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Debate Roundup: “I Thought Republicans Followed The Rules”

Debate Roundup: “I Thought Republicans Followed The Rules”

If you were a presidential candidate who walked away without a scratch on you after last night’s debate, you can be pretty sure that means that you aren’t a real contender.

Last night became the most aggressive, most argumentative debate in the 2012 cycle.  Texas Governor Rick Perry versus former Governor Mitt Romney, former Senator Rick Santorum against Rick Perry, Mitt Romney against former Speaker Newt Gingrich.  And absolutely everyone against Herman Cain and his “9-9-9″ tax plan.

The Fix declares Cain one of the big losers of the night, from being unable to defend his tax plan against the new study that declares it will raise taxes for anyone who makes less than $200,000 a year, and will cut taxes by the hundreds of thousands for millionaires, to a garbled attempt at proving he knows something about foreign policy.

But considering a vast majority of the articles discussing the debate instead focused primarily on the Perry/Romney smackdowns, it seems safe to say that Cain may come out of the debate a winner after all, simply by having his dismal performance overshadowed by the governor rivalry.

Perry’s big assault came out over Romney hiring a lawn care business that employed undocumented immigrants, and the Texas governor was not going to let the issue go.  The argument became more and more heated between the two, with neither candidate really winning in the end.  Watch the clip below to see the show:

Perry’s team says the push is to show a “Mitt vs. Mitt” flip flop machine, with Romney “ready to debate himself” by the time they are done with him.  But are the attacks entirely truthful?  What does it matter, it’s campaign season, that’s what everyone does, right?

So who was the biggest liar in last night’s debate?  The Washington Post fact checker delves into the claims of each candidate and, surprisingly, finds they all told a bunch of whoppers.  And some of the biggest involved Obama’s health care plan, and the Mitt Romney proposal the president likes to say he based it on.

With an accelerated primary schedule, a lot of PAC money floating around, volatile poll numbers and the nagging feeling that there’s no one in the candidate pool that will make the majority of Republican voters happy, expect the nomination fight to get uglier as we head into January.

Or, as moderator Anderson Cooper put it, “I thought Republicans followed the rules.”

 

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1:34PM PDT on Oct 22, 2011

Everybody's trying to figure out who was the stupidest person there.......my vote goes to Anderson Cooper, apparently he was the only one there who thought "...Republicans follow(ed) the rules.”



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11:43AM PDT on Oct 22, 2011

Kathleen Parker's take on the debate...

"Here, for example, is a distillation of Tuesday’s debate:

Rick Santorum: Mitt, you’re a lying hypocrite, and I’m the only one here who cares about family.

Ron Paul: I’d eliminate the federal government and not even go to work.

Herman Cain: Nine apples, nine oranges, nine lives, whatever.

Mitt Romney: Shut up, I won already.

Rick Perry: I hate your guts, Mr. Vitalis, and I’m gonna take you down.

Newt Gingrich: Yadda-yadda-yadda. You’re all stupid.

Michele Bachmann: I will hunt Mexicans with predator drones, and Barack Obama’s cake is cooked.

More or less."

1:56PM PDT on Oct 21, 2011

HILARIOUS!!! Can we have each of them come out as wrestlers, in an even more caricatured version of themselves clad in SPANDEX and go at it?

1:41PM PDT on Oct 21, 2011

What they should do is introduce Thunder Dome as frankly the whole debate issue is very much redundant it would also be far more entertaining watching them debate political issues on giant rubber bands whilst trying to get deadly weapons. Still I suspect the high attrition rate would be pretty high as they do tend to shoot themselves in the foot pretty early on.

11:41AM PDT on Oct 21, 2011

I thought Perry was going to hit Romney, he sure was angry. I guess the truth hurts and the truth is they are BOTH guilty and should drop out of the race.

11:39AM PDT on Oct 21, 2011

Mara C. You said it!

11:03PM PDT on Oct 20, 2011

No, I think the republicons are those who break the rules. They even break their own rules. And then make excuses for why those said rules didn't actually apply to whatever stupid action they are attempting at any given time. The republicons are evil now. They want to destroy us in anyway possible, (only they refer to it as getting Obama out)

8:58PM PDT on Oct 20, 2011

We took our Little League Team to Godfather's Pizza once, I say Once. The kids didn't even like it. worst pizza ever. It's not even worth 9.99.

8:15PM PDT on Oct 20, 2011

Since when do Republicans follow rules?

7:20PM PDT on Oct 20, 2011

It says a lot how messed up a field this is that's leader is Cain.While he certainly seems to enjoy his new status he's probably scared witless too.This wasn't why Cain entered the race,but to promote his book and,when his campaign ends,get a show on Fake "News." But actually running the country. Nooo. That's a lot different from taking over and downsizing a big pizza chain and turning it's excellent tasting product into something that makes you gag. So expect in the coming weeks a major gaffe from Cain. Because Fake "News" is waiting.

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