin’ to other oil-producers, and why we can’t ‘pay our bills’,.. apart from excessive government spending in the name of ‘Social Justice’.
         Environmentalist shake-downs have accelerated bureaucratic oppression during the last 10 years,… specifically since the ‘fall’ of the Iron-Curtain,.. when the Communists poured out of the FSU (former Soviet Union), and took over the environmentalist movement in the West. Even Mikhail Gorbachev founded the ‘GREEN CROSS’, an environmentalist organization based in San Francisco. He has never accepted that the Soviet Union was defeated,.. it’s just morphed into a world-wide ‘environmentalist-justice’ movement. I heard him categorically say in a television interview that “America did not win the ‘Cold War’.
       With the help of Socialists in America which control Main-stream-media, and the Democrat Party, his words might prove prophetic? 
       As for Mitt Romney, even though I voted for him in the primary 4 years ago,. .. I don’t support him now in the primary race. If he’s the nominee, then I’ll vote for him over Obama. But I regret his intransigence about the ‘individual mandate’ in Massachusetts health care insurance, and his ambiguity on antropogenic climate change.
       Just as with the lack of distinction between ILLEGAL immigration, and legal immigration,… there seems to be NO CLARITY between ANTHROPOGENIC climate change,.. and natural, historical climate-change,  which has happened throughout geological history?!  
       I hope that Newt and Mitt ‘catch up’ with the real science,… and resist the Socialist FRAUD of anthropogenic climate-change? 

    Boyd Smith
    boydasmith@yahoo.com 

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  15. auh2oComment by auh2o
    November 10, 2011 @ 3:18 pm

    With Romney’s support holding steady in the mid-20′s, we’ve seen various rumored candidates (Trump, Palin, Christie) as well as actual candidates (Bachmann, Perry) eclipse him in the polls, only to fizzle out.  With the latest allegations against Herman Cain, who appears to be a good and honorable man (and a credible candidate), we may, nevertheless, witness a similar fall.

    It seems to me that Newt Gingrich has been quietly biding his time, staying on message, and (in my opinion) winning every debate performance to date.  Should Cain crash and burn, I don’t look to Romney to suddenly pick up support, but suggest that Gingrich may well be the beneficiary of Cain defections.  And the timing — with Iowa and New Hampshire just weeks away — couldn’t be better for Newt.  If he should take first place in Iowa and show a strong 2nd in New Hampshire, it could be all over for Romney.

    I wish Herman Cain nothing but the best, and won’t write his epitaph here.  But if he turns out to be another flavor-of-the-month, don’t be surprised to see Newt Gingrich’s rapid rise in popularity!   

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  16. FlaJimComment by FlaJim
    November 10, 2011 @ 3:50 pm

    Haven’t watched any of the debates and don’t intend to.  Too inconsequential for me to know how camera ready a candidate is.  I’m familiar with all the candidates’ platforms, however, and will make an informed selection based on that.

    It’s doubtful that Silent Cal, one of my favorite presidents, would have been a great debater but I still wish we had his spiritual heir today.  William Jennings Bryant was a great debater but who’d want him for president?  He was defeated three times in a row.

    We don’t need a president who can wow a particular audience on a particular night.  We want someone with consistent Conservative principles that we can trust to work behind the scenes in accomplishing the return of our country to greatness and pride.

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  17. g8rmomComment by g8rmom
    November 10, 2011 @ 4:14 pm

    I couldn’t agree with you more newsjunky!  Newt is absolutely a brilliant man.  Regardless of who gets the nomination I would and will vote for anyone other than Obama.  Absolutely the worse President ever!

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    • EllenComment by Ellen
      November 10, 2011 @ 4:47 pm

      There has been commenting about Newt’s “baggage.”  This is nonsense.  Compared to Clinton who, in my opinion is America’s dirty joke Newt is a far better choice.  If you or I lied under oath  as Clinton did we would have been prosecuted and jailed.  Newt’s divorce problems cannot be compared to Clinton’s actions which were disgraceful.  It certainly would be ridiculous if the Dems attacked Newt while they stood behind Clingon. 

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  18. handymanherbComment by handymanherb
    November 10, 2011 @ 4:16 pm

    So most of the people posting here were never for Cain anyway, so they are welcoming all the flack he is getting, I hope he does fall to 2nd or 3rd place for awhile, just to see the other’s get some of the heat, they won’t get it turned up as hot as they have Cain going through, they will save it as they have plenty to work with.
    And not one of them can cause the damage to the democrat party as Cain can, he would end the use of the race card the Dem’s have held for years.

    But it looks like you sheeple are buying it hook line and sinker, and will let the media and the Dem’s steer your vote again, way to think outside the box. 

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    • AMVoterComment by AMVoter
      November 10, 2011 @ 6:24 pm

      You are wrong.  The majority of us posting here have looked at all the Republican candidates and each of us has made a decision based on our his/her beliefs of what is best for this country.  You are also wrong about the majority of us thinking that the smear tactics toward Cain has changed our opinions in any way.  It is so obviously transparent that they are nothing but filthy smear tactics and the leftist media hold little credibility any longer to sway people who are informed, which 99% of us (I do not include trolls) on this board are.

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  19. paulquinComment by paulquin
    November 10, 2011 @ 4:57 pm

    My fellow Conservative Purists: Get over the Romney is not a pure conservative and reaalize he is the most electable from this pack. He is smart, he has the business background needed at this time, and he has worked with a very liberal constituency in MA.

    No, he is not perfect, but he is a heck of a far cry from Obama. Staying home because you are P’O'd that a “True” Conservatives is not our nominee ensures the further downfall of our Country and we CAN NOT afford it!

    Get over yourselves…Winning the election is what matters! I am Catholic, very Pro Life, and still see Romney as a man who can reverse the ugly course of Obama.

    Newt is brilliant, but unelectable. Herman is Herman. Rick is great, but he wouldn’t carry PA, never mind the national electorate! We need to think winning back the White House.

    Take together, this group presents a very capable prospect pool of Cabinet Secretaries!

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    • BadgerComment by Badger
      November 11, 2011 @ 5:08 pm

      Like Clinton, on any given day depending on the audience, Mitt will give you two different answers to the same questions … Like Clinton he is a bloody narcissist who’s only real interest is sticking his nose in the air to the peons as he walks to his chopper to head out and hob-nob with stars and royalty.  The reality is these two guys care nothing about this country, only themselves … On the other hand Newt or Cain are both there because they love this country and our way of life … It’s time to stop letting trolls like this one tell you that everyone but Mitt is flawed and that it will be Mitt before even one primary race has been run … And remember this … MSM has been quiet on Mitt to this point, but watch the whole Mormon religion go down with him once he’s the candidate and then watch OSHAMA dance back into office …  

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  20. JDZComment by JDZ
    November 10, 2011 @ 6:46 pm

    The conservative arm of the Republican party is going to have to keep an open mind with regard to which candidate has the best chance to beat Obama, which is the first priority in getting in position to stop this socialist agenda and getting the country back on track. So, Romney may not be as conservative as some would like, but there are moderate Republicans, Independents, and some conservative Democrats that need a reasonable choice other then Obama, and Romney fits that broadbased set of voters. Once the Republicans have the Whitehouse, and hopefully Congress as well, then the desires of the conservatives actually have a chance of getting implemented. To lose to Obama next year is totally unacceptable, and because of his broadbased voter support, it is not going to be easy to beat him, so we all have to band together and get behind whomever gets the Republican nomination.

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    • librabobComment by librabob
      November 11, 2011 @ 12:08 pm

      I agree JDZ. When push comes to shove, what’s important in Nov 2012 is voting Obama out of office. Anybody but Obama will do! I can’t imagine that any true conservative would stay at home on election day because their candidate didn’t get the GOP nomination. A non-vote on that day by a conservative will be a vote for Obama. Between now and then we can give our verbal and financial support to our preferred candidate. My check has been sent to Newt.      

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    • billwvComment by billwv
      November 11, 2011 @ 5:45 pm

      Newt Gingrich is a very down to earth person and I think he will make a fine president.  I like his ability to keep his cool and not shrink under fire.  He’ll always gives as good or better than he gets.  To watch Obama and Gingrich in a debate would be truly gratifying.  To see the teleprompter try to keep up with the ‘human mind computer’ would be well worth the watching.  None of the candidates offer the experience [hands on] that Newt brings to the contest.  And after all, it’s our country that we’re trying to save.  Send out the best !  This ad was not paid for by Newt / he has fully gained my confidence.  He was my Congressman in N. GA.

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