A Recap of Last Night's Florida Debate

Friday, January 27, 2012

Republican presidential candidates Newt Gingrich listens to former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. (PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

Mitt Romney came prepared during last night's CNN debate in Florida. The former Massachusetts governor fending off attacks about his record and personal finances as Newt Gingrich failed to build of his late momentum. The primary in the Sunshine State is just days away. A new CNN poll shows the two frontrunners are in a dead heat, with Romney leading Gingrich 36 percent to 34 percent. The primary is less than a week away, and the stakes are high. The winner-takes-all state has 50 delegates, more than Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina combined.

Farai Chideya is a journalist and blogger at Farai.com. Ron Christie is a Republican political strategist and political contributor for The Takeaway and our co-producer WNYC’s politics website, It’s a Free Country.

Guests:

Farai Chideya and Ron Christie

Produced by:

Marc Kilstein

Comments [2]

Mike from Federal Way, WA

"The bible says..."

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; ..."

(First Amendment - Constitution)

Thus rendering "the bible", "the koran", "the talmud" et.al irrelevant in the crafting, enacting, and enforcement of law by Congress.

That's overall, a good thing. While you might not get laws of "the bible" telling others how to live their lives in accordance with religious beliefs they may not ascribe to, neither do you get the reverse (equally possible under your scenario) namely that of any other religion dictating how you should live YOUR life contrary to the tenets of YOUR religion.

It's theology neutral. Neither for nor against ANY religious belief.

No matter how much those who believe in and practice the teachings of the bible would love to have it be our legal reference - ironically, some of those same people opposed to sharia law, the mutaween, seem to have no problem with biblical police, biblical law enforcement.

My beliefs should NOT be endorsed by Congress. Their beliefs should NOT be endorsed by Congress. And YOUR beliefs should NOT be endorsed by Congress.

That means someone who happens to be of a faith (or no faith) that has no problem with gay marriage (support or engagement) should be JUST as able to marry under our laws. And, if you believe they should not you have that right too. You do NOT have the right to deny them by LAW based on your religious beliefs. In your church - YES. As a matter of enforcement and discrimination of ALL gay marriage ANYWHERE based on your religious beliefs - NO.

Ours is a system of equal opportunity freedom of RELIGION NOT equal opportunity freedom of CHRISTIANITY.

Jan. 28 2012 08:52 AM

The Latino community will tell you that they want marriage as one man, one woman. Newt Gingrich defends this. As a lifelong Democrat, I've decided this week that I am done supporting this charade. I now know that neither Obama nor Romney will mention sodomites having the same marriage rights as young couples just starting out, having babies and following the rules. The Bible says to protect the orphans, not give them to gay men to raise. Newt will stand up and defend families. P.S. I was born at Hialeah. (true)

Jan. 27 2012 01:19 PM

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