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CNN’s GOP Debate

One of the worst jobs of moderating a debate I’ve ever seen (heard). John King was so concerned that a candidate might go over 30 seconds that for most of the answer you could hear him grunting, egh, re, ri, righ, ugh, ooh, all, um, allr, righ, allrigh, o, ok, oh, allri… ad nauseam. A great example of why maybe handheld mics are better for moderators.

It was very distracting, horribly so. I much prefer the green, yellow and red lights.
I’m not saying a candidate should be able to bloviate but many times the grunting started after the first sentence and continued..

In their attempt to be trendy questions were taken from Facebook, and the web as well as the audience. Too many questions! …furthermore most were directed so each candidate didn’t get to respond.

During each answer the candidate was rushed so they could get to the next “voters question”. I just wish these guys would figure out “it’s the answers that are important”. If the media truly cared to inform the public I would suggest having a few issues per debate and let the candidates truly debate. Unfortunately this will not happen because the networks want to show-off.

The only problem with that approach is so many of these problems overlap, so maybe a debate strictly on governing philosophy and how they arrived at those decisions with examples would be a good start for the debating season.

OK, enough ranting and on to the debate.
Basically they all did a good job but only two stand out to me.

Pawlenty continues to look weak.
Romney continues to look slick. Perhaps too pragmatic, doesn’t display the core convictions that I would like to see in a President.
Santorum continues to look like a good senator.
Cain continues to state basic common sense. Refreshing and I know he has swam with the sharks in the private sector but he’s in a new fish-bowl now.
Paul remains a libritarian who makes more sense the more we hear.

Newt Gingrich – I thought he pulled himself out of the negative news he’s been getting the last couple of weeks. The media wants a “sound-byte” not an answer. A headline, not a solution. If you don’t intimately know Newt than you owe it to yourself to listen to at least one of his speechs in it’s entirity on C-SPAN or a location near you if possible.
The great thing about Newt is he speaks with such great knowledge. Either he was there or he’s spent years studying the issue. He is, without doubt the best man for the job. The media has done a pretty good job of marginalizing him and, as such, many Republicans may not think he’s electable but I promise, a debate between Gingrich and Obama would be historic.
A debate between a true American statesman and a man who is and wants to “fundementally transform” this great country would be starkly contrasted and I don’t see how Newt could lose.

Michele Bachmann – Has consistenly demonstated clear American principals and values and did so again with authority, especially considering her position in congress.

So I’m liking Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachmann.

BUT, any person on that stage would make a huge positive difference compared to Obama and his philosophy.

If Newt was given the chance to spend time talking to the American people nationally at length they would be blown away. He has given his life to the study of America and it’s system of governance. And was extremely successful as Speaker of The House despite a Democrat President.

He has been a history professor who has continued to write books and create documentaries to illuminate American History.
He has been a statesman who has proven he can navigate the political waters while remaining true to his conservative principles based on the Constitution and the founders intent.
He has worked within the private sector, more recently and dramatically with his involvement and creation of “American Solutions”.

If you’ve ever seen Newt on C-SPAN testifying in front of a congressional committee then you’ve seen a teacher speaking to his class. It’s pretty amazing really.

Michele Bachmann is such a clear person. She has a fundamental grasp of the Constitution and the founders intent. She is a highly intelligent woman who gets “America” and the free enterprise system. She is strongly principled and sticks to her guns. Talks the talk and walks the walk.

So a Gingrich/Bachmann ticket would be my first choice with my second choice being Bachmann/Gingrich.

The First GOP Presidential Debate

Newt Gingrich
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Even though he has admitted it was a mistake and has since apologized, the fact that Tim Pawlenty once advocated a “green economy” and entertained “cap and trade” speaks volumes to me about his knowledge base and common sense. He will not be getting my vote.

The two candidates that I thought were the most impressive were Herman Cain and Rick Santorum, although I do appreciate much of what Ron Paul says.

The focus group monitored throughout the debate and interviewed afterward seemed to be most impressed with Herman Cain. I have always liked Cain. I believe Americans are looking for a problem solver who will lead and do so with a clear well stated objective with practical, understandable solutions that pass the muster of common sense. This is the reason I believe Herman Cain as well as Donald Trump‘s messages have resonated so well. They approach America’s problems as a businessman, a problem solver, and both these men have been very successful businessmen.

That brings me to who I would, at this time, feel good voting for, Newt Gingrich. A great statesman with a proven successful track record. A proven leader who has demonstrated he can negotiate D.C. and win. An American Historian who has taught and understands American history and the founding and working of this country.
With American Solutions, Gingrich has brought together thousands of businessmen, engineers, medical professionals, government workers, elected officials and more to come together to solve problems with, what else, American solutions. He takes a very business, no-nonsense approach to problems. He is a problem solver like Cain and Trump but the working, the business of America has been the focus of his life’s work.

So at this point, if he chooses to run, for the reasons above, I feel compelled to lean toward Newt Gingrich… but I’m still open and would hope if not Newt someone who would utilize him as some sort of advisor.