ABC News/Yahoo New Hampshire Debate
January 8, 2012 § 2 Comments
This is the first debate since the re emergence of Ron Paul’s racist, anti-Semitic, and homophobic’s newsletters (newsletters apparently he knew nothing about), Bachmann’s campaign “suspension,” after receiving embarrassing numbers in the Iowa caucus, Perry’s confusing campaign drop out, and Santorum’s 8 pt loss in the Iowa caucus to Romney.
New Hampshire polls show Romney with a double digit lead with Paul in second place.
I expect Paul’s newsletters to be scrutinized. Also, I expect the candidates to rip the President over Panetta’s announcement of a “slimmer” military strategy.
ABC News started out by asking Romney a question and attempted to paint, in my opinion, the Romney vs. Santorum picture.
Romney stopped short of praising the president with the new job numbers and compared it to a “rooster taking responsibility for the sunrise.”
Paul blasted Santorum, calling him a “big government, big spending individual” for voting in favor of the prescription plan (next to the wars and Bush tax cuts, the prescription plan enacted in 2003 is the main reason why we are where we are now) under Bush Jr, and doubling the Department of Education budget.
Gingrinch pointed out Romney has dumped businesses and gained profits.
Rick “the Panderer” Perry pointed out the dangers of cutting the DoD, referring to the sequestration cuts, and doubted it could “keep America safe
“You cannot cut $1 trillion from the Department of Defense budget and expect that America’s freedoms are not going to be jeopardized.”
I guess he believes there is no room to cut defense with our over 1000 military bases, and subsidization of already wealthy countries’ security, and nation-building.
Paul pointed out Gingrich’s “chicken hawk” record of 5 military deferments. Gingrich lauded his father’s record, ignored his own, and made an excuse that he had children. Paul quipped, “When I was drafted, I was married and had two kids, and I went.”
Stephanopoulos asked about his recent newsletters and Paul pointed out the racially biased judicial system and the ‘war on drugs.’
Huntsman squared it straight about the situation in Afghanistan and acknowledged “we’ve got a lot to show for our efforts and I, as president, would like to square with the American people on what we have to show for it. The Taliban is no longer in power. We’ve run out al Qaeda, they’re now in sanctuaries. We’ve had free elections. Osama bin Laden is no longer around.”
He also spoke against investing in a potential civil war. But Romney and Gingrinch wasn’t interested in setting a date. Though Santorum wouldnt answer, he disagreed, as he has done in the past, with the Iraq pullout.
Perry explicitly said he would send troops to back into Iraq in fear that Iran would enter the country.
In response to Iran re entering Iraq vacuum, Gingrinch preferred changing the Iranian administration. In which ways I wonder.
Paul highlighted American navy men saving Iranian fisherman from pirates last week.
“This is the kind of stuff we should deal with, not putting on sanctions.
In an issue that’s not not talked about enough, manufacturing, Santorum proposed a 0% manufacturing tax. Romney disagreed with zeroing out taxes in because “we have to have taxes to pay for our military, to pay for the programs that care for those that can’t care for themselves avoided eliminating tax loopholes.”
Gingrinch actually defended Obama from one of Romney’s attack.
“A — a little bit harsh on President Obama, who, I’m sure in his desperate efforts to create a radical European socialist model, is sincere.”
Huntsman, former ambassador to China, denounced Romney’s proposed trade relations with China, repeating it would create a trade war which most “hurts the small businesses and the small exporters.”
Overall it was a great debate. I expect Huntsman numbers to jump. He should have attacked Romney more but maybe that’s too “political.”
Romney, Paul, Huntsman is my prediction for the NH Primary in two days.
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