In case you missed it, here is complete video of last night’s CNN GOP Presidential Debate held in Mesa, Arizona. This was the 20th Debate of the 2012 GOP Presidential Nomination race.
Here is video from last night’s GOP Debate of Mitt Romney starting to answer CNN John King’s final question on what the “greatest misconception is” about him. When Romney did not seem to be directly answering the question, King interrupted him and repeated the question. Romney then said to King: “You know, you get to ask the questions you want, I get to give the answers I want.”
Here is video of Newt Gingrich during tonight’s GOP Presidential Debate on CNN calling President Barack Obama, “the most dangeous president on national security grounds in American history.”
VERY well said.
Here is video from tonight’s GOP Debate in Arizona of Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum sparring over earmarks.
Here is video of one of the key exchanges in last night’s GOP Presidential Debate in Jacksonville, Florida. Rick Santorum went on the offensive against Mitt Romney where Romney is most vulnerable – on RomneyCare.
Santorum attacked Romney at length for the RomneyCare Plan put in place in Massachusetts while Romney was Governor there. Santorum attacked the Massachusetts Plan in detail, saying it will undercut Romney’s ability to go after Obama for ObamaCare if he is the nominee. After a prolonged attacked by Santorum, Romney began a rebuttal by saying, “First of all, it’s not worth getting angry about” – referring to Santorum’s penchant for appearing angry as he makes points he feels strongly about. Romney’s words are being trumpeted today by some as saying he said “ObamaCare” is not worth getting angry about. That’s not what he said. He was referring to Santorum’s tone in describing the details of the RomneyCare plan in Massachusetts.
Santorum did an outstanding job of making the case why Romney will be a weaker nominee because of his support of an individual mandate to buy health care in Massachusetts. But Romney has repeatedly said his first act as President would be to move on repealing ObamaCare. It is not right to say that he said “ObamaCare” is not worth getting angry about.
The final GOP Presidential Debate in Florida just ended, and it was a very strong night for Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.
Romney was aggressive once again, and really went after Newt Gingrich early in the debate. Gingrich again did not really seem ready for the hits and did not return fire in equal proportion to the attacks he received. Gingrich needed to land a knockout blow on Romney in this debate, and he just did not do it. He had some good moments, particularly on the need to support Israel, but he did not have a moment to help him recapture his momentum.
I thought Rick Santorum did very well, and actually put Romney on the defensive for awhile on RomneyCare. But Romney handled those attacks as well as he possibly can, and it was probably enough to keep it from doing him any serious harm in Florida. Santorum spoke very eloquently on a number of questions, and gave a great answer summing up the truth that our rights come from the “Creator” as it says in the Declaration of Independence. He further explained that Government does not exist under our Constitution to give rights to Americans, but rather to protect those God-given rights that it has no power or authority to take away.
Ron Paul had some very good moments too. He provided a good contrast to the back-and-forth between Gingrich and Romney, as did Rick Santorum.
Mitt Romney had a lot of momentum coming into this debate, and I suspect he will maintain it coming out of the debate. Gingrich did nothing to derail him, and Santorum is so far back in the polls, I doubt his strong performance here will boost him enough to give him a chance to actually win Florida. In fact, Santorum is not going to be in Florida on Election night, Tuesday, and he is not going to spend money running ads in Florida (he just said that on CNN after the debate). That does not convey that he believes he has any real chance in Florida.
If I had to give grades, I would say: Romney – A-; Santorum – A-; Paul – B; Gingrich – C. Romney and Santorum were “Winners,” Paul held his own, and Gingrich lost by not doing what he needed to do to turn the momentum in Florida.
The four remaining GOP Presidential Candidates will meet in the 19th debate of this campaign tonight on CNN. The debate will begin at 8 PM ET at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.
This debate comes as Mitt Romney has once again seized the lead in Florida, following a strong debate performance this past Monday in which he came out very aggressive against Newt Gingrich. The contrast was even starker because Gingrich was far more subdued and passive in the debate, allowing Romney’s attack on him to go unanswered for a long period of time. This debate will be the last one for several weeks, making the impressions made tonight very important.
Gingrich must regain the momentum by being more aggressive and refusing to let Romney put him on the defense. Romney simply needs to do again tonight what he did Monday night, so expect him to go after Gingrich and perhaps President Obama very strongly.
The challenge for Rick Santorum and Ron Paul is to not seem marginalized and out of the running in the nomination race. Santorum’s poll numbers have really dropped, and he needs to make it clear he still viable as a candidate. I would expect him to go after both Romney and Gingrich – but especially Gingrich so that he can become the conservative alternative to Romney.
CNN: Newt Gingrich lashed out at Mitt Romney Thursday, accusing his Republican presidential opponent of engaging in sleazy negative politics and being part of a fragile establishment desperate to stop the former House speaker from winning the GOP nomination.
Gingrich’s attack came hours before the final Florida GOP primary debate, to be held at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. The debate is being hosted by CNN, the Republican Party of Florida and the Hispanic Leadership Network, a center-right advocacy group.
“Many of you have probably noticed a number of attack ads and all sorts of junk, and that’s what it is,” Gingrich told a crowd in Mount Dora. “This is the desperate last stand of the old order throwing the kitchen sink, hoping something sticks.”
They’re trying to “drown us in enough mud, raised with money from companies and people who foreclosed on Floridians,” Gingrich claimed. “Remember the Republican establishment is just as much as an establishment as the Democratic establishment, and they are just as determined to stop us. … This is a campaign for the very nature of the Republican Party and the very opportunity for a citizen conservatism to defeat the power of money and to prove that people matter more than Wall Street.”
Romney told a group in Jacksonville he will focus Thursday night on President Barack Obama, though he acknowledged that Gingrich’s history might be a subject as well. . . . Read More