Recapping the GOP Presidential Debate

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Last night, eight GOP presidential hopefuls gathered at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California for the fourth Republican debate this year. It was the first presidential debate for Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who was in the lead in a recent poll. Perry and Romney sparred over their job creation records and other issues, often overshadowing the six other candidates.

Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington correspondent, and Republican political strategist Ron Christie, CEO of Christie Strategies and former special assistant to President George W. Bush, recap last night's events.

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Joe from Fort Lauderdale, FL

Watching the debate last night; Romney appeared the most solid, most prepared, Kain had some surprisingly innovative economic ideas, Ron Paul fought to say his piece & clarified his positions for the American people, Bachman was struggling to grasp for buzzwords and appeared poorly prepared, Huntsman evoked the image of a game show host but was usually poised & on point, Santorum was way out his league, Gringrich kept his standing as an idea man but could not pull great support though he made some provocative statements. And Rick Perry, despite all his fire & brimstone, had a difficult time defending his outlandish claims with actual facts, primarily his accusation that Social Security is a Ponzi scheme and it was laughable to watch him squirm when asked to cite scientific research disproving global warming, and straining to pool any academic references. He's already created problems for himself. Romney was by far the strongest and most composed, but Kain, Huntsman, and Paul were amazingly focused & came to play. Should be interesting next debate.

Sep. 08 2011 08:29 AM

It seems the latest media tactic is to talk up Huntsman who really should be challenging Obama for the Democratic Party nomination.
As for the need for moderation in the Republican Party, does the consistent and now stepped up vitriol and defamation coming from the Democrats in recent days which is duly ignored or excused by the media, count against them?

Sep. 08 2011 08:20 AM

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