CNN Tea Party GOP Presidential Debate on September 12, 2011
by Sonja Harris on September 14, 2011 at 1:20 PM
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At the beginning of the GOP presidential debates, I may have agreed that any of the GOP presidential contenders would be better than Obama. But now that the GOP contenders have had an opportunity to speak on their own behalf, I have made some observations and have started the process of elimination. There are three GOP candidates who I would not vote for, and one that I believe does not have her facts straight.
Let’s face it, Governor Rick Perry is the #1 GOP contender, therefore, the game is to topple him, so there is a new King on the Mountain. Perry is going to have to acquire a very thick skin and more on the offense than the defense he displayed Monday night in order to push the challengers back down so he can maintain his #1 spot. Perry is correct on his stand on Social Security, and I am glad that he clarified the fact that those seniors who are presently receiving SS, and those who will soon receive SS, will not be affected. The Gardasil vaccine will follow him until the mainstream media has run it to the ground. There are other issues that are still lurking like immigration and the Texas Death Penalty code. Texas is a strong RedState because the people of Texas are strong conservatives. It was Texans that voted Governor Perry into office, so now Texas has to change to ‘fit’ an image to be ‘politically correct’? Perry is being honest and forthright about the issues. What else can he say?
Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann were in attack mode. Romney attacked with Social Security and Bachmann attacked with the Gardasil vaccine issue. Both were great issues as people want to know Perry’s plan on Social Security. Unfortunately for Perry, the Gardasil vaccine issue keeps haunting him. I would like to see Perry attack Romney on RomneyCare using data to show what a fiscal disaster it is. Perry should challenge Romney on his stance on Pro Life and remind the voters that Romney was Pro Choice before he was Pro Life. It was not until the 2008 election that he decided to be Pro Life, very convenient. I wonder where he stands now, as he believed in the separation of church and state at the time of this video when he was running for Governor of Massachusetts in 2002. Romney seems to have a history using ‘scare’ tactics and flip flopping.
Romney is suave and debonair, I will give him that. He passed ROMNEYCARE in Massachusetts and is proud of the fact and refuses to admit that while the people of Massachusetts are insured, ROMNEYCARE is a fiscal failure. IF Romney is chosen as our presidential nominee, we should not expect the change we need to turn America around. Romney will spend his term putting band-aids on issues, and I seriously doubt that he will tackle dramatic changes especially on Social Security and entitlements. We should remember that there is ROMNEYCARE in Massachusetts, but Texas does not have PERRYCARE. How the wind blows, so goes Romney.
Michele Bachmann had to attack Governor Rick Perry on Gardasil, which is what happens if you are fighting to be one of the top two as her ratings plummeted after Perry came in. But she should have her facts straight about Gardasil. It is also alright to ask about the money Perry received, $5,000 from Merck, but she needs to be aware that in doing this, she opens herself to the question of why she fostered so many children. She received money from the state to cover the expenses of the foster children she claimed to have helped. In the case of the Bachmann’s, according to the New York Times, they were compensated a monthly fee per child because they were at-risk children. The Bachmann’s may have needed some financial assistance as they had to manage five of their own. The NY Times also states that the children were in their home from three months to one year, hardly evidence that they ‘raised’ them. My question to Michele, “What exactly do you consider family quality time?” Her remark to Governor Perry was that she was ‘offended’ by his mandatory executive order for little girls to receive the HPV vaccine. So now I am offended that Michele claims to have ‘raised’ 23 foster children and not considered the vaccine for the girls she took in. I will say that Bachmann kept the debate going and Perry wants the issue to go away.
Ron Paul said Monday night that “we are under great threat because we occupy so many countries.” He continued to say “we are there occupying their land and if we think that we can do that and not have retaliation we are kidding ourselves. What would we do if another country say, China did to us what we do to all those countries over there?” If that was not enough he said, “We should be able to ‘get along and trade with people’.” We should, but we do not live in a ‘perfect world’. His website touts that the 9/11 attacks were caused because we ‘occupy’ their land (Middle East). “Though it is hard for many to believe, honest studies show that the real motivation behind the September 11 attacks and the vast majority of other instances of suicide terrorism is not that our enemies are bothered by our way of life. Neither is it our religion, or our wealth. Rather, it is primarily occupation.” Paul clearly does not understand the evils of Islamic terrorists. The words that Paul spoke Monday night were those of someone who is NOT on our side. He sided with Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda and said we do not give Palestinians a fair treatment. That alone should make you think twice before pulling the lever for him. If you do not know your enemy, then how could you ever lead? Paul should hide his head in shame for verbalizing such drivel.
Who is Jon Huntsman? It is easy to discount Huntsman. His basic mantra is that he can lead. He spends most of his time calling attention to Mitt Romney and Rick Perry’s rivalry. We know that he was Governor of Utah and Ambassador to China under the Obama Administration. But for some reason it is hard to remember anything else he says. Oh yes, he did say in the MSNBC debate, “When you make comments that fly in the face of what 98 out of 100 climate scientists have said, when you call into question the science of evolution, all I’m saying is that in order for the Republican Party to win, we can’t run from science, we can’t run from mainstream conservative philosophy.” He is calling on independents and conservative Democrats to help him win the 2012 election. We may need them to vote, but we will not win the 2012 presidential election with a liberal Republican.
I will be brief with Rick Santorum and Herman Cain. They are both conservative and able, and they are both not doing well in the polls. For some reason Santorum has just not caught on fire, and while Cain does have a following, his poll numbers are not where they should be to win the presidential nomination. Newt Gingrich should be at the top of the heap. He is intellectually above the fray, but cannot gather enough steam to reach high poll numbers. He may be the sleeper and surprise all of us.
Sarah Palin continues to enjoy taunting the MSM. But at what point does she start to annoy the voters who want to know, will she or will she not? If she comes in late, will she be a spoiler? On the Greta Van Susteren show Monday night, she made the comment that her role may be to keep check on the GOP candidates and not run. Who knows…I think she is waiting to see if her ratings improve, and if they don’t, she will not run. We just have to keep watching the debates and learn more about each candidate. And continue to eliminate until we decide on the best conservative to qualify to be our Republican nominee.
CNN TEA PARTY DEBATE SEPTEMBER 12, 2011
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