Sunday, September 18, 2011

CNN Tea Party republican debate

Took place on Monday Sept 12, 2011.

The debate was an improvement from the politically biased questions and Perry based ratings frenzy of the MSNBC debate. The questions were far more to the point of what the general public is concerned about.

There was of course controversial statements, and jostling against the frontrunners. Gov. Perry was of course challenged on several topics and statements. There was a bit of a sparring match between the 3 governors, and the pair of Texans.

Rep. Ron Paul probably was the biggest loser of the entire event. While his thoughts on debt reduction and cuts to Government spending is popular, his isolationist views are a problem. His comments about 9/11 (where he ascerts America contributed to the attacks by Osama Bin Laden and Al Quaeda) proved highly unpopular with the audience and likely voters across America. This only adds to our thought that while popular with segments of the Tea Party, Rep. paul is unelectable for the general 2012 election.

Based on the CNN debate the candidates are rated:
Mitt Romney is the most cool and calculated of the candidates. he is the most Presidential looking, but also the most beleagured by his past record.
Gov. Perry is the most self-assured, and likely to make a statement that will cost him the nomination
Rep. Michelle Bachmann is the most likely to repeal Obamacare, but far less potent on virtually all other issues
Herman Cain is the most credible answer to the economy on a short-term and long-term basis. He is also far weaker on issues outside of that realm.
Newt Gingrich is the most experienced of the group, but comes off as far to romanticized about the old days.
Rick Santorum is energetic, and a bit unfocused. He has lots of passion, but cannot seem to come off as Presidential, even in nailing an answer.
Jon Huntsman is still not a presence on the stage. He comes off as too weak, complicated, and a poor foil to the speaking eloquence of President Obama.
Rep. Ron Paul remains the odd-man-out. He has popular ideas about self-reliance and personal freedom. But he is an isolationist and idealic on international policy. His views on most every subject can be defined as the extreme view. Plus he is not a strong debator. He is, in our opinion, the least likely to win the nomination.

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