GOP candidates debate tonight: Tues. Oct. 11, 2011

Time: Tuesday, October 11th  5:00 pm AZ time — 8:00 pm ET

Live Feed:  Bloomberg, The Washington Post and WBIN-TV

Tonight will be the first debate of the GOP presidential primary season to focus exclusively on the economy, debt, deficits, taxes, trade and jobs. The debate will be hosted by Dartmouth College, in partnership with Bloomberg Television, The Washington Post and WBIN-TV. 

Participating candidates are Michelle Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.

The event will be moderated by Charlie Rose.  Panelists will be Washington Post’s political correspondent Karen Tumulty and Bloomberg White House correspondent Julianna Goldman.

This debate could be defining for Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has stumbled badly in previous performances, as Mitt Romney and Herman Cain have surged. Yesterday as Romney was meeting and greeting around New Hampshire, Perry was MIA rehearsing for today’s crucial  appearance, while his campaign released a blistering web video attack on Romney. It was tweaked by Romney who said, “there’s a little ad that’s out there today…that’s an example of political “obfuscation and bewilderment.”

Romney has displaced Perry topping recent polls while Cain has secured third place.

A newly released Washington Post-Bloomberg poll indicates 22 percent of Republicans and GOP-leaning Independents say Romney would do the most to improve the economy, followed by Herman Cain at 20 percent and Perry at 12 percent. None of the other contenders cracked double digits on the question.

This Harvard-St. Anselm New Hampshire Institutes of Politics poll released yesterday shows Romney (38%) with an 18-point lead over Cain (20%) and Perry dragging bottom with 4%.


21 Responses to GOP candidates debate tonight: Tues. Oct. 11, 2011

  1. Justin says:

    Thanks! This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. It doesn’t appear to be televised locally, though. Bummer.

  2. Ajo Joe says:

    Saddle up your laptop, Justin. You can ride off into debate heaven.

  3. Teller Of Truth says:

    Perry was a fresh face, pretty boy flash in the pan. He has no substance. Ron Paul is crazy and too old, Rick Santorum has no chance but is angling for enough prominence to get a FOX News show. Huntsman is dead. Unfortunately, so is Bachmann who brings great credentials. Ditto Newt: brilliant but bad judgment in his personal life. Last two standing? Romney and Cain. That’s a ticket I could live with. No candidate is perfect, but any of them are a thousand percent better than Obama.

    • Patrick Frayer DC says:

      you’ve got to be kidding! a statement like “i could live with Romney and Cain ” shows that you haven’t got a clue.
      Cain is a past Federal Reserve man. He is the problem not the solution. The Fed which is a corporate banking monopoly, and the other corporate monopolies in energy, defence, agri-bussiness[like Monsanto],healthcare, etc. are pushng the middle class off a cliff. I’m not against free market capitalism or corporations. But i am against “croney capitalism” i.e. monopoly socialism. A vote for Romney and ,or Cain,or Perry, is a vote for more of the same old crap! There is only one candidate that stands for the middle class. He’s a grassroots candidate who knows what he’s talking about. He tells the truth, he’s consistent,and he’s the real leader of the GOP. He’s Ron Paul. Now if you’re on the government dole,you probably won’t like him. But if you’re a person like myself who is a business owner who isn’t afraid to get out and earn his or her own way in pusuit of a dream, then Ron Paul is the only intelligent choice. I would recommend that you read THE SHADOWS OF POWER by JAMES PERLOFF, AND WATCH THE DVD’S FOOD INC. & WHY WE FIGHT. Thank you for your time.

  4. Kent says:

    Great news! New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is going to be endorsing Mitt Romney today.

    • garvan says:

      What are Christie’s “conservative” credentials other than talking tough to teachers and a widely televised town meeting?

      Just curious.

      Also just wondering when Ann Coulter, who pimped for Christie for months, is wiping the egg off her face yet.

  5. TeaPartyPatriot says:

    I’m lovin’ it: mr.romneycare and “I coddle ILLEGALS” perry are in a mutual suicide pack that will destroy each of them and result in both being eliminated. And then a solid, responsible, effective, good-for America conservative wins the Repub nomination and becomes our next President.

    • LD 7 PC says:

      And who would that be? The nutcase Ron Paul who thinks a border wall will restrain Americans?

      • garvan says:

        What Ron Paul said was that he would bring US troops home from the Bush/Bush/Obama foreign adventures and station as many as are needed along our southern border.

        I think the “nutcases” are those who support spilling young American blood and robbing U.S. taxpayers to impose democracy upon people who don’t want it, especially in places like Afghanistan, where they still live in a Stone Age culture.

      • Tyler M says:

        You make a good point. There is probably only 1 real nationally recognized conservative leader. And that’s Jim DeMint. Too bad he’s not running for President. I would have supported him in a heartbeat.

        Now, I’ll probably go for Romney because I like his stance on China & the fact that he vetoed a bill to give in-state tuition to illegal aliens.

  6. Jane says:

    Chris Christie endorsing Mitt Romney on the eve of this debate? It’s not time for a moderate, but I’m glad they disclosed their alignment, so we can move on. “Hot Air” aptly called Christie out for shilling for Romney.

    • Kathy says:

      Agreed – one Rino endorsing another. America can’t afford another Obamacare/Romneycare – Romney won’t repeal or stop afterall it was designed after his fiasco costing MA millions. Romney will never get me vote.

    • garvan says:

      I heard on Rush today about Michael Isakoff’s article in which he revealed that Romney’s “Romneycare” staff met secretly at the White House with Obama to help the latter sell Obamacare to the American public.

      Christie and Romney are looking more an more like two RINO peas in a pod.

  7. Capt. Marvel says:

    Let’s all bash Romney here. We’ll end up with illegal alien free-in-state-college-tuition promoter, Rick Perry or Obama. You people are fools. There is no pure candidate. Even a marginal Republican (which Mitt Romney is NOT) is better than the Kenyan Marxist.

  8. IRAQI VET says:

    After much thought, research, and first hand experience I really believe that Ron Paul and Gary Johnson are the only two candidates that stand a chance at changing anything if they get elected. They are really the only ones I trust, which saddens me. I understand how some of Paul’s views might seems crazy to some at first, but after doing some research, I really don’t think people would feel that way anymore. Remember, the idea of curing a virus by infecting someone with another virus seemed pretty crazy at one time, but that’s how we essentially got rid of small pox in the U.S. Sometimes things just sound crazy until you really look into them.

  9. Jane says:

    Capt., it makes perfect sense for people to deliberate their preferences regardless of what others expect will happen. Unfortunately, Romney has so much of the wrong stuff in his baggage, I’d personally feel more hopeful with Ron Paul. Yes, it’s that difficult to just play along at this stage of the game. It’s especially difficult as liberal news outlets have more than their share of assists when it comes to picking the GOP candidate.

    With sponsors like WaPo and Bloomberg, the tone of this debate was “hopelessness.” The design to entrap the candidates and have them attack one another only enhanced that feeling. I like Cain and while it did cross the minds of many, Michelle Bachmann should have resisted the temptation to play the upside-down-999 card, she was most vulnerable to having that backfire. I cringed when Cain named Allen Greenspan, but ironically, Ron Paul validated his claim afterward. Huntsman irrationally patronizes China. Romney erroneously cited that only 8% were affected by his health care bill. Rick Perry seemed more comfortable not talking, and Newt Gingrich may as well have been the EF Hutton at the table–too bad no one trusts him. Maybe the next event will be more effective.

    • garvan says:

      The only part of the debate i saw was an online clip of Michelle Bachmann saying that Cain’s 9-9-9 would over time change into a 20-20-20.

      She is correct. I advocate a national sales tax (not a VAT tax) with the proviso that ALL taxes on individual income, corporate income and capital gains be abolished. (Social Security levies would of course have to continue for now.)

      It would be absolute financial suicide to support a new income stream for the feds — a sales tax– without irrevocably abolishing the income tax.

      With all taxes on income abolished, the IRS could be abolished and its 100,000 employees let go.

      • Tyler M says:

        I’m even more afraid of what the tax collecting agency to enforce a national sales tax would look like than I am of the IRS. I can just imagine dudes sitting in trench coats at the local coffee shops with hidden calculators trying to ensure that people are paying the right sales tax rates.

        And what are they going to do when businesses put merchandise on sale? Do you think that the federal gov’t is going to tolerate getting a smaller amount of money off of a discounted item? They’ll be making retailers send in copies of their ads just to prove their sales.

        I’m a much bigger fan of an across-the-board flat federal income tax instead. How wonderful that would be! And how simple too!

  10. Another LD11 PC says:

    I’ve got a better plan than Cain’s 9-9-9.

    It’s called the 8-8-8 plan.

    There’s an even better one than that. It’s the 7-7-7 plan.


    When will you learn that Cain is NOT a conservative?

    When it’s too late and we lose like last time?

  11. Tyler M says:

    One thing that I liked from Romney last night, which he didn’t back down from, were his tough stands against the Chinese Communists. Why were the other candidates so willing to sound so weak against the ChiComs. I really think that the rapidly growing threat of the Chinese Communists is the greatest threat that this world has ever known.

    • garvan says:

      It’s a two-edged sword with the Chicoms: They buy our worthless treasury paper and send us cheap goods.

      How many people are willing to pay two to three times as much for the Chinese stuff they buy in stores? How would you like to pay $5,000 for that $1,500 flat screen TV in your living room?

      So when our favorite politicians start posturing against the Chinese and their undervalued currency, ask yourself: What will happen to ME if they not only quit buying our paper, but also dump the $1 trillion in Treasuries they already have?

      What will happen to our family budgets when the stuff we buy at Walmart, Costco and our favorite department stores TRIPLES in price?

      Remember, our incomes aren’t going to triple in size.
      Think about it.