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Romney Rocks Newt in Jacksonville Role Reversal

Updated on January 27, 2012

Romney’s Mitts were off upon the sound of the opening bell in Jacksonville Florida. Whether it’s attributable to Mitt’s new debate coach or simply standing up to the Schoolyard Bully, the results clearly benefitted Mr. Romney. Newt walked into the debate stage back on his heels, never recovering from his defensive posture.

Romney’s ‘Opposition prep.’ paid off in a big way regarding the immigration issue. His indignation to Newt’s allegation of being the most ‘anti immigration’ of the candidates ultimately lead to a demand for an apology and strong raucous approval from the spectators. The extended back and forth session was clearly decisive in Mitt’s favor, finishing Newt off with a comical ‘Grandma Response’ to his adversary’s point.

Cnn stoked the attack ad fire, confirming a disputed point that Mitt endorsed the statement, “Speaker Gingrich called Spanish the language of the ghetto.” The crowd’s vocal response of such tactics was evident through their guttural disapproval to this factual enlightenment.

The issue of Fannie and Freddie with respect to the ongoing Housing crisis proved to be the preeminent deciding factor of the night. Romney punched Newt into a corner prompting a haymaker from Newt. Mitt deflected the blow leaving Newt open to a subsequent attack. Romney blow clearly landed staggering Newt into taking a knee on the canvas.

Rick Santorum played a key role interjecting a strong statement calling for the debates to focus upon the issues instead of petty personal politics. The moderator, Wolfe Blitzer took issue by returning from the break, immediately stoking the fire with a Tax Return question which led to another key exchange from the frontrunners.

As for the sideshow candidates; Ron Paul added comic relief one liners in what can only be described as vintage Ron Paul. Rick Santorum had a strong performance and if he were a top tier candidate may have been the winner of Round19. The winners of the night were those in attendance in Jacksonville. Their measured response to the candidates was worthy of note regarding proper audience participation.


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      gjfalcone 6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      If acting Presidential is a prerequisite to leadership, than its difficult to discount your point. It is well taken. That leaves Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, President Obama or the 3rd Party candidate to be named later.

      Thanks for checking in. Always a pleasure sir. Except to say I have this image in my head of my Governor Brewer with a finger in the face of the President. On some level, I find it disturbing.

      Thanks again for your comments FitnezzJim. My best to you and yours.

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      FitnezzJim 6 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      I don't know, it is my belief that resorting to finger pointing when the pressure is on is a quality that I do not prefer in a leader. They just removed themselves from the top of my list.

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      gjfalcone 6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Point well taken. I'll have to try your Popcorn and Cotton Candy theory next time around. Thanks as always for checkin in Edgar.

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      Edgar Arkham 6 years ago from San Jose, CA

      Great article! These debates are a farce, and the only way to stomach them is with popcorn and cotton candy!

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      gjfalcone 6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Thanks for the vote of confidence Michele.

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      Michele Travis 6 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Gloshie, I read a lot of gjf's hubs and they helped me learn more about politics, so I started following him. It was a good thing, because my emails let me know each time he published a hub. That would be a good way for you to learn more about politics. He is not telling you who to vote for. He is teaching you about the polital system that we have right now in the U.S.

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      gjfalcone 6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Thanks for your observations and comments as always Michele,

      The short answer is, I wouldn't expect that anytime soon. Without a compliant Congress, I wouldn't expect it at all. Moreover, I would prefer if they stopped insulting us with their grandious plans of electing them King. We hear rhetoric throughout the debates, the first thing I'm gonna do is...

      No, your not! You can sign the bill into law when it hits your desk.

      Once again, thanks for checking in Michele.

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      Michele Travis 6 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Great hub. What I am wondering, however, is will they stop insulting each other and start telling us what they will do to help us? Just curious.

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      gjfalcone 6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Thanks for checking in KDee411,

      Indeed a key moment right before the break...

      I think Rick Santorum made that statement in protest regarding the moderator's time allotment and agenda stoking the conflict of the cener stage combatants.

      I agree the immigration issue is not a petty issue.

      Thank you for weighing in on the Jacksonville debate.

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      KDee411 6 years ago from Bay Area, California

      Guess I have go for Gingrich. I sure don't consider Immigration "petty personal politics".


    • gjfalcone profile image

      gjfalcone 6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. Your consistancy is duly noted regarding my hubs in politics. I thank you for your kind words and comments. Once again, Thanks for the read and the vote up

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      Gloria 6 years ago from France

      Great hub and very informative for an outsider. I wish I new more about your politics.

      Voted up I really enjoyed reading it. Thankyou.


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