Republican Debate on CNN
Last night was the Republican Debate with the You Tube format that was used back in September for the Democratic Debate. The general consensus at our house was that the Republican Debate went much better. There were a few highlights.
There was some booing in the audience a few times…..mostly geared to questions that were answered by Ron Paul and Rudy Gulianni. Fred Thompson and Mike Huckabee probably showed the best. Mitt Romney had a close call on the Bible question. The others didn’t stick out very well in my mind.
One interesting point that didn’t come out until the end of the debate, which Anderson Cooper apologized for. was the “Hillary” plant. A retired Brigadier Army General who is a professed gay man asked about the “Don’t ask. Don’t tell.” policy. The candidates all stated that they didn’t see fit to change that current policy. It was working well and it would be left at that. Surprise, surprise…..as Gomer Pyle would say….the General works for Hillary. He heads up a gay activist group that is campaigning for her. Rumor has it that there were a couple others mixed with the questions. They chose his question because they felt it was a good question. After digging a little deeper…..Poor Hillary.
Speaking of Hillary…..
I believe the question went to Mike Huckabee concerning the Mars Program and space funding. His comment was somewhere along the line of “yes, we would send people to Mars and he would really like Hillary to be the first one to go.” This is a paraphrase of his response but close enough. That earned quite a few chuckles for him. Including the hysterical laughter at our dining room table. Mr Huckabee has Chuck Norris backing him. Apparently Mr. Norris is a Christian and many think that because Mike Huckabee is also a Baptist minister, this has improved his numbers in the polls.
One question that was asked had me sitting here just waiting to see how Mitt Romney was going to pull this one off. Mitt Romney is a Mormon. As a Mormon his beliefs concerning the Bible made this a tricky response. He stumbled all over that question but not quite as badly as Rudy Gulianni. Mormon belief in the Bible is that it is the Bible as far as it is accurately translated. Any one who has had any in depth conversations with the Mormon Missionaries will tell you, that one question regarding the Bible is a sticking point. On WTOP today, the analyst from PolitiCo said he sat there and couldn’t figure out why Romney stumbled on answering that question. He was thinking to himself that maybe Romney had a beef with something in Malachi. It was later that he learned the Mormon Churches doctrinal statement on the Bible. They do not believe that it is the Word of God. Nor do they believe that every thing in this Holy Bible is true. The statement generally used is, “as far as this is translated it could be the Word of God. But only as far as the accuracy. But they don’t feel it is an accurate translation. The question asked….”My question only requires a simple yes or no answer and how you answer will tell me everything I need to know about you as a candidate. (He then held up a copy of the Bible.) Do you believe everything in this book? Is this book the Word of God?” I looked at my husband and said, “this should be interesting.” “How is Romney going to truthfully answer that question without ticking off the Christians and staying true to his Mormon beliefs? If he waffles it could cost him his Mormon contingency?” He squirmed.
The questions mostly dealt with immigration, abortion, torture, military and the powers of the Vice President. There were a few others but I don’t remember all of them. My kids watched the debate and were much more impressed with this one then the Democratic debate in September. We will have to see…….
The Iowa Caucus is in 34 days. There are a few other states that will be having their caucus prior to the big Tuesday in Feb. when the other states will vote. Iowa is an important state to win.
I’m sure if you are a news junkie, you all ready heard a rehashing of the last nights debate. I didn’t go into too many of the responses. If you missed the Democratic debate and didn’t watch last nights (Republican) you really missed out on some good laughs.
Who do I like as a candidate? To be honest with you I am not sure yet. I have some more researching to do……if I had to say right now….it would probably be a toss up between Huckabee and Thompson. I am still undecided.
On another news front…. If you take a stand on vaccines don’t enroll your children in Prince Georges County Maryland. Vaccinations
I have friends who don’t vaccinate. I may not agree with them totally on this subject but I do support their right to do so as a parent. PG Maryland was loosing out on too much money so they had to come up with another way to force these kids back in school.