I was recently watching the republican primary presidential debate organized by CNN. I should say that it was such a delight to watch the politicians trying to bring out best in them to impress the voters. I can’t wait to see the GOP presidential candidate debates with President Obama.
The first debate had created massive curiosity in public given the Republican party success in Dec 2010 elections.It was the time when Obama was attacked for handling economy,jobs,gas,Iraq,Afghanistan and so on..He was battling out domestic and international issues.
A lot of water has flown under the bridge since then. The president now enjoys a thumbing popularity touching 60+. Thanks to Obama birther and Osama mission..The country has come united especially on the latter development..On this context it was always curious to see GOP candidates strategy gonna be as they were trying to battle out inner differences.The Tea party campaigners has caused headache to conservatives.The stage was set for an interesting debate.Ron paul,Tim Pawlenty,Newt Gingrich,Mitt Romney,Herman Cain,Rick santorum and Michele Bachmann were set to fire the stage..did it happen is the interesting question. Mitt Romney was popular in early trends and few others were trying to catch up and others new to national level politics trying to create an image. All the 7 contenders presented a forceful, and nearly unified, attack against Mr. Obama, especially on the economy, the budget deficit and health care.
The spotlight was trained squarely on Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, who has come under withering attack for the health care plan he signed into law that resembles the plan Mr. Obama pushed through Congress. Infact his colleague Tim Pawlenty termed Obama care as ” Obamneycare” criticizing both Mr.Obama & Mr.Romney’s health care plans..He lightly mentioned that Obama plan is influenced by Romney’s and that’s the reason he said so. In nutshell all the 7 candidates were not trying to attack each other as that might sound too negative.
Newt Gingrich was still trying to cover the ground he lost as his campaign team sent a mass resignation to their boss.
Underscoring how Ms. Palin’s possible candidacy hangs over the field, she did figure in one question at the end of the debate when Mr. Pawlenty took the opportunity to praise her and her charismatic stature..It will be interesting on how the equation is gonna be set once Ms.palin declares her presidential bid.
Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, who is similarly well liked by grass-roots tea party Republicans — and whose supporters have sought to present her as more substantive and better rooted in policy than Ms. Palin is made a good start to the campaign.Her over the roof announcement hold public attention in the room..She did announce in the room of her presidential bid.Guess she maximised her presence that day!
Nothing very impressive with Mr.Santorum other than “I think the Tea Party is a great backstop for America.” & “We get along because we know that we — all of our ideas are allowed in and tolerated. That’s what makes America work.”
Mr.Ron paul was a familiar presence but had nothing very impressive to say.
Mr Cain famously introduced himself as “Not a politician but a problem solver” wow !!! but he struggled when Mr.king asked him about his earlier controversial statements..
Interesting to see GOP candidates take on economy,Libya situation,gas prices,Gay marriage, Don’t ask don’t tell,tax cut etc..
Finally who won the 1st presidential debate ?? was there one ???
We all know how much politicians makes quotes to remember and to go for history..Here is just a flavor of it..
Quotes from the debate –
Ms.Michelle Bachmann – “Make no mistake about it. President Obama is a one-term president.”
Mr.Herman Cain “This economy is stalled, it’s like a train on the track with no engine. The administration has simply been putting all of this money in the caboose..
Newt Gingrich – “When 14 million Americans are out of work we need a new president to end the Obama Depression.”
Ron paul – “As long as we are running a program that deliberately weakens our currency, our jobs will go overseas. And that’s what’s happening.”
Tim Pawlenty – “My using ‘Obamneycare’ was a reflection of the president’s comments.”
Mitt Romney – “I believe we will not raise the debt ceiling unless the president finally, finally, is willing to be a leader, on issues that the American people care about.”
Rick Santorum – “Not only have I been consistently pro-life, I have not just taken the pledge but I’ve taken the bullets to go out there and fight for this and lead on those issues.”