published Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

GOP presidential debate: Did you notice?

Republican presidential candidates former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, left, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, businessman Herman Cain, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, pose before a Republican presidential debate at Oakland University in Auburn Hills, Mich., Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Republican presidential candidates former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, left, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, businessman Herman Cain, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, pose before a Republican presidential debate at Oakland University in Auburn Hills, Mich., Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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Who would be the best GOP candidate to run against President Obama?

There was another televised debate Saturday night among the Republican presidential candidates.

Did you notice?

If you did, did it make any difference in your preference for a GOP candidate to replace President Barack Obama in the 2012 election?

Unlike in some previous debates, there were no major stumbles or gaffes.

But also as in some of the earlier debates, there was not a great deal to make any one candidate stand out clearly from the others.

With the debate focusing on foreign policy, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney pointed to Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons and said he, unlike Obama, would keep Iran from achieving that goal.

Georgia businessman Herman Cain said he would have a knowledgeable set of military and other advisers as he makes vital decisions about national security.

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman denounced waterboarding of terrorism suspects as torture -- though we doubt waterboarding will be a key issue for most Americans as they head to the polls.

Reportedly, Romney and Cain are running neck and neck. Perhaps a bigger surprise, though, is that former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich is now in contention as well. It wasn't so many months ago that practically everyone had written off his campaign. And yet now, despite a limited budget, he has pulled within striking distance of the lead.

Undoubtedly, his ability to articulate his conservative arguments in the debates and his commonsense approach on a number of issues is making inroads with quite a few Republican primary voters.

Whatever time any of the other candidates has to start attracting big support, it's surely short.

With Washington and Lincoln unavailable for re-election, next year's choice appears to be, for now at least, Obama versus Cain, Romney, Gingrich or (fill in the blank.)

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acerigger said...

When Newt,(the serial adulterer) flames out,maybe the "Quitter From Wasilla" will have made enough money to jump in and fire-up the "base"! There's still room in the "Republican Clown-Car" for another joker!

November 15, 2011 at 12:12 a.m.
nucanuck said...

With two exceptions, Paul and Huntsman, war lust seemed to be a common thread with this group. Romney even boldly predicted that he could prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, but said nothing of the 300 nuclear warheads in Israel or what his thoughts might be about nuclear Pakistan, North Korea, China, Russia, or the USA for that matter.

The GOP has become the War Party, just as war has seemed to weaken us economically and undercut us morally.

And to support waterboarding and enhanced interrogation techniques is to give tacit approval for those methods to be used on our own troops. Have we lost all sense of humanity?

November 15, 2011 at 1:21 a.m.
fairmon said...

Ron Paul may be the right candidate at the right time.

November 15, 2011 at 7:29 a.m.
ibshame said...

After all the debates they've had the only thing that changes is the person running in first place for awhile until Romney reclaims the lead. It's the "anybody but Romney" syndrome. Rick Santorum and John Huntsman are the only ones on the stage who haven't been in first place or second place to Romney. The rest have all had their 15 minutes of fame then crashed and burned. Watching those debates is like watching re-runs in the Summer. Sometimes you watch them just to get a laugh when you're bored.

November 15, 2011 at 7:55 a.m.
XGSBoss said...

Ron Paul may be the right candidate at the right time. If by right candidate you mean the election is for crazy racist nutbag in chief. And if by right time you mean 1200 AD. Run Ron, Run!

November 15, 2011 at 9:20 a.m.
Livn4life said...

Newt Gingrich may have the Conservative message down but he still represents Washington insiderism(okImadethattermup). There is no clear cut opposition to President Obama at this time and there does not seem to be any strong contender on the horizon. The only thing hurting President Obama is what President Obama continues trying to do. People are tired of the arrogance and while he was only in the Senate a short time(anytimeislongenoughforliberals), he is still part of the Hill gang, an insider and that shows through strongly in his policies and practices. So he continues to hurt himself while the Republicans have no real threatening contender. This speaks volumes for the leadership vacuum in our nation right now. It is laughable to read Conservatives on their bandwagon against President Obama and the Dems. It is also painfully funny for the Liberal media to create more and more scenarios of the buffoonery of anyone Conservative. It should be a fun year in American politics. But on the day after the election, we still will be led by out of touch, weaklings in either party led by coattails of groups which lean one way or the other. So I predict not a lot will be changing until we are in absolute dire circumstances. But I do love this country.

November 15, 2011 at 10:52 a.m.
EaTn said...

The party of family values once again will hold it's nose in the voting booth, if the attached poll is any indication of who will be the GOP representative. Does anyone really think the independents will support any of these clowns, except maybe Romney?

November 15, 2011 at 12:09 p.m.
chet123 said...

There only two candidate who is qualified to ran in primary..thats ROMNEY and HUNTMAN...the other candidate are clowns...for example..Michelle Bachman talk let she is reading from a script or and cant devert from what her handlers have rehearst her to day...she never awswer the question that benn forward to her....she just goes on this rant OBAMA, OBAMA, OBAMA!! I think President Obama have ran her crazy!! then you have Herman Cain who have filiburst himself into the Primany...the man is a pulpit clown(that what black call phony preachers) ha ha ha ...all he know is 999.....and if you ask him about foreign policies he will say ..socky,socky,socky,becky,becky,becky ha ha ha what a clown.... Cain is a complete fool....who dont respect women! the man too stupid to know China have had nuclear weapons for 40years...how dumb can you be...Also there Rick Perry WHO CAME ON THE SCENE WITH HIS COWBOY BOOTS AND SIX SHOOTERS....BUT AFTER A FEW DEBATE WE FOUND OUT THE COWBOY GUN INSTEAD OF GOING POW POW POW ..HIS GUN WENT pinggggggg..he look like the cartoon COWBOY IN TOY STORY...ITS A SHAME PERRY cant string a sentence of words together coherently....how can you lead and cant even talk...my question is what is he doing been government of TEXAS(affirmative action got him his job )ha ha ha ....

November 15, 2011 at 1:33 p.m.
chet123 said...

Can you imagine those four candidate arguing or standing up to tyrants,dictators,autocrates,cutthroats thats crazy like a fox with nuclear weapons leaders as NORTH KOREA'S PRESIDENT KIMII SUNG, RUSSIA LEADER DMITRY MEDVEDEV, COMMUNIST CHINA LEADER HU JINTAO, SYRIA LEADER HAFEZ AL ASSAD..ALL OF THEM HAVE NUKES...AND EVEN WANT TO BE'S LIKE IRAN'S LEADER, AHMADINEJAD....

THIS IS WHAT HAPPEN WHEN AMERICA ALLOW THE RICH AND GREEDY APPOINT OUR PRIMARY CANDIDATES...YOU DONT GET THE BEST QUALIFIED....YOU ONLY GET PUPPETS THAT DANCE TO THE RICH AND GREEDY...YOUR DEMOCRACY IS DESTROYED...

November 15, 2011 at 1:45 p.m.
nucanuck said...

L4l,

I think you are right. There is no answer man for us in 2012. Obama won't...the others can't.

November 15, 2011 at 2:59 p.m.
chet123 said...

NUCANUCK....WHO IS US?????? tHE REPUBLICAN? Admit you are republican ..dont hide it....be proud of your party ha ha ha...the republican put us in this mess...look at the time line of america from the time Roosevelt took over until Reagan.....the GAP between middle class income and rick and greedy begin to widen... this was no coincident!

November 19, 2011 at 10:14 a.m.
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