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Monday, January 23, 2012

NBC ‘Rock Center’ GOP Debate From Tampa Bay Tweet-By-Tweet

Mitt Romney with former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist. Romney’s “Charlie Crist” problem is this: Romney’s chief campaign strategist and several of his most senior campaign staff were Charlie Crist’s top political advisers — the same ones who crafted Crist’s moderate, ignore-the-tea-party strategy epitomized by Crist’s famous “hug” of President Barack Obama. That strategy led Crist, once the most popular Republican governor in the nation, to defeat. Caption & Image Credit: NewsMax

NBC ‘Rock Center’ GOP Debate From Tampa Bay Tweet-By-Tweet

With barely enough time to soak in the resounding and unexpected win in the South Carolina primary by former insider turned outsider, Newt Gingrich, NBC News Rock Center with Brian Williams is conducting the first of two televised GOP field debates before the Florida primary.

The primary result in South Carolina (Newt – 40% vs Mitt – 28% … a 12% spread) put egg on the faces of many recognizable Republican leadership faces, the most recognizable of which was the 2008 presidential election’s Republican nominee, John McCain, New Jersey Governor Chris Cristie, and past Republican Political Party leader, Hailey Barbour. This potential Republican ‘ruling class’ drubbing may continue in Florida if the most recent polls from Rasmussen are to be believed:

This excerpted and edited from Rasmussen Reports -

2012 Florida Republican Primary
Florida GOP Primary: Gingrich 41%, Romney 32%
Monday, January 23, 2012

Less than two weeks ago, Mitt Romney had a 22-point lead in Florida, but that’s ancient history in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Following his big win in South Carolina on Saturday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich now is on top in Florida by nine.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Florida Republican Primary Voters, taken Sunday evening, finds Gingrich earning 41% of the vote with Romney in second at 32%. Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum runs third with 11%, while Texas Congressman Ron Paul attracts support from eight percent (8%). Nine percent (9%) remain undecided.(To see survey question wording, click here).
[Reference Here]

Further, the liberal press is having a field day trying to raster and vector their definition of Gingrich to the point that they are dredging up ghosts of the past … by over 40 years – EXAMPLE:

JON MEACHAM in TIME, “Meet Newt Nixon: Forget Reagan. Gingrich’s real political analogue is another angry striver: Richard Nixon”:

“Like Nixon, Gingrich is smart, with a wide-ranging and entrepreneurial mind. Like Nixon, Gingrich is a striver who seems insecure around traditional establishment figures even though he has achieved much more than nearly all of the politicians, editors, and reporters he seems to at once loathe and fear. Like Nixon, Gingrich is fluent in the vernacular of cultural populism, brilliantly casting contemporary American life in terms of an overarching conflict between ‘real’ people and distant ‘elites’ …
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“There is another element of the 2012 story with antecedents in 1968 that is yet to play out. ‘Watching George Romney [the father of Mitt Romney] run for the Presidency,’ said the then Governor of Ohio, James Rhodes, ‘was like watching a duck try to make love to a football.’ I’m not entirely sure what that means, except that it was an undertaking that did not quite work.”
(ht: Mike Allen – Politico Playbook)

With three winners in three primaries, pretzel logic from elites of all stripe pervades the first round of primaries and continues on to Florida. The Republican elite love to claim that Mitt Romney is the most electable candidate for presidential nominee, but this flies in the face of the fact that now, after South Carolina, Mitt has only won 9 of 25 electoral races he has been entered and campaigned in … as per Rush Limbaugh. Further, NewsMax reports that Romney’s advisers in Florida were former Governor Charlie Crist’s GOP defecting political advisers … gotta’ love them ‘moderates’.

Lastly, the vote in South Carolina reflects the fact that Conservative Republicans are tired that no Republican candidate ever takes the Democrat Political Party and it’s supporting power arms in the Mainstream Press, the Courts, and Labor Unions to task … does Romney? – NO … does Santorum? – NO … does Paul – NO … does Gingrich – YES!

Participating in the NBC Rock Center debate event from Tampa Bay, Florida: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

The following audit trail of real-time postings are 140 character (or less) responses and reactions found on Twitter in this and this is a process of reporting termed “Tweet-By-Tweet”!

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TheEDJEEdmund Jenks – IT’S OVER FOR MITT – Romney Campaign Run by Charlie Crist’s Political Aides tinyurl.com/7n97zh3 #tcot #tlot #loser #fldebate #politisite
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politicalmathPoliticalMath – I’m watching the debate tonight (in 15 minutes) over here on.msnbc.com/xZ5IMp
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theblazeTheBlaze.com – VID – Watch and Chat LIVE: Republicans Take the Stage at University of South Florida Debate theblaze.com/stories/join-t… via @theblaze TG
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START OF DEBATE – Rules: 60 seconds/30 seconds
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jdhenchmanJoe Henchman – TiVo tells me that tonight’s Republican debate is actually “Fear Factor: Leeches & Shaved Heads & Tear Gas Part 1″
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Jamie_WeinsteinJamie Weinstein – Gingrich looks tired, no?
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AlexPappasDCAlex Pappas – First question of the night goes to Gingrich on electability
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CommentaryCommentary Magazine – RT @tobincommentary: Is Brian Williams ready to get attacked by Gingrich? #FLDebate
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LibertyLynxR – Another debate? What time? Why? How? And then the State of the Union tomorrow? It’s too much. No one can possibly survive this.
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secuppS.E. Cupp – Brian Williams opens the debate by pointing out that Ron Paul is only candidate not to have won a primary.
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politicalmathPoliticalMath – RT @fivethirtyeight: Gingrich played the Reagan Card a world record 3.26 seconds into the debate.
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TPMTalking Points Memo – Newt saying he “took responsibility” and left Speakership on his own, wasn’t dragged out at all
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politicalmathPoliticalMath – How does Romney connect? With a high-speed LAN! Get it?!?
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EdMorrisseyEdMorrissey – so the debates are now a forum on ads and campaign attacks. Yeah, that’s valuable.
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DLoeschDana Loesch – Romney likely won’t mention Gingrich was cleared. #FLdebate
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hughhewittHugh Hewitt – #hhrs #tcot “The members of his own Congressional team moved to replace him and 88% of Republicans voted to rebuke him” #hhrs
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ToadonaWireL – How long do we spend on electability? Can we talk about REAL issues? #nbcdebate #FLdebate
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secuppS.E. Cupp – Counting down seconds before Ron Paul or Rick Santorum interject to ask if they can play too.
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politicalmathPoliticalMath – RT @philipaklein: Sounds like Romney has read his @tpcarney bit.ly/zL4VZ3
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Finally … Santorum, Paul must be in the on-deck circle
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rightstaceStacey – Mitt -stop Newt-bashing! — how does that help America?
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TPMTalking Points Memo – Romney on Gingrich: An “influence peddler” in Washington
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mattklewisMatt K. Lewis – I kind of miss the applause.
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politicalmathPoliticalMath – Santorum: “Any kind of prediction is going to be wrong” Except for that one.
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CommentaryCommentary Magazine – RT @tobincommentary: Santorum brags about his Pennsylvania victories again. 2006 landslide defeat goes, as always, unmentioned. #FLDebate
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hughhewittHugh Hewitt – RT @fatherz: Ss answer about loss in PA was pretty good. #gop #fldebate #dickmorriss #hhrs #catholic #hhrs
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And finally … Ron Paul
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politicalmathPoliticalMath – Ron Paul: “If you’re looking at the kids these days, I’m a huge winner.” Yeah, the AAYP beats the AARP every day of the week.
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FlapGregory Flap Cole – Ron Paul hammers Gingrich on not being re-elected to Speakership = Newt did not have the votes and he didn’t! Ron Paul for historian
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craig_crawfordCraig Crawford – Brian Williams told debate crowd they can’t react, should have handed out gags with NBC logo
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IngrahamAngleLaura Ingraham – Tepid Qs from Rock Left.
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GaltsGirlMichelle Ray -@PWKennedy Everyone should snort beer during GOP debates. It’s the only thing that makes them tolerable.
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mattklewisMatt K. Lewis – Romney pivots from talking about his taxes to talking about the American people’s taxes. Nice segue.
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brooksbaynebrooks bayne – romney is proud of paying lotsa taxes. weirdo.
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politicalmathPoliticalMath – Romney: “I don’t a dollar more taxes than I owe” Good line.
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DonIrvineDonIrvine – What kind of a question was that? He’s wealthy and pays taxes.
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hughhewittHugh Hewitt – Second tax return question. #hhrs
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ToadonaWireL – So far, we have had 23 minutes of fail #FLdebate NBC Brian Williams sucks
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politicalmathPoliticalMath – RT @daveweigel: Romney tax returns to reveal that he constantly makes, loses $10,000 bets to people. #FLdebate
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secuppS.E. Cupp – Mitt on attacks on his wealth: Yes, I was surprised to see Republicans pick up the weapons of the left.
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GPollowitzGreg Pollowitz – Romney should say, “my tax return will show I paid what I owed, unlike Geithner, Sharpton, Daschle, Rangel…”
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politicalmathPoliticalMath – RT @JonahNRO: Brian! Not so loud! You’ll wake the audience.
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SooperMexicanel SOOPer – this debate is so dull without an audience it won’t matter who wins it. #FLDebate #hhrs
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michaelemlongmichaelemlong – bit.ly/yvkMq7 Gingrich Super PAC Head: Romney Is a Medicare Fraudster but Will It Matter? #tcot #tcot_talk #teaparty #sgp #right #gop
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CommentaryCommentary Magazine – RT @tobincommentary: Romney talks about creating jobs in his career and not apologizing for free enterprise. His best argument. #FLDebate
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DonIrvineDonIrvine – I don’t think this debate is going to change anyone’s mind, but it should stop the bleeding for Romney. #FLdebate
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brooksbaynebrooks bayne – no newt axes! #fldebate
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CommentaryCommentary Magazine – RT @alanagoodman: Romney backs Gingrich into a corner on his claim to work as an historian for Freddie Mac #FLdebate
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jdhenchmanJoe Henchman – Gingrich on his Freddie deal: “I offered strategic advice, largely based on my knowledge of history, including the history of Washington”
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CommentaryCommentary Magazine – RT @tobincommentary: Romney reminds Gingrich he said he was paid as a historian. Says historian don’t get paid that kind of money. #FLDebate
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craig_crawfordCraig Crawford – One-Percenter Smackdown: Bain vs. Freddie Mac
Crawford is an idiot … Freddie MAC is a one-percent that was funded by the taxpayer and ended up killing our economy, and it is still there screwing the American people
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EdMorrisseyEdMorrisse – “Ill say this in Florida” I don’t think Medicare Part D is terribly unpopular there. #FLDebate
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mattklewisMatt K. Lewis – Gingrich says he is proud to have advocated Medicare Part D.
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Saturday, January 21, 2012

The SCGOP Palmetto Pick Begins ... And Ends

The polling trends of the last week, both nationally and in South Carolina, indicate that the race for the Republican presidential nomination has taken another dramatic shift. At face value, these trends suggest that Newt Gingrich has moved into the lead in South Carolina and now stands a good chance of winning the state's primary on Saturday. Image Credit: Joe Raedle - Getty Images via Examiner

The SCGOP Palmetto Pick Begins ... And Ends

After a ton of debates over about an eight month period, and two spirited debates in South Carolina, Republicans get their first real pure test as to who they would like to see replace Barack Obama as the leader of the free world, oh, and the president of the United States.

The two warm-up acts, the Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire Primary had an element to them which have both voting processes tainted by being loose as it relates to who could sign up to vote (in Iowa, one may not even live in the state) or which political party affiliation one happened to be representing in order to vote.

South Carolina wants registered Republicans to vote in the Republican primary for president, or any other office for that matter. Good, clean, and clear democratic politics.

It turns out that the candidate that has the most money, and the backing of the Republican professional politician elite (the string pullers) has the most to lose here in the Palmetto Pick because, as it turns out, Gov. Mitt Romney did not win the Iowa Caucuses by eight votes over Sen, Rick Santorum, but lost to Rick Santorum by about 30 votes with a total of around 120,000 votes being cast. That is one win for Senator Rick Santorum.

In New Hampshire, where registered Democrat Political Party voters can openly go to the polls and vote for a Republican in a republican Political Party primary, Governor Mitt Romney won by 39% of the vote over Congressman Ron Paul who got about 23% of the vote (this will be the best that this Libertarian purist Republican will post - normally is stuck at around 16% - the rest of the primaries due to a Democrat crossover vote). Mitt Romney expected to win in the low 40 percentile range because he is very moderate and he was the elected Governor of a neighboring liberal state, Massachusetts.

So now we come to South Carolina, the Palmetto State, where the politics are big "C" Conservative, a little big "C" Christian, and always big "C" Contentious!

This vote was presumed to be able to be won by the candidate supported by the Republican Party elite as it was four years ago with John McCain ... the man who lost to Barack Obama and now currently endorses ... Mitt Romney. If Mitt Romney were to win, and win decisively, the rest of the primaries would probably end up going for Mitt Romney as the Republican nominee.

The two debates in South Carolina, however, have pointed out a weakness in Mitt Romney's ability to respond to pointed and tough questions ... not by the press who have run the debates, but by the other candidates on politically conservative positions. This has exposed Mitt and may have moved him out from the presumptive front-runner position.

The latest polling shows just this trend:

This excerpted and edited from Public Policy Polling -

Newt expands South Carolina lead
January 20, 2012

Newt Gingrich heads into South Carolina election day as the clear front runner in the state: he's now polling at 37% to 28% for Mitt Romney, 16% for Rick Santorum, and 14% for Ron Paul.

Gingrich's lead has actually increased in the wake of his ex-wife's controversial interview with ABC. Although one night poll results should always be interpreted with caution, he led the final night of the field period by a 40-26 margin. One thing that continues to work to his advantage are the debates. 60% of primary voters report having watched the one last night, and Gingrich has a 46-23 lead with those folks.

The other reason his ex-wife's interview isn't causing him much trouble is that there's a lot of skepticism about it. Only 31% of voters say they think her accusations are true while 35% think they are false and 34% are unsure. 51% of voters say that they have 'no concerns' about what came out in the interview.

The skepticism of Republican voters toward the media is helping Gingrich as well. Just 14% of likely voters have a generally favorable opinion of the media, while 77% view it negatively. Gingrich's attacks on the media have clearly played well with the party base.

Gingrich is leading with pretty much every key segment of the Republican electorate. He's up 41-21 on Romney and Santorum with Evangelicals, he has a 52-18 advantage on Romney with Tea Partiers, he leads Santorum 44-21 with 'very conservative' voters with Romney at 20%, and he's up 39-26 with men.

In the final week of the campaign Gingrich rose from 24% to 37% in PPP's polling while Romney basically stayed in place, going from 29% to 28%. Romney saw a 15 point decline in his net favorability in the closing stretch from +24 (57/33) to just +9 (51/42). Gingrich saw a modest increase in his numbers over the final week from +14 (51/37) to +17 (54/37).
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Mark Blumenthal's piece today for Huffington Post about 'expecting the unexpected' tomorrow is well worth a read. Gingrich will probably win tomorrow- but there's a higher than normal chance for a surprise given everything that's gone down in the last 48 hours.

Full results here
[Reference Here]

Other interesting developments that are of note come in the area of endorsements. Michael Reagan, the nationally syndicated radio talk show host (5 million listeners) and adopted son of Ronald Reagan, came out with an unqualified endorsement of Newt.

Michael Reagan said in a statement released Friday afternoon that Gingrich “exemplifies the conservative principles my father championed.”

Reagan urged “fellow Republicans and conservatives” to vote for Gingrich, citing the contrast between Gingrich’s Reagan conservatism and President Obama’s “European style” socialism.

“We cannot afford a candidate backed by the same Washington insiders who repeatedly tried to undermine my father and the Reagan revolution,” he added.
Official Statement

This is pretty serious ... much more serious than Sarah Palin's "If I were a person voting in South Carolina ..." endorsement of Newt.

The Palmetto Pick Is ...

POLLS Close In South Carolina - FOXNews projects Newt Gingrich with strong support from all voting demographics including independents, evangelicals, and ... married women!

This is a slam to the established "ruling class" Republican elites and moderates who think that a Republican needs to be measured in his or her support of core Conservative values of self-reliance, right-to-work, and smaller Government.

Full Vote Results HERE -- Exit Poll Analysis HERE>>

Most Telling Takeaway:

How do you feel about the Tea Party movement?

Total - Paul | Gingrich | Romney | Santorum
Support
64% 12% 45% 25% 17%
Neutral
27% 15% 35% 30% 18%
Oppose
8% 21% 19% 32% 13%



- Article first seen as The SCGOP Palmetto Pick Begins … And Ends at Technorati -

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Let’s Try Four – CNN SCGOP Debate Tweet-By-Tweet

Ron Paul gives an answer durnig the last debate before the primary vote in South Carolina. Image Credit: CNN

Let’s Try Four – CNN SCGOP Debate Tweet-By-Tweet

With three days to go until the first-in-the south primary, Mitt Romney remains in the lead in the Palmetto State, but according to a new poll, his advantage over Newt Gingrich is rapidly shrinking.

A CNN/Time/ORC International poll indicates that 33% of likely South Carolina Republican primary voters say they are backing Romney, with 23% supporting Gingrich. The former Massachusetts governor’s 10 point advantage over the former House speaker is down from a 19 point lead two weeks ago. According to the survey, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania is at 16%, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas is at 13%, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry stands at 6%.
(ht: CNN)

The following presidential hopefuls are participating in the event: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

The following audit trail of real-time postings are 140 character (or less) responses and reactions found on Twitter and this is a process of reporting termed “Tweet-By-Tweet”!

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AlexPappasDCAlex Pappas – Think Progress, The Other McCain and TPM are only ones in press filing center standing for pledge yfrog.com/kgo4rstj
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LessaTLessa – My thoughts: Marianne #Gingrich behavior is of a bitter,angry women out for revenge & $ #Wicked
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IngrahamAngleLaura Ingraham – Make sure to watch me on The O’Reilly Factor tonight at 8pm!
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Yeah …. riiiiiiight!
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stix1972Doug Welch – RT @ohconservatism: Prediction for the night. Most people still hate everyone who isn’t their guy. Many end up drunk. Few change their mind.
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kerpenPhil Kerpen – I really can’t take anything Wolf Blitzer says seriously after seeing Andy Richter embarrass him on Jeopardy.
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PolitisitePolitisite – Watch the CNN Debate – Charleston, South Carolina GOP Debate Coverage #CNNDebate tinyurl.com/7zcsxc7 #sctweets
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INTRO With John King
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EdMorrisseyEdMorrissey – Say his name 3 times in the mirror …. RT @rsmccain: Jon Huntsman, we miss you. (Just kidding.)
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FlapGregory Flap Cole – Seriously, the CNN intros are laboring at best….get on with it!
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pinkelephantpunTabitha Hale – So wrong. But not. RT @BlameTelford: Question for Gingrich: do you support gay open marriage? #CNNDebate
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EdMorrisseyEdMorrissey – “The Fight for the South”? Er … #scdebate
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EditMeDavidDavid Martosko – any one getting game-show deja vu as they emerge from between the set pieces?
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kiradavis422Kira Ayn Davis – A year ago I’d have said u were effing crazy if 2 of the last 4 GOP candidates would be Newt and some guy named Santorum #CNNDebate
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mattklewisMatt K. Lewis – “I’m the only U.S. veteran on this stage tonight.” – Ron Paul
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AKaczynski1Andrew Kaczynski – Shorter Ron Paul : Newt is a draft dodger!
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So, Newt, do you want to comment on comments made by your ex-wife?
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jamiedupreeJamie Dupree – Gingrich gives John KIng the Juan Williams treatment: “I AM APPALLED”
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mattklewisMatt K. Lewis – Newt starts off on in his wheel house — hitting the media.
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DrtySxyPoliticsDirtySex&Politics – NOOOOOOOOOOO WAAAAAAAYYYYY!!! They are really effing going there! Assholes. #CNNDebate
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EdMorrisseyEdMorrissey – Well, Newt won this debate. Let’s all watch Knight and Day now.
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EdMorrisseyEdMorrissey – Wow … this is a smackdown to end all smackdowns. #cnndebate
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pinkelephantpunTabitha Hale – RT @KatiePavlich: “I am frankly astounded that CNN would take trash like that and use it to open a presidential debate” -Gingrich
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mattklewisMatt K. Lewis – “I am tired of the elite media protecting Barack Obama by attacking Republicans.” – Newt
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TheFixThe Fix – Smart by Romney too. “Let’s get on to the real issues.” #cnndebate
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PolitisitePolitisite – Yeah, What about the corporations that run the media #Paul #cnndebate tinyurl.com/7zcsxc7
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EdMorrisseyEdMorrissey – John King: OK, let’s get started now that I’ve thoroughly embarrassed myself and my network #cnndebate
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SalenaZitoTribSalenaZito – Who knew that Ron Paul would be the first normal part of the debate? #CNNDebate
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IngrahamAngleLaura Ingraham – Ron Paul on wife of 54 yrs…nice…
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daveweigeldaveweigel – RT @AlexNBCNews: Speaking of Newt… where are his tax returns? They were supposed to come out tonight… #decision2012
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FreedomWorksFreedomWorks – Ron Paul: “what about the corporations that run the media?” #CNNdebate #tcot #teaparty tells “govt. to get outta the way”
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DanRiehlDanRiehl – OK, Newt, now try to not look at John King like u want to chew his nuts off on live TV.
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IngrahamAngleLaura Ingraham – Newt needs to drop Bain Capital attacks…counterproductive for conservatives.
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pinkelephantpunTabitha Hale – RT @StevenErtelt: Crony capitalism? Someone was listening at #BlogCon in Denver…
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thebookguyPeter Marx – #CNNdebate I give John King credit for letting Gingrich clear the deck right off the bat
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GottahrdtKarl – @@Politisite @alexwagner What a pile of crap #departed
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DonIrvineDonIrvine – It is capitalism and freedom that makes America strong. @MittRomney #cnndebate
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TPMTalking Points Memo – Romney on capitalism: “We’re going to stuff it down [Obama's] throat.”
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CommentaryCommentary Magazine – RT @tobincommentary: Santorum goes populist and says he’s for capitalism for working people but not “high finance.”#CNNdebate
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DonIrvineDonIrvine – Keep the focus on Obama. #cnndebate
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RadiobloggerDuane Patterson – Good rhetoric by Santorum. People are living in obama-caused economic squalor. #hhrs
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Role Of Government
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lesliecarbonelesliecarbone – Aren’t most of the Reagan Democrats dead by now?
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DickMorrisTweetDick Morris - #cnndebate #hannity #tcot #gop #talkmaster Romney really scored with his answer and Newt made it an anti-Newt answer by his own attacks
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EdMorrisseyEdMorrissey – Good answer from Santorum, who also chooses to attack Obama rather than Romney. #CNNDebate
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DanRiehlDanRiehl – RT @ktumulty: Ron Paul says they dnt need any “special programs” 4 military returning from WWII. Has he not hrd of the GI bill?
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pinkelephantpunTabitha Hale – RT @JazzShaw: Nobody has boo’d Ron Paul yet. We must still be talking domestic policy. #cnndebate
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CommentaryCommentary Magazine – RT @tobincommentary: Ron Paul uses question about unemployed veterans to brag about military support. #CNNDebate
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BeregondTom Reynolds – Mitt is almost right, then he says “bundle it and send it to the state level.” That leaves DC in charge via strings. #CNNDebate
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DailyCallerThe Daily Caller – SC treasurer on Romney endorsement: ‘There were some problems’ – thedc.com/yIsziy
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BlameTelfordErik Telford – The American People, fresh off their Herman Cain endorsement, are really killin’ it in this debate tonight.
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prismsincRic = AmSpec: Newt Gets Two Standing Ovations bit.ly/zAkinT #tcot
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DickMorrisTweetDick Morris - #cnndebate #hannity #tcot #gop #talkmaster Romney is winning. Newt is so smart, but somehow it seems a sidebar to Romney’s focus on today
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sanuzisSaul Anuzis – #cnndebate Santorum goes on the offensive – attacks both Romney & Gingrich – about to get womped back I’m sure:)
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Romney – “Thank You.”
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RichLowryRich Lowry – “playing footsies w/ the left”–rick s came ready to play on health care
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DLoeschDana Loesch – This is a fantastic answer from Santorum. The best attack on Romneycare of the debates. If only the rest of his record matched.
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politicalmathPoliticalMath – Just tuned in. Who is the new guy? He looks like Rick Santorum, but he’s also an effective speaker. I’m confused.
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IngrahamAngleLaura Ingraham – Mitt as good as possible on Romneycare…but Rick scored a few pts…
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CommentaryCommentary Magazine – RT @tobincommentary: Santorum’s point about how Obama will attack Romney is right. Strong moment for Santorum. #CNNDebate
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mboyle1Matthew Boyle – Romney just took Santorum to school on healthcare. If you wanna be gov of MA, fine. I wanna be president.
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foxnewspoliticsfoxnewspolitics – Gingrich: I’ll have Lincoln-Douglas debate with Obama. He can use teleprompter, I’ll just use knowledge
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Jamie_WeinsteinJamie Weinstein – Newt finds it amazing that Santorum thinks he would have trouble debating Obama. DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM, RICK?
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ColorMeRedOpionionated – Woo Woo #Newt! Let Obama use a teleprompter…I’ll rely on knowledge #CNNdebate
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BREAK – Tease: Gingrich released tax returns online … we will ask what is in there!
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DavidLimbaughDavid Limbaugh – Romney says he wants the federal government out of healthcare but he just said he wants to impose pre-existing coverage.
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EditMeDavidDavid Martosko – NOTE: Newt’s 2010 tax return shows $19,800 for alimony. #cheap thedc.com/yNEEBV
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SooperMexicanel SOOPer – ROn paul is a one trick pony.. he could turn a question about his favorite color into a slam against zionism #CNNDebate
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Back From BREAK – Asked to get out of race
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politicalmathPoliticalMath – RT @freddoso: SANTORUM: “Grandiosity has never been a problem with Newt Gingrich.”
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Santorum – I’m steady, I’m solid, I’m here
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WSJWall Street Journal – New filings: Gingrich and wife earned adjusted gross income of $3.1 million in 2010 and owed $994,708 in federal taxes
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No Question By CNN On Newt’s Taxes
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mattklewisMatt K. Lewis – Margaret Thatcher was also pushed out by her own party. I’m always surprised Gingrich the historian never mentions that.
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jeff_poorJeff Poor – Here’s where Newt can win it all by saying he is on par with Churchill, Thatcher, Julius Caesar… #CNNdebate
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Jamie_WeinsteinJamie Weinstein – Newt: I invented the airplane and I wasn’t even born yet, Rick. How do you like them apples?
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Santorum slams Gingrich
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foxnewspoliticsfoxnewspolitics – Gingrich: Long before Rick came to Congress I was a rebel. For 16 years — those are facts even if inconvenient for his campaign
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ZekeJMillerZeke Miller – Yep RT @GarrettNBCNews: This battle between Santorum and Gingrich is Romney’s best moment of the night so far. #cnndebate
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lesliecarbonelesliecarbone – Gingrich has ditched two wives. Of course he’s unreliable. Duh.
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pinkelephantpunTabitha Hale – Santorum is having a really good night. First time I haven’t loathed his presence.
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Dean_LDean_L – #cnndebate Mitt Romney’s holier than thou moment. He should have let Newt and Rick bash each other. But he couldn’t resist the face time.
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EditMeDavidDavid Martosko – Mitt says he’s lived “in the real streets of America” — the ones paved with gold, perhaps?
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EdMorrisseyEdMorrissey – GREAT line by Mitt: I don’t recall a single day when I said Oh thank heaven for Washington. #CNNdebate
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mboyle1Matthew Boyle – Romney to Newt: You’re mentioned ONCE in Ronald Reagan’s diary. My dad was even mentioned once!
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Jamie_WeinsteinJamie Weinstein – This is a losing argument for Gingrich methinks
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OHCONSERVATISMAndrew Staroska – Who gives a crap about the damn tax returns. FFS!
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hughhewittHugh Hewitt – Romney: A president who has played 90 rounds of golf….Keystone again… #hhrs #tcot
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robertcostaNRORobert Costa – Noooooooo. As an avid golfer, who respects the prez’s bad lefty swing, i must object to this attack on O.
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prismsincRic – RT @MicahSquires: So now @NewtGingrich is taking credit for his work in govt making the business environment better? PALEEEZE! #cnndebate
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TPMTalking Points Memo – Newt on Mitt’s tax returns: “If there’s nothing in there, why not release it?”
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foxnewspoliticsfoxnewspolitics – Santorum: I do my own taxes and they are at my computer at home. No one is there to get them. I will when I get home
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SaveJerseyThe Save Jersey Blog – I really like Santorum’s tax return answer! Three cheers for #turbotax. #cnndebate
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sanuzisSaul Anuzis – #cnndebate “I am not going to apologize for being successful.” — Mitt
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andreamsaulAndrea Saul – .@MittRomney: I’m going to be able to talk to @BarackObama in a way no one else can #WorkedInRealWorld #CNNDebate
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politicalmathPoliticalMath – RT @JonahNRO: Really, John. Apple’s success takes your breath away? Really?
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ZillaStevensonZilla Stevenson – Tax returns? How about releasing the docs relating to Obama’s name change from Soetoro? Was he ever repatriated from Indonesian citizenship?
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RadiobloggerDuane Patterson – santorum going on too long about this china issue. clouding it rather than concise and with clarity. #hhrs
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michaelemlongmichaelemlong – bit.ly/yQSlH8 Rush: ABC’s Goal Was To ‘Take Mitt Out This Week,’ Newt Next Week – But Drudge ‘Messed Them Up’ #tcot #tcot_talk #right
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SOPA & PIPA Question
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Gingrich: You are asking me, a conservative, to weigh in on protecting the rights of Big Hollywood!
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SueDTweetsSueDTweets – #CNNDebate Newt favors freedom and won’t let gov’t censor the internet!! He gets points!! #tcot —-
RadiobloggerDuane Patterson – Romney understands SOPA, too. Very reassuring to me as an Internet guy. #hhrs
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foxnewspoliticsfoxnewspolitics – Santorum on #SOPA: I’m all for free, but our products made in USA being stolen and sold back here … there oughtta be a law or something
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DLoeschDana Loesch – Poor, more big government answer from Santorum. Again, this is why I question him.
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mattklewisMatt K. Lewis -Disappointed so little time has been devoted to gay marriage and contraception.
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daveweigeldaveweigel – Weird. Santorum doesn’t like the idea of “anything goes” on the Internet. I’ll google his name and figure out why
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EdMorrisseyEdMorrissey – New debate horror movie: I Know What You Did Last Marriage.
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brooksbaynebrooks bayne – santorum gave an answer about individual liberties vs ip rights circa 1999 and napster. time machine response. geez. zzZZzzz..
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christinakbchristinakb – yikes – it sounds like Santorum is quitting “to be here in the final four…” #cnndebate #tcot
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Back From BREAK – Audience – Immigration
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Gingrich – FIRST, control the border | English as official language | etc., etc.
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DrtySxyPoliticsDirtySex&Politics – It’s really difficult watching the GOP debates and NOT use the following words..crazy, pussies, anger issues, certifiable
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mmshowalter1Monica Showalter – Love Newt’s response on illegals, making it easier to immigrate legally than illegally! #cnndebate
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Jamie_WeinsteinJamie Weinstein – How would Newt deal with an illegal grandfather or grandmother who is apart of a El Salvadorian gang?
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JonahNROJonah Goldberg – These local draft-immigration boards wouldn’t attract bribes at all.
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RMA_DougDoug Winegardner – No bueno pic.twitter.com/BmD43lif
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brooksbaynebrooks bayne – my family came here via lord balitimore’s commission in 1633. we didn’t sneak across the border. we just pushed indians aside. #CNNDebate
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mboyle1Matthew Boyle – Santorum: Romney has flip-flopped on immigration/amnesty for illegal ALIENS. Just like other issues.
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prismsincRic – SANTORUM great answer on immigration! #tcot
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RadiobloggerDuane Patterson – santorum trying to pick nits w/mitt over immigration, when mitt is very clear what his position is, & it’s near identical to rick’s. #hhrs
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kirstenpowers10kirsten powers – Romney always says that illegal immigrants shouldn’t get ‘preference.’ TOTAL STRAW MAN. Ted Kennedy agreed they shld go to back of line.
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brooksbaynebrooks bayne – ron paul has no lips. #CNNDebate #importantissues
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secuppS.E. Cupp – Ron Paul doesn’t like laws that prosecute illegal immigration, wants more legal immigration, but tighter borders to prevent immigration.
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DickMorrisTweetDick Morris – #cnndebate #hannity #tcot #gop #talkmaster Ron Paul is wrong. Texas does not have to provide medicaid to illegals
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JasonBWhitmanNatl Policy Chairman – There is a reason why I have been calling Santorum the Angry Candidate. Can’t hide it forever… #cnndebate
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dmataconisDoug Mataconis – RT @Tom1247: Santorum has less than 27 minutes to keep this from being a 3-man race in Florida. My bet is he doesn’t make it. #ByeByeRick
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MySecondEmpireChris Jones – I haven’t seen four white dudes with less stage presence since Bread.–
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hughhewittHugh Hewitt – #hhrs #tcot #CNNdebate Romney should bring up Mary Ann Glendot -
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CommentaryCommentary Magazine – RT @sethamandel: Santorum whispers into microphone. Not creepy, not creepy at all. #CNNDebate
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benshapirobenshapiro – Mitt Romney’s attempt to run from his pro-abortion record in MA is weak in the extreme.
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HowardKurtzHowardKurtz – Rick says Newt downplayed social issues as speaker. Problem is that most voters don’t care about internal House battles of the ’90s
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SooperMexicanel SOOPer – Ron Paul is being marginalized at the kiddie table.. where he belongs. #CNNDebate
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secuppS.E. Cupp – Haha. Audience reminds John King that Dr. Ron Paul is also on stage. How hard can this be? There are only four
of them now.
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kathrynlopezKathryn Jean Lopez – that might be romney’s best defense of his record on life as governor ever
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TPMTalking Points Memo – First time Mitt says ‘Romneycare’? tpm.ly/xlnTJP
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DavidMDruckerDavid M. Drucker – “I wasn’t even thinking about you when I was giving my opening statement so you were overly sensitive.” @RonPaul to Santorum #CNNdebate
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HotlineReidReid Wilson – Paul, to Santorum: “Just for the record, I wasn’t even thinking about you when I was giving my statement, so you are overly sensitive.”
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mkhammerMary Katharine Ham -#ronpaulfacts RT @KarolNYC: Ron Paul doesn’t even think of Rick Santorum.
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Back From BREAK – John King: Closing pander comments please
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politicalmathPoliticalMath – OK. Ron Paul should *never* say “my modest proposal”. It frightens me.
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conor64Conor Friedersdorf – Looks like John King won’t ask anything about Iran, contra his comments on Hugh Hewitt’s show. #CNNDebate
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TPMTalking Points Memo – Newt: “I want to thank CNN.”
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christinakbchristinakb – Newt: “… a Saul Alinsky candidate who is incompetent cannot be re-elected …” zzzzzzzing! #teaparty #tcot #cnndebate
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ToniNoBolognyToni Backdahl – Harry Reid makes the trend and Ron Paul doesn’t! That means that they r purposely blocking Ron Paul from trending on Twitter -
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michaelemlongmichaelemlong – bit.ly/Abbe3o Is Newt Gingrich About to Be Herman Cained? #tcot #tcot_talk #teaparty #sgp #right #gop #con
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SooperMexicanel SOOPer – WHo else calls Obama an Alinskyite? NO ONE. thats why i’m #WithNEWT #CNNDebate
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hughhewittHugh Hewitt – #tcot #hhrs #CNNdebate @RickSantorum the question is who is the best person to take on Obama. That is the right question.
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mattklewisMatt K. Lewis – Santorum calls himself a “conviction conservative.”
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ToniNoBolognyToni Backdahl – Because the tweets were comparing Harry and Ron Pauls abortion records.. so that means if Harry trended Ron Paul should have too! #CNNDEBATE
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END OF DEBATE
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FlapGregory Flap Cole – Santorum’s debate performance was the best, Newt was OK and held his own, Romney was shaky and if he doesn’t win on Saturday is in trouble
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fivethirtyeightNate Silver – Here are those much loved/hated debate grades: Santorum A-, Gingrich B+, Paul B-, Romney C.
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FoxieNewsDebbie – RT @ReconChesty: Tonight Newt will leave the Debate with John King Strapped to his Truck Hood!!! LMAO!! #CNNDebate #tcot // Heck Yeah!!!
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EdMorrisseyEdMorrissey – Winners: Gingrich, Santorum, Paul. Romney fumbled the taxes question again, but otherwise did no harm. #CNNDebate
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brooksbaynebrooks bayne – RT @irishspy: Of course, Santorum forgot to mention the race against a Democrat he lost… #CNNdebate
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allahpunditAllah Pundit – Newt should have mooned King at the beginning for emphasis
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sanuzisSaul Anuzis – #cnndebate Santorum had a good night & strong close; Romney perfermed very well under attack; Newt strong start then waned; Paul consistent
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JohnAvlonJohn Avlon – Newt drinking game – “radically” or “fundamentally” -
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DeanClancyDean Clancy – OK, so which guy is the conservative, again?
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JsrRogerRogersdaughter – #cnndebate Newt Gingrich knows how to take on Obama – the others aren’t tough enough…or experienced enough to do it and win.
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jdhenchmanJoe Henchman – Gingrich taxes: chipped into the presidential election campaign fund, lost $74 selling Campbell Soup stock, donated 2.5% to charity.
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DrtySxyPoliticsDirtySex&Politics – Highlights tonight were Mitt using the term “Romneycare” Santorum crying and Newt throwing his shoe at John King #CNNDebate
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secuppS.E. Cupp – Thought Santorum won the debate. Mitt lost. Newt and Paul were predictable. Anyone else miss Perry?
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Sunday, January 08, 2012

New Hampshire Debate-By-Debate (2), Tweet By Tweet

Mitt Romney is far ahead in New Hampshire, but the former Massachusetts governor and the other Republican presidential candidates are facing two debates that could help define the contest. Image Credit: WABC

New Hampshire Debate-By-Debate (2), Tweet By Tweet

Republican candidates for the GOP presidential nomination gather this weekend for back-to-back debates, giving the six remaining contestants almost no time to recover from potential missteps before the voting starts in New Hampshire on the following Tuesday.

First debate tonight, Saturday night, for two-hours is sponsored by ABC News, Yahoo and WMUR-TV, then ten hours later, the candidates reconvene on the morning set of NBC‘s “Meet the Press” program for another 90 minute debate.

PODIUM ORDER
– From far left to far right: Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Texas Congressman Ron Paul, Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Former Senator Rick Santorum, Former Leader of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, Texas Governor Rick Perry.

The following posting will reflect 140 character (or less) responses and impressions offered by persons reacting to what they observe during the debate on Twitter … a process we term “Tweet By Tweet”.

Debate #1 – Saint Anselm College, Moderated by ABC’s Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos; they will be joined by WMUR-TV anchor Josh McElveen (background information HERE).
stephenkruiserstephenkruiser -If you’re not being paid to watch the debate & you opt for it over football…you’re probably a commie.
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michaeljohnsMichael Johns – In #NH, Romney surrogate tells conservatives it’s “not about picking someone with your own beliefs”: tinyurl.com/7b27kx9
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photog357Cathy York – RT @ConservativeLA: Gingrich, Santorum, Romney…any of non-insane front-runners would make a fine POTUS. The problem is Obama. Focus. #hhrs
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ByronYorkByron York – Top Santorum aide: ‘Mitt Romney is starting to come across as a bully.’ ow.ly/8lAhw
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fivethirtyeightNate Silver – Romney HQ in Manchester. Impressively busy here. yfrog.com/nvdlygtj
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amandacarpenterAmanda Carpenter – This is the messaging from the DNC?—>RT @DWStweets: Mitt Romney isn’t a job creator—he’s a #JobCremator.
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hotairblogHot Air – Gingrich’s Dukakis allusion: “Governors of Massachusetts don’t always make good presidential candidates”: Heh. G… bit.ly/zlxpCQ
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EdMorrisseyEdMorrissey – About ten minutes away from the debate start #nhdebate
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EmilyABCEmily Friedman – Romney and Santorum both in the building at the ABC debate.
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michellemalkinMichelle Malkin – Coffee? Check. HuntsmanMuteButton? Check. Online #nhdebate link? Check: is.gd/jhluoX
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secuppS.E. Cupp – As per usual, I have no life and am live-tweeting the #nhdebate tonight. Tune in.
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RightJustifiedSunny Optimist – “With tea party wind at their backs from the ’10 elections, Repubs are in no mood to nominate another McCain.” #NHgop ow.ly/8g3iB
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Jamie_WeinsteinJamie Weinstein – Prediction: Buddy Roemer is going to have a pretty quiet night
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stephenkruiserstephenkruiser -#Lions TD. #AlamoBowl Pt. II is under way!
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The Flag Drops – Debate Starts
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stix1972Doug Welch – Debate WOO HOO
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hughhewittHugh Hewitt – “And now everything is different!”. Another cheesy debate opening.
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One minute answers and 30 second responses with a traffic light system.
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EdMorrisseyEdMorrissey – Why not just ‘SHUT UP” in bright red letters? #NHDebate
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pinkelephantpunTabitha Hale – It is so nice to only have 5 on stage. #NHDebate
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michellemalkinMichelle Malkin – Eek. Diane Sawyer needs Static Guard.
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hughhewittHugh Hewitt – Diane Sawyer begins with plug for good news on economy. Shocker #NHdebate #hhrs #tcot
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Jamie_WeinsteinJamie Weinstein – Santorum: I’ve managed my bank account
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hughhewittHugh Hewitt – Rick Santorum steers debate immediately to Iran and C-in-C question, and Diane Sawyer pushes attack on MR. But key q on table #NHdebate
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pinkelephantpunTabitha Hale – Yes. RT @LisaDeP: I think Santorum got botox. #NHdebate
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CommentaryCommentary Magazine – RT @tobincommentary: Santorum is asked to take a shot at Romney as a CEO rather than a leader. He obliges. #NHDebate.
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michellemalkinMichelle Malkin – I HATE the phrase “grow jobs.” Only Beltway pols say such a thing. Blech.
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mkhammerMary Katharine Ham – FYI, @JimPethokoukis writes about Romney’s Bain time here: ow.ly/1DuSd3
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michellemalkinMichelle Malkin – Gingrich asked about his attack on Romney/pvt sector layoffs. He hides behind NYT.
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CommentaryCommentary Magazine – RT @bethanyshondark: I’m not a fan of Gingrich playing into the class warfare rhetoric. Leave that to Obama. #NHDebate
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BryanLongworthBryan Longworth – Romney: “My experience is leadership.” Romney led Massachusetts to implement Romnicare. No thanks.
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politicalmathPoliticalMath – Apparently if your business gains jobs while you’re not sitting in your “boss” chair, they don’t count #nhdebate
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ErnieFowlkeErnie Fowlke – How dare anyone question Romney’s integrity?
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mkhammerMary Katharine Ham – Trying to do both! RT @MattSatchell: @mkhammer screw debate…. GOOOOOOOO LIONS!!!!
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TheDCVinceVince Coglianese – Huntsman paints himself as just like Romney. Good governors. Interesting pairing when he’s attempting to be competitive here.
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postpollsWashington Post poll – 62% in our Dec. poll said Romney’s business experience was major reason to support him wapo.st/tmTIgi #nhdebate
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michellemalkinMichelle Malkin – Audience laughs at Santorum joke as Paul’s mic gets feedback — It happened “because you’re not telling the truth, Ron.” #nhdebate
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hughhewittHugh Hewitt – “You’re not telling the truth Ron.” Bravo @ricksantorum #NHdebate
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secuppS.E. Cupp – Sanotrum: I think I’m known as a cause guy.
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michellemalkinMichelle Malkin – Santorum slams Paul for citing Soros-backed CREW as evidence he’s corrupt. Strong, calm rejoinder. #nhdebate
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LarrySabatoLarry Sabato – Every minute those candidates aren’t making the case against Romney is a plus for Romney.
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pinkelephantpunTabitha Hale – I feel like Santorum shined is forehead.
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rickkleinRick Klein – Paul just laying into Santorum. And Mitt smiles. #nhdebate
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secuppS.E. Cupp – Oh hey, Rick Perry.
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mboyle1Matthew Boyle – Perry: I think you’ve seen the reason why I got in this race. I’m really the only outsider here.
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politicalmathPoliticalMath – Rick Perry: “It doesn’t matter if you’re an insider from DC or an insider from Wall St” Or an insider from TX?
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ToadonaWireL – I can tell a debate is going on cuz my Twitter feed is moving at lightening speed! #throttle
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Commander In Chief Question – Huntsman
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secuppS.E. Cupp – Huntsman: Being a commander in chief isn’t about “insider gobbledygook.” What about outsider schnitzerdoodle?
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michellemalkinMichelle Malkin – Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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JstnCase618Justin Case – Santorum Slams Obama’s ‘Hubris’ and ‘Snobbery’ On Education – Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum slammed … ow.ly/1gAUFD
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FranklinCenterFranklin Center – “We have a serious trust deficit in this country. We no longer trust our institutions of power.” – Jon Huntsman
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DonIrvineDonIrvine – Diane Sawyer tries to egg Huntsman on to specifically attack opponents. #nhdebate #mediabias
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hughhewittHugh Hewitt – Mitt trains fire on POTUS and Iran “This is a failed presidency”. “Who has the capacity to lead”. marker on supporting nominee
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politicalmathPoliticalMath – Romney is doing his happy dance right now. Literally. That’s how he dances.
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ToadonaWireL – I’d vote for @governorPerry if Newt could feed him info thru an earpiece at debates with Obama.
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EdMorrisseyEdMorrissey – Good answer from Perry on the military. #nhdebate
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RadiobloggerDuane Patterson – Gingrich cannot believe he’s gone from front runner to having to answer chicken hawk charge from Ron Paul. #hhrs
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JoshuabradenpJoshua Price – Glad to hear Perry nail Paul on his earmark hypocrisy… #nhdebate
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politicalmathPoliticalMath – Ron Paul: If you didn’t serve, you can’t be president.
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mattklewisMatt K. Lewis – 30 mins in. Front runner Mitt Romney skating…
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politicalmathPoliticalMath – By the way, Ron Paul. Military suicides? Lower than comparable rates for non-military individuals.
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secuppS.E. Cupp – Ron Paul’s asked about racist newsletters.
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hughhewittHugh Hewitt – Ron Paul says you can’t concentrate on 20 year old columns as he concentrates on 45 year old draft deferments #NHdebate
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DavidLimbaughDavid Limbaugh – Wow — now the Paul newsletter. This is an Obama freebie, make Republicans look like racists. That’s the point here.
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CommentaryCommentary Magazine – RT @tobincommentary: Paul then tries to play the liberal on race relations. No credibility. #NHDebate
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IngrahamAngleLaura Ingraham – Qs asked &answered have zero to do w/ American decline.
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EditMeDavidDavid Martosko – Round 1 to Romney, mostly by ducking when missiles are lobbed overhead #NHdebate
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guypbensonGuy Benson – Diane Sawyer: “We want to thank you for this first round of the debate.” Romney: “So do I!” #NHdebate
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Back From Break – State’s Rights (banning contraception)
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hughhewittHugh Hewitt – Another stunner. George brings up abortion #NHdebate
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secuppS.E. Cupp – Has Mitt really not heard the question about states banning contraception before? Hands it over to Ron Paul?
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Romney not happy about Roe V Wade
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CommentaryCommentary Magazine – RT @tobincommentary: A state right to ban contraception? Romney says the question is silly since no state would ever do it. Right. #NHDebate
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amandacarpenterAmanda Carpenter – Don’t contraceptives include condoms…? I don’t think those are getting banned, either.
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EdMorrisseyEdMorrissey – Romney calls Stephanopoulos out for a really dumb question. What state wants to BAN contraception? #nhdebate
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jeff_poorJeff Poor – Strange hypothetical from George Stephanopoulos… #nhdebate
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hughhewittHugh Hewitt – George violating first rules of holes. #hhrs #tcot. Getting booed.
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michellemalkinMichelle Malkin – This is what happens when you put Clintonite libs in charge of moderating GOP debates. What the hell? #nhdebate
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TheDCVinceVince Coglianese – George is getting a little frazzled here, especially now that he’s completely lost the audience.
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Gay Marriage?
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pinkelephantpunTabitha Hale – Oh, good. Gay marriage. Obviously, 45 minutes in to an important presidential debate, this is what we should be discussing.
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CommentaryCommentary Magazine – RT @jpodhoretz: Next from Stephanopoulos and Sawyer: Gov. Romney, do you wear strange religious underwear? #NHDebate
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ToadonaWireL – How many social issue questions has @ABC asked? They do this on purpose you know.
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derekahunterDerek Hunter – If you think about it, contraception questions are appropriate cuz the ABC moderators are screwing viewers with dumb questions. #NHDebate
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LinBennettLin Bennett – Huntsman did the eyebrow thing again! #scgop
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Gingrich Takes Media To Task
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secuppS.E. Cupp – Newt makes great point about media bias, asking what the Catholic church should do about its adoption efforts.
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CommentaryCommentary Magazine – RT @bethanyshondark: “Secular bigotry.” I like that, Newt. #NHDebate
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RadiobloggerDuane Patterson – newt gingrich home run on anti-christian bigotry in place by mainstream media and the obama administration. #hhrs
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pinkelephantpunTabitha Hale – Actually glad to hear from Newt. Shut it, ABC.
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TheOregonianBooTheOregonian Boo – ABC reporters have egg on face … Way too bigoted too much gay babble .. Insult Catholics #nhdebate
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jstrevinoJoshua Treviño – Mitt: “People in this room feel that Newt is absolutely right …. and I do too.” Of course.
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mkhammerMary Katharine Ham – RT @allahpundit: So awesome that this debate is going to end up being about condoms and media bias #important
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jdhenchmanJoe Henchman – If you’re not watching the debate tonight, you missed Newt Gingrich talk about how much he values the sacrament of marriage. #nhdebate
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Military Service And Troop Deployment
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TheDCVinceVince Coglianese – There was clearly a strategy session at ABC that involved deciding to change course on election coverage vis a vis social issues/foreign pol
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EdMorrisseyEdMorrissey – Er, Afghanistan has been a civil war for a lot longer than we’ve been there. What does Huntsman think the Northern Alliance was about?
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RadiobloggerDuane Patterson – romney not willing to set timetables of withdrawal in afghanistan like huntsman does. smart. timetable we set in iraq will backfire. #hhrs
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KLSoltisKristen Soltis – In IOWA three out of four caucus goers picked economy or budget as top issue. So, yeah, makes sense to talk social issues at length. #ugh
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MelissaTweetsMelissa Clouthier – To reiterate: The purposes of the debates is for the media to make all Republicans look awful. So, they choose… sulia.com/c/new-hampshir…
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JonahNROJonah Goldberg – Newt should put a lava lamp on the lecturn, will shut Diane Sawyer up for the rest of the debate.
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CommentaryCommentary Magazine – RT @tobincommentary: Gingrich changes the topic from Afghanistan to Iran and Egypt. Rightly says it’s a regional problem. #NHDebate
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mattklewisMatt K. Lewis – 1 hour in. Front runner Mitt Romney unscathed.
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JRubinBloggerJennifer Rubin – Santorum killing Huntsman on Afghanistan
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Sawyer Focuses On Troop Movements
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Chris_MoodyChris Moody – Rick Perry says Iranians can move “literally at the speed of light.” If that’s true, nukes are the least of our problems. #NHDebate
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EdMorrisseyEdMorrissey – Just FYI, the Iraqis wanted to strike a deal to keep some troops in Iraq, too. Perry’s not out of left field on this. #nhdebate
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CommentaryCommentary Magazine – RT @tobincommentary: The love fest between Gingrich and Santorum is pretty amazing. They’re almost a tag team. #NHDebate
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pinkelephantpunTabitha Hale – And Newts brings us back to school.
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michellemalkinMichelle Malkin – Newt gets applause for jabbing at Obama’s Saudi bowing & kowtowing. Bush and Norquist did, too. #nhdebate
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prismsincRic – BRAVO Santorum on “virulent threat” discussion. BRAVO Newt on reminding us Obama bowed to a Saudi King! #NHdebate
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TeamSantorumVATeamSantorumVA – Santorum at #NHDebate on #waronterror: Obama admin trying to fight this politically correct war and not being honest with American people.
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hughhewittHugh Hewitt – Candidates breaking through moderators Iran boycott. #NHdebate
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EdMorrisseyEdMorrissey – Amazing how much better this debate got when we started talking about issues in 2012 rather than 1965. #nhdebate
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secuppS.E. Cupp – Santorum: “Call evil what it is.”
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JoshuabradenpJoshua Price – As for our national security I think Santorum or Perry would be the best choice… #nhdebate
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EdMorrisseyEdMorrissey – I think Newt’s doing a good job tonight, but every segment that Romney isn’t hit is a win for Mitt.
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CommentaryCommentary Magazine – RT @jpodhoretz: Fred Thompson with reverse mortgages. I wish he could hit reverse on this debate and have @JakeTapper moderate instead.
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Back From Break – Sawyer On Jobs - First Question … Government Investment On Infrastructure?
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PolitisitePolitisite – Had bush made recess appointments, this debate panel would be all over it #nhdebate
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DonIrvineDonIrvine – I’m convinced that the purpose of this debate is so that ABC can give the DNC fodder for more ads. #nhdebate
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RadiobloggerDuane Patterson – mitt romney just lost the chris matthews vote by saying private sector, not gov’t, should focus on road works projects. #hhrs
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kiradavis422Kira Ayn Davis – Gov’t gets in way of creating jobs, taxes too much, regulates too much – Romney #NHDebate
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michellemalkinMichelle Malkin – Newt falls for false premise that we need to “invest” more in infrastructure before repealing Obama Big Labor exec orders, preferences.
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mattklewisMatt K. Lewis – I disagree with Santorum philosophically here, but this populist message is great for him politically. He should stress this more.
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CommentaryCommentary Magazine – RT @jpodhoretz: We need an infrastructure like China’s, where there is a three-week traffic jam. #NHDebate
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howardfinemanHoward Fineman – scorecard so far: Mitt untouched, sensible, sly-funny; Paul: nasty attacker: Newt: a hit with Catholics; Santorum: defensive, not a star.
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secuppS.E. Cupp – Santorum always has an answer. You may not like his answers, but at least he has them.
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hughhewittHugh Hewitt – “why not go to zero?”. Did George suffer concussion from Mitt hit on silly contraception questions? #nhdebate
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EWEricksonErick Erickson – “@ShaneyBeeBack: Just noticed Santorum doesn’t have that ‘Im trying to poop’ squint in his right eye that he usually has. #NHDebate
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TheDCVinceVince Coglianese – Just want to note the nonstop mentions I’m seeing from people wishing @JakeTapper was a moderator tonight.
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politicalmathPoliticalMath – Rick Perry: “… so that we’re not being held hostage to companies… countries that are hostile to America” Oops.
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secuppS.E. Cupp – Rick Perry jumps in to wax optimistic about America’s potential. Nice contrast with Dr. Paul’s Dr. Evil view of our demise.
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EdMorrisseyEdMorrissey – Now Perry is attacking Paul. Is that why he stayed in the race? Good answer, especially on energy and right-to-work. #nhdebate
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jeff_poorJeff Poor – Observation: How come you never hear Ron Paul attack Obama in these debates?? #nhdebate
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Answer With Question: How come nobody ever sees, or knows what a baby pigeon looks like?
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hughhewittHugh Hewitt – Mitt now just blowing off George questions Good model for them all to follow. #NHdebate
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EdMorrisseyEdMorrissey – The efficiency candidate! RT @gatewaypatriot: Romney just cutting a campaign ad in the middle of the debate here?! #nhdebate
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TinaKorbeTina Korbe – Huntsman reminds me of a conservative in college. Trying to hedge his views to stay on professors’ good sides.
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politicalmathPoliticalMath – Romney: “Europe isn’t working in Europe” Campaign theme?
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secuppS.E. Cupp – Romney: “This president in his bones doesn’t understand American entrepreneurialism.”
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prismsincRic – Romney entertains the idea of a VAT tax but says we don’t want to be like Europe? #wtf #NHDebate
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pinkelephantpunTabitha Hale – RT @MelissaTweets: Aw what a sweet soliloquy from Mitt. And managed to answer nothing.
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politicalmathPoliticalMath – Santorum: “We don’t put people in classes. Also, I appeal to blue collar workers”
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prismsincRic – BINGO!!! @RickSantorum delivers stinging blow to Romney rhetoric!!!! #NHDebate
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PolitisitePolitisite – Class warfare and trianglization is axelrods and liberal election strategy for 2012 Conservatives focus on American dream for all #nhdebate
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CommentaryCommentary Magazine – RT @tobincommentary: Gingrich wryly observes that Obama’s effort to create European-style socialist economy is sincere. Good line. #NHDebate
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michellemalkinMichelle Malkin – Romney talking China. Somewhere, Donald Trump’s are burning. #nhdebate
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bethanyshondarkBethany Mandel – Huntsman: Speaking Chinese on stage doesn’t make you look smart. It makes you look like a smug schmuck. #NHDebate
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freddosofreddoso – RT @jimgeraghty: This is weird. Babelfish translate’s Huntsman’s phrase as “LAUNCH THE ATTACK NOW, BEIJING MASTERS”.
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jdhenchmanJoe Henchman – Huntsman pushes back hard about Romney’s call for a trade war with China. #nhdebate
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ericfidoEric Bearse – can’t wait to see mysterious ron paul group’s next attack ad on Huntsman after that debate exchange
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Jimi971Jimi – Why attack Huntsman? Where is Newt’s nuclear? Where is Santorum’s top dawg talk? Romney still cruises… #TinyTestes
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Back From Break – What Would You Be Doing If Not At A Debate?
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stix1972Doug Welch – Boxers or Briefs question up next
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secuppS.E. Cupp – What would you be doing on a Saturday night? Perry: “Shooting range.”
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michellemalkinMichelle Malkin – Newt Gingrich blows his pander answer to sports fans. Says he’d be watching collegiate BASKETBALL game. #doh #nhdebate
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Pander, Pander, Pander … Over & Out!
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mkhammerMary Katharine Ham – So, did this debate end abruptly?
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BrandonKiserBrandon Kiser – Just so we’re clear, Romney just seemed to come out for a trade war. How will China react to his election? #nhdebate
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AlexPappasDCAlex Pappas – How wild that Rick Perry was probably the least relevant person in the entire debate?
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EdMorrisseyEdMorrissey – Mitt won that debate by not getting attacked. Perry, Santorum helped themselves; Newt was anti-climatic. Paul and Huntsman — the usual.
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politicalmathPoliticalMath – Yes. Yes we do. RT @philipaklein: So do we refer to Romney as “presumptive Republican nominee” now?
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hughhewittHugh Hewitt – So much for explosive and confrontational. Romney has to be very very happy, Santorum only slight less so #NHdebate
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secuppS.E. Cupp – Debate ends on a “meh.” No big moments, no big surprises tonight. Santorum held up, and Perry had a goodish performance. Mitt was Mitt.
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SooperMexicanel SOOPer – i don’t know who won the debate, but I’m pretty sure Dianne Sawyer won the debate drinking game…
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RedStateRedState – The Biggest Mistake of the Worst Debate bit.ly/zlC7zK #TCOT #RS
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Dean_LDean_L – #NHDebate That debate was so spectacular they should go ahead have another one in 12 hours or so.
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Set your alarm clocks, because this debate starts Sunday at 9 a.m. Eastern Time, only two days before the nation’s first primary in the Granite State. The audience can tune in or log on in a number of ways, in what promises to be a spirited debate following the wild finish between Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney in Iowa. Not only will the debate stream live on the “Meet the Press” Facebook page and Facebook’s U.S. Politics page, but viewers can share questions and comment on the action throughout the event. Image Credit: allfacebook.com

Debate #2 – The Facebook and NBC News debate (Preview) will be moderated by “Meet the Press” host David Gregory, who will be joined by the New Hampshire Union Leader (NH paper of record that endorsed Newt Gingrich).

TWEETS

LarrySabatoLarry Sabato – Free suggestion for NBC: Do yourself a favor & don’t ask about contraception.
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prismsincRic – NewsBusters: Just How Political Can Richard Cordray Be? bit.ly/xq1sHQ #tcot #ocra #ampat
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TuckerCarlsonTucker Carlson – Ron Paul is the only candidate on stage, 45 min. before air time. Looks exactly the same as he did last night.
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newtgingrichNewt Gingrich – Good morning. Pls follow @newt2012hq and @newt2012nh for updates during the debate.
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PalinspiredInspired by Palin – Note to GOP Debaters, if question is not about spending/debt..reply is “you ignorant liberal media type, give me a real question” #TCOT
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Begin Introduction – One min with 30 Sec. response
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TPMTalking Points Memo – AP fact check: Romney struggles on jobs claim tpm.ly/wVGGKI
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BEGIN
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TPMTalking Points Memo – First Q to Newt: Why shouldn’t Romney be the nominee?
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CommentaryCommentary Magazine – RT @sethamandel: This debate already sounding strangely like the one that ended ten hours ago. #NBCFBDebate
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mattklewisMatt K. Lewis – Romney notes that many conservatives who don’t have any “axe to grind” are backing him.
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mattklewisMatt K. Lewis – Santorum: If Romney’s record was so great, why didn’t he run for re-election? “Why did you bail out?”
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ZekeJMillerZeke Miller – Strong answer from Santorum right here, but is it too late to matter? #whydidhebail?
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mattklewisMatt K. Lewis – Santorum hitting Mitt: “He ran from Ronald Reagan.”
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CommentaryCommentary Magazine – RT @bethanyshondark: “And if your record as Sen of PA was so great, why weren’t you reelected?” – how Mitt should answer Santorum #NBCDebate
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EdMorrisseyEdMorrissee – Low bar. RT @mattklewis: This debate is already better than last night’s debate.
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mattklewisMatt K. Lewis – Newt to Mitt: “Can we drop the pious bologna?”
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EdMorrisseyEdMorrissey – Wow, now Romney is the issue. Better than condoms.
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hughhewittHugh Hewitt – Newt. Can we drop the pious baloney. That’s what we were looking for last night #NBCdebate
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Queue Dr. Paul
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prismsincRic – David Gregory is too busy delving in labels #NBCfail #NBCdebate
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CommentaryCommentary Magazine – RT @sethamandel: Ron Paul: Can you please start asking serious questions? We are running for president. Thank you. #NBCdebate—-
howardfinemanHoward Fineman – Newt and Santo bomb and now Paul now blast Romney. This is the Mitt Moment
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FloridaJayhawkFloridaJayhawk – Mitt Romney has lost more races & primaries in his life than ANYONE on the stage! Mitt Romney’s Record is like 1-10 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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mattklewisMatt K. Lewis – David Gregory is using a “hurry-up offense.” Love it.
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hughhewittHugh Hewitt – Rick Perry makes his pitch effectively to the Tea Party in SC #NBCdebate
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guypbensonGuy Benson – Perry, asked about Romney, instantly attacks Santorum. #NHdebate
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chucktoddChuck Todd – Huntsman with perhaps his toughest retort on Romney yet. It took him 14 debates. #nbcfbdebate
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mattklewisMatt K. Lewis – Say what you will about Jon Huntsman, but there’s nothing dishonorable about serving your nation as a diplomat (even in a Dem admin.)
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CommentaryCommentary Magazine – RT @alanagoodman: Huntsman is not doing himself any favors with this. He comes off as overly sensitive. #NBCDebate
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hughhewittHugh Hewitt – “This nation is divided because of attitudes like that.” Gov Huntsman may believe that but the vast majority of GOP doesn’t #NBCdebate
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JFKucinichJackie Kucinich – Gingrich going back to attacking the moderator
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CommentaryCommentary Magazine – RT @sethamandel: Gregory: Name three constituencies you will struggle with in the general election after answering this question. #NBCdebate
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daveweigeldaveweigel – Newt’s fed up with “highly paid Washington commentators.” He will also sign a copy of his new book for you.
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JECarter4James Carter – Maybe he’s a morning person. RT @mattklewis: Perry doing well right now. Talking faster than usual. (And making sense.)
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hughhewittHugh Hewitt – So, about that threat by Iran to attack a carrier…..#NBCdebate
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sirbriantoddBrian Perkins – Ron Paul is wrong: the Soviets came down because we took them down. Remember the fall of the Berlin Wall? #nhdebate
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guypbensonGuy Benson – Much rougher first round for Romney than last night. Three rivals landed blows. Were any of them memorable/lasting? #Meh
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Back From Break
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EdMorrisseyEdMorrissey – Ah. Not quite hell, then. More like purgatory. RT @Mattie96
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DavidMDruckerDavid M. Drucker – @RickSantorum‘s skill as extemp speaker was on display in his attack on @MittRomney‘s decsion not to run 4 re-elec as MA Gov. #nbcfbdebate
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hughhewittHugh Hewitt – Romney strong answer on governing with Democrats appealing to NH indies #NBCdebate
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EdMorrisseyEdMorrissey – Romney one-ups a strong answer on bipartisanship from Newt by saying, well, I did that. #NBCdebate
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mckaycoppinsMcKay Coppins – Ron Paul to Congress: It’s not me, it’s you.
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hughhewittHugh Hewitt – Gegory’s Facebook has anything mentioning Iran blocked?
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FixAaronAaron Blake – For those who missed SNL’s Santorum opening last night, here it is… thedc.com/xEr3W0
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hughhewittHugh Hewitt – Gregory declares “Here’s the reality…”. Does anyone trust the next statement from an Obama partisan like David Gregory?
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BuzzFeedBenBen Smith – We’re giving short shrift to Paul’s reaching across the aisle to work with Dennis Kucinich on stuff.
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prismsincRic – Rick Santorum outlines the concerns of a Ron Paul Presidency perfectly #NBCdebate #NHdebate
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EdMorrisseyEdMorrissey – Huntsman: Bring term limits to Congress … and then make sure they don’t work in politics again. Yeah, that’ll pass. #NBCfbdenate
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LEADERSHIP – Perry – What would you do to make Republicans uncomfortable?
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LarrySabatoLarry Sabato – The woman over David Gregory’s shoulder is asleep. The debate is good enough so that I’m awake.
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mattklewisMatt K. Lewis – His supporters? RT @CapehartJ Perry: “I’m making a lot of Republicans nervous by talking…….”
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markdavisMark Davis – Perry gets last word, last dig at conservatism of rivals before commercial break. He and Santorum scoring nicely #nbcfbdebate #nhdebate
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TheFixThe Fix – For those saying Huntsman is charismatic: EVERY answer is delivered in the exact same tone/cadence. Not dynamic.
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howardfinemanHoward Fineman – New poll shows Huntsman in third place and rising to double digits, which is why Paul is attacking. Also, Mitt down to 35 percent.
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Back From Break
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mattklewisMatt K. Lewis – This election is clearly about heating assistance and contraception. Clearly.
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MonicaCrowleyMonica Crowley – @GovernorPerry hitting hard on spending & limited govt. He was sharp & focused last night too. Keep going, Rick!
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Tom1247Tom Dougherty – Without heat you need contraception :-) RT @mattklewis: This election is clearly about heating assistance and contraception. Clearly.
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prismsincRic – Ron Paul “supply and demand of oil in your bedroom while you keep papers in your dresser and money in your mattress blah blah bla” #NHDebate
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DrewHampshireDrew Cline – During break, Santorum and Gingrich aides arguing over who gets to use the metal folding chair
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EdMorrisseyEdMorrissey – Gay rights and contraception. Thank you for extending an already pointless question even further.
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hughhewittHugh Hewitt – “Right now.” non-discrimination is the key, and Romney’s answer perfect #NBCdebate
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alanagoodmanAlana Goodman – Audience laughs when Santorum is asked whether he’d be a voice to speak out for gay rights in the GOP.
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kirstenpowers10kirsten powers – Poor moderator disappointed that Santorum didnt say he would disown gay son.
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CommentaryCommentary Magazine – RT @SethAMandel: Romney: Some of my best appointments were gay… #NBCdebate
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hughhewittHugh Hewitt – Good thing we are back on gay rights and aren’t worried about Iran, terrorism from Al Qaeda, loss of Iraq….#NBCdebate
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BREAK – 1 Hour
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guypbensonGuy Benson – Perry name-checks Jim DeMint. #SouthCarolinasComing
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EdMorrisseyEdMorrissey – Viewers whose NBC stations switch programs RT @daveweigel: People who overslept. RT @TheFix: Winners after the first hour?
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Back From Break
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mollyesqueMolly Ball – Gingrich, who did NH local issues last night, mispronouncing DiStaso!
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TheFixThe Fix – Again, Newt thinks too highly of himself to just keep bashing Romney. Which is why Newt isn’t going to win. #nbcfbdebate
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prismsincRic – Moderators have yet to learn, ask Newt a stupid question, he will make you look stupid #NBCdebate #NHDebate
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guypbensonGuy Benson - RT @kirstenpowers10: I’m sure Obama is going to get 40 questions about gay marriage in the debates, since after all he opposes it too.
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EdMorrisseyEdMorrissey – Great answer from Newt on EPA. RT @hughhewitt: Newt: EPA’s record increasingly radical and imperious. Perfect. #NBCdebate
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jdhenchmanJoe Henchman – MSNBC picked people for the front row behind the moderator who are now asleep. #nbcfbdebate
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allahpunditAllah Pundit – RT @TheFix: “We have a president who is a socialist.” — Rick Perry. #nbcfbdebate
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guypbensonGuy Benson – Perry: President Obama “doesn’t reflect our founding fathers.” Lefty race-baiting in 3…2…1…. #NBCdebate
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EdMorrisseyEdMorrissey – Gregory to Santorum: Admit it, you love socialism and it’s really cool. Santorum to Gregory: Pay attention to my answers, please.
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prismsincRic – Romney talks up energy sector while continuing to abandon a dying manufacturing sector #NBCdebate #NHDebate
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CommentaryCommentary Magazine – RT @sethamandel: New Suffolk tracking poll shows Huntsman, not Santorum, benefiting from Romney’s slide in the state. #NBCdebate
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PalinspiredInspired by Palin – Ron Paul “Entitlements are not rights” “Liberty is the only right” #TCOT
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EdMorrisseyEdMorrissey – What, that “live free or die” question wasn’t a finale? Weird.
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BREAK – Final Questions at 30 seconds – What we can’t live with a nuclear Iran?
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Santorum – Ideology/Theocracy – We have a weak president
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mattklewisMatt K. Lewis – Santorum makes a logical point about why a theocracy might be more dangerous with the bomb than atheistic Communists.
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Gingrich … you called Romney a liar
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DavidLimbaughDavid Limbaugh – RT @JonahNRO: During commercial break, Gingrich seen sharpening a toothbrush into a shiv.
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EdMorrisseyEdMorrissey – Shorter Gingrich: Put your trust in the NYT and WaPo, conservatives. This will go over very well with conservatives.
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ericfidoEric Bearse – Romney just said he hasn’t seen the ads and just described one in detail.
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EdMorrisseyEdMorrissey – Romney: Hey, thanks for letting me use all the attack lines from the ads in the middle of the debate.
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FixAaronAaron Blake – Newt needs to be careful with these super PAC criticisms. His PAC just got a $5M infusion and I’m guessing they go negative. #
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hughhewittHugh Hewitt – Newt was having a good debate but last round hurt him with GOP voters because Democrats/MSM cheering it #NBCdebate
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ZekeJMillerZeke Miller – Paul: I would continue doing what I’m doing now — preaching the gospel of liberty.
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BREAK … And End! If it’s Sunday, it’s Meet The Press!
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RyanLizzaRyan Lizza – OMG, they totally bamboozled us into thinking there was more debate after the break and there wasn’t.
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EdMorrisseyEdMorrissey – New movie – The Manchesterville Horror, with every NH event venue whispering to Republicans, “GET OOOUUUTTTT.”
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daveweigeldaveweigel – Subtle graphics work in Romney press emails yfrog.com/odfxup
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Lady_PatriotLady Patriot – Romney said, “I haven’t seen the ads” & immediately said, “The one I saw….” BTW, I hate this topic. Whining is for Democrats. #NBCdebate
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EdMorrisseyEdMorrissey – RT @DanRiehl: Don’t think Newt cares about winning/losing debate at this point. He’s on a mission. #NBCdebate
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prismsincRic – DING! RT @JoeWumbus NH is liberal. They will vote liberal. Don’t be surprised at Romney win in NH. Proves he’s most liberal guy in the bunch
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Greenberg in post debate comments: NH is the Kyber Pass in American politics.
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mkhammerMary Katharine Ham – Like! RT @OKnox: Would a network please pretend to hold a debate and then broadcast ONLY the candidate banter during breaks?!? #nbcfbdebate
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prismsincRic – HUNTSMAN! LOL MT @StevenErtelt: Debate wrap: Campaign a race b/t Mitt & Santorum, Newt becoming whiny; Perry invisible, Paul nothing new
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PalinspiredInspired by Palin – Vote RINO Willard Romney, he’s able to tell you in detail about TV Ads he has NOT seen. Superman powers. LOL #TCOT
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