Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Debate Review 10/18/11
#2: Rick Santorum. I believe Rick Santorum came in second in this debate, based on his statement that "the basic unit of society is the family." I agree with him that, while creating jobs is important, every other candidate on that stage continues to overlook that fact. Without the family, our society would be completely different. They are the reason we are what we are today, and people need to remember that. Another answer of Santorum's that I liked was his response to a question about a candidate's religion. Asked about whether a candidate's religion should come into play when people choose who to support, his answer was that people need to not only look at religion, but at a person's values as well. They should look at what their religion teaches and come to conclusions on what their values are. Those are the reasons I believe Santorum placed this high. Honestly, I do not think he has a chance at getting the nomination. I do, though, believe that he is a strong voice for the traditional family that should not be ignored.
#3: Newt Gingrich. Where to start with Newt? I always say, he comes out strong in every debate. One thing I do like about Newt is that he hardly ever attacks his opponents. In fact, he sometimes even praises them. He said that Herman Cain "deserves a lot of credit" for proposing a "very big idea" on tax reform. I agree with him that it would be "very troubling" to have a president who would not take any faith into consideration when making decisions. Where, he wants to know, would that person receive their guidance from? It just doesn't work that way. It would be very troubling to have a president who abandons religion. (Just a quick fact, it was Mitt Romney that said he would abandon all religion as president.)
#6: Herman Cain. We didn't hear much from Herman in this debate. The first fifteen minutes were entirely devoted to his 9-9-9 plan, but after that he pretty much remained silent. I do not think he did a sufficient job of defending his 9-9-9 plan, I think he could have done better. His answer about negotiating with terrorists was not exactly clear to me. One thing I do agree with is the fact that he will not apologize for wanting to "protect the American people, protect our border agents, and protecting our border." Other than that, I am tempted to say this debate was a loss for Herman Cain.
#7: Ron Paul. "Those people at Guantanamo aren't terrorists, they haven't been convicted of anything!" Enough said.