The first GOP debate aired on a national broadcast network took place Saturday evening from Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Eight Republican candidates participated in the debate sponsored by CBS News, The National Journal and the South Carolina Republican Party. The topic of the debate focused primarily on foreign policy.

Original Air Time: Saturday, November 12, 2011 on CBS

Participants: Bachmann, Cain, Gingrich, Huntsman, Paul, Perry, Romney, Santorum

Here is the entire 80 minute debate video including the last 30 minute portion not aired on television by CBS:

Report from the LA Times:

The Republican presidential rivals took on national security policy Saturday night in a South Carolina debate that saw the field splinter over how candidates would deal with Pakistan, foreign aid and waterboarding, but largely united in their view that President Obama has weakened the nation’s standing in the world.

The topic has received scant attention in a campaign in which the dominant focus has been on the nation’s sputtering economy, and it is an area of weakness for several on stage for the latest debate. At times some candidates–notably businessman Herman Cain–glided over specifics. Cain repeatedly told questioners that if elected president he would quiz his advisors about the best course.

The sharpest divide came over whether waterboarding equated to torture, with Texas Rep. Ron Paul and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. arguing that it clearly is–and is beneath the United States.

“This country has values. We have a name brand in the world,” Huntsman said. “We diminish our standing in the world and the values we project, including liberty, democracy and human rights and open markets, when we torture.”

Several others, including Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, disagreed, arguing that waterboarding, which both President Obama and GOP presidential nominee John McCain opposed in 2008, was an effective means of obtaining information from the nation’s enemies.

But Texas Gov. Rick Perry launched the most forceful defense of waterboarding, saying that all means possible should be used to extract information from those who would aim to hurt U.S. service personnel.

Overall I though the discussion and questions were substantive. The only major drawback was CBS’ decision to air only the first 60 minutes on television for East coast viewers. Furthermore, the 60 minute length meant several candidates including Santorum, Paul, Bachmann and Huntsman were not given much face time.

141 COMMENTS

    • The ideology of globalism and how it underlies certain government policies. Managed trade agreements, international military adventurism, and amnesty for illegal immigrants all emanate from this ideology.

      Yet globalism has a consequence that is, if we are to believe the rhetoric of its greatest proponents, entirely unintended. Globalists often label those of us who resist their schemes as “isolationist.” Yet it is, somewhat remarkably, the globalists themselves who promote policies that isolate our nation from the rest of the world.

      In terms of modern politics, isolationism is not so much an approach to American foreign policy as it is the result of the policies enacted by proponents of globalism. From offensive statements about “Old Europe” (as differentiated from “New Europe”), necessitated by the desire to justify a military presence in Iraq, to conflicts at the WTO, the flowery rhetoric of the neo-conservatives often takes vicious turns when unrealistic policies meet with reality.

      In their hopes to remake the world in their image, the globalist elite who run much of America’s policy-making apparatus simply further isolate our country from the rest of the world. By claiming a moral superiority that is so evidently absent when the effects of their policies are witnessed, neo-conservatives have made America seem hypocritical to many abroad. Lew Rockwell

        • For those of you unfurtunate enough to view the video link provided by this posting…BEWARE!

          The gentleman interviewed in this clip made mention of a war between religions. Let us all bewrare of wars waged from one faction to another on the basis of idealogy.

          There are many cultures, many countries, many ways of life, and many ways of thinking. If we are going to promote policies that effect our way of life, considering the very reality that American Exceptionalism is not perminent, let us understand all consequences.

          Our challenges today are not those based on differences in idealogy. Rather, they are based on survival and prosperity. We have to promote pocies of self governence, liberty, and mutually free and fair trade.

          PLEASE!!!! PLEASE!!!!

          Wake up America!!!! Support RON PAUL and principles of freedom and liberty in America!!!!

          • Justin Homes

            The message the CIA Chief of The Bin Laden Unit is this; he is pointing out the error and folly of our current policy in being in the Middle East as Ron Paul says, and that is my purpose for posting it here. He does not advocate for a religious war nor any war.
            I do not support war, I do not advocate for war under any current terms or reasons including preemptive or covert activities. Ron Paul’s position on this is one of my top priorities in supporting his candidacy for President. He will bring the troops home and close military bases around the world. The CIA Chief is not advocating a religious war.
            But I bet you make a few people look……

            Ron Paul2012 Peace National Sovereignty and Liberty

      • A question to Ron Paul supporters. Who is your #2 choice??

        I haven’t seen a more loyal group and you can’t help but love the guy and most of what he says makes perfect since but…. The world is a dangerous place. Even more so since Obama completely destroyed the few friendships we have all over the world. Our enemies have thoroughly enjoyed watching him putz around the world kissing their rings among other things.

        I wish we lived in a world where it would be safe to elect Ron Paul but I don’t think he could morally make the decisions necessary to keep us safe. He needs to be in office where he would do the most good, not this one.

        • This isn’t about who can beat Obama, this about restoring Government to its rightful role: meaning having limited Government. i.e. we the people are in charge not Federal Government or state or local authorities, we are in charge of them and they serve us and they the authorities don’t do anything that we have not been passed by us!!
          This is why RON PAUL SUPPORTERS ARE SO LOYAL TO HIM. While voting for someones else is voting more of what we got and getting more bad stuff. We need this idea of revolution to happen again!!
          Now Ron Paul didn’t say he would reduce money on Defense that amounts stays the same but spending more money on places that they have a religious war which will not end until Christ comes again, why should we be there, they are capable protecting themselves, they just need to desire it, and if they don’t desire enough they won’t be able to keep it anyways. So in other words there will be a Perpetual Bloodshed.

          Ron Paul 2012
          Chris (WA)

        • Marty A.

          There are no second choice’s for me.

          I have no doubt’s in Ron Paul’s capability or resolve in taking direct decisive action defending America if needed. His “moral” view would demand it. He takes the constitution seriously and often states that the duty of the President is to protect our national security.

          “…you go to the Congress and find out if our national security is threatened… [then] you get a declaration of war and you fight it and you win it and get it over with”.-Ron Paul

          Gary Johnson is the only other candidate I know of having the same ideology and although his poll numbers are in the range of Santorum and Huntsman he has only been invited to two debates that I know of.

          Ron Paul 2012

        • Not a republican (or a democrat, but more democrat then republican i guess), but honestly Ron Paul is the only candidate i can see winning against obama, since so many democrats would vote for him OVER obama.

        • There is no second choice for me. As an American, I would give my life to get a man like Paul into office. I arrived at my view of government by simply reading the constitution and the federalist papers. I have never until now seen a presidential candidate that is even remotely close to the intent of the founding fathers. Nobody would be more strong on our defense in a necessary war. The world would become become more safe for Americans when we stop trying to control it. Paul would have won WWII even more handily but never would have went to Korea, Viet Nam, or Iraq. None of the antics that made the Muslim world hate us. Israel would be MUCH stronger today with a strong trade relationship (including military sales) but none of the intervention that goes against their national interest. Even though 911 would never have happened if the constitution had been followed in the past century, the fact is that it did happen. Paul would have not gotten distracted from the main goal and would have found and killed Bin Laden a decade ago. We would have strong trade adn a very secure and prosperous country under a constitutional government such as a Paul Administration. Though I really like some of the things that some of the other candidates have to say at times, at their core they are not grounded in the right ideology.

        • i am impressed by Ron Paul (I am not a republican) but he seems to uphold the American Values….the rest are all sellouts

      • The media jumped on the drama-llama and is trying to turn the debates into a reality tv show.

        Ron Paul needs to get moraggressiveve in the debates in order to put the media in their place.

        Best thing we can do to support Ron Paul is to get your friends and family to the primaries and vote for him.

    • Cain, Gingrich, Huntsman and Paul have all been pretty good about remaining professional throughout the debates. They really need to get rid of the childish rubbish that Santorum, Bachmann, Perry and Romney all have displayed throughout the debates. I don’t know how anyone could vote for one of them to be our commander and chief after seeing how they act in a public debate, just imagine what they will do behind closed doors.

    • http://www.ronpaul2012.com/2011/10/18/ron-paul-campaign-tops-others-in-q3-active-military-donations/

      Ron Paul Campaign Tops Others in Q3 Active-Military Donations

      Outraises all other Republican candidates combined, outraises Obama

      LAKE JACKSON, Texas – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign raised more campaign donations from active military than all other presidential candidates—Republican or Democrat—including having raised more funds from this segment than all other GOP competitors combined, and more than incumbent President Barack Obama.

      Dr. Paul, an Air Force veteran, raised more than $75,000 from active military in the third quarter. This comes after Dr. Paul out-raised all GOP candidates – including all GOPers combined, and President Obama singularly – in the second quarter of this year. Dr. Paul also outraised his GOP competitors in a head-to-head comparison during his 2008 run for the presidency.

      This determination was arrived at using an independent campaign analysis of FEC filing data focusing on contributors who listed their occupation and employer when contributing.

      “Ron Paul is the only candidate with a plan to end the growing number of unconstitutional undeclared wars, having an unclear connection to U.S. national security, end costly overseas nation-building that pays no friendship dividends, and stop subsidizing global security. Instead Dr. Paul will bring our troops home, secure our borders and lead the nation in practicing a traditional Republican non-interventionist foreign policy,” said Ron Paul 2012 Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton.

      “Let me also submit that Dr. Paul out-raising all candidates in military donations demonstrates that his ‘Plan to Restore America’ might sit well among voters who are active-military or veterans,” continued Mr. Benton.

    • Ron Paul won the Foreign Policy Debate and anyone who didn’t notice is a fool!

      This was a test folks, and all the candidates with the exception of Ron Paul, missed the only relevant and important fact making any other answer a preposterous joke.
      Congress must first declare war. Simple. Therefore all answers not first established within that framework are moot… and dangerous or treasonous at worst.

      In the 89 seconds allotted to him, Ron Paul correctly answered every question regarding Foreign Policy when he stated “…you go to the Congress and find out if our national security is threatened… [then] you get a declaration of war and you fight it and you win it and get it over with”.

      This went right over the top of the other candidates heads and most of the viewers and commentors on this site. Some people should feel pretty foolish and ashamed about now….

      but don’t give up it’s not too late!

      We just can’t allow this subversion to go on unnoticed and without accountability any longer. The Constitution is our only protection and it must be upheld or we deserve what we are getting.
      We must demand and require that the President and Congress follow Constitutional law and insist that Presidential candidates uphold it’s policies when offering solutions.

      Yes, Ron Paul won the foreign policy debate!
      Ron Paul 2012

  1. What a butch of xxxxx CBS is for not airing the entire debate on TV this evening on all CBS channels everywhere.. In Missouri it got cut off at the 60 min part and we did not get to see the remaining 20 min of the 80 min debate. CBS just like NBC is mess and by-ass towards Democrats and most likely is why they did not give the Republicans equal time. They should be restricted from holding any future debates of any kind.!

    • Yes, cutting short the coverage does appear reckless. However, rather than being controlled by lefties, I suggest it was a financial decision. The power of the dollar over importance.

  2. I’m a Gingrich supporter, and I believe some of the Ron Paul supporters on the other thread were correct. He was barely asked anything for a large portion of the debate. Personally, I wish they’d ignore the polls and just divide the 90 minutes by 8, give them all equal time.

    • I am a Ron Paul supporter, but I completely agree about all the candidates needing equal time. One of the things from previous debates that has been really getting on my nerves is that some of the people are trying to get the little argument between Romney and Perry back again, and that irritates me because it takes away time from the other candidates. How are we supposed to make a well-informed decision if we don’t hear the candidates equally? But I don’t like how Ron Paul was treated in this debate either. Something needs to change in the debates.

      • The time allotted to the debate, and to each individual candidate, is a ratings-based business decision to maximize viewership and advertising gain. Free market, OK? What? Do Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann supporters want to bring back the Fairness Doctrine? You make your bed, you lie in it.

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    3. We must see that Obama is unemployed on 6 NOV 2012.
    That can, will & must happen when we elect any of these fine candidates.
    My favorite is the 999 Man Herman Cain. http://www.999meansJOBs.com
    Just a few thoughts;

    Newt Gingrich is also great. Maybe the right pair is Cain / Gingrich.
    Jon Huntsman must be part of the cabinet or maybe secretary of state.
    Ron Paul could be our next surgeon general.
    Mitt Romney could be secretary of the treasury.

    4. Just a note. The moderators of this debate were the most egotistical, arrogate, and unprofessional of any debate I have seen, in my humble opinion. The debate is about the candidates not the moderator.

  4. This debate was superior to all other debates. EAch candidate was excellent on their comments. Each candidate has improved as the dabates have progressed. It would be difficult for me to choose which I will vote for as all the answers were great and agreeable with my opinions on all issues presented here tonite. The dabate this evening was great and very helpful in seeing each candidate in his element and expressing his knowledge and opinions on the issues. Thanks for bringing to the internet for those of us that did not catch it on TV..

    • I agree this was a better debate than some in the past. What’s different? The group, as a whole, finally understands that they need to focus on defeating Obama, not beating up on each other. I personally found some of the early debates to be childish with petty and degrading remarks aimed at one another. Finally, they are talking about important issues rather than making an opponent look small.

  5. Thoughts about the debate after watching through:

    1. I thoroughly enjoyed the debates but always felt left cut short.
    2. By cut short, look how it ends, Gov. Perry is finishing his sentence and boom sorry we got to go….by the way did I ask you 3-4 questions in 1 while letting you have 30 seconds….up wait, let’s make it NO you can’t answer that…..good job, ok let’s move on.
    3. It was a travesty that you brought up some serious questions and only asked 2 of the people (maybe 3 if they really urged) to respond. Hence why, most of them would go back to the other question during your oblique question and then they had 10 seconds left.
    4. We need debates!!!!! I mean, real ones where you actually let the Candidates all respond to the same question and let them speak….if they get long winded (and yes most of them are passionate) then moderate, not this, hey we’ll cut you off half way through your answer because we have no time.
    5. Now I’ll get of my soap box and say this. How about ask 4-8 key (serious) questions to all candidates and then let them all answer and acutally debate back and forth with each other.

    Just Sayin’

    Scotty

    • I like Ron Paul. However, he and his supporters come off as “creepy”. I live in Utah and we all like republicans for sure. But the culture surrounding the Ron Paul campaign is not mainstream. I don’t know how this has happened. I beleive he is an honest, intelligent man. However, the fact remains that his campaign is not working. I know you have heard this all before, I just want you to know that I like Ron Paul, but unless something changes in his campaign, he is not a contender.

      • What you just said makes no sense. I like Ron Paul, but I hate the other Ron Paul supporters, so I will vote for someone else. I’m sorry, but if every candidate had people who thought like that, no one would vote for anybody.

        • These responses reflect everything that is wrong with the voting public of the U.S. You say you like Ron Paul, but won’t vote for him because you FEEL he and his supporters are creepy.
          FACT: Ron Paul has never ‘flip flopped’ over the issues. He said exactly the same thing in 2007/2008.

          Has anyone noticed that all the candidates have similar policies to Ron Paul?
          Also, as stated by others, there is a clear media bias against Ron Paul. They are shutting him down by not asking him any questions.

      • Shane and Alex,

        Please tell us who the creepy kooks are.

        Ron Paul supporters include:
        Independents
        Republicans
        Blue Democrats
        Libertarians
        Veterans
        Military Families
        Doctors
        Teachers
        Farmers
        Hospitality Workers
        Accountants
        Skaters
        IT Professionals
        Attorney’s
        Seniors
        Gun Owners
        Ranchers
        Taxpayers
        Truckers
        Gamers
        Bloggers
        Bikers
        Economists
        Homeschoolers
        Business Leaders
        Pro-Lifers
        Small Business Owners
        Hispanics
        Greek-Americans
        Jews
        Evangelicals
        Catholics
        Protestants

      • Very intriguing comment.

        “I live in Utah and we all like Republicans for sure.”

        “But the culture surrounding the Ron Paul campaign is not mainstream.”

        Although you judge him honest and intelligent you conclude “something” which you cannot identify has made him appear to “not contend”.

        Ever hear of the “Ash experiment”?

        It’s a psychology test that exposes conformity tendency among humans. People conform. CBS knows it. CBS does it. To you.

    • How could Ron Paul be the best? He was only asked 6 questions in the 80 or so minutes. Ron Paul loves this country, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t think he can lead the United States where it needs to go..

      • B. Hill

        You are capable of answering your own question. You must seek out knowledge, go deeper, invest time to question and research what you see and hear.

        In the 89 seconds Ron Paul was permitted to speak he stated the only fact that is relevant to every question asked of the other candidates and this alone exposes the the disqualification of any presidential candidate who fails to use this premise as the foundation for their answer:

        THE CONSTITUTION, AS THE LAW THAT GOVERNS GOVERNMENT, SHOULD INSTRUCT OUR FOREIGN POLICY.

        Ron Paul
        “…you go to the Congress and find out if our national security is threatened… [then] you get a declaration of war and you fight it and you win it and get it over with”.

        “Saturday’s CBS/National Journal Republican presidential debate on foreign policy once again showed the limits, OR BLATANT DISREGARD the ESTABLISHMENT media AND ALL THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES, EXCEPT RON PAUL, grasp of the principles and how THE CONSTITUTION, as THE LAW THAT GOVERNS GOVERNMENT, should INSTRUCT our FOREIGN POLICY.

        During the entire event,

        THE QUESTIONS SEEMED TO ASSUME THAT THE PRESIDENT IS UNCONSTRAINED
        in his or her ability to act in matters of national security — and that the role of Commander-in-Chief is tantamount to being a military dictator.
        AND THAT THE ROLE AS COMMANDER IN CHIEF IS TANTAMOUNT TO BEING A MILITARY DICTATOR.

  6. Scott Kelly is a terrible commentator – the worst so far. Best debate was November 9th with CNBC – no bells, very little interruptions, and it flowed. Easy to see how any one of them could forget something the way Kelly so rudely kept interrupting them.

    p.s. He sure didn’t give Michelle Bachman much time – they should ALL get equal time as long as they’re in the running

    • Did you notice early in the debates, when Scott Kelly gave Rick Perry 30 seconds to answer a question, then cut him off at about 11 seconds, saying Perry’s time was up? Perry argued with Scott for a few seconds, then Scott apologised, giving Rick his time.

      At the end of the debate, Scott Perry asked Rick Perry a question and while Perry was speaking, Scott cut him off saying that they were out of time and the debate was over.

      Scott had to get even with Perry for showing him up at the beginning of the debate. Scott is a sorry person.. a real true progessive Democatic loser.

  7. This was the worst debate of the insufferable series of them. Scott Peley as host was a boor. His demeanor was grating, as he interrupted replies with his phony seriousness voice.

    Neither Peley nor Garrett controlled the debate by directing the candidates to address the issues immediately. I am sick and tired of the precursors of “thank yous” and ‘introductions of superfluous material’ before an answer. For example, I do not need to know for the 10,000th time from Rick Santorum that he was a Senator from Pennsylvania when he responds. Herman Cain must stop repeating the question every time he responds, which implies that Cain cannot think on his feet. John Huntsman must stop telling everyone his past history as if he is applying for an office job.

    Regarding the candidates, Romney did well, but Newt Gingrich shined. Gingrich could answer the questions with logic and strong positions. On the other hand, Michelle Bachman, Rick Santorum, Herman Cain, and John Huntsman appear out of their depth and or weak. I regret to say that about Herman Cain, but he looks as if he has no idea about the issues. Rick Perry also sounded uncomfortable as he has sounded in the other debates. He just does not have the depth either. Ron Paul is delusional about foreign policy, which could endanger the USA because he would need to speak with a Constitutional lawyer every time he decided something. His asininity revealed itself when he stated that Obama had no legal right to kill the American born cleric who was in Yemen who was a terrorist all because the terrorist still had rights as an American under the Constitution. Ron Paul is a fool and thus dangerous to the safety of the USA despite his correct stances about getting rid of the IRS and the Federal Reserve domestically. In contrast, New Gingrich countered Ron Paul’s asinine assertions by stating succinctly the legal protections that were not available to the American terrorist and that Gingrich would not hesitate to follow Obama’s lead in that particular matter.

    The only issue that the candidates are wrong and Obama is 100% correct is Obama’s decision to withdraw 100% of US Military forces from Iraq and to get out of Afghanistan in 2012. If the Iraqis and the Afghanis cannot handle their respective situations after so many years, it is hopeless, which it is, as these people are hopeless dolts. Peley and or Garrett should have asked the question as to why after almost 9 years in Iraq and over 10-years in Afghanistan these people remain incapable and what would be the point of continuing?

    Again, this was the worst debate presentation. However, I feel that Newt Gingrich’s star is rising because he has command of the issues, which even Romney does not have.

    • Disagree on the Ron Paul is a fool regarding the constitutional lawyer bit. There is a reason why we involve constitutional law in everything we do. If we don’t then we are opening the door for tyrants and dictators to do as they please. have we already forgotten the war on Iraq was justified by Weapons of Mass Destruction that DID NOT EXIST! To say Ron Paul is a fool for reminding Americans that we need to focus on our own issues and stop policing the world is ridiculous. And they say Ron Paul supporters are all conspiracy theorists. To say if we don’t have a military presence in other countries that it will automatically set us up for an attack in the US is the biggest conspiracy of all.

    • MrJBond007

      You say:
      “Regarding the candidates, Romney did well, but Newt Gingrich shined. Gingrich could answer the questions with logic and strong positions. On the other hand, Michelle Bachman, Rick Santorum, Herman Cain, and John Huntsman appear out of their depth and or weak. I regret to say that about Herman Cain, but he looks as if he has no idea about the issues. Rick Perry also sounded uncomfortable as he has sounded in the other debates. He just does not have the depth either.”

      EACH OF THE CANDIDATES Romney, Gingrich, Bachman, Santorum, Cain and Perry DID WELL AT WHAT?

      They told us how they would manage the retaliation (blowback) coming from the aggressive predatory policy consisting of empire building, military coos, forced occupation and covert activities in order to do what? Control another country’s natural resources and protect corporate and military-industrial complex profiteering, WHICH IS WRONG!

      My America needs to live up to it’s legacy by rebuilding and strengthening itself as a just, free and Sovereign Nation that leads because of it’s greatness. Leader of the free world! Not the evil empire. America and it’s people are not tools to be used for aggression, manipulation, theft, coercion, covert activities and force! America is on the wrong road and America is doing the very things we profess to stand against!!

      You said,
      “The only issue that the candidates are wrong and Obama is 100% correct is Obama’s decision to withdraw 100% of US Military forces from Iraq and to get out of Afghanistan in 2012. If the Iraqis and the Afghanis cannot handle their respective situations after so many years, it is hopeless, which it is, as these people are hopeless dolts”

      IT IS AND HAS BEEN RON PAUL’S POSITION TO WITHDRAW THE TROOPS IMMEDIATELY!

      Give me a President who has the vision to see through and beyond the BS and manipulation for false ideals, who is willing to take an unpopular stand in order to lead and rebuild America to the great free republic that we are meant to be! A country so admirable and strong, free and prosperous that other countries seek to emulate us!

      I support Ron Paul’s view on foreign policy!
      RON PAUL 2012 National Sovereignty, Liberty, Non-Intervention

    • Nice use of “asininity”, Mr. Bond.

      Actually, Dr. Paul voted in Congress to apprehend & kill if necessary Osama bin Laden. Did you miss that? He stated it in his 90 seconds of air time. In his very limited time he also clearly distinguished the legality of that action from the illegal assassination by executive order of Al-awlaki and the 16 year old son of Al-awlaki.

      But I fear it is the illegality that escapes you. If Obama orders James Bond to kill people, and James follows that order, it is murder. Just like Charles Manson did.

      In Nuremberg Germany, a lot of Bond wannabees thought they had a “license to kill. Japanese war criminals thought it too. They were hung by a tribunal of USA military judges. By the neck. Until dead.

      ANYONE sworn to uphold the Constitution should know what that means. We protect the USA Constitution AGAINST MANSONS or BONDS without distinction.

      It is what we do.

    • You’re response tells me more about you than any of the candidates. Huntsman has no shot and needs to stop taking up time and space at these debates.

      • Your reply tells me more about you than….

        The inclusion of candidates SHOULD not involve odds. Especially YOUR odds. Diversity and equally entitled candidacy ENHANCE the debate and are crucial in providing truly democratic elections.

        The odds are, close minded people hate diverse opinion which challenges bias they hold. Why not go back to your war cult ticket and ignore that which shakes your cozy dogma?

        Torture/ War Crime 2012

  8. I would like to point out that debates are very important for any election. A debate will give the American people an educated choice to vote for in the Presidential election.
    Having said that I would have to give CBS a D- last night for the way the debate was conducted.
    Gingrich and Romney were given 8 times to respond, Perry and Cain 7, Bachmann 6, Santorum, Paul & Huntsman 5. The last three candidates were given 5 times to respond, many of those were 30-second responses. CBS, do you think this is fair to the American people to make a good judgment on whom to vote for? From a 90 debate Paul and Huntsman were given 3 1/2 minutes to respond. Your viewers are the voters so why are the voters not given the education to make the choice of the candidate? CBS, you are doing a very poor job of educating the American people. “WE ARE THE PEOPLE” who should run this country NOT THE PRESS.
    Barbara

    • I would like to point out that debates are very important for any election. A debate will give the American people an educated choice to vote for in the Presidential election.
      Having said that I would have to give CBS a D- last night for the way the debate was conducted.
      Gingrich and Romney were given 8 times to respond, Perry and Cain 7, Bachmann 6, Santorum, Paul & Huntsman 5. The last three candidates were given 5 times to respond, many of those were 30-second responses. CBS, do you think this is fair to the American people to make a good judgment on whom to vote for? From a 90 minute debate Paul and Huntsman were given 3 1/2 minutes to respond. Your viewers are the voters so why are the voters not given the education to make the choice of the candidate? CBS, you are doing a very poor job of educating the American people. “WE ARE THE PEOPLE” who should run this country NOT THE PRESS.
      Barbara

      • WOW Barbara, Do you think the Press would ever consider what you thought? I doubt it, but I agree with you. WE ARE THE PEOPLE who should run this country NOT THE PRESS.

        Hopefully, the next president of the United States will not give the Lamestream media any prestige. Run them into non-existance would be my vote

  9. Scott Pelly is a mass of seething hostility. His faux politeness is a thin veneer over his condescension. Take a look at the expression on his face when he thinks he’s pulled a “gothcha,” on Gingrich over the rule of law regarding enemy combatants. Gingrich then takes him apart on the issue. The format is also hostile to the candidate’s messages. Rather than have a light come on when time is up, Pelly interrupts and talks over the candidates just as they are making their point. As my grandmother used to say, the man is a horse’s ass.

    • Agree! Scott Pelly reminds me of some of the arrogant professors I had at university who become insulated within their own world view. Newt’s practical experience and knowledge shattered his point.

  10. Yeah they need to give equal time for all candidates. It is not fair otherwise. We aren’t in
    a third world country. Who ever set up these debates needs to be fired for lack of common sense. I would do a better job.

  11. I agree with Chris. I like Gingrich and also Michelle but it seems that they are not receiving their fair share of time. 90 x 8… not quite 999, but sounds good to me!

  12. I AM MITT ROMNEY SUPPORTER AND MITT IS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN BEAT OBAMA NEXT YEAR. ALL THE POLLS SHOW THAT IF YOU WANT 4 MORE YEARS OF OBAMA THEN GO AHEAD AND SUPPORT OTHER PEOPLE.

    • He talks about the real issues and speaks the truth and supports the constitution. Something you should do if you are truly an American with vested interest in the contry’s success.

    • Good question Mike?

      It’s good because it exposes YOUR perception that Dr. Paul is somehow not relevant.

      After all, he is in Congress as CHAIRMAN of the committee on Domestic Monetary Policy. He led the fight to audit the Federal Reserve “cartel” which exposed the secret issue of $16 TRILLION to foreign banks. That’s the equivalent of the entire USA debt, Mike.

      But why is Dr. Paul “relevant”?

      This debate focused on foreign policy Mike. Dr. Paul’s foreign policy is OPPOSITE every other candidate regarding what constitutes WAR CRIME. You know, the stuff NAZIs were executed for.

      So really Mike, a better question is, How in the world are you so ignorant?

    • Mike

      “PONDER WHAT CONGRESSMAN RON PAUL SAID DURING THE DEBATE,

      ‘…you go to the Congress and find out if our national security is threatened… [then] you get a declaration of war and you fight it and you win it and get it over with.

      “Saturday’s CBS/National Journal Republican presidential debate on foreign policy once again showed the limits, OR BLATANT DISREGARD the ESTABLISHMENT media AND ALL THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES, EXCEPT RON PAUL, grasp of the principles and how THE CONSTITUTION, as THE LAW THAT GOVERNS GOVERNMENT, should INSTRUCT our FOREIGN POLICY. During the entire event, THE QUESTIONS SEEMED TO ASSUME THAT THE PRESIDENT IS UNCONSTRAINED in his or her ability to act in matters of national security — and that the role of Commander-in-Chief is tantamount to being a military dictator. AND THAT THE ROLE AS COMMANDER IN CHIEF IS TANTAMOUNT TO BEING A MILITARY DICTATOR.

      Unfortunately, with the exception of Congressman Ron Paul,

      UNFORTUNATELY, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF CONGRESSMAN RON PAUL the Republican candidates for President generally joined this shallow analysis and skipped-over the Constitution in their answers…

      Those who object to re-establishing the Constitutional role of Congress in matters of national security because it makes national security too public and too complicated might ponder what Congressman Ron Paul said during Saturday’s debate,

      ‘…you go to the Congress and find out if our national security is threatened… [then] you get a declaration of war and you fight it and you win it and get it over with.’

      Viguerie concluded: “That sounds a whole lot less complicated, and a whole lot more in line with what the Founders had in mind for how to conduct our foreign relations, than what is going on in national security policy right now.”

      RON PAUL 2012

  13. I wish that Ron Paul would have at least gotten 1 or 2 more questions on Foreign policy. That would’ve been just enough for the audience and other viewers to get his take on. Whats worse is that the time was given instead to Cain or Romney who are just blowing hot air, frankly. It would’ve been a nive variation of opinions in that way. On the other hand Bachmann would’ve just been vying for an interjection every single time.

  14. ron paul’s “turn a blind eye” foreign policy would lead to nuclear war. his idea of giving a civilian trial to terrorists it absurd.

    • This is funny. So you mean to tell me if we “turn a blind eye” we will be attacked and its that simple? Really? And they say the Ron Paul supporters are paranoid conspiracy theorists. you are summing up a man’s foreign policy plan in such a way that doesn’t nearly explain how or why?

      Ron Paul is being avoided like the plague because he is the only one who isn’t under the corporate thumb. Mr. Cain was a chairmen of the Federal Reserve so as far as I am concerned he is a conflict of interest. Anyone with a known affiliation to the Bilderberg Group needs to be excluded from running from office as well so, that gets rid of almost half of the candidates.

      Ron Paul is for the people and their rights. If you want a police state with a rapidly diminishing economy vote Romney, Cain or Perry. If you want “True” Liberty and a better economy, vote for Ron Paul 2012. End The Fed!

    • Mike

      Ron Paul clearly sees that the aggressor is US being used as the tool on the behalf of globalized corporation and military industrial complex profiteering, who are using our young people as the pawns. The other candidates offer to manage the retaliation,
      Ron Paul offers the solution.

    • Your description of Dr. Paul’s foreign policy as “turn a blind eye” is just a lie. Why would you leave such a comment? Is your brain that fried?

      What nation would attack the USA? The holders of the largest arsenals of weaponry spread across 70 other nations that support it.

      It is almost refreshing to read a comment so short and stupid.

  15. Always “up against the clock” or “out of time”.
    Overtime in the sports games is often utilized.
    We can sit through extra innings of baseball…
    Isn’t this just as important?

  16. CBS should not host any future debates. The debate was cut short, and on top of that, the moderators cut the candidates off mid-way through their responses. I understand there are rules to the debate, but I wanted to hear the rest of the candiates thoughts! It was almost pointless to not let them finish there point, due to the 30 second rebuttal rule that could have easily been ignored. I was very disappointed. I hope CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, or any other cable news channel hosts a foreign policy debate. This debate needs a redo.

  17. is there a fast forward? I suffered through the first 60 minutes when it was “live”; I sure don’t want to see it again. When I try to move the counter, it starts over — don’t need that either.

    Also have no need to to see obama lite (AKA, Gov flip-flop Romney). If he gets the nomination, Obama wins again. Geez, the “establishment” GOP (Rove, et al) are so anxious to cling to power they will sacrifice the future of our country.

  18. Where’s the fairness?
    There was such a blatant bias against giving Ron Paul equal time that I’m totally disgusted with both CBS and the moderators. This is the very definition of “yellow journalism” and it was done by (cough, cough) “professional” journalists?

    As to the content, I guess we need to prepare for more years of war, more emergency state powers, less freedom and the complete devaluation of the US dollar. We can afford neither more enemies nor more war. Check the bank account gentlemen, we’re broke. Forget the EMPIRE and worry about the folks at home for change. There’s a reason the USSR no longer exists… it went bankrupt.

  19. CBS Nov 12 poll results –
    Olivepolitics(com) created the realtime one-person, one-vote system used by CBS Nov 12 which received over 100,000 votes before crashing due to legitimate server overload.  
    The results as of 97,529 votes were Paul 28%, Perry 19%, Huntsman 13%, Gingrich 13%, Cain 13%, Romney 8%, Bachmann 3%, and Santorum 2%.
    While previous network polls have relied on as little as 54 votes the CBS Nov 12 poll results may represent truly significant participation.

  20. I would like to feel differently, but each time I watch and listen to Herman Cain I am convinced he is nothing more than a novelty in terms of a candidate for President.

    His answers are elementary and vague but it’s the simplicity, directness and conviction with which he delivers them that have the public wooed, not the quality of the comments themselves.

    And for God’s sake, how can a person wif his past accomplishments not speak English correctly?? ;~)

    • I agree these debates are so bias it ain’t funny. I’d rather just listen to the most intelligent two up there, Gingrich and Paul. But in all fairness, every single candidate up there should get the same amount of time and questions. These debates are bias and ridiculous. For most of america who doesn’t do research and sees the popular Romney, Cain and Perry it is so unfair to the other candidates and our country. I do have to admit I favorite Paul for his constitution knowledge. Cain just lack’s the experience to run our country and it shows in his foreign policy views and his no deduction tax plan 999 will hurt those individuals who do not save and those with large families. He just recently had to change his 999 plan for the lower income due to scrutiny. Perry just wants to dig up dirt and corner another candidate in a corner just to win, he doesn’t really care about the american people. Unfortunately for him, he also opens mouth and inserts a big foot. I like the fact that Paul would have looked into giving the American people money to boost the economy rather than the Banks and corporate. After bonuses and back in someone good standings the banks can choose to be picky about who gets a loan 🙁 just sitting on the money now our we? Absolute nonsense! Just like the Bush stimulus package, we would have went crazy smiling away as we spent spent spent.

  21. I am sorely disappointed that there is not more advertising about when and on what channel the debates are on. A large portion of the American people don’t even know they are on TV…too sad. I am thankful for this website airing them so I can find and watch them after the fact at least. I feel that the moderators were horrible, especially Pelly’s treatment of Michelle Bachman, he was very condescending as if he was “putting the little woman in her place”, I was ashamed he was so rude. He also was rude in the way that he kept emphasizing how important the clock was, made me feel that the clock was more important than the issues. I agree with Mrjbond007 in his comments about Ron Paul. Bachmann, Santorum, and Huntsman seems to only be getting courtesy questions, the focus is on Cain, Romney, Perry, and Gingrich in that order. Seems like the press doesn’t know how to professionally deal with this many candidates. The press has already decreased the numbers of candidates for the people to choose from by simply controlling the clock, the candidate, and who can and cannot respond.

  22. Gingrich is clearly the most knowlegeable of any of these candidates. I don’t agree that all the candidates should have equal time. I think Bachmann, Santorum and Huntsman should be eliminated or given only one question. Bachmann & Santorum running for president is an act of hubrus. I mean, come on folks, what is this? Bachmann is a small time congresswoman with little political following and no management experience. Santorum is a failed senator with no management experience. Huntsman is a wealthy trust fund baby riding his daddy’s coattails and money.

    Next to go should be Perry and Paul. Perry earned his 2.0 at A&M and he’s proven that in every debate. Only reason he can stay in this is he has management experience, had done a credible job in TX and a fat wallet. Paul is like Lyndon Larouch — some crank that runs for president every 4 years just because he can. Both Perry and Paul are wasting air time.

    Cain is an american success story. Rose from nothing to become a smashing success. In my eyes he has become stronger in the way he dealt with the sexual harrassment charges of last few weeks. The guy is tougher than nail. Unfortunately, Herman probably doesn’t have the domain experience in government to win as president. His answers in these debates are very thin…. I would like to see him in a cabinet post or perhaps as VP.

    That leaves Romney & Gingrich. Both are very strongh debaters. But Newt is far superior to all. Romney is a wonderful administrator but he is also wishy washy on several issues. Romney is more telegenic than Newt. Take your pick here.

    Finally, as Newt says any of these Candidates are several step up from Obama — but so is a can of orange juice. Raw sewage is better than Obama.

    • Ron Paul has been around along time. He knew the mess we’d get into from the last debates 4 years ago. Ron Paul is so constitutional it ain’t funny. Remember “For the People, By the People”? Everyone forgets this country is based on the constitution. That is the true Republican we use to be. I am totally throwing out my bias ways this election and really listening to which candidates make the most since. So far my favorite Ron Paul and then Newt Gingrich are the smartest two. Perry may be wasting air time trying to start fights, but not Paul. Paul is one of the few that is a veteran in the military, a doctor, and he will not buy into the political pension that he entitled to, he feels its unethical. That goes to show he is truly for the people and he is all about putting the lobbyist, launders and crooked corrupt politicians back where they belong and not digging into our pockets. He appears to be the most honest candidate running for president. Beats the heck out of me why people fear him so much. Because he would change America back to a small honest united government like it use to be when we claimed our independence 200 some years ago.

    • Ever win an election for Congress or Senate? No? You cannot know how ignorant your comments are. The politicians you imply are not leaders ARE LEADING the country. It is so easy to bluff intelligence. Most ignorant comments do.

      Guilt by association is not ignorant. It appeals to the ignorant. Your sophistry betrays your ignorant comments, but that is how you try and fit in here. Do not associate Perry with Paul.

      If we remove your ignorant claims and propaganda from this comment what is left?

      Your name.

      If you remove ignorant claims and propaganda from this debate, what is left?

      Ron Paul and a CBS logo.

  23. Why is everybody so scared of Ron Paul and Liberty? Those who would give up freedom for security deserve neither .

  24. There is certainly a trend of comments indicating the blatant bias conducted in the debate…It is unacceptable and CBS should be banned from conducting the debates going forward. What scared me the most was Gov. Huntsman’s comment towards education. Deregulation of education is the most dangerous crime we can commit as a country.

    • In regards to Education, we should focus on the 7 liberal arts:
      Trivium
      -Grammar
      -Logic
      -Rhetoric
      Quadrivium
      -Mathamatics
      -Geometry
      -Music
      -Astronomy

  25. Let me see if I get this right…Ron Paul’s 3 top support groups are the US Air Force, Navy, and Army. In fact, he received more contributions from our troops than ALL the other candidates (including Obama) added together! He IS the Military’s choice for President. Also, Ron Paul is a veteran (there’s only 2 veterans on the stage). So why and how can he be given 89 seconds to talk on this Foreign Policy debate, on Veteran’s Day? Somebody pleeeeeeeease explain. And to top it off, CBS deleted their own poll after RP won by a landslide. For Americans not to see what is happening here is unbelievable. I feel like i’m living on Mars.

    • MsFreedomWatch,
      Amen! So Bias, the media controls so much.
      I hope the American people wake up and smell the coffeee. Interesting about the troops support, didn’t know that.
      Where can I get that info about the troop supporting Paul to show others?

  26. CBS did a poor job with this debate. Not interested in watching any more debates that CBS hosts. Aside from that.. I think Newt Gingrich took the debate again.

  27. I am asking anyone and everyone that reads this post to boycott United Healthcare and any other sponsors of the debate and CBS News. This is just sick and out of hand I am Ron Paul supporter and not the biggest fan of Bachman, Santorum, and Huntsman. However all 4 deserve equal time and were not given anything of the such. We all know what Congressman Paul was given. Crap in terms of time ( 90 seconds or so) How are “We The People” to make a determination on whom we wish to vote for unless we have all of the Facts. I FORGOT THE BANKERS CHOOSE AND WE JUST PICK THE CHOICE THEY GIVE US!! Please Boycott any and all sponsors of CBS news and the debate and let the Editor know why you will do it as well.
    Take Back America Now!

    • Don’t boycott, just don’t buy from them. Educated people on a particlar issue and let them make up their own mind. Stop telling people what they “should do”… it isn’t very nice!

  28. I’m glad they didn’t waste a lot time on Ron Paul. We need to hear from legitimate Republican candidates. America should support Israel!

  29. I liked H. Cain’s approach on how decisions should be made as president,what scares me is that last “9” of his “999” plan.We cannot give the federal gov. another way to tax us. I was not comfortable with Rick Santorum approach to making decisions. It sounded like he would go into the presidency with only his pre-concieved opinions and views and not be open to any others, even if they were worthy of consideration..What he should of explained are his principles,and how decisions would be guided by them. Is it just me or has Bachmann changed her hairstyle a few times? The more they let Gingrich share his ideas, the more I’m convinced he’s the most qualified to be P.O.T.U.S. For him to win, he has to get the mainstream media to like him. He needs to remember how R. Reagan personally interacted with media people, he won them over by wit & charm. Ron Paul? for President? he does seem to have fiercely loyal followers, but not enough of them. Romney? too cozy with big government.Perry?, well there’s three reasons he would make a good president. 1)He has been governor of one of the largest, freest , thriving states in the union, 2)he seems willing to take decisive action to tackle tough challenges, and 3)……… he’s real? OOOPs, can’t have that!

  30. Exactly as Romney described Pakistan, the USA IS 4 elements. The CIA, entirely separated by design but directing the USA military, the government puppets kept in the dark and hand picked for their willingness to remain puppets in the dark, and the population serving a corrupted monetary elite.

    The media is an asset of the CIA, as admitted by former heads of the CIA.

    The goal of media is to deceive. Propaganda carefully refined to tap into the fear of INTENTIONALLY MAINTAINED unknowns.

    THIS TV CARTEL was your babysitter and remains so by its sickening massage of your fragile ego. You may as well believe in Santa Claus.

    The cartel is not trying to fool you any more. This debate was an IQ test to determine if the USA is fully conditioned. Ms. Palin demonstrated the level of domestication achieved by the puppet masters 4 years ago.

    The cartel seeks your voluntary submission so that they can save on cheese.

  31. WATERBOARDING IS TORTURE!! – The head is tilted back and water is poured into the upturned mouth or nose. Eventually the subject cannot exhale more air or cough out more water, the lungs are collapsed, and the sinuses and trachea are filled with water. The subject is drowned from the inside, filling with water from the head down. The chest and lungs are kept higher than the head so that coughing draws water up and into the lungs while avoiding total suffocation. “His sufferings must be that of a man who is drowning, but cannot drown.”

  32. I think many of you are over-rating the intelligence of Newt. He may seem smart to the low-intelligence and low-information voter because he has been around for so many years and has had the time to memorize the retorical responses to so many issues but up against Obama,a truely much more intelligent fellow, he will get sliced and diced like an onion.
    Obama is not just relying on a smartass rendition of the superficial republican rhetoric but now has an indepth knowledge of the issues and the presidency. I think there is a real danger of underestimating BHO. Newt,who I enjoy his wit, has gotten fat and lazy living a life style of excess,privledge and consumed by a greedy self-promotion that is obvious to the objective observer. His own people have abandoned him because he is unable to maintain the discipline necessary to mount a serious campaign for office of the president. Against Barach Obama, Obama will eat him for lunch as he spits out the bones of Osama Bin Laden and other terrorists at the hapless unprepared Newt.
    Better off considering Mitt,Huntsman and even Perry. Newt will be cast as a joke out for diamonds and jewels to shower on his current wife and ultimately a boorish book salesman rather then a serious statesman. You have been warned.

  33. I have been a supporter of Cain in recent weeks, but in this debate I have seen how little he knows about Foreign Affairs.
    Of course, anyone can make Foreign Affairs more complicated than it should be. Cain is comfortable with himself as a problems solver with good common sense, and he beleives that with good people around him, he would make the right choice for America.

    When Perry mentioned that all countries who draw Foreign Aid from the United States, would start out at zero, I thought this was a good idea.

    I know when he said it, he would lose allot of people, but he was able to say afterward that each country, each years, would have to submit a declaration of funds, needed to run their countries.

    In any profitable business, managers who oversee departments have to submit a yearly budget, so that the company executives can figure in those costs.

    Over many years our Federal Government has given an allotment of cash “in advance” and these countries would use it unwisely or it got pilfered by corrupt leaders.

    By instituting a pre-year budget by every country and then they must be accountable to use this money as they said they would, they may be elligible for more each year, that is “IF” the United States can afford to give it.

    This is how a family household is run. This is how a corporation is run…Our Federal Governement must be accountible to this process if we are to pay down 1.1 Trillion dollars of debt in the next 10 years.

  34. W? Obama a more intelligent fellow than Newt? Obama can’t even make a coherent sentence without a teleprompter. This country wouldn’t be in this predicament if Obama was smart. But he’s not smart. Neither are the people who voted the a$$clown into office.

  35. The moron/trolls are out in full force. Ron Paul speaks the same thing without wavering no how matter far back you go. I do agree he needs to be more aggressive with the moderators deliberateness not asking him questions or (((allow him all the follow ups))) others get without fail.

    The most evil thing on the planet has been the Federal Reserve!!! For that reason alone Ron Paul is untouchable on who endlessly sought to audit the Fed. No matter which candidate has now adopted anything toward the fed, RON PAUL HAS SAID IT ALL ALONG!!!

    Since 1913 (98 years) we all have been enslaved with illegal income taxes!! There is NO LAW we have to pay them. Along with illegal income taxes The Federal Reserve is a SCAM created by foreign bankers on U.S. soil which is NOT part of the U.S. Federal Government!!

    Guess what else? JFK ended The Federal Reserve 5 months before his murder Executive Order 11110 http://www.john-f-kennedy.net/thefederalreserve.htm

    Recently people including former IRS agents have been found NOT guilty of either failing to file or not paying income taxes. How can this be? No juries asked to see the law before. See Aaron Russo’s America: Freedom to Fascism
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1656880303867390173

    JFK really tried to warn us of untold evil. Why were you(we) never taught this speech in school, and who had the power to suppress it. (JFK BEGGED THE MEDIA TO ALERT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, “THE MEDIA DID NOT”)

    The President Who Told The TRUTH
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaH-lGafwtE

  36. Santorum, Paul, Bachmann and Huntsman all need to be removed from debates they have as much of a chance of winning as I do.

    • Jeff, if your standard for selecting a nominee is based on electability, then shame on you. You lack integrity. Unfortunately, the nominee will probably be the person with the least integrity, which ought to please you.

  37. Did you see rick perry when newt ginrich said he agreed with him on starting foreign aid at zero.
    He was like…. YESSSSSS see i told ya’ll i could say something that made sense. LOL funny

  38. Frostfree
    You’re lulling youself into a comfort zone with the repetition of nonsensical rhetoic. This has been the problem of low information voters who fancy themselves conservative. They attack anyone who says “wait a minute we might be relying a self promoting faux conservative like Newt”. As Newt sits with Nanci Pelosi supporting Obama care, he reads his own telepromter engratiating himself to anyone for free publicity.
    Do yourself a favor and get behind a serious candidate, promoting this phoney is a waste of time. With people like you who have some fantasy of victory based on some playground affectation “he reads a teleprompter” keeps people focused on absurdity rather then facts. This country is not in this predicamint because of Obama. It was propagated well before Obama came to office because of the sellout of the republicans and democrats.
    As a true conservative independent I’m truely tired of those, like you, who reduce the seriousness of governance to a namecalling contest. America needs a lot better than that. We need complex solutions to carry this society into the next century, Newt does not forward any but just restates the tired party lines that the sheep will follow blindly. People like you should stay out of the way and stop clogging the roads to American progress.

  39. “Herman Cain–glided over specifics. Cain repeatedly told questioners that if elected president he would quiz his advisors about the best course.”

    Apparently, the author of this article doesn’t understand one great characteristic of leadership is the ability to gather information from domain experts to gain deeper insights to the issue. “Quiz”? nice little jab…

    I’m not a Cain supporter, I’m saying it would be more productive if these journalists could find a way to keep their kool-aid to themselves and simply report the events.

    I believe lack of leadership is largely to blame for this country’s economic problems.

  40. “PONDER WHAT CONGRESSMAN RON PAUL SAID DURING THE DEBATE,

    ‘…you go to the Congress and find out if our national security is threatened… [then] you get a declaration of war and you fight it and you win it and get it over with.

    “Saturday’s CBS/National Journal Republican presidential debate on foreign policy once again showed the limits, OR BLATANT DISREGARD the ESTABLISHMENT media AND ALL THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES, EXCEPT RON PAUL, grasp of the principles and how THE CONSTITUTION, as THE LAW THAT GOVERNS GOVERNMENT, should INSTRUCT our FOREIGN POLICY. During the entire event, THE QUESTIONS SEEMED TO ASSUME THAT THE PRESIDENT IS UNCONSTRAINED in his or her ability to act in matters of national security — and that the role of Commander-in-Chief is tantamount to being a military dictator. AND THAT THE ROLE AS COMMANDER IN CHIEF IS TANTAMOUNT TO BEING A MILITARY DICTATOR.

    Unfortunately, with the exception of Congressman Ron Paul,

    UNFORTUNATELY, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF CONGRESSMAN RON PAUL the Republican candidates for President generally joined this shallow analysis and skipped-over the Constitution in their answers…

    Those who object to re-establishing the Constitutional role of Congress in matters of national security because it makes national security too public and too complicated might ponder what Congressman Ron Paul said during Saturday’s debate,

    ‘…you go to the Congress and find out if our national security is threatened… [then] you get a declaration of war and you fight it and you win it and get it over with.’

    Viguerie concluded: “That sounds a whole lot less complicated, and a whole lot more in line with what the Founders had in mind for how to conduct our foreign relations, than what is going on in national security policy right now.”

    RON PAUL 2012

  41. The person the Republicrat establishment fears most is Ron Paul. That’s why they work so hard to minimize Mr. Paul’s participation in the debates. Their bias is so blatant that no reasonable person can miss it.

  42. ^^ i completely agree. scott pelley only made himself look like a fool during this debate. of course there are set rules due to time constrictions, etc. but a GOOD moderator knows how to conduct himself accordingly, balancing the clock with the candidates respective responses. he was ALMOST as bad as john king several debates back, but not quite, he can thus take a close second to john, as worst moderator thus far.

    i would say anderson cooper, wolf blitzer, charlie rose and bret baier have been the best men for the job thus far; well spoken, clear, concise, balanced and knew how to work the candidates, crowd and clock, etc.

    -cheers all

  43. it’s sad that the candidates don’t have equal time to speak. I’m not a supporter of Bachmann, but she only spoke once or twice in the entire election. But I’m pissed that Paul spoke like 3 or 4 times.

  44. Huntsman is the only candidate that could defeat Obama in an election, and he’s the only capable candidate.

    Cain is absolutely useless on every issue, and has no idea how the government works.

  45. Leadership is based on an appropriate combined quotient of intelligence, judgement and experience. Each candidate has their own strength and weakness regarding these important metrics. The President, first and foremost, is called upon for leadership – not just domestically, but globally. Yes, we have plenty of troubling issues to fix at home, but most Americans are relatively ignorant of the complexities and consequences of global actions. Regardless of the “electability” of some of the low polling candidates, I believe they all should remain in the debates because some have more relevent inputs on various critical topics (such as Huntsman on China, Cain on business, Bachmann on finance, Gingrich on how government really works, etc.), and this promotes “critical thinking” among not only the candidates but also the American public at large. And by the way, picking on Scott Peley and CBS misses the point. Does anyone really think that our future President will be “properly hosted” during negotiations with the likes of a Sarkozy, or Netanyahu, or Hu? Come on people, toughen up!

  46. I would just like to have a president that will fix this country. With all the money that they give the Banks and other companys that they bail out, why dont they just give the money to the middle-class and to lower income familys and help them out. these are the people that are effected most. WIth the way the government is the rich get richer and poorer get poorer.

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