Did Republicans boo a gay soldier? Did Michele Bachmann finally take herself out of the running? And did anyone ever ask Gary Johnson a question? It’s debate recap time!
The two biggest stories from last night’s debate were of course the crowd booing a gay soldier who asked a question about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and the continuing feud between Texas Governor Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.
The “booing audience” controversy has overtaken most of the debate coverage. When an Iraq soldier asked if Republican candidates would repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and outed himself as gay and in the military, boos were heard from the audience. But did the audience really boo? According to Dave Weigel at Slate, the “audience” didn’t boo, one member did, and the rest of the noise was others telling him to be quiet. Maybe that’s true, but there sure was a lot of cheering when former Senator Rick Santorum said the policy should be reinstated anyway.
Meanwhile, the stars of the debate were once again Romney and Perry, with Romney coming off as the victor and Perry still looking awkward and unprepared. Perry’s performance was called “uneven” by some, and “peevish and defensive” by others. Is the Perry lovefest coming to an end?
Then there’s Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. A near non-player in the debate, by the end people were even asking if she was still there. Her only spotlight moment? When she declared that there should be no taxes whatsoever, and people should get to keep “every dollar you earn.”
And former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, participating in his first debate, actually won praise for best line of the night when he said, “My next door neighbor’s two dogs have created more shovel ready jobs than this president.” Too bad he stole it from Rush Limbaugh.
Finally, miss the debate all together? Don’t worry, here’s a recap that you can watch in under two minutes, courtesy of Talking Points Memo.
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