Newt has had the sound bite of the debate right at the starting line. After listening to Romney talk about being in the private sector and listening to Romney call him a career politician over and over and over, Newt told Romney - YOU'D BE A CAREER POLITICIAN TODAY IF YOU HADN'T LOST TO TED KENNEDY IN 1994! ROFLMAO!
The first question to start the second round (after the commercials) had to do with marriage and fidelity - ABC is out to get Newt - making no bones about it. Bachmann gave a great answer, referring to the founders' vision of who would be a good leader. Newt gave an honest and direct answer. Hopefully this has been put to bed.
I think Diane Sawyer's drunk...... or on something. Her questions are totally inane and the way she's presenting them is dopey as hell. Her opening question had to do with a NUMBER of how many jobs each candidate would create - and she kept pressing for numbers - I mean - WHO KNOWS what will work and how many jobs would be created. Now she's asking how many illegal immigrants each would let stay............. she must be into numerology!
George Stephy is asking about Newt's comment about Palestinians being a made up people.... Paul says Newt is technically correct - then he went off on his foreign policy tangent. NEWT SHOT STEPHY DOWN BAD! WHAT AN ANSWER! Game - set - match - and APPLAUSE! Mitt is rambling... and Diane Sawyer is drunk!
The next few questions were pretty lame..... have you (each candidate) every had to pinch pennies, cut back on expenses.... I assume they wanted to know if the candidates could relate to the middle class.... next they were asked to expand on their government healthcare positions.... answers were reruns of prior debates........ basically a waste of that segment. I'm more fascinated watching Diane Sawyer and waiting for her to fall out of her chair or flop across the desk - does she have some medical problems I'm not aware of?
My complete feeling on this debate is that it was ABC’s attempt to take out Gingrich. I think Santorum was strong with all of his answers. Perry was just sorta ‘there’ but didn’t do his candidacy any good. Paul had a great showing tonight – his only weakness is his total lack of foreign policy awareness – what he advocates is impossible to achieve. Bachmann was strong, kept repeating her key notes. I thought Romney was petulant and off-message, but he got in all his vanilla points. Newt started out on the defensive , because he was under attack from the first question, but he didn't stay there long. He kept smiling and poking fun but got in his shots. He showed grace and humor. Closing comments were excellent!
The candidates all won – ABC was the loser. Blatantly partisan. Anyone who’s surprised by that please raise your hand.
One nice thing was they showed the spouses....... that was a first.
Romney may have made a mistake tonight..... Perry hammered him on healthcare and a comment that was in his first book and was removed for the second edition. Mitt bet him $10K he was wrong..... Joe 6-pack ain't gonna make a bet like that.
In closing - I absolutely agree with the ABC talking heads - Romney needed to give Newt a knock-out punch and he didn't even come close. While Newt started out on defense, he quickly turned the debate into one where his strengths showed. He stood firm on his beliefs, his record and his recent comments.