Is there anything more exciting than a conference on adoption and a GOP presidential debate all happening on the same day? I doubt it… Anyway, that was my day today.
So, who was the big winner tonight. Hands down Newt Gingrich proved he deserves he new place in the top tier and reminded America why he was so instrumental in sweeping Republicans into office back in 1994. Newt was clear, articulate and a refreshing contrast to other candidates limited to spouting well-tested and carefully crafted talking points written by campaign staffers (when they can remember them). Newt is his own library of knowledge. I’m starting to think this is the guy…
As for the others on the stage…
Rick Santorum is starting to scare me. Elect this man into office and we’ll be at war with Iran (or somebody!) within two years.
Jon Huntsman always sounds reasonable, but not convincing. Put him in the cabinet somewhere, but perhaps not in the Oval Office.
Where was Herman Cain tonight? He didn’t seem to have that much of a memorable presence tonight. Perhaps his fifteen minutes are up? The carriage has turned back into a pumpkin. It was nice while it lasted…
Surprisingly, Ron Paul did not come off sounding nuts, as sometimes he is prone to do when it comes to foreign policy. I still love Ron Paul. Clearly he is the one candidate who displays a clear commitment to the Constitution and the values of our Founding Fathers. This is evident every time the man opens his mouth. To say he is consistent is an understatement. I really want to support him again (I was a precinct captain for him in 2008), but Newt is making that very hard.
Mitt Romney did ok. He’s been pretty consistent in these debates. He usually does well, to the point of almost being forgettable – expect when sparring with Perry.
And speaking of Rick Perry, he did ok tonight as well. No major gaffes and nothing of which to be embarrassed about. Actually, this might have been his best debate performance yet. But, I realize that’s not saying much.
Bachmann? Does it really matter what I think about her? At least there was no shameless attempt to work in her foster children, or did I miss that?
Well, as usual, below are my live-tweets during the debate tonight. In order to read them in chronological order, start and the bottom and work your way up to the top.
Ok, I am officially giving up trying to watch the debate online. I’ll have my wrap up posted on my blog later tonight.
So, having more internet streaming issues all coming from cbsnews.com Some1 should have bought more bandwith perhaps.
@TeamBachmann tries to tear down @RonPaul and fails miserably. Congresswoman, at least get your facts straight.
Ok, nationaljournal.com stream is working great.
So I am giving up on the live stream at cbsnews.com – trying nationaljournal.com
The internet feed seems to be very slow, at least on my computer. Anyone else having this problem on cbsnews.com?
Now switching from CBS to internet stream…
@JonHuntsman sounds reasonable compared to @MittRomney’s response concerning China. I guess he would know…
Messing with @newtgingrich never goes well… I think debate moderators of all people should know this by now…
@RonPaul – Torture is “illegal, immoral and unamerican.” Why is this controversial?
So far @TeamRickPerry has not embarrassed himself, but we still have time left…
So I’m starting to think I need to get behind @newtgingrich @newt2012hq. He’s bold, articulate, smart and just makes sense.
@newtgingrich refuses to take @MajoratNJ ‘s bait and instead compliments @MittRomney keeping the focus where it should be.
Both @RickSantorum and @RonPaul bother me when it comes to foreign policy but each for the opposite reason!
Thanks @newtgingrich for mentioning Muslim nations persecuting Christians. At least somebody on that stage cares!
@TeamBachmann serves on the House Intelligence Committee? Does that bother anyone else?
Foreign aid will start with $0 for countries like Pakistan “who don’t support the US” under a @TeamRickPerry administration.
@Newtgingrich – “We don’t have a clue how hard this is going to be” concerning Afghanistan.
@Jon2012HQ (Huntsman) wants to bring troops home from Afghanistan today. He just went up a few points in my book.
Interesting – GOP gives troops credit during democratic administrations but give potus credit during GOP administrations.
@RickSantorum mentions that candidates like him don’t get many questions in debates. He’s right – treat candidates equally!
@TeamRickPerry wants to answer the previous question instead of the current one – has to get it out before he forgets…
@RonPaul is the ONLY candidate to suggest that the President must go to Congress b4 going to war, like the Constitution says…
@MittRomney schools Scott Pelley on how much time he has – and looks good doing so.
I wonder what @TeamRickPerry is trying to remember for tonight…
This debate is focused on foreign policy. Kind of nervous for @RonPaul
And so the debate begins… The big “Commander-in-Chief” debate.