The New Hampshire debate on Monday was perfect. The candidates kept their talking points on Obama’s policies and didn’t focus on each other. Obviously, that will occur as the campaign goes on and the need to differentiate themselves from each other becomes necessary.
To the disappointment of the MSM, there was no sniping, no berating, no nastiness between the candidates that they had hoped for. America got a good look at some of the GOP candidates for President and learned that their views are very different than the Democrats.
First, my apologies to Newt Gingrich. I had said in an earlier post that I thought his campaign was dead in the water. Well, I was wrong. Not only did he come out swinging, he didn’t mince words and showed no indication that his campaign was undergoing a complete makeover. He showed up on Fox and Friends on Wednesday morning with a strong message regarding Pakistan’s reaction to our raid and killing of Usama Bin Laden and illegal immigration.
I am not endorsing him, I am just correcting an earlier assumption. ‘Nuff said.
The rest of the candidates were also as strong, except for one. Mitt Romney. The presumptive front runner (how he is #1, I don’t know; must be name recognition) showed his moderate stripe during the questioning regarding Muslims in the President’s Cabinet. It was initially directed at Herman Cain, but when it came for his response, Romney hemmed and hawed by saying “Well, first of all, of course, we’re not going to have Sharia law applied in U.S. courts. That’s never going to happen. We have a Constitution and we follow the law.”
Hmm, not so fast, Mitt. The Center for Security Policy has released a report citing court cases in 23 states instances where Sharia law was referred to or used in the cases. So, do some research. Can you say: RINO?
Michelle Bachmann was fantastic. I don’t think she should have used that time to announce her campaign, but hey, it was her debate. I will say, every time John King tried to trip her up, she came back strong and articulate.
Herman Cain, as the only non-politician in the bunch approached the questions in a no-nonsense, business executive style. It was refreshing.
Pawlenty and Santorum, both considered to be conservatives, and were very firm in their beliefs, although John King tried to get Pawlenty on the Obamneycare issue so as to create fiction between he and Romney. He didn’t bite.
Santorum had a history of telling is like it is during his Senate career and he hasn’t changed.
Ron Paul, was Ron Paul. Dances to his own tune; doesn’t wait to see what other people think. He makes a lot of good points, although I don’t agree fully with him wanting to do away with the CIA. As a former intelligence analyst, that is a little extreme for me.
If the candidates can keep the fight against the Dems going strong and don’t waffle in the face of tough questioning by the MSM, I think the GOP has a good chance of regaining the White House in 2012. It depends on whether they’re just looking to be loved by everyone or really want to change the direction of this country.