I hate it when I have to spend time in a waiting area somewhere and that damn Fox News is on the screen. Fox News fans are trolls. Small minded, little, ugly trolls.
Fox polled viewers at home:
“If you had to cut a government department, what would you cut?”
- The Labor Department - 8%
- The EPA - 12%
- Housing and Urban Development - 12%
- Education - 47%
- None - 20%
Posts tagged debate.
- ROMNEY: "But the real question is does Governor Perry continue to believe that Social Security should not be a federal program, that it's unconstitutional and it should be returned to the states or is he going to retreat from that view?"
- CNN'S WOLF BLITZER: "Let's let Governor Perry respond. You have 30 seconds."
- PERRY: "If what you're trying to say is that back in the '30s and the '40s that the federal government made all the right decision, I disagree with you. And it's time for us to get back to the constitution and a program that's been there 70 or 80 years, obviously we're not going to take that program away. But for people to stand up and support what they did in the '30s or what they're doing in the 2010s is not appropriate for America."
- ROMNEY: "But the question is, do you still believe that Social Security should be ended as a federal program as you did six months ago when your book came out and returned to the states or do you want to retreat from that?"
- PERRY: "I think we ought to have a conversation."
- ROMNEY: "We're having that right now, governor. We're running for president."
- PERRY: "And I'll finish this conversation. But the issue is, are there ways to move the states into Social Security for state employees or for retirees? We did in the state of Texas back in the 1980s. I think those types of thoughtful conversations with America, rather than trying to scare seniors like you're doing and other people, it's time to have a legitimate conversation in this country about how to fix that program where it's not bankrupt and our children actually know that there's going to be a retirement program there for them."
- ROMNEY: "Governor, the term ponzi scheme is what scared seniors, number one. And number two, suggesting that Social Security should no longer be a federal program and returned to the states and unconstitutional is likewise frightening."
New Orleans, Paterson NJ, and Texas: all predated by FEMA. Without FEMA the free market would have stopped these places from existing and we wouldn’t have people dealing with fires and floods and hurricanes.
I literally laughed out loud when Paul said this. Holy shit. How can people take him seriously?
Perry’s debate skills Because it is Perry’s first debate, much of the discussion has centered on whether Perry—whose debate skills haven’t been tested at length during his political career—is a poor debater. Perry will likely be challenged for the first time by his competitors on his record in Texas, including his positions on immigration, and the viewpoints he expressed in his book “Fed Up!”—such as the ways in which he has argued the Constitution should be changed.
[Read more about how Republicans can attack Perry here.]
Jobs Romney and Huntsman have each released a jobs plan, but their plans have also given their opponents something to criticize at the debate. Even the candidates without detailed proposals will be judged on what they say about this issue, what concrete ideas they offer and how they contrast themselves with the president.
To attack or not attack There will be some pressure to obey Reagan’s “Eleventh Commandment” (“Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican”) in the library of the 40th president and in the presence of his widow, Nancy Reagan. Most of the feuding among the candidates has so far been carried out via press releases and speeches—including Perry’s recent slam of Romney’s jobs plan. Will the candidates wage these battles face to face? Tim Pawlenty’s decision during the second presidential debate to walk back his “Obamneycare” attacks against Romney was regarded as a disastrous move for the former Minnesota governor. Pawlenty was marked as gutless and pulled out of the race last month after a poor showing at the Iowa straw poll.
Frontrunner status Just this week, Bachmann’s campaign manager, Ed Rollins (who has sincedecided to take a backseat role for her campaign), described the 2012 election as a “Perry-Romney race” with Bachmann in third-place. Tonight’s debate could shake up that order or solidify it.
Bachmann’s momentum Bachmann has shone in the previous two presidential debates. If Bachmann performs well at tonight’s debate, she could recapture some of her lost momentum. If she doesn’t, her campaign could sink even further.
Romney in a post-Perry world Tonight is Mitt Romney’s most important moment since losing his front-runner status in the race. Will he change his campaign strategy by directly criticizing Perry?
Tea party favorite Bachmann has been regarded as the national tea party favorite, and it’s unclear if Perry can knock her off that pedestal. Perry in recent weeks has issued edicts that have found some favor within the movement, including his book’s criticism of social security as a “monstrous lie” and a Ponzi scheme (though he has attempted to walk back that criticism).
The other candidates Tonight’s debate is significant for the frontrunners, but the stakes are at least as high for the rest of the field. In recent weeks, Gingrich’s campaign trajectory has plummeted and candidates like Santorum and Cain are struggling to register with voters.
Herman Cain supports a universal 9% income tax, because if 10% is good enough for the church, 9% should be good enough for the federal government. Because the church totally has to offer health care to all of its members, and fix roads, and fight wars (ok maybe crusades).
Huntsman to Romney and Perry: Pay attention to me. My job creation record is better that yours.
So far, it seems like Ron Paul thinks that lobbyists, who have so much influence over federal government, will somehow not be able to influence state and local governments and also the free market will correct dangerous drugs after millions day. RON PAUL
Also, it’s hilarious that Newt Gingrich…
It’d be all over the blogosphere.
- Apparently real jobs ≠ green jobs.
- Ok so why does Bachmann keeps quoting numbers that she can’t back up. Where does she get this shit? How do you know exactly these numbers standing up on that stage..?
- We DO NOT live in a free market economy! The moment the feds bailed out Wall Street, there…
Perry on immigration: We need boots on the ground and Predator drones to secure the border with Mexico.
Scanning the audience, I see not a single brown or black face.
Tonight the GOP candidates prepare for a Debate in Iowa. As debates begin, the facial coding experts at Sensory Logic examine the looks of Republican hopefuls. Find out what emotional reactions—and votes—their faces are likely to garner. See the whole graph here!