Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Presidential Elections 2012 - #3319 - VIDEO: Key Moments from the GOP Debate - The Blaze (2) The Bloomberg - Washington Post Debate - Redstate


Key Moments from the GOP Debate - The Blaze - Let’s start by letting the left news site Talking Points Memo distill the entire debate into 100 seconds: Big moment:  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a frontrunner among the Republican contenders, defended the 2008 bank bailout under President George W. Bush — a position that will put him starkly at odds with the tea party.  The $700 billion Wall Street rescue package, Romney said, “was designed to keep not just a collapse of individual banking institutions, but to keep the entire currency of the country worth something.”  To be sure, Romney conceded the bailout’s problems: “Was it perfect? No. Was it well-implemented? No, not particularly. Were there some institutions that should not have been bailed out? Absolutely.” Herman Cain, who wrote in 2008 that the bailout was a win-win for the taxpayer, said the bailout’s implementation “is where it got off track.”  Read more.........

The Bloomberg - Washington Post Debate - Redstate - Mitt Romney won the debate. No one knocked him off his game. He really is that good of a debater.  Herman Cain proved himself a bit of an unstable number two. He is starting to get the tough questions on his 999 plan and his responses sound like they were crafted in the land of unicorns and rainbows — the people will just keep 999 from being changed and we’ll magically alter the structure of the constitution to prevent it from being repealed except by a 2/3′s vote. Um . . . okay!?  Rick Perry was largely a no show in the first half. The forgotten man who once dominated, he’s rapidly becoming the Fred Thompson of the campaign season, despite having the money and support to go forward. The Perry camp really and truly believes the debates do not matter. The problem for the Perry camp is that everyone else believes the debates do matter. And when one small side thinks they don’t matter and one large side thinks they do matter and the smaller group gives the larger group nothing to turn their gaze up and distract them or change their mind — well then the debates do matter and Perry’s staggeringly bad performances (though this debate was far better than the Fox one) are going to make it harder and harder for him to come back.  Read more..........

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