The Republican Debate: Decision 2012

Republican Debate

I am writing on from one of the last strong holds in America for the Republican Party. Yes, I am in the South. And I have to say this debate was very boring. Could some one please repudiate the word repudiate from the Republican vernacular it gives me Bush flashbacks.


Michelle Bachmann

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Michelle Bachmann

Barring the fact Michelle Bachmann forgot she voted against cut, cap and balance had her best debate she didn’t speak much. Michelle Bachmann claimed she voted for cut, cap and balance which she didn’t and she caused the USA credit default. But as long as she is quiet she is okay. Not really presidential material but whatever


Mitt Romney

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Romney

Romney claimed he wasn’t a Tea Party Movement candidate which he is smart to distance himself from the Tea Party Movement. Romney seemed to be the clear winner of the debate.


Jon Huntsman

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John Huntsman

Although I must say John Huntsman came across more intellectual. Thank God he mention Science.


Rick Santorum

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Rick Santorum

I like Rick Santorum as well.


Ron Paul

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Ron Paul

Ron Paul came across very angry which doesn’t translate well.


Herman Cain

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Herman Cain

Herman Cain was likely able as well. The Chilean retirement plan was rather scary and the 999 program is a regresive flat tax which would hit the poor the hardest.


Rick Perry

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Rick Perry

Perry came across a fanatic especially when he said he slept well after signing all the execution orders which received applause

Newt Gringrigh

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Newt Gringrigh

Newt Gringrigh was alright as well.


In Summation

During the debate I sat with a paper and pencil and gave one mark for each comment on substantive issues versus marks for criticizisms of Barack Obama. The Republicans almost 3 to 1 criticized Barack Obama versus provide substantive policies. There were many references to read everyone’s plans but no one could even speak to the substance of their plan.

I am Republican and have been since I was a child. I barely recognize my own party anymore. National Security is at the heart of the Republican Party which was all but ignored. There was really nothing substantively spoke about.

They agreed that States need to have the power returned to them. Machiavelli would have wept watching this debate.

They agreed Ben Bernacke should be fired. They claimed Social Security is a ponzi scheme. If only they would have mentioned that Social Security is raided every time the government needs money. But not one candidate could admit that.

They all want the war to be over. Ron Paul (Is he even Republican?) will remove the air conditioner out of the green zone. I feel really bad for our troops. I think they should atleast have air conditioning in the war zone.

They all invoked Reagan’s name and legacy but not one of them had the charisma Reagan possessed.

I watched the end of the debate thinking wow there isn’t anyone running against Obama. These can’t be the candidates. I like Romney, Huntsman and Santorum but I don’t believe any of them have shown the competency to run the country in this dire time.


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needamoment 5 years ago from In the cloud.

Typical political circus tactics. In an election year, criticize the current President. History tends to repeat itself time and again.


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Needamoment,

The problem is with that stradegy is that I want to vote for a Republican candidate in the primary that has solutions to our countries troubles and not someone that just wants got get rid of Obama. The Democrats wanted to rid of George Bush and look what they got, moderate Barack Obama which they are not happy with. I want someone with an idea how to help the country not someone that is just anti-establishment.

Thanks for your read, comment and for providing feedback. It is appreciated.

JT


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

I missed this debate. I didn't know about it until it was over or I would have watched it. Thank you for the reportage. And welcome to the HubPages Community!


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi James A. Watkins,

You didn't really miss much. It wasn't a substantive debate but rather a group hundle on making Barack Obama a one term president. It was odd to hear such negativity coming from all the Republican candidates. And from what I understand the ratings were low. If the Republican Party wants my vote in 2012 they will have to come up with more substantive solutions to America's problems and lay off the attacks on President Obama.

Thanks for reading, commenting and providing feedback. And thank you for welcoming me to the HubPages Community.

JT


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Steve Orion 4 years ago from Tampa, Florida

I'd be very interested to hear your thoughts looking back three to four months. Many debates have passed and positions switched, what do you think now?


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JT Walters 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hello Steve,

Yes, many debates have passed and it would seem that we are getting recycled Republican policies. For instance it was Herman Cain who initially came up with the Chlean retirement plan and then Newt took it over after Cain left the race.

POsitions have changed but not just on the Repiblican side but on the Democratic side as well. I thought it was a horribly weak race in the beginning and thata the debates revealed very little about the candidates but we more of money makers for the party for 2016.

Fundamentally, I felt it was all a show to try to claim the people had a choice for their president when in fact they do not. And neither party has had the strength to address the nations real challenges looking forward but kick the can to the other party.

In retrospect, I wish I hadn't watched the debates. I always knew the nomination would go to Romney and I have felt like none of the candidates for the presidency has been up to the challenge of having a very frank candid conversation about what they can do for the country and what the country has done to them.

But this goes for Obama as well who has helped one "1" parent with a child with Autism. George Bush did the same thing when his numbers where down. I don't want so called leaders who are only interested in their public image once every four years. I want a president who has wokred so hard his/her public record speaks for itself wth all the political trickery.

I think I have been very conssitent in my political writings reading this. We need no more tricks out of our failing government but a clear plan to make the government work again. Now I understand the Democrats believe it takes more government employees to make the government to work and the Republicans believe it takes less government employees to run the government which is a philiosophical debate. I know that I am dealing with agencies os bug in government that I can't get people to answer their telephones or speak to each other.

I do believe personal responsibility and acountability needs to applied to all of DC now. And anyone in our federal, state and local government needs to be both personally responsibile and accountable. And if they aren't part of the solution then they are apart of the problem. I want each government employee to be paid based on their service to the people of this country and not to the executive branch who doesn't represent any of us when either party is in power. And Ron Paul is an establishment candidate so I would never vote for someone who has already failed the people expecting them to suddenly become better with more power. I appreciate he has a lot of good lines but he is still an establishment candidate.

And Obama blames Bush well it is time he took personally responsibility and to be held accountable for his actions as well. He can't win another term on blaming Buhs when he has lacked the vision and the substantive policies for whihc he has been responsible for the last 3 years. I can't think of a dumber argument then give me another term so I can keep my promises.

I think there is no good choice for the people.

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Always lovely to hear from you.

JT

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