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In the spirit of America’s Next President, I was just wondering if you watched the Republican debate (either live or taped) from Greenville, South Carolina?.
The combatants were Ron Paul, Gary Johnson, Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum and Herman Cain.
If you did watch it, please sign in and let us know what your thoughts are.
Some of my thoughts are as follows;
Herman Cain made big gains in all areas of his campaign. The focus group with Frank Luntz sure thought so too! I thought the line of the night belonged to Cain when he said that “I’m proud of the fact that I’ve never held public office. All those politicians in Washington have held public office before they got to the capital and How’s That Working Out for YOU?”, (I don’t have the quote in front of me, so please excuse if I’ve paraphrased just a bit!).
Ron Paul is gaining momentum almost on a daily basis. Some of the views and thoughts he shared really resonated with the crowd and got quite a bit of applause. The thing I like about him the most is his view on the Federal Reserve and willingness to at least look into their practices and books (you do know that they are a private corporation, don’t you?) to find out as much as possible about it. Since the debate Ron Paul has announced that he is indeed in the running to be Americas Next President.
In my opinion Pawlenty and Santorum came across pretty much as “old line republicans” and “politics as usual”, with a few exceptions in their answers.
Tim Pawlenty did a nice job with his answer to the “Cap and Trade” question, admitting he made a mistake in originally appearing to support it when he was Governor of Minnesota.
Ron Santorum pointed out that he had beat 3 different Democratic incumbents during his political career, and that he has been promoting spending cuts and fiscal responsibility for the Federal Government for quite some time now. I’ve not looked into his record far enough to know whether these would have been true spending cuts, or just spending “adjustments” as I like to call them.
Gary Johnson seemed to be the one up there that is willing to really go against mainstream politics (at least in the social sense of politics), and has the track record to back it up. Did you know that when he was the Governor of New Mexico his nickname was Captain Veto? A gargantuan number of bills (over 700!) reaching his desk got vetoed because of his cost analysis system and business background. As a result, the state was never in the red (ran a deficit) while he was Governor.
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