Recapping Last Night's Florida GOP Debate

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Republican presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Ron Paul. (EMMANUEL DUNAND/Getty)

Last night the University of South Florida hosted a GOP presidential debate, the first of two scheduled in Florida leading up to the state's January 31 primary. The crowd was silenced by a no-applause policy which seems to have muted the effect of Newt Gingrich, who in the past has received accolades from the audience after partisan broadsides. The debate sets the agenda for the next week as candidates prepare for a primary which may ultimately decide the nominee to challenge President Obama in November.

Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway’s Washington correspondent joins the program along with Sergio Bustos, state politics editor at The Miami Herald.


Sergio Bustos and Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Marc Kilstein

Comments [7]


It is despicable how poorly Dr. Paul is being treated in these debates. He is as much a candidate as the others, deserves and should be allowed equal time speaking to the other candidates. The behavior of the hosts in these events thus far has been appalling and highly unprofessional. They should be ashamed.

Jan. 25 2012 02:00 AM
Justin Black from Savannah, Georgia

RON PAUL?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Jan. 24 2012 02:42 PM

Romney should be responding to Gingrich stating that he (Romney) has never been in a position to shape US Tax Law. This is something that Gingrich (and Paul, Santorum and Obama) have all had opportunities to impact. If we don't like the amount Romney has paid in taxes, we should blame those in Washington who have created the law that instructed Romney how much to pay.

Jan. 24 2012 12:46 PM
Ragnar Johnsen from Bedminster, New Jersey

What is the difference between physically trailing them for 28 days. This way they save the taxpayer's money by not having continuous manpower 27/7 to trail them?

Jan. 24 2012 07:40 AM
Dan S from NJ

The most important exchange was when Gingrich was asked why the Bush tax cuts did not create jobs under Bush. Gingrich provided an improvised response about how things could have been worse after September 11 if the Bush tax cuts had not been in place. Why was there no follow up to ask what study substantiated that false claim?

Jan. 24 2012 07:12 AM
Seth from New York City

I'm not going to start defending our tax code but, listening to the report on last night's debate and Mitt Romney's taxes, I feel the need to come to the defense of accuracy and good math. Several times on your show (and in opponents advertisements) we are told that Romney (and other wealthy people) pay "less tax" than those making much less. It was stated that Romeny, as a result of a tax rate less than 15%, paid "less tax" than someone making $50,000 a year. There is a big difference between tax rates and tax dollars paid. This should be clear but since it was stated improperly several times on your show, I feel your reporting is deceiving voters the same bad math utilized by politicians from Gingrich to Obama. The fact is that Romney paid $6.2 million in taxes over two years. It would take the hypothetical $50,000/year worker over 800 years to pay as much in taxes as Romney paid in two.

Jan. 24 2012 06:47 AM
Matthias Klein from Germany

Who won the debate?
Who was pleasing the voters the most? OR Who was pleasing God the most.
Since the second question is decisive for the future of a country I will will talk about this one.
Nobody was focusing on God's will. Nobody was giving Him honor for the good that happened and nobody was talking about the law of Christ, whom is given all authority.
So I cannot tell who was most pleasing to God.

Watch: German preacher's thoughts on 2012

Jan. 24 2012 06:12 AM

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