The four remaining GOP candidates will meet one more time in Florida tonight for a debate sponsored by CNN, the Republican Party of Florida and the Hispanic Leadership Network. This debate will take place at the University of North Florida located in Jacksonville.

Air Time: Thursday, January 26 at 8pm ET on CNN

Full Debate Video: Video: Watch the full CNN Florida Republican debate

Participants: Gingrich, Romney, Santorum, Paul

Report from CNN:

Just days before Florida Republicans go to the polls to choose their nominee, the GOP presidential hopefuls will meet for a final debate hosted by CNN, the Republican Party of Florida and the Hispanic Leadership Network. CNN lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer will moderate the two-hour presidential debate which will take place at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville on Thursday, January 26 at 8 p.m. ET.

Four presidential contenders will participate in Thursday’s debate: former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. In addition to questions posed to the candidates by Blitzer and Florida Republicans in the audience, CNN will solicit questions and comments submitted in real-time from CNN.com, the CNN Politics fan page on Facebook and by using the #CNNDebate hashtag on Twitter.

CNN.com will live stream all of the events in Florida – the debate on Thursday as well as the events from the Florida primary next Tuesday. After Thursday’s debate, CNN.com will be live-streaming the Spin Room with CNN’s Jim Acosta. To engage and comment on election night news as it happens, users can view the CNN Politics Facebook page for political stories and photos of CNN’s favorite faces and also follow @CNNPolitics on Twitter for breaking developments all night.

CNN has stated it will allow the audience to react and be involved in the debate unlike Monday night’s debate where the audience was silenced by NBC.

224 COMMENTS

  1. drudgereport . com:

    NEWT FLASHBACK 1983: REAGAN RESPONSIBLE FOR NATIONAL ‘DECAY’…

    NEWT 1986: ‘The Reagan administration has failed, is failing… President Reagan is clearly failing’…

    NEWT 1988: ‘If Bush runs as continuation of Reaganism he will lose’…

    • Kevin, People say and do a lot of things that in retrospect they see was inaccurate. Although I cannot confirm or deny the quotes you list above, nor do I know the context that those things may have been said in, based on your own information these are things said 14 and 16 years ago. If Newt disagreed with Reagan at the time, so what? He has seen over the years what worked and what didn’t and that experience is invaluable.

    • Romney is a lifetime member of a cult that rejects Jesus Christ as the Son of God. He can play his drums about that anywhere here, but not in the Oval Office. We cannot elect anyone to our Presidency who is not a Christian. We were fooled with Obama.

      Regarding tonight’s debate: Will someone ask each and every candidate another question about their taxes? Question: If you are elected President, will you, every year you are in office and the following two years you are out of office, publicize your tax returns so we can all see how much and if you benefitted from holding office? This is a commitment we are asking of you and want your answer now. No negotiation, no accountants permission, just commit to publish your taxes every April while in the Presidency, and the following two years you are out of that office. Thanks.

      • Not sure where you get your information, but the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints (aka Mormons) have articles of faith and the first is:

        “We believe In God theEternal Father and in His son Jesus Christ”
        http://www.lds.org/scriptures/pgp/a-of-f/1?lang=eng

        I’ve been a member of the church for 30 years and know we believe in Jesus and that He is our Savior and Redeemer.

        • To “Mormon and Proud”>
          That is only the tip of the iceberg. If you’ve been LDS for 30 years, then you know that. God is a physical being, not a spirit. God had a father. God was not always God. God is not the only God. We will (can) one day be Gods ourselves. Mary was not overcome by the Holy Spirit in order to conceive; she had physical sexual relations with God, and thus conceived Jesus. These are LDS teachings, easily documented and footnoted.

          Regardless of whether we “should” elect a non-Christian (which some claim would include Catholics), the fact is that @Constitution is correct in that the LDS Jesus is not the son of the one true God, YHWH of the Jewish/Christian scriptures.

          • Neville if you are Christian then you believe in the Bible. Does the Bible teach that we are children of God (see Acts 17:28-29)? If so, what happens to children when the (eventually) grow up? You can follow that logic through and see where it ends up.

            We don’t teach that Mary and God had ‘sexual’ relations. I’m sure you can find some obscure quote from somewhere and twist it to be what you want, but that’s not what the church teaches.

            Since when did you or other Christians gain the authority to decide who is and who isn’t Christian? Last I checked none of you believe in further revelation from God, therefore, how would you know who is and who isn’t Christian? Did God tell you or did your own logic figure it out? No two Christian denominations can even agree on the interpretation of the Bible.

          • If you really want to know whether Mormon’s are Christian (and what we believe being Christian means) read this article: http://newsroom.lds.org/blog/are-mormons-christian

            Yes there are differences in what we believe about Christ (not all correctly explained by Neville), but we call believe in following Christ’s example and following His commandments.

          • @calling101,

            I wrote:
            > Mary was not overcome by the Holy Spirit in order to conceive; she had physical sexual relations with God, and thus conceived Jesus.

            You wrote:
            “I’m sure you can find some obscure quote from somewhere and twist it to be what you want, but that’s not what the church teaches.”

            Well, I tried, but I couldn’t find any obscure quotes. I could only find these, and Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, and Bruce McConkie don’t qualify:

            Apostle Bruce McConkie (1966):
            “Christ was begotten by an immortal Father in the same way that mortal men are begotten by mortal fathers.”

            “The Father came down and begat him, the same as we do now…” (The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, vol. 1, p. 321; February 16, 1849, Salt Lake City)

            “Christ Not Begotten of Holy Ghost… Christ was begotten of God. He was not born without the aid of Man, and that Man was God!” (Doctrines of Salvation, Joseph Fielding Smith, 1954, 1:18)

            “The Father had a Son, a natural Son, his own literal Seed, the Offspring of his body.” (The Promised Messiah: The First Coming of Christ, p. 355)

            and, finally:
            “Only Begotten Son. Only Begotten in the flesh, meaning in mortality. This designation of our Lord signifies that he was begotten by Man of Holiness as literally as any mortal father begets a son. The natural processes of procreation were involved; Jesus was begotten by his Father as literally as he was conceived by his mother.” (Doctrinal New Testament Commentary 1:144)

    • Will CNN give equal time to Ron Paul this time — after the outrage of their blatant attempt to ignore him in the last “debate”? Or will they continue focusong only on the dog-and-pony show of Mitt and Newt, with Santorum as a side dish snapping at them?

      Love the signs waved behind the two “reporters” currently on CNN’s countdown to the debate — while these patsies are jabbering, the people are watching a big sign stating; “DON’T BELIEVE THE LIBERAL MEDIA”.

      Deliciously ironic….

      • “Love the signs waved behind the two “reporters” currently on CNN’s countdown to the debate — while these patsies are jabbering, the people are watching a big sign stating; “DON’T BELIEVE THE LIBERAL MEDIA”.

        Deliciously ironic…”

        Lol! So true!

        • A few observations of the 2nd Florida debate:

          1) Ron Paul, aside from delivering his message of irrefutable TRUTH, endeared himself even more by delivering the best punch lines! The only candidate that did not engage in negativity, but actually mitigated with some wry remarks the three-dog-fight that had ensued.

          2) The dog-and-pony show btw Newt and Mitt was won by Mitt — he threw in the best punches and Newt looked lost at times in this verbal pugilism.

          3) The inconsequential mutt Santorum — with nothing to lose — joined the verbal fray and took some bites from Newt’s political skin but mostly chewed up on Mitt.

          Wolf Blizter promised equal time for all candidates — he lied. Should be called on this (he allowed the Newt-Mitt dog-eats-dog show to continue for the first 10-15 minutes without allowing Santorum or Ron Paul to put in a word).

          Wish someone with four chronometers would replay the debate and actually give an exact tally of how much time each candidate spoke. My guess is that Mitt and Newt received about 30% each, Santorum about 25% and Ron Paul again was nearly ignored — with 15% !!!

          Talk about equality in the main media….

    • “Breaking from Newsmax.com

      Limbaugh, Mike Reagan Blast Romney for Smears on Gingrich

      Ronald Reagan’s eldest son Mike Reagan has issued a statement lambasting Mitt Romney and his supporters for claims that Romney’s Republican presidential rival Newt Gingrich was a strong critic of President Reagan.

      Mike Reagan says such claims are false.

      Even Rush Limbaugh, shocked by the Romney claims, chimed on his Thursday radio broadcast to say, “This is obviously a coordinated attack to take Newt out here in Florida.”

      Rush slammed the Romney-backed smear campaign against Newt.

      “That kind of stuff is why people hate Romney so much,” Limbaugh said.

      Limbaugh added that Newt has always been a conservative from his early days in national talk radio in the 1980s.

      “He was perhaps the premier defender of Ronald Reagan,” Limbaugh said.

      On Thursday, Mike Reagan, a respected conservative commentator, responded to the Gingrich critics with this statement to Newsmax:

      “I am deeply disturbed that supporters of Mitt Romney are claiming that Newt Gingrich is not a true Reaganite and are even claiming that Newt was a strong critic of my father.

      “Recently I endorsed Newt Gingrich for president because I believe that Newt is the only Republican candidate who has both consistently backed the conservative policies that my father championed and the only Republican that will continue to implement his vision.

      “It surprises me that Mitt Romney and his supporters would raise this issue — when Mitt by his own admission voted for Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale who opposed my father, and later supported liberal Democrat Paul Tsongas for president.

      “As governor of Massachusetts, Romney’s achievement was the most socialistic healthcare plan in the nation up until that time.

      “Say what you want about Newt Gingrich but when he was speaker of the House he surrounded himself with Reagan conservatives and implemented a Ronald Reagan program of low taxes and restrained federal spending.

      “Newt’s conservative program created a huge economic boom and balanced the budget for the first time in more than a generation.”

      Mike Reagan concluded: “I would take Newt Gingrich’s record any day over Mitt Romney’s.”

      And Nancy Reagan, Reagan’s wife, has stressed Gingrich’s close relationship with her late husband.

      In a 1995 speech at a dinner honoring Ronald Reagan, Nancy said: “The dramatic movement of 1995 is an outgrowth of a much earlier crusade that goes back half a century. Barry Goldwater handed the torch to Ronnie, and in turn Ronnie turned that torch over to Newt and the Republican members of Congress to keep that dream alive.”

      © 2012 Newsmax. All rights reserved.”

      http://www.newsmax.com/InsideCover/Limbaugh-Reagan-Gingrich-Romney/2012/01/26/id/425666

      http://www.newsmax.com/InsideCover/nancy-reagan-gingrich-conservative/2012/01/26/id/425620

  2. I fell asleep twice on the last debate! Why do networks insist in using reporters, with a career to worry for, as moderators? I don’t even watch the news from the networks anymore because of how bland it has become. Not that many people could watch real life without complaining to the network about something. The news on TV in general to me,feels as watching sesame street. Reporters are neutered by the networks, if not they loose their job,(read: Imus, Glen Beck, Stern, Lou Dobbs, Rick Sanchez, Keith Olberman, Dan Rather and many others). If you want a real debate, bring in the controversial free reporters or editorial writers or commentators, the real thinkers who do not need to read the questions. Rush, Glen Beck, Hannity, Imus, Dobbs, O’Rielly, etc. Even John Stewart can do a better job It would sure be more interesting and realistic than what it is.

  3. Looking forward to the debate tonite. I hope the live feed works better – last time it was so choppy and would stop and then pick up a few minutes later, leaving holes in the flow of the debate. I’d like to see some one-on-one debates, where each of the remaining four candidates faces off with each of the others. Maybe like for 30 minutes. G/R, G/S, G/P; R/S, R/P; S/P — if I’ve calculated right, it would take 3 hours. 1st 15 minutes, one candidate grills the other; 2nd 15 minutes, switch places.

  4. All I have to say is…GO NEWT!
    … Oh, and Rick and Ron…time to drop out for the sake of beating Obama!

    NEWT’S ideas on the space program were inspiring. America is getting her buns kicked by Russia in the space program. Today the launched a Robotic transport to the space station. Soon they might concure the Moon, Mars, and the moons of Jupiter.
    You want jobs back in America, let’s encourage private industries (as Newt said) into developing space stations on the Moon, Mars, and beyond!”

    VOTE FOR NEWT FLORIDA…FROM SO CAL!

    • No doubt that Newt is the best Republican debater and a great strategist. I have always loved him because of how thoughtful, eloquent, and inspirational. He was extremely clever to kind of tie Romney s hands with the 11th commandment, latter wording his attacks on Mitt as vetting with facts. He has been training for debates since High School. See the PBS special about his road to Congress. He should be able to win the nomination without much effort, specially if he keeps flirting with Ron Paul’s ideas of 30 years appealing to the more moderates. However although the 3 debates with Obama will be the best in history, he has no chance to beat Obama’s $1Bn. because of all his baggage. 3 overlapping marriages, the first with no alimony or child support for a while leaving his family to depend on charity and neighbors for food, kicked out as speaker by his own party, Investigation, charges of corruption, and all the sh11t he said about Reagan in the past. Obama has too much money, ammunition, and knows how to use it.
      Mitt is obviously more Businessman than politician. He is able to win a local election against a weak candidate, but so far he has not been able to close the deal in his own party. He could do better with Conservative Independents in a general election, who although are fed up with the Republican Party are not convinced by Obama either. But if he can’t beat Newt decisively, he won’t stand a chance against Obama.
      I like Rick better, however, in a general his 2 biggest flaws, I feel are, 1st that the country has no appetite for his fast happy trigger against Iran after a 10 years war. And 2nd, regardless where each of us stands on the moral/faith values issues, the use of the Federal Government to shove down the throats of others your own values most Americans would never support.
      Finally Ron Paul. Although his delivery is awful, all the rumbling an that exasperated high pitch tone of voice which makes him sound like the crazy professor and hard to understand, still he has the best record, trajectory, consistency and message. His values and principles are the closest to the ideals of the founding fathers. He does not have a complete step by step plan, but his ideology, the notion of more freedom and less government appeals to most Americans Dems and Independents alike.
      I guess the ideal candidate would need Mitts money, Newts eloquence, R.Paul’s tenure, principles and positions, and Ricks tenacity and persona. Considering who’s left and their flaws I’m sorry Perry dropped out so soon. Thank goodness I think there is still time for someone to surprise us.

      • Ron Paul does have issues in debating – he’d be the first to admit it. But, when you’re sitting in front of your tube – looking for the best person to run your country – do you honestly care who speaks most fluently? Or do you try to look past the bull-s* and honestly ask yourself who gets it? Who can turn this mess around. The only person that gets it is Ron Paul. He’s the only one that understand every aspect of every action that needs to take place in order to turn the economy around – to get America back on track. Everyone else is hopeless. They steal Ron’s sound bites but, you can’t take them seriously that they’ll actually put them into action.

        A lot of people are waking up thanks to Ron. Whether he wins or not – he needs to stick around as long as possible to keep educating the the country who for the majority have been brought up with and believe in idiotology.

        Wake up America!

        • I get it, so do you, and so do many people. However besides winning the full support of the party, he must win the vote of the majority, the Independents. But first he needs the full support of the party which he’ll never get because of the special interest and all the lobbying inside the party. He’ll never make it there if he can’t deliver his message clearly without giving many people a heart attack.
          He might have a better chance running as a 3rd party independent or Libertarian, if Obama was not the other candidate.
          That’s why he’s doing the same for 30 years. Educating. Hopefully Independents, moderate republicans and conservative Dems, are listening. And some day Independents will, assume responsibility, unite as a 3rd Party, they are already the vast majority who don’t even show up to vote. And start changing course. Hope it happens before there is nothing left.

      • “He does not have a complete step by step plan”

        A strange criticism of Paul. He has offered his budget plan to restore America, a much more detailed plan than any of the others. More importantly he has principles and is consistent. You are able to predict his position on any issue 99% of the time. The others, except for the war, war, war, kill, kill, kill position, are unprincipled and for sale for the highest bidder. I guess that is a plan of some sorts.

        • He does in the economic. What I meant was on issues as for example Drugs, Abortion, Gay marriage, Iran, The Departments and programs he wants to eliminate(IRS, Education, EPA, etc) I get the idea and the principle, I know you do too. But after he answers those questions, most people who don’t understand conclude he’s crazy. When he’s asked these question he scares many people instead of convincing them. He goes in to rumbling rants or mixes many things in the answer that are just not convincing enough and confusing. Unfortunately he purposely gets baited with the same things that make him look crazy for those who do not want to understand. Others just can not comprehend and end with wrong conclusion as for example that he wants Iran to have a Nuclear Bomb, or that he is in favor of cocaine or heroin, that he’s for abortion gay marriage, etc. The same things we both read in this same forum about those who oppose him because they don’t get him. He’s just not clear enough. He should have formatted a concise answer for each of these questions by now and stop improvising from the hip. He is a great speech writer and needs to do a better job at answering these question effectively.

    • I’ll go for that space program, Trevor – if Newt is the first one on board for outer space. Would be glad to get rid of him and his big mouth! And Newt says a lot of things – too bad they are never the same thing. But that’s what happens when you are a slick, sanctimonious, corrupt, lying blowhard. Ron Paul 2012! Honest, principled, consistent.

    • Go Newt, back to space, in the short term, technology fallout, vision of our horizons, we are a wandering species. In the mid term, unimagined discoveries and products and resources, in the long run — we finally spread our seed to the heavens and ultimately live off world, infesting the galaxy and beyond. Nothing could be grander in the history of mankind than protecting us from a species ending catastrophic occurrence on earth. When we finally find that we are not alone in the universe, I have many questions to pose to our new found friends. Do not fail us Newt, we have waited 2 generations for you to save us from the follies of the professional politicians without a clue. Lead us onward.

      • As written by Thomas Woods “Ron Paul Would Ignite the Debate If He Said This”:

        It’s now or never. Reignite the excitement of the Revolution by stealing the show.

        (1) “The Tea Party’s key issues have been bailouts, debt, and spending. Mitt and Newt both supported the TARP bailouts. The whole people were against those bailouts, and the elites were for them. When the chips were down, Mitt and Newt sided with the New York Times and the cable news networks against you. Do you expect them to behave differently next time?

        “I have opposed every bailout, every time. Does anyone here doubt my resolve? Given my consistent record over three decades, does anyone doubt those bailouts will stop cold under a President Paul?

        “Newt boasts of his great accomplishments. But the Brookings Institution had it right when they said his Contract with America in 1994 was a lot of piddling around the edges, and represented no real threat to the status quo.

        “You want a real threat to the status quo? You’re looking at him.

        “On spending, everyone pretends to want to cut spending. How many times are we going to let them get away with fooling Republican voters? Who else on this stage has laid out a specific, line-by-line budget showing $1 trillion in savings in the first year? If you want to be lied to about spending cuts that never come — as has happened repeatedly under Republican rule, I am sorry to have to point out — and if you don’t care that your country is going bankrupt, don’t vote for me. Vote for one of them. But if you want someone who isn’t some slick talker, and who won’t ever back down, our campaign welcomes you with open arms.”

        (2) “We can’t afford the knee-jerk intervention overseas anymore. And I am unconvinced that this policy is motivated by protecting us from radical Islam. Nobody seemed to mind that our party’s last nominee favored interventions in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Russia on behalf of Islamic forces. How about staying out of these conflicts, given that our government’s crazy foreign policy has succeeded only in cultivating radical Islam everywhere it has touched?

        “Our campaign has received twice as much money in donations from active-duty military than all other Republican candidates combined, and I’ve been endorsed by the former head of the CIA’s Osama bin Laden unit, who says the other candidates are feeding you propaganda instead of the truth.

        “Mitt Romney’s top donors are Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, and Morgan Stanley. Mine are the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force.

        “I don’t know what part of ‘we are broke’ my opponents do not understand, but their grandiose plans to remake the world, which are the very opposite of what a conservative would propose, are even crazier when we’re on the verge of bankruptcy. Newt thinks bankruptcy is a actually good time to outfit a mission to Mars. Now I admit that might be worth the investment, but only if he wants to take Congress and the president with him.”

        (3) “Tonight the media would like to entertain you with another episode of the Mitt and Newt Hour. Each will accuse the other of deviating from conservative principles, and each will be right. The fact is, these two are so close in philosophy you can hardly slide a credit card between them.

        “It will be obvious during this debate, given how much time to speak these two men will receive, that the media has already decided what your choices for president should be. Since when do you trust the media with deciding who should be president? The very fact that they obviously favor the two gentlemen to my left is reason enough to hold them in suspicion.

        “I am the one they fear. I am the one who will shut down the federal gravy train once and for all. They know I mean business, and that I’m not just giving pretty speeches. That’s why they ridicule and ignore me.

        “And that’s exactly why I urge you to support me.”

    • It must be Newt! Romney has already said he WILL NOT REPEAL Obmeycare, What moron wants this, certainly no conservative. If you want Utopia, vote Democrat, otherwise let Newt take America back!

      • Hi Tom,

        Actually, Romney said he would repeal Obama care, but then again he repeats everything that gets an applause or that someone else says, so who knows! He is an imitator, not an original.

        I AGREE. I hope it is Newt also.

        • Thanks, Julie. Actually, in the last two debates, he said he will probably keep some of it, which in my mind says he will not repeal it.
          Tom

          • He probably will not, but he has said he would. I agree though that his words are not trustworthy. I would be extremely surprised if he actually repealed it also.

  5. Ron Paul is the most honest, the wisest, the most experienced and he has really good intentions: to restore USA, to protect USA and stop to care about the rest of the world ( especially that this ,,caring ,, about the rest of the world is the main source of all US problems. This man is the only hope for USA.

    • Right, I see that in the results from N.H. & S.C…..Ron has his cult, and a VERY small percent of non-loonies who like his economic views, but beyond that, RP is RIP.

      • Well, so far, Ron Paul has gotten 2/3 of as many votes as Newt Gingrich. How is that a “VERY small” percent?

  6. Thank God CNN is NOT trying to handcuff Newt in this debate like they did in the 1st by neutering the audience!! When will news journalism admit it’s bias towards ANY entity that in ANY way embraces what are considered Conservative Values?? Just keep your personal views to just that-personal, not public!!!

    • Boy do you have the wrong handle. A Whiz you are not. Newt? that lying, immoral blowhard. You talk about Conservative Values and Newt in the same sentence? Newt is neither conservative nor has values. Just ask his wife…er, wives. And you call Ron Paul supporters loony? Get a clue. Ron Paul 2012!

  7. Trevor from above now posting as a whizkid?
    Bias toward Ron Paul is so blatant that it would be comical if it was not for the media tragedy that we live in.

  8. No doubt that Newt is the best Republican debater and a great strategist. I have always loved him because of how thoughtful, eloquent, and inspirational. He was extremely clever to kind of tie Romney s hands with the 11th commandment, latter wording his attacks on Mitt as vetting with facts. He has been training for debates since High School. See the PBS special about his road to Congress. He should be able to win the nomination without much effort, specially if he keeps flirting with Ron Paul’s ideas of 30 years appealing to the more moderates. However although the 3 debates with Obama will be the best in history, he has no chance to beat Obama’s $1Bn. because of all his baggage. 3 overlapping marriages, the first with no alimony or child support for a while leaving his family to depend on charity and neighbors for food, kicked out as speaker by his own party, Investigation, charges of corruption, and all the sh11t he said about Reagan in the past. Obama has too much money, ammunition, and knows how to use it.
    Mitt is obviously more Businessman than politician. He is able to win a local election against a weak candidate, but so far he has not been able to close the deal in his own party. He could do better with Conservative Independents in a general election, who although are fed up with the Republican Party are not convinced by Obama either. But if he can’t beat Newt decisively, he won’t stand a chance against Obama.
    I like Rick better, however, in a general his 2 biggest flaws, I feel are, 1st that the country has no appetite for his fast happy trigger against Iran after a 10 years war. And 2nd, regardless where each of us stands on the moral/faith values issues, the use of the Federal Government to shove down the throats of others your own values most Americans would never support.
    Finally Ron Paul. Although his delivery is awful, all the rumbling an that exasperated high pitch tone of voice which makes him sound like the crazy professor and hard to understand, still he has the best record, trajectory, consistency and message. His values and principles are the closest to the ideals of the founding fathers. He does not have a complete step by step plan, but his ideology, the notion of more freedom and less government appeals to most Americans Dems and Independents alike.
    I guess the ideal candidate would need Mitts money, Newts eloquence, R.Paul’s tenure, principles and positions, and Ricks tenacity and persona. Considering who’s left and their flaws I’m sorry Perry dropped out so soon. Thank goodness I think there is still time for someone to surprise us.

  9. I do not understand these dumb dumb people that want to swap one evil for another, mitt rick and newt all been proven flip flops crooks they dont care about us,RON PAUL can beat obama join the team, do right not what the elite and press is telling you to do,They dont show RON PAUL in the press because the elite will be stoped if he gets elected. Im really surprised that the people is putting up with the press and elite this long telling you what to do.

  10. How much of an opportunity will CNN give for Ron Paul to continue to educate Americans about classical liberalism – which is the very essence of our Constituional Republic? Or will CNN allow the fascism of big government to pollute the minds of their audience?

  11. In all the debates, I’ve NEVER heard a question asked of the candidates on Unemployment Benefits. Are they for it or not? If it runs out before the person has employment, or if it’s not available from the start, how is this family supposed to survive without it, if only a minimum wage job is found? What about health insurance when a person is laid-off? What are they supposed to do since no company will insure them with a pre-existing condition Simple stuff like that…

    • Hi Farah.
      Unemployment benefits are available from the moment the person becomes unemployed. It pays approximately 65% up to $450.- per/week in California. Other States might be different, I don’t know. The Maximum time a person can receive benefits is about 2 years, although there are extensions at different times it might be different for one or other. Still if they have not found a Job in that time they are on there own, they might qualify for other benefits as food stamps,welfare, medicaid, etc. Each person should know if there is a demand for their set of skills, and go back to school and change careers if not.Almost 2 years is more than generous to figure it out.
      As far as Health Insurance goes, recent new laws have dealt with discriminating based on preexisting conditions, also there is a Cobra plan in order to continue the coverage that was from the employer, and many plans allow you to continue being covered directly. If not, most likely Medicaid will step in.
      These questions have been answered by all candidates repeatedly in many debates, and have different ideas of how it should be reformed. We are not, nor will ever be, a socialist country. Although many will agree we are a very generous country, nobody wants a society that lives off of the government. Personal responsibility is the most valuable asset.

  12. Poor Ron Paul. He is the best and the most hopeful republican candidate. He loves USA, he is the only real republican candidate, who wants to restore and to protect USA and some people do not believe him or have strange doubts. People, Ron Paul is the only honest candidate among these republicans and this man should win.
    I think that it is in interests of USA to vote for the best candidate and Ron Paul is the best, the most honest, not corrupt. He has a very reasonable and normal view on politics. He has very good records during work in Congress and he is one of the best US congressmen, who has has cared about interests of USA during his work, not about interest of lobbysts, but about interests of US nation = Americans. He is patriot, he is good father, he is faithful husband, he is Christian and
    And another candidates ( Romney-sectarian mormon, Gingrich- some kind of satanist-mason ). Besides, people should look at records of these people, who want to be presidentes. Ron Paul is really honest politician.
    Romney is backed by all possible speculators ( for instance Goldman Sachs- guys have got more than 350 tousends dolars as bonus pro person and it was 35 000 people in this administration and there are a few dozens such banks and corporations, which give money for Romney campaign, by the way Romney has led a few companies to bancruptcy and people were fired but he has got much money to his pockets. This second man Gingrich – a very strange religion – masonism is like satanism, it is not good, he has 3 wives, he has left his last wife, because he has said that she is too ugly to be first lady, it cannot be ( if his woman is according him too ugly and he has treated her like a small garbage and such small thing like look disturbs him, what about his nation, woman is the closest person and nation is nation- it is only gathering of different people, besides he is completely out of his mind, he has said that he will build bases on the moon and in his second turm of office maybe US bases on Saturn, additionally he is corrupt – he has drawn profits for his own pockets from mortgage ( freddie mac etc. ) and people have lost all what they had thabnks to such people as he, additionally this Gingrich looks like Benny Hill but this guy was clown and Gingrich is maybe a clown but dangerous one and he is real racist.
    And Ron Paul as the only republcian candidate has really good intentions and plans, who will be profitable for USA and for rest of the world too. He is one of a few politicians, who work for good of US nation.

  13. Tax Loop hole.

    The employee Social Security rate for yr. 2010 was 4.2% with a limit of $106,800 or maximum payment limit of $4,485. With this payment limit, if employed, Newt Gingrich with income of $3.1M, he would have paid a tax rate of 0.14% and Mitt Romney with income of $21.6M he would have paid a tax rate of 0.02%. With the current legislation in Congress, would the candidates support removing the limits on the Social Security taxes?
    Please keep in mind the Social Security fund has been added to the general fund.

    • They should. The issue with it is that if they take the cap off for contributions it would only be fair to also take it off on the benefits they receive when they retire. Some millionaires don’t bother to collect their Social security check right now, but if uncapped they would get paid a fortune.

  14. Only Mitt Romney and Ron Paul can beat Obama in the General Election!

    Therefore, for freedom, liberty, and Constitution, vote RON PAUL!!!

    Ron Paul 2012!!!

  15. Vote for Ron Paul. It is probably your last chance to have normal president. He has really the best intentions, plans and he is the most honest among all these candidates.
    He is not supported by lobbysts, speculators etc., becaue he is honest and he is real chance for good, positive changes in USA and in the rest of the world. He is good politician, conservatist, Christian, American, patriot, cares about interests of USA and there are his records in Congress, which are proof.
    He is really the wisest politician among all these republicans, he is not corrupt, he has rellay good plans- how to restore USA and to how restore it now.
    And there are additionally humanitarian grounds:
    It was a natural disaster in Texas, where Ron Paul lives ( but he is not like Bush, he is faithful and normal, he was born in Kentucky, he was good governor in Texas and lives there, Romney and Gingrich are just like Bush, even Obama is not much different than Bush and Bush was the most terrible disaster for your country and for global population, but this man Ran Paul IS NOT Bush, Ron Paul is really the greatest US politician) everything lies in ruins there now – , it was a tornado or something alike and additionally his son is persecuted by Obama and others- they have said to him that he must remove an implant from knee and show it to officials ( it is not possible to remove implant )at airport and he was not allowed to fly, because he has not done it. Such young man and invalid, it is terrible and this poor, young, physically disabled man was thrown out from airport and not allowed to fly, because he had knee surgery.
    Make such human reaction – like good, honest Americans to good, honest American and vote for him, because it is the only possibility to show sympathy to this great politician like Ron Paul is, the greates politician in USA and the biggest hope. He cares really about USA and about US nation and he would be really the best president.

  16. Hey Steve – the questions have NOT been answered! I’ve been laid-off three times in 20 years, and was only eligible for UIB two of those times because there wasn’t enough CREDIT WEEKS built up, which of course, is not the laid-off workers fault – it’s the fault of the system! And, if you get 0 benefits, how are you supposed to pay for Cobra? And, the Righties want to do away with the pre-existing situation, so it will revert to the way it’s always been – if you have a medical condition – you get NO HEALTH INSURANCE!

    • Farah, I’m sorry to disappoint you.If you step in my shoes for a moment you might see the other side of the same coin. It’s not about left and right, but right and wrong. If your brother, sister or neighbor became unemployed, I am sure you would limit somehow how much help you gave them and for how long as well. To say that it’s the systems fault that you lost your job is also unfair for those who have to pay it. You should still qualify for Medicaid, and if not you will not be turned away from any county hospital’s emergency room.
      You have been 3 times unemployed in 20 years? and got UI 2 out of 3 times? Lucky you. I have always been self employed, have been without work many times more, and never in 30 years have I qualified for anything. No UI,Medical,food stamps, or any government program. I have been needing a surgery for the past 5 years and had never expected anyone else to pay for it. I do not think it is fair to make my neighbor or you pay for what I failed to provide for myself. I live with it and life goes on. Someday, hopefully I will take care of it.
      Look at it this way, if you loose your job for no fault of your own, it is not your fault. But sure as hell it’s not your neighbor’s fault either. The government is all you neighbors. They might choose to help you out a bit, but we are not entitled to force them to do so.

      • Of course it’s not your neighbors fault you lost your job, but what happened to one for all and all for one? Doesn’t exist any longer in the U.S. Churches don’t help like they once did, and private sources don’t have the ability to help as they did decades ago. BTW – I was eligible for unemployment benefits once, not twice when laid-off.

        Your needing surgery must not be a matter of life and death, or you would no longer be here. Also, by the time a person sees an emergency room, often there disease (like cancer), is so far advanced they’ll be dead shortly, rather than seeing a doctor sooner.

        I prefer not to live in a nation where your security with work, and ability to provide health insurance for your family, is based on your luck in what company you happen to work for.

        Also, An American cannot qualify for Medicaid until they are BROKE! I lived this in real life. Not the kind of system the greatest on earth should have or allow.

        • One for all and all for one… you must have us confused with Soviets, Europeans or Greeks. To receive any assistance you should be broke, if not it would be immoral, You would have become a free loader, One who uses the System to leach from it. For those who do that the name is parasite.
          What company you work for is not only luck, nobody put’s a gun to your head to take the job. If your not happy you look for something else or you study or you master whatever it is you do. Improve and get better.
          Churches and others who use to help got burned by the free loaders who abuse the system. The ones who want something for nothing and don’t mind being useless, and have no aspirations.
          If you prefer not to live in a country where you are rewarded by your own effort and achievement, there are hundreds of others countries. Unlike some of them we are still free to leave anytime we wish. Many people still wait for years, and others enter without visa for the opportunity of a better tomorrow. Yeah the system is not perfect, and there are some injustices. If we followed Ron Paul and cut all the aid we send overseas to other countries maybe there would be plenty more to go around, and take care of our own.

          • Right – lets all become brain surgeons and earn millions. Ignorant talk! There will always be a need for people to do the menial jobs in America (some may want that), many can only do those jobs do to mental or physical disability, and according to you, they should be discriminated against with no health insurance, and a life of misery. Many people cannot ascribe to high end jobs – they should be paid a LIVING WAGE w/ HEALTH INSURANCE, or are you just fine with certain citizens NOT being able to see a doctor when they’re sick? Emergency rooms don’t treat long-term – they give quick-fixes only.

          • Farah who said you need to be a brain surgeon. Walmart pays minimum wage and has great health plans, so I have been told. Many low paying jobs provide good health Insurance. Regardless of that, INSURANCE is a product bought and sold, the government or public assistance is not there to provide it either Government is the reason it is so outrageously expensive
            America has not been willing to deal with this problem effectively for many reasons. One of them is the corporate money and power from lobbyist in our political system.

            I might not understand your reasoning completely, and surely don’t know all the details, but the notion that the government is supposed to provide us what we either don’t want to or can’t pay, is equally wrong.

        • To Steve L I will say that it is nice to hear other hard working Americans intelligently speak out.
          It is embarrassing when we have a public education system and most comments are so grammatically incorrect you can’t understand what they are trying to say. I have typos too, but please try to sound like you have half a brain. Your just giving your politician a bad name if you don’t.
          And to Farah I ask, why don’t churches and individuals help the needy? Well, the government has taken over the benevolent work of these parties, stepped over its bounds, and encouraged dependency. This dependency has drained those who are still willing to work and who now cannot help the needy as they once could. The government and the people are responsible for this allowance. The people need to stand up and say enough is enough. Everything needs to be simplified.
          FYI, it is not up to luck. Lets call it ambition, prayer, work ethic, having a vision, etc. etc.

          • Very Well Said!!
            Although I must point out. I have very little respect for the public school system, even less for most politicians. They don’t need my help earning a bad name, they have shown to very capable of doing that on their own.

            Diapers and politicians should be changed often, both for the same reason!

          • Thanks and I agree, I homeschool. I would also like to say that the comment I made about giving politicians a bad name was only directed at those people who make entirely no sense!

            • Good for you and more so the kids.
              Keep in mind that you can take a horse to the water but you can’t make him drink. What makes sense to you, depends mostly on you. Not entirely but mostly. It depends on how much effort you put in to trying to understand and whether you are capable of it based on life experiences. R.Paul is not always understood, that does no mean he doesn’t make sense.

  17. Okay,
    I have read all of the replies posted here and I have bu one statement to make the last four years under Obama have been nothing but higher unemployment and government bailouts of companies that should have gone bankrupt. I am not going to say that this is all his fault as some of it comes from the previous administration. the thing is he has had four years to run this country and make good on all of the election day promises and I fail to see where he has done any of it, I too see Ron Paul as the most likely man to run this country for the next four years because frankly people we need a change in the way the government is run and how Americans are treated within our own country. This is a nation of the people run by and for the people not by the government. The governments sole responsibility and job is to protect our liberties and freedoms, and with every new amendment we lose more and more of them everyday just for example the recently proposed NDAA and SOPA bills. The time is now for a major and significant change in our government, and frankly what can it hurt to try a completely new radical way of running government. I am a Mormon by faith and even I can see that putting a multimillionaire in the white house is a bad idea. i cannot stand behind Romney and frankly Newt scares the hell out of me with all he says he’ll do for this country I can’t believe a word of it because his whole job previous was telling people exactly what they wanted to hear. the time now is for America to be at peace and stop trying to tell other countries how they will live, it is and never has been our responsibility to be the policemen of the world, that whole concept was because of the United Nations which i think the time has come to depart this organization for it is corrupt to the very core.
    So in conclusion vote this year for change and vote for Ron Paul for through him and his leadership we will see a brighter more prosperous America in the years to come.

    • Hey Tom, I agree with most of what you say. However, the President can not do much anyway. He can only execute what comes out of Congress. This mess we are in goes back decades, mostly all in Government for the last 30 years, have contributed to this mess. Presidents and Congress equally. We the people chose them both. So it’s our fault too since we sent them there. How did we decide it? Of course with the help of the media who fight for those advertisement dollars from the campaigns, and other rich supporters, the bundle rs, the Lobbyists, and the Corporations who finance the politicians we end up choosing. Of course they will be paid back with laws like mandatory Insurance, seat belts, helmets. The people can sue doctors and hospitals for millions, so they too need insurance, so medical costs go down because of the outrages lawsuits so does the cost of healthcare, and then premiums. The same companies that make the pesticides and insecticides, are the same who you have to buy the seeds for planting crops, who also make the fertilizers and pesticides for them, and also every medication you will need when you get old. And now your medical premium goes up because they can not cure anything anymore only make you live longer, dependent on them. So you and me get to choose our representatives from whatever the big corporation and power groups deal first. Let’s start another war because the Armament Industry needs to sell weapons. And lets be tough on crime so we can build more prisons and now use private ones, and pay them more per prisoner in a year than what it would have cost to put someone through college or what two whole families who couldn’t afford college have to live on. Mean while we cheer for candidates as if it was a team without ever questioning where the money comes from. That could very well be why Ron Paul doesn’t get equal time. We have the government we choose and deserve.

  18. Preexisting conditions! Why would a insurance company take someone who is already sick that makes no sense that’s why it’s called insurance it insures that you can have the money to pay the doctors and nurses (if you happen to get sick “unexpectedly”) who went to school for many years and worked their butts off in the process to be able to diagnose and treat you! Should they work for free maybe? Can we say incentive and supply side economics? The insurance company is in business to make a profit not take care of you! As for unemployment insurance you should have been smart enough to save some money in case something happened “unexpectedly”! This is called responsibility, more commonly referred to as common sense which apparently isn’t to common these days! The government is not your daddy grow up and be responsible for the choices you have made in your life and stop looking around for someone else to take care of your problems! If some of the people in this country don’t change their attitudes then we are doomed to socialism because we are getting to a point where only half the people contribute to our society, any further and only the democrats can win because the people who are dependent on government will think they can’t survive without government! I know there are people who need help in this country but not 47 percent! Wake up they are doing this on purpose they want you dependent and believe you are to stupid to take care of yourself! Prove them wrong and have some pride! By the way doctors and hospitals are already turning away some Medicare/medicade patients because they don’t even pay enough to cover the cost of the procedure and use dirty tricks on the hospital to get out of paying for some things all together! The only way it’s cost effective for some doctors is if it can be deducted from their taxes but most of the time it can’t!

  19. Are all you “Conservatives” looking forward to the Romney – Gingrich Debate Tonight? Can’t you just wait for the “CIRCUS” to Begin?

    Conservatives who support Newt Gingrich (or Mitt Romney) really DON’T have ANY REAL GRASP of the Issues. Romney supporters are just as CLUELESS as Gingrich supporters, but because Romney is a “Liberal in Conservative Attire”, I’ll just focus on “Mr. Conservative”, Newt Gingrich.

    First, Gingrich “Conservative” supporters probably don’t even know what the ISSUES actually are that face America; let alone which one is the MOST important.

    For Gingrich supporters, the Most Important ISSUE is what Rush Limbaugh described in a monologue on his Radio show. (I believe it was Monday 1/21, but I could be wrong on the date) The link for the transcript is below. Rush DESCRIBES PERFECTLY why Conservatives are now “flocking” to support Newt Gingrich. They (Conservatives) just can’t help themselves. They let their Emotions (NOT the ISSUES) “drive” their Support for this guy.

    They IGNORE his Record. They IGNORE his Moral Character. They IGNORE his Campaign Debt. They IGNORE his “Flip-Flopping”. They IGNORE his stance on the Constitution. They even IGNORE his UNREALISTIC “Plan” to accomplish any GOALS.

    Conservatives, who support Newt Gingrich, are just TOTALLY IGNORANT and CLUELESS on the Economy. If you asked them about a Balanced Budget, Government Borrowing/Spending and the National Debt (and how they intertwine), they wouldn’t know how to answer you; let alone “define” Newt Gingrich’s “stance” on these VERY IMPORTANT ISSUES. Why is this?

    Newt Gingrich DON’T TALK about these Issues. All Gingrich “talks about” is Jobs which he CANNOT create and how Romney is a Liberal and how he is the only one who can debate Obama and how the Media is always attacking “Conservatism”. (which he “supposedly” represents) Blah, Blah, Blah…

    Gingrich Conservatives REALLY could “care-less” what the Issues ACTUALLY are, so long as they have Newt Gingrich “speaking up” for them against the bias of Liberal Media. THAT’S the REAL ISSUE for them! It’s so incredibly SAD that they can’t even begin to understand what a REAL CONSERVATISM stands for, in a man like Ron Paul. They listen to the Media and then wind-up having NO CLUE on what Ron Paul is all about. They can’t think for themselves, so they let the Media do the “thinking” for them. It’s all about perception the “war-of-words”. The ISSUES really don’t matter.

    The Rush Limbaugh Transcript is really a “slam” against the Republican “Establishment”, but it really “drives home” that Gingrich Conservatives have NO REAL GRASP of the Issues which are the MOST Important. In Rush’s Transcript, besides a couple of “casual mentions” concerning Government and Spending, the REAL ISSUES are NOT even mentioned; let alone discussed in the Transcript.

    In other words, the Economy, a Balanced Budget, Government Borrowing/Spending and the National Debt (and how they intertwine) have ABSOLUTELY NO RELEVANCE to the Gingrich Conservative. All Newt Gingrich Supporters can do is “Defend” Newt’s “Human” Transgressions and Failures. If you ask them what Newt stands for or “how” get plans on turning around the Economy? First, they just give you a “blank stare” and then they “chant” what Romney and Santorum have been chanting – “We gotta create jobs to get the economy moving again”. And if you notice, Newt Gingrich is even starting to “sound like” PRINCIPLED Ron Paul regarding auditing the Federal Reserve. Although, he probably doesn’t have any CLUE why.

    “A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.” Dwight David Eisenhower

    Yup. It’ll be the Romney – Gingrich Debate Tonight. CNN will do-their-very-best to IGNORE the ONLY Candidate with an INTELLIGENT Plan to deal with the MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES facing America – Ron Paul! Instead, they’ll just give him “limited debate time” and ask him STUPID questions…

    The Rush Limbaugh Transcript

    http://www.teaparty.org/article.php?id=2279

  20. Newt is not a Conservative and is in fact a Progressive. There’s alive video of him being interviewd on You Tube boasting how FDR was his favorite president; even that FDR was very progressive when governor of NY when times were good. That’s Newt for you. Instead of following Alinsky he’s a Alvin Toffler Third Way guy.

    Newt is manipulating y’all now. The only reason he’s still in it is because of Abelson’s $10 million. That’s why Medved and all the NeoCons are salivating over him and pushing him.

  21. I just read some very interesting facts on “National Review online.” I quote below for everyone’s edification:

    JANUARY 25, 2012 4:00 A.M.
    Gingrich and Reagan
    In the 1980s, the candidate repeatedly insulted the president.
    By Elliott Abrams

    In the increasingly rough Republican campaign, no candidate has wrapped himself in the mantle of Ronald Reagan more often than Newt Gingrich. “I worked with President Reagan to change things in Washington,” “we helped defeat the Soviet empire,” and “I helped lead the effort to defeat Communism in the Congress” are typical claims by the former speaker of the House.

    The claims are misleading at best. As a new member of Congress in the Reagan years — and I was an assistant secretary of state — Mr. Gingrich voted with the president regularly, but equally often spewed insulting rhetoric at Reagan, his top aides, and his policies to defeat Communism. Gingrich was voluble and certain in predicting that Reagan’s policies would fail, and in all of this he was dead wrong.

    The fights over Reagan’s efforts to stop Soviet expansionism in the Third World were exceptionally bitter. The battlegrounds ranged from Angola and Grenada to Afghanistan and Central America. Reagan’s top team — William Casey at CIA, Cap Weinberger at DOD, and George Shultz at State — understood as he did that if Soviet expansionism could be dealt some tough blows, not only the Soviet empire but the USSR itself would face a political, technological, and financial challenge it could not meet. Few officials besides Ronald Reagan predicted the collapse of the Soviet Union entirely, but every one of us in positions of authority understood the importance of this struggle.
    But the most bitter battleground was often in Congress. Here at home, we faced vicious criticism from leading Democrats — Ted Kennedy, Christopher Dodd, Jim Wright, Tip O’Neill, and many more — who used every trick in the book to stop Reagan by denying authorities and funds to these efforts. On whom did we rely up on Capitol Hill? There were many stalwarts: Henry Hyde, elected in 1974; Dick Cheney, elected in 1978, the same year as Gingrich; Dan Burton and Connie Mack, elected in 1982; and Tom DeLay, elected in 1984, were among the leaders.

    But not Newt Gingrich. He voted with the caucus, but his words should be remembered, for at the height of the bitter struggle with the Democratic leadership Gingrich chose to attack . . . Reagan.

    The best examples come from a famous floor statement Gingrich made on March 21, 1986. This was right in the middle of the fight over funding for the Nicaraguan contras; the money had been cut off by Congress in 1985, though Reagan got $100 million for this cause in 1986. Here is Gingrich: “Measured against the scale and momentum of the Soviet empire’s challenge, the Reagan administration has failed, is failing, and without a dramatic change in strategy will continue to fail. . . . President Reagan is clearly failing.” Why? This was due partly to “his administration’s weak policies, which are inadequate and will ultimately fail”; partly to CIA, State, and Defense, which “have no strategies to defeat the empire.” But of course “the burden of this failure frankly must be placed first on President Reagan.” Our efforts against the Communists in the Third World were “pathetically incompetent,” so those anti-Communist members of Congress who questioned the $100 million Reagan sought for the Nicaraguan “contra” rebels “are fundamentally right.” Such was Gingrich’s faith in President Reagan that in 1985, he called Reagan’s meeting with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev “the most dangerous summit for the West since Adolf Hitler met with Neville Chamberlain in 1938 in Munich.””

    You read, you decide…

  22. Why doesnt anyone ask questions about the flat, or fair tax that everyone has been talking about for the last three years or more? isnt taxation one of the most inportant issues of today? Why are the mediators of these debats not asking questions about something that could fix alot of our problems. And last, why are you not demanding that this major issue be brought to the forefront.

  23. Rurnt Paul is already toast. He’s done…stick a fork in him. Nobody cares what he has to say because he won’t get the chance to get anywhere close to Obama. He’s too old at 78 to run the country. Not to mention he’s living in a different era that does not apply to today’s world.

    • what is with today´s world? This today´s world ( including your country )thanks to former and present US presidents and their administrations and other politcians sink in wars and debts and it is close to complete fall. And Ron Paul is the only politician, who understands it and who knows that it must be changed. If it will not be changed, everything will fall down one time. And it will be very bad for everybody.
      Foreign policy must be changed and your internal politics, economical issues must be changed too. You have 14 trillions of debts, if you vote for Gingrich or Romney, it will be next 8 or more trillions, Obama will make for instance 4 trillions, you are rather close to next wars – Obama and moronic part of these your lawmakers have sent warships close to China, they have sent warships to Persian Gulf and to Russian territories. Do they intend to make attack on every goals? You see that it is the last chance to stop this madness, because it will end rather very badly and most of all for you.
      You have one normal candidate – Ron Paul and he should win, if you have a little bit of intelligence. Nobody can force you to vote, but believe that this man is really the most hopeful and good and normal candidate to be president. And he has clear brain in spite of age. Besides all your candidates have already artificial teeth Romney, Gingrich and Obama probably too). besides you should vote for Ron Paul earlier, before 4 years, he is better than Obama and it is no Bush, he is really good and normal politician.

    • Gottalovem

      Your facts are wrong, not having correct facts show that you are mis-informed and therefore uninformed. As an uninformed person your opinion is meaningless and not worth the time you took to write.

      I urge you to learn about Ron Paul for your freedom and the survival of our country.

      Ron Paul is US!

  24. Floridians

    Ron Paul is the only candidate who represents the people and our best interests. Our interests are only protected by the constitution and in order to survive and then prosper again we must put our house in order first. Ron Paul’s policies are grounded on The Constitution and The Bill Of Rights. Ron Paul, an educated veteran, congressman and empathetic common-man is an experienced and honorable statesman, the only candidate with the knowledge and foresight to predict our present state of collapse and the only one whose only goal is to restore America again.

    Please vote for US
    Ron Paul

  25. I BELIEVE NEWT GINGERICH IS THE ONLY CANDIDATE LEFT THAT CAN PUT OBAMA AWAY. IF WE HAVE FOUR MORE YEARS OF THIS TERRIBLE PRESIDENCY, AMERICA WILL NO LONGER BE A LAND OF FREEDOM, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. OUR CONSTITUTION HAS BEEN ATTACKED SO MUCH AND WE NEED A MAN THAT WILL STAND AND DEFEND OUR RIGHTS. OUR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IS BEING ATTACKED BY THE LIBERALS AND IF WE DON’T ELECT THE RIGHT PRESIDENT THIS TIME, GOODBYE AMERICA. YOU WON’T KNOW WHERE IT WENT. LOOK AT EUROPE, GREECE, AND OTHER COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD. ALL I CAN SAY IS, MAY ” OUR HOLY GOD” HELP US TO PRAY AND ELECT A PRESIDENT THAT WILL SEEK HIS FACE AND MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICES FOR OUR COUNTRY. IT WILL TAKE A MAN WHO CAN MAKE GOOD CHOICES TO GET OUR ECONOMY OUT OF THIS MESS AND TO KEEP OUR COUNTRY OUT OF ANOTHER WAR………YES WE NEED MORE JOBS, BUT WHAT GOOD WILL THEY BE IF OUR COUNTRY IS DESTOYED.. MAY GOD BLESS AMERICA !!!!!!!!!!

    • Really Gingrich? Even if I liked him which I don’t, he carries far too much baggage for me to even trust him anymore. Oh, I’m sure Obama is going to have a field day with him cheating on his wife all the while impeaching Clinton, lobbying resulting in the housing bubble and getting kicked out of Congress for writing bum checks. I feel that will be a big mistake for Gingrich to go up against a smooth talking Obama. Even though I knew Obama’s State of the Union Address to be the same old song and dance, listen to how smoothly he presented his agenda to America. I don’t buy it, but damn he’s good! Don’t get me wrong I’m not going to vote for Obama, but look at how well he presents himself and by the end of the day Newt is going to go home with his tail stuck between his legs. I know Ron Paul is not the smoothest talker and you don’t have to like all his issues, but one on one and with out the biased commentators, he will literally shut Obama down the way he has shut down several Congress people including Bernanke by discussing real solid issues. Remember Paul speaks the truth to the American people. Remember the saying, “The truth will set you free”, keep that in mind the next time you vote. The more and more Congress becomes corrupt and increases in size and as long as the Fed exists we will continue to have our liberties striped.
      At least the candidates are finally starting to talk with Paul to get the facts straight about a smaller government, now he needs to talk to them about the Fed and the bogus wars. Believe it or not Paul is rubbing off on the other candidates, which isn’t perfect but it is promising.

    • Reasons why Mitt would be a bad president. He is for police states. He switches his mind on a daily basis. He has special interest with these big corporations. He is funded by the same people as Obama.

  26. I just want to tell you that I think it is a shame that our country is in such turmoil with big issues such as our economy, jobs, etc. that instead of REALLY discussing the issues all you do Mr. Romney and Mr. Gingrich is argue back and forth like a couple of kids and I for one am sick and tired of it and from what I hear a lot of others feel the same way I do. Is it really necessary to tell on each others background, things that happened years ago? Why not try to act like adults and discuss the issues. We need an ADULT candidate to beat Mr. Obama. Can we please stop acting like little children? PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thank you.

  27. I am very concerned about Mitt Romney’s church/religion past position (till 1978) on “blacks”. Mitt Romney was in his early 30’s when the practice of not allowing blacks into the temple etc. was still in play. This should be a question to him, his tolerance of the practice back then. This is not to say he is racist in anyway but this should be asked. People need to know to make an informed choice. I guess maybe it is too contentious for these reporters/moderators to handle.

    • In all fairness, he married a woman, Ann, who didn’t even convert to Mormonism until 1996. That tends to moderate his conformity to Temple Law somewhat I figure.

    • Just like Ron Paul got asked about the articles, if the temple is legit then the question should be asked. Romney if president will be representing all people of all races and background and should be asked this question. Is it true, I heard about a candidate and something about a miscarriage and a fetus? I didn’t bother to research that yet, just wondering if there is any validity behind that or just a rumor.

  28. Please, lets get the best people for President and First Lady…
    Newt is an angry old man and too bossy. He thinks he is the only person in the primary and if we cannot trust him to be truthful with his wife and family, why would he be truthful to the voters.
    His wife would not be a good first lady, she had really bad judgement and was partly responsible for breaking up Newt.s marriage. She adds nothing to the ticket.

    Mitt on the otherhand is not a hothead, he has respect for everyone and because he does not yell and scream and point his finger in your face does not mean he would not be a great president. His wife would make a wonderful First Lady…Mitt can hold his temper and that is what we need when talking with the leaders of other countries about sensitive subjects.
    Mitt is a man of honor and we have not seen that in a long time.
    We need Mitt to get rid of Obama, a lying, socialist con artist.

    • Jackie, I understand your preference, You like Mitt more than Newt. Both are very capable and have pros and cons, different talents lets say. Carter and Reagan were both soft spoken like Mitt, and Reagan Inspired us more, like Newt can sometimes. But those are styles and personalities which have little if any to do with getting the job done right. As people we most wish for the same things, but make different choices attempting to achieve them, and few if any, get exactly what they intended or wanted. I am sure both candidates care and love our country as much as you and I or Obama. We all have different believes about how to solve our problems.

      The candidates past choices tell us who they are. What they have done. First Lady s influence the President but they are not the ones we elect nor do they solve the problems we face, although some have more active rolls and weigh more than others.

      Mistresses and lovers don’t break marriages. Married people do.
      Most all politicians are Con Artists, and every one Lies, some more than others, but they all do.
      Socialists are not bad people, Some republicans have socialists views.

  29. If you want Utopia, vote for Romney. He has already said he WILL NOT REPEAL Obamneycare. Newt is the only Conservative on the list able to spank Obama in a debate. Wake up America and TAKE AMERICA BACK! This is our last chance.

    • Tom, I have always heard Mitt say he would repeal Obama from day one. Although a Lie because the President does not have the power to do do. Congress has to do it.
      Newt might be the best orator and debater of the party, but with all the baggage in his past, some one half talented might mop the floor with him. Mitt is not as effective debating or motivating, nut he carries much less baggage, has other smaller flaws.

  30. As written by Thomas Woods “Ron Paul Would Ignite the Debate If He Said This”:

    It’s now or never. Reignite the excitement of the Revolution by stealing the show.

    (1) “The Tea Party’s key issues have been bailouts, debt, and spending. Mitt and Newt both supported the TARP bailouts. The whole people were against those bailouts, and the elites were for them. When the chips were down, Mitt and Newt sided with the New York Times and the cable news networks against you. Do you expect them to behave differently next time?

    “I have opposed every bailout, every time. Does anyone here doubt my resolve? Given my consistent record over three decades, does anyone doubt those bailouts will stop cold under a President Paul?

    “Newt boasts of his great accomplishments. But the Brookings Institution had it right when they said his Contract with America in 1994 was a lot of piddling around the edges, and represented no real threat to the status quo.

    “You want a real threat to the status quo? You’re looking at him.

    “On spending, everyone pretends to want to cut spending. How many times are we going to let them get away with fooling Republican voters? Who else on this stage has laid out a specific, line-by-line budget showing $1 trillion in savings in the first year? If you want to be lied to about spending cuts that never come — as has happened repeatedly under Republican rule, I am sorry to have to point out — and if you don’t care that your country is going bankrupt, don’t vote for me. Vote for one of them. But if you want someone who isn’t some slick talker, and who won’t ever back down, our campaign welcomes you with open arms.”

    (2) “We can’t afford the knee-jerk intervention overseas anymore. And I am unconvinced that this policy is motivated by protecting us from radical Islam. Nobody seemed to mind that our party’s last nominee favored interventions in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Russia on behalf of Islamic forces. How about staying out of these conflicts, given that our government’s crazy foreign policy has succeeded only in cultivating radical Islam everywhere it has touched?

    “Our campaign has received twice as much money in donations from active-duty military than all other Republican candidates combined, and I’ve been endorsed by the former head of the CIA’s Osama bin Laden unit, who says the other candidates are feeding you propaganda instead of the truth.

    “Mitt Romney’s top donors are Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, and Morgan Stanley. Mine are the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force.

    “I don’t know what part of ‘we are broke’ my opponents do not understand, but their grandiose plans to remake the world, which are the very opposite of what a conservative would propose, are even crazier when we’re on the verge of bankruptcy. Newt thinks bankruptcy is a actually good time to outfit a mission to Mars. Now I admit that might be worth the investment, but only if he wants to take Congress and the president with him.”

    (3) “Tonight the media would like to entertain you with another episode of the Mitt and Newt Hour. Each will accuse the other of deviating from conservative principles, and each will be right. The fact is, these two are so close in philosophy you can hardly slide a credit card between them.

    “It will be obvious during this debate, given how much time to speak these two men will receive, that the media has already decided what your choices for president should be. Since when do you trust the media with deciding who should be president? The very fact that they obviously favor the two gentlemen to my left is reason enough to hold them in suspicion.

    “I am the one they fear. I am the one who will shut down the federal gravy train once and for all. They know I mean business, and that I’m not just giving pretty speeches. That’s why they ridicule and ignore me.

    “And that’s exactly why I urge you to support me.”

  31. Further we are going into presidential campaign less doubt I have that Romney wouldn’t be the GOP nominee. Something very vital, very important is missing in him. Silent voters, not Republican establishment, sense it already. It’s just matter of time when more and more people will support and vote for someone else who might clear define their needs and hopes for the better life.
    Newt Gingrich may very well load the place where not Obama or Romney is suited for. Newt is more humane: in his blunder and misfortunes, in his passion for life, in his tenacious approach of new ideas and his defiance to abuses we all are bearing from stupidity of our own wrong steps; and don’t forget that no one of contenders even close to to former Speaker of the House in their knowledge and experience. America is in a tremendous need for a sage leader, not just rosy talker or a nice looking guy.

  32. Please make this a fair debate and give Ron Paul questions also. The last debate in SC was very good, however your blackout on him afterward was reprehensible. Please don’t try to tell the public who to vote for by highlighting your favorites and blacking out who you chose. The media is supposed to “report” not to shape the news. As far as I know we are still in a free America. Please prove me right and report fairly.

      • /agree…

        And that’s because the media is one of only two groups that makes a huge profit from war and chaos. The other would be weapons manufacturers as part of the war profiteering group.

        Ron Paul is the only candidate that is willing to stand up to these groups and do the right thing.

        I for one would much rather have a stronger national defense and solid economy than 737 military bases that waste nearly $1,000,000,000,000 USD every year.

        We have the ability to have 600,000 troops anywhere in the world within 6 hours and we have anti-missile defense for any such nuke that was launched. Having these bases doesn’t do anything for us at all.

        • My take on the 5 left:

          1) Ron Paul — a genuine Patriot

          2) Mitt — a handsome flip-flopper

          3) Newt — orating Sophist with an animal-like cunning

          4) Santorum — a rabid mutt (akin to a mad terrier)

          5) Obama — little narcissist that blames all for his shortcomings

      • I have watched this before and I can only pray that this video will reach the right eyes. I believe quite a bit of her story, and that bothers me.

    • He has mine too because he is the best candidate running and the most experienced in the economy and finance matters and he is not a war monger and he is a gentleman with a great working mind and he is not egotistical and not boxed in by thoughts which are not correct. He is aware he is human and subject to making mistakes and learns from them. That is called growing and changing your mind. Flip flops are for kids and those using that phrase toward Mr. Romney are still kids.

      • I believe in the same principles Ron Paul has tried to educate us about. The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and the Bill of Rights. From a odd place within the Republican Party he has managed to create a starting point for a movement, that unlike the other candidates, really stands on principles. Social Principles outlined in our founding Documents.
        He is not the best candidate, because of how hard it has been for him to deliver the message. Many people have a hard time understanding where he comes from or where he is going. Reagan and Clinton were best candidates, no matter what nonsense they said, they lightened any room. That is a great candidate. R.Paul is about the content of his message, instead of personality or charisma.
        Lately because of us, and the support we have given him, is that the ideas in our founding documents have been revived. Not only the other candidates have accepted and adjusted their messages, but even Rush, who in 08 would put R.Paul down with vengeance, is coming around.
        It is our job as individuals to continue this fight, to use the principles in the founding documents to educate and enlighten others, to convince the non-participating people to take side and participate because if not, we are making it easier for special interest groups giving them all the power which got us in to this mess.
        The choice we have regardless of this election is, do we continue and take back the republican party, from the Neo Cons, the statist, the ultra right, or do we claim back the libertarian party to transform it, trying in any case to win back the minds and souls of those who got fed up with politics and both parties, and allowed the country to fall in the hands of a few special interest groups.
        The best candidate is yet to come, he will reinstate the values in which our country was founded, inspire the whole country to participate so we can send to Washington a Congress that represents us all for real, and reclaim what is ours.

    • Demand of the media — Name the actual Persons that have earned enough money to finance our Nation’s huge debt!

      Can anyone explain how it is possible for ANY Entity to have Legally earned the monies needed to finance ALL GOVERNMENTS on earth (and still keep them all in Debt)? A simple calculation will show that if all the humans in the last 50,000 years (since cave-men till now) worked for a living wage, no such amount could have been EARNED, that can finance every nation on this planet!

      The conclusion must be — that these Few, World Money Lenders that finance Nations, have made this much profit by PURE THEFT.

      GIVE US THE NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF THESE MONEY LENDERS, so all American People know who owns the mortgage of our Nation!

  33. Rick Santorum — is Obama’s biggest threat. Obama is sitting back enjoying himself because he believes the Republican Party will select Newt or Mitt. They will be no match for him. The debates have given Obama all he needs to discredit both of them.

    But Rick–what would Obama do? Rick believes in a strong military. “Rick spent 8 years on the Senate Armed Services Committee, where he fought to strengthen America’s military in the face of the Clinton Administration’s attempt to downsize our fighting capabilities.”

    Rick has worked hard on tax reform, “serving as the point man to pass the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 that revitalized our economy after the terrorist attacks of 9/11.”

    Rick understands the branches of government and has fought judges who legislate from the bench. “As a Republican leader in the Senate, he was pivotal in the fight to confirm U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito.”

    Please go to Rick’s website to read more about his past contributions and current plans for the office of President. Remember, past behavior is the best predictor of future success. View: RickSantorum.com/issues

    Rick’s efforts stick around. Please consider reading more about Rick and carefully scrutinize the anti-Catholic comments fired at him by the media/blogs. Are they scare tactics designed to discount the real threat to Obama? I think so.

    • “There are people who were gay and lived the gay lifestyle and aren’t anymore. I don’t know if that’s the similar situation or that’s the case for anyone that’s black. It’s a behavioral issue as opposed to a color of the skin issue, and that’s the diff for serving in the military.”
      ~Rick Santorum, comparing homosexuality to being black.

      I can go on and on about how Rick Santorum is a bigot and a homophobe but he is also ignorant

      “There are no Palestinians. All the people who live in the West Bank are Israelis. There are no Palestinians. This is Israeli land.”
      ~Rick Santorum, falsely claiming that there are no Palestinians living on the West Bank.

      That certainly doesn’t sound very presidential or informed.

    • From a PA person who voted Santorum Out!
      He was a crook. That is why he lost. He
      owes Penn Hills 73,000 dollars for every
      year he ripped them off.

    • @Marie — I agree – Rick is a pretty great guy….but seriously…Ron Paul. Just this one time. Check him out please.

  34. Its a Ron Paul Revolution!

    The media and other candidates throw Ron under the bus because he speaks the truth and really wants to see deficit reduction which is the only way this nation will stand as one in the future. The baby boomers blew it for us, now its time to put things back into the hands of the states, reduce federal spending, and cut out all the corporate puppets in politics!

    Ron Paul for President 2012!!!!

    • Ron Paul has good economic plans but would put us in too much danger on his foreign policy. I cannot get behind that.

      • the mainstream media is not the voice of god, the owners of the mainstream media have an agenda that in no way benefits america. just because the “news” says something, doesn’t mean it’s true.

        for instance, the msm says iran wants to “wipe israel off the map”. however, if you check to see what ahmadinejad actually said, you will find that’s not true.

        and if you can look at the “collapse” of wtc7 (something the msm will not show you) and you still think it was caused by fire, you are an idiot.

        investigate. verify what the media tells you. think for yourself.

        • OK, so you believe the collapse of building 7 was caused by the US. If you think that is true, tell me how many people were involved in something this big considering the planning and execution of this plan and what happened to them all. Were they and all their friends and relatives executed so they couldn’t talk? It’s been over 10 years and I haven’t seen anybody come forward and say they were involved in the planning and execution of this plan. I think that speaks for itself.

          • It’s no different that the Gulf of Tonkin incident..look it up.. We were lied to… Are you suggesting only one person knew that? I think allot of people knew about it, just like WT7. It’s amazing how millions of dollars will keep people quiet. It doesn’t take much to figure out that if you control the media, you can create your own history. Ask yourself this: Why haven’t they investigated WT7? CLEARLY it was a controlled demolition, you cannot deny that. Why did they ship all of the core beams (which is the smokin) to China to be melted before they could be inspected and analyzed? Why didn’t they allow any investigation team into the wreckage? Why were there pools of MOLTEN LAVA under the debris piles?
            What about the enormous amount of stock ‘put’ options on the airlines the DAY BEFORE 9/11? Millions were made from the Stock market on this ‘event’. if you think you can dismiss all of this just because you think this a lie is soooo big, that no one could ever keep it to themselves for over 10 years. I would suggest you do some research, because you believe in the media a little too much. If you did some research you would also find out that many important people connected to 9/11 (e.g. first responders, witnesses) died in mysterious wrecks and plane crashes not related to 9/11. I think that speaks for itself.

          • there are many cases that remain classified and sealed still, and will never be clear. Any wrong doing from the government will never be opened to the public to see. Most rumors can not be proven but exist because the whole truth has not been told either. All I know is that when the river makes noise it’s carrying rocks. Or is everything clear about, Area 51, JFK, ET’s, Iran-Contras, Che-Guevara, Assassinations, on and on….

      • Haha… so the quiet kid walking down the school hallways minding his own business is dangerous? That is basically what you are saying… really you haven’t said anything you have just mirrored what your status quo has told you. You probably mirrored your parents religion too. That and/or they forced it on you.

        You kind of people make me sad. Probably the same people who turn themselves into slaves by living beyond your means because you think that’s how it should be and you have to keep your image.

        You won’t last much longer. You are probably from the grasshopper age. Don’t worry… my new generation will get rid of you soon enough. Ron Paul is helping us do that.

        • First off, my parents died when I was a kid so no one directed my thinking. I believe in God but have always followed my own beliefs. To be honest, people on these websites give me pause to believe in any honest exchange. I have been at the very bottom and have also been successful. ONLY because I was work 80 hours a week at a job I hate. Why, because life is not always a carnival. You do what you have to for survival WITHOUT taking from people who owe you nothing. I have made sooooooo many sacrifices and I tried to help the unfortunate through one of my jobs. They did not want work. They wanted money for nothing. That is why I hit bottom. No longer will I let the unwilling take from the hard workers of this country!!!

        • Your generation is probably the same one I have been trying to employ and support for several years now. You are welcome!

    • If you try to cut the deficit by a trillion dollars in four years it would devastate the economy.
      His economic plans are bad.

          • Okay, that’s why it threw me. What you referenced was not actually Paul’s plan. His plan, with budget spelled out and documented unlike his rivals, is to cut $ 1Trillion from the BUDGET (not the deficit), and in the first year, not in four. If the folks on The Hill want to keep their jobs, they’ll go along with him when the calls and faxes start rolling in. I can easily see him staring them down and forcing them to go on record and override his veto if they want to keep spending like the drunken sailors they are.

      • @Thomas – can you elaborate? How would cutting militant spending be detrimental to the economy? How big is the economy? What percentage of the entire economy is 1 trillion dollars?

      • Its called deficit because we spend more than what we make. If we don’t have it, we have to borrow it. How long do you think this can last? Do you not realize that eventually you can not borrow any more and you fall.
        1 trillion reduces the deficit does not eliminate it. It only buys time for us to grow the economy and revenue

  35. I agree and wish these moderators would stop letting Romney and Gingrich go back and forth like a couple of school kids, taking up all of the time so we cannot hear more from Santorum.

    • We get it you like Santorum, But why not, just to be fair equal time. And if you would listen to the others might learn something. I would like to hear Santorum more, because I disagree with him the most. Isn’t it funny?

  36. We should ask ourselves do we want to be taxed [money=time] meaning time away from the family so that we could continue to find additional wars e.g. Iran Or do we strengthen our nation’s balance sheet, its check book, so that we can take care of our citizens at home or leave that money in the citizens’ pockets. Most great empires fall from either over expansion or bad monetary policy (printing money). It is simple. So what would a company do if their debt to income ratio was 90%? It would lay off employees and cut back so that it could survive. Any family would do the same. Vote Ron Paul, he is the only candidate that would cut 5 departments, strengthen national defense and reduce OVERSEAS military bases. If you ever played the board game risk, you know what I am taking about. The Roman & British Empires understand this too.

    • When you cut departments you cut jobs. Bad for the economy.
      I like Ron Paul’s and Rick Santorum’s idea about finding out what happened to the trillions of $s
      in stimulus and what politician got them.? The 3 departments that Obama wants to cut is the
      Army, Air force, & Navy.

      • Thomas,

        When you cut GOVERNMENT jobs, then you can also cut the TAXES that paid for those jobs. That money then stays in YOUR pocket, so you can use it to build a house, or take your wife to dinner, or order a new suit, or put a child in college. You might very well be creating jobs by paying an ex-Dept-of-Education bureaucrat to frame your house, cook/serve your dinner, tailor your suit, or teach at your child’s college.

        The point is that YOU CHOOSE how to spend YOUR MONEY, rather than have some government agency in DC decide how much of YOUR money should go to ME.

      • If you have 8 supervisors ans 2 workers, you are not producing enough, you are loosing money, and getting in debt. Eventually you will be closed. you can not have in any company a administration larger than the production or manufacturing side.You need to make the supervisors produce. All those jobs in the 5 Departments need to go to manufacturing. Keep in mind the government does not produce anything.

  37. Congress just passed the Indefinite Detention Bill, attached to the 2011 Military Appropriations Bill. American Citizens can, now, be sent to FEMA Internment Camps without trial, never to be released.
    Ron Paul is the only candidate of either Party that has condemned this crime against the American People. We need to cross register and Vote for Ron Paul in the GOP primary in every State, because Our Freedoms have to be defended!
    Look up ” Indefinite Detention” and convince everyone you know to support the only man We can trust.

  38. So you want to repeal ”Obama Care” and let every American pay for health insurance? Our unemployment is at 8.5%, 15% blacks not working 10% whites without a job. Can a GOP President in his first term, repeal ‘Obama Care” and put Americans back to work in order for this act to pass??

  39. What a biased view towards mainstream media? There are fools who believe that there are just opinions and no truths. Fox and company lies and they cannot see that. Sad for America. These power hungry bigots have no interest in doing good for US. They talk about less Govt. Why dont they get rid of themselves and not run and we will have less govt!!!

    • Samy, Usually those who think they own the truth are the fools. If someones overgrown-ego maniac makes them believe that their opinions are the truth, it prevents them from listening to others, or learning anything. These are usually the most ignorant of people. Only a ignorant chooses not to listen or learn, pretending to know it all.
      Fox and MSNBC, are opposing extreme views, and we can learn from both and neither are Mainstream. Mainstream…I think it’s similar to Sesame Street, neither nor.. Only my opinion..

      “Fox and company lies and they cannot see that.” so which one is it? If they can’t see that in your opinion they are wrong, then they are not lying, they’re just wrong. To Lie is to state something which you know not to be truth.
      Now to express a opinion from a different perspective, from a different set of values, and interpret things differently is not lying either. Just a different believe,

      Remember how many people fought and died in our Independence and our Civil War for what they believed. We like to believe that the truth is the one who always wins. I’m not so sure, I don’t think we need a war to demonstrate a truth, if such think existed and was more than an opinion

  40. It is very sad that this is not on national TV. Not everyone can afford cable or has access to CNN. if they do have cable. Some citizens can only afford basic cable which does not include CNN.

    This debate is important to the state of Fl. and may have an affect on the outcome of the primary elections.

    However, it will only affect the citizens that can afford cable or have access to CNN.

    I’m very disappointed in the Republican Party not to consider all citizens and fellow republicans if they want to win this election.

  41. Rick Santorum is absolute garbage. He voted 6 times to increase the size of the federal reserve. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that Santorum is the Next Jesus Christ. He is down right evil and would lead the U.S into the next great war. Santorum is the absolute most dangerous solution to American security since the Cuban Missile Crisis. He’s a counterfiet conservative and does not have your best interest in mind.

    Mitt Romney is the establishment, enough said. so, NO,

    Gingrich is viable, but should be on a ticket as a Secretary of Defense, or perhaps even as VP.

    The only viable alternative is Ron Paul. He is the only one with a real plan. Don’t blow off his foreign policy. It makes far more sense than you think. Take a good hard look at it, not what Mitt and Santorum want you to think it is.

    Its time for real change, and that change is Ron Paul.

    • * edit – Santorum voted to increase the size of the federal government, (not the reserve). In other words, he is the other side of the same coin as Obama, and the reason why some of you rea ding this don’t have a job. So no to Santorum.

    • Your facts are wrong. Making stuff up off the top of you head.
      That’s a problem with bloggers like you. Present the facts with proof. Integrity.

      • Don’t take my word for it there, Thomas. Don’t take my word for it, I don’t care; Look of Santorum’s voting record for yourself. Its right there in black and white. It is pure counterfeit conservatism. You talking about integrity, just firing blanks like that makes doesn’t not make you the standard bearer of honor and integrity. As far as I (and just about all of my 75,000 block readers) are concerned, its Ron Paul, or no one. I would vote for Obama before I vote for Santorum.

      • @Thomas – what evidence do you have that his facts are wrong? and conversely – where did the OP get his facts?

    • If you cut the deficit by a trillion in 4 years. That would be devastating to the economy and cut jobs.
      Don’t attack someone here by hear say.

      • :: FACE-PALM:: Thomas, you are obviously lack a fundamental understanding of public policy and economics. You should really just stop talking about it.

      • Either way it is going to collapse. Do we keep pumping money into pick and choose corporate buisnesses and tax the middle class? No, we are in the midst of break down all across America. The cut is put into our pockets, for us to spend and build our buisnesses, we create the market.

        • Oh C’mon Luke!
          Although most of your points are correct and some of your opinions are based on the facts.It does not give you the right to:
          a)demonize the other candidates or just spill venom.
          b) Base the facts only on voting records disregarding the rest of the bill(R.Paul has admitted to not always vote on a issue as he would have liked because of pork or other things in the bill)
          c)Being so disrespectful of anyone who has a different opinion.

          You make all who support Ron Paul look like extremist, scarring away who we need to win other VOTERS. and finally Thomas doesn’t loose. WE ALL DO.

      • @Thomas – I don’t understand — how would that be devastating to the economy? What percentage of the entire economy is 1 trillion dollars?

  42. In 1994, Gingrich described himself as “a conservative futurist”. He said that those who were trying to define him should look no farther than The Third Wave, a 1980 book written by Alvin Toffler. The book describes our society as entering a post-industrial phase in which abortion, homosexuality, promiscuity, and divorce are perfectly normal, even virtuous. Toffler penned a letter to America’s “founding parents,” in which he said: “The system of government you fashioned, including the principles on which you based it, is increasingly obsolete, and hence increasingly, if inadvertently, oppressive and dangerous to our welfare. It must be radically changed and a new system of government invented—a democracy for the 21st century.” He went on to describe our constitutional system as one that “served us so well for so long, and that now must, in its turn, die and be replaced.”

    • len — Would you expect anything different from Newt? He’d climb any new wagon that would advance him at that moment of time as a professional politician — regardless how absurd it is, since he believes his skills in oratory sophism will negate whatever logical flaws are found in that particular fancy.

      However, his hubris has finally caught up with him — no oratory silkiness can overcome his many transgressions. Just way too much rotten baggage — that even Protagoras could not overcome.

      Tonight’s debate was the nail in his political coffin.
      But he’ll continue to drag down the Republicans but not stepping down, since his egotism supersedes his patriotism.

      • What a incredible amount of “rotten Baggage” he has, and still how far he’s come. Another proof of how great of a operative he could be if directed appropriately. He has the talent to BS most people, and still goes on and survives after it blows up.

  43. Hey, when you guys were streaming through CNN. Did you notice the stream getting disrupted, only when Paul got on a hot topic. The last I recall was something about foriegn policy. Paul was disrupted after the word “Jihadist..” Maybe its just me, but from McGovern To Paul I feel, it is all being controlled from the backround through many aspects. Maybe behind a curtain in Oz.. who knows.

  44. That was Paul’s best debate and he did the awesome job his usually does……..Tell the truth. Glad to see Ron Paul not look like an adolescent child picking fights. I don’t know about you, but that was embarrassing and Romney and Gingrich want to be our next president? I heard Obama was taken to the hospital, he busted his gut laughing so hard. Obama did have a great recovery though, threatening to slap the taste out of Santorum’s mouth if he talks any more smack. Paul says that he might be one of the oldest but he’s in great shape and Obama’s the one gonna be wearing the diapers when it’s all said and done. When asked, “Obama, do you think you can beat Ron Paul in a one on one debate?” Obama replied, “It Depends”

    • G. Stickney — good post!

      A few observations of the 2nd Florida debate:

      1) Ron Paul, aside from delivering his message of irrefutable TRUTH, endeared himself even more by delivering the best punch lines! The only candidate that did not engage in negativity, but actually mitigated with some wry remarks the three-dog-fight that had ensued.

      2) The dog-and-pony show btw Newt and Mitt was won by Mitt — he threw in the best punches and Newt looked lost at times in this verbal pugilism.

      3) The inconsequential mutt Santorum — with nothing to lose — joined the verbal fray and took some bites from Newt’s political skin but mostly chewed up on Mitt.

      Wolf Blizter promised equal time for all candidates — he lied. Should be called on this (he allowed the Newt-Mitt dog-eats-dog show to continue for the first 10-15 minutes without allowing Santorum or Ron Paul to put in a word).

      Wish someone with four chronometers would replay the debate and actually give an exact tally of how much time each candidate spoke. My guess is that Mitt and Newt received about 30% each, Santorum about 25% and Ron Paul again was again nearly ignored — with 15% !!!

      Talk about equality in the main media….

  45. Nancy Regan says Newt is the man. Romney lies about that and other things. the mormons control enough lets not let them get their grasp on our white house. Go newt go!

  46. Its good advice though… For your Free Freedom Starter kit, Please visit Ron Paul dot com. Its the right thing to do.

  47. Ron Paul is the only way for change. He has a plan that he has stuck with even if its not popular. Unlike the cogs of the machine he’s debating. To say his foriegn policy is dangerous , is saying we’re not safe if we’re not fighting. Try actually serving. How long will the American people stay in their comfort zones watching videos and T.V shows about heartless people, hoping someone else will fix the wrong? Gingrich, Romney, and Santorum have everything the media needs for its election reality show. Drama, lies, money, and corruption. Don’t let the media control this show. Do some research. Real Cheange Requires Real People!!!

  48. So something especially about this race is really confusing me…..the majority of the US says that we need to stop these wars right? so why the heck do people keep voting for candidates that want to start another war?

    • Allan, Because the system is rigged.

      The special interest groups buy the polls, the media, the coverage, the opinions, and give the commentators the jobs. Look on you tube for John Stewart’s piece on how all the media ignored Ron Paul. They wouldn’t even mention his name. I remember Rush calling him a lunatic train freight coo coo or something like that, not even worth talking about because he was irrelevant.
      The party makes the backroom deals on future legislation with the lobby’s, in exchange for contributions to get Reps and Senators elected, after all The President can’t get much done without Congress.
      And we the people are the idiots who cheer for one candidate or another. Many because he looks good or talks nice, or how he acts or sounds in a debate. It’s advertising and packaging like Coke and Pepsi, Ford and Chevy.etc

      And in the end, those who see the light and support Ron Paul, who do you vote for if Mitt wins the nomination? Obama or Romney? the game is rigged, it’s the same.

      If you add the votes for both candidates in previous election (except the last) the majority of adults over 18 does not vote. More power for the special Interest groups.

  49. Anyone who does not want Mitt Romney to win the GOP primary is a racist or a stuck-in- the-mud loony snob or bland stupid. So what if Romney was born into a mormon family and it’s the religion that still floats his boat. the US was based on freedom of religion. he is intense and successful and i cannot believe the moronic comments by anyone who references his personal choice of religion as something wrong and he is not a polygamist like some nutty psyche cases of mormon sect that attach to mormonism. this religion has evolved. wtf, so romney has made money. jennifer aniston made 21 mill on one freaking movie that wasn’t even that good! i cannot believe the bland and awful stupidity of anyone who makes comments about romney. he’s raised 5 men, has one wife, and his comments are not practiced or scripted. he’s refreshingly honest in his commentary and he tries to be a good politician. he’s a man. he’s not a lying ego weighted sugar puff like bombastic gingrich or teenager like always flossing always smiling like santorum.

    • He is also the guy that used Massachusetts as a testing ground for all his failed ideas, now he wants to use the entire country.. no thanks.. It’s hard enough living in the wake of his idiot-icy here in Massachusetts..

    • The truth is spoken in 1 sentence — he TRIES to be a good politician. Please read the whole comment. Being a good politician – politician defined as : A person who is professionally involved in politics – politics is defined as : The activities associated with the governance of a country or area – governance is defined as : Sway; control.

      So you are saying that you want someone who is good at controlling.

      Now imagine we instead put someone in office who is a good person. They will lead the government to do good things.

      Please realize that our government is supposed to serve us by doing what is listed in the U.S. Constitution – the President is not my leader or your leader – he leads the government.

    • Mitt Romney is “refreshingly honest”? If you think Mitt is refreshingly honest; by default, Ron Paul would be in the realm of a heaven sent prophet. You are clearly misinformed and have made your decision on someone else’s talking points and obviously bias opinions verse actually doing the research on the philosophy of government, world history, psychology of people and propaganda, international politics, world resources, constitutional rule of law, as well as many other subjects that coalesce into the knowledge that’s needed to make an informed and factual decision on who is a valid candidate for the “ruling” of the “civilized” world. Please take the time to further educate yourself on reality verse reality tv star wanna-be’s. I will be happy to answer any questions you have regarding reality and how I(and those of educational merit)view it. Anyone but Ron Paul is basically a pointless venture and I could give you endless reasons why. Please do your best on making the most informed decision possible; THINK ABOUT IT.. This round of voting could and most likely will change the path of history forever. Which side are you going to help? I hope it’s the one that chooses us, we, our freedoms and rights to be what we want as long as we don’t hurt others.
      RON PAUL 2012
      Thank you!

        • Steve L

          That’s because the Republicans and the Democrats are actually the 2 headed – i party Monster called the “Establishment”.

        • @Surfisher,

          Are you or someone in your family competitors in NCFCA? I heard the name during the announcements at the Grand Prairie tournament.

          • Neville — hope you first name is not Chamberlain….

            No. Just looked it up, not my cup of tea (I hold the empiricists (Hume, Berkley and Locke) and the logicians (Socrates, Plato, in part Aristotle (only his Organon) and Ayn Rand)in regard — not those guided by faith alone).

            Sorry to disappoint.

  50. Midwest Gal — thanks for letting me know something I was not aware of. That I’m a racist, a loony snob or just bland stupid — because you label me as such by your SINGLE CRITERIA that I do not want Mitt to win.

    I thought I was a Patriot — since I support Ron Paul (who wants us to be free and prosperous without government telling me what is best for me).

    But now I might be afraid to do this — since your labels of my thinking are so harsh…maybe I should change my vote and go with Romney, so that I’m not labeled as racist, loony snob or stupid.

    Do you think society’s pressure will change an individual like me to goose-step in line with you….?

  51. There are numerous online sources to seek out and gain pertinent information from. This is the information age. Yeah, rings a bell.. Doesn’t it? In an informational age, where knowledge is spread, gained, sorted, verified and then published for others to scrutinize; it only becomes a matter of time before those who are versatile with the technology used in gaining access to this information become liberated in the sense where people start making decisions and morals for themselves and thus continue to stray away from the spooky father figure(s) who promises to put you in a place where you will suffer for ever and ever if you do something against “religious law;” BUT…. He unconditionally loves you at the same time. Sounds like god is a bit bi-polar; or at least doesn’t give a shit about what is stated on his behalf.
    People need to understand, even if there is a god(or gods), they aren’t doing their job of helping those in dire need. Free will you say?! Well, that is obviously another load of bullshit propagandized by those in charge of religious fallacies to help those who believe seek comfort in the unknown. Maybe there is a god, maybe there isn’t; and at the very best… If there is, he/she/it clearly doesn’t give a shit about injustice or crimes against the very miracles he created and exposed to mortality.
    So where are we? ALONE and seeking future love/unity.. So until someone, something, or otherwise helps, destroys, pampers, or knowledge upon the one race of this planet that can do something about the way we are going, “THE HUMAN RACE.” WE ARE IN CHARGE, WE ARE THE HOPE, WE ARE THE WAY. WE, the human we, WE of the different races, creed, and morals, WE share this planet, it’s resources, and the people WE elect; ONLY WE CAN MAKE THIS BETTER. So look within yourself, ask yourself if you have acquired enough knowledge to make an educated decision on how WE are going to try and change the world….. And WE will change things for the better or face the obvious consequences of repeating histories mistakes and continue finding self worth in a corporations logo. Are you ready to make others suffer for your own benefit? I’m not and I’m done doing so. Until we have an overhaul of the entire system, the only choice clearly becomes obvious. RON PAUL 2012
    Thank you for educating yourselves, loving others as yourself and trying to make this world a better place for years to come. RON PAUL 2012
    Thank you,
    Justin

  52. Any Ron Paul supporter who suggests Newt as his VP automatically loses my attention. I thought the debate was very good — the reason Romney and Gingrich get more attention in the debates than Santorum and Paul is, duh, because they are way out ahead of Santorum and Paul in the polls. Obviously the Republicans are vascillating between Romney and Gingrich, and so the differences between them must be explored so voters can make up their minds. Santorum, in my opinion, has done well in the debates, but he just hasn’t endeared himself to the public. Paul has a strong following, but hasn’t been able to increase it by any substantial amount and I believe it’s because his followers can understand him easily enough, but no one else can. Paul is my 2nd choice among the 4, but only because I take the time to read his website and to listen to his speeches — but to listen to him in debates is painful. If Paul wins the nomination, he should NOT engage in debates with Obama. He is an abysmal debater.

    • Hey Marlene, Very good. Many of the Ron Paul supporters turn me and many people off. Specially the bullying from many of the bloggers. However we are a nation of bullies and gangsters. We gang up on the weaker and try to control them or face the heat. Not a very smart way to convince anyone, to win allies and conquer bigger challenges. For me this time, it’s Ron Paul or nothing. No Vote unless I find a independent.

    • I know Ron Paul is not the smoothest talker, but neither was Bush. I feel Paul speaking the way it really is (truth) will outshine against Obama. Paul in a one on one setting where the spot light is finally on him, he would rise above Obama. I’ve seen a couple campaign trips and interviews with Santorum that made him appear ignorant and it was embarrassing to call him president. One was he visited a couple college campuses arguing his views about gays and their rights and military presence and how the Federal government needs to intervene, the other was he got confused about some figures about Obama’s job creation that was embarrassing. I get the feel Santorum and the other candidates are learning from Paul and are now stating what he has been saying for over 20 years. A lot of these candidates are changing their views. Even in one of the debates Gingrich, Paul said , ‘I got him to change on this, now if I can just change his foreign policy.’ I know he said it jokingly, but there is truth behind every joke. I have followed all the debates and all these candidates have changed there minds except Paul. I wish he would have taken some public speaking courses after the last debate 4 years ago. Paul speaking skills has diminished, maybe due to his age, but I guess I just like to hear his honesty. Some of these college students speak out against him, and he sounds very ignorant. My thing about promoting this entire gay rights is, is this a really important issue to promote and campaign about? My fear is that some candidates once elected have good intentions, but once faced with the reality change their agenda. I do not feel Ron Paul will cater to Congress, he has spent his entire life fighting them. I think he will put the 1st dent in this corrupt government. I know he hasn’t gotten a lot of bills passed, but imagine what he could do as president especially if he had a great Administration like Kucinich and their are a few others. What do you think about all these wars? That makes me nervous about our current president and all the other candidates? Nobody else talks about the Fed, at least now since the 1st debates they are talking about smaller government. But I think that is just talk or they would have been saying that before the debates. Help me see the positives and the weaknesses between Santorum and Paul and who can he actually beat the smooth talking Obama?

      • George — a few notes:

        Newt needs to lose FL (so he can soon be coaxed to withdraw — this egotist won’t drop out until he is facing a dead end), and Santorum should drop out once out of funds.

        Then the inevitable one-on-one of Ron Paul vs Mitt will finally allow Ron Paul to have equal time.

        Americans need to hear his message of truth — and only then will there be an impact of what Ron Paul states.

        So far the media is gorging themselves in glee with the Newt-Mitt Circus and Side-Show Rick — while doing their best to ignore Ron Paul.

        As the great American Paul R. galloped to warn us — hear another patriot R. Paul decrying: ” The Feds are coming, the Feds are coming….” 🙂

      • Hey George, I wish I could share your optimism. I do not think R.Paul changed any rivals mind. They are only trying to win by imitating what is becoming popular. We all know what happens later they’re called electoral promises and end up in the sewer…

  53. P.S. And if Paul wins the nomination, he should NOT ask Newt Gingrich to be his VP, as that will be a sign to me and everyone else that he is not a good judge of character, and that is very important in a President — that he not only have good character himself, but that he be a good judge of character.

    • Marlene,

      I understand, and would not want to see that either. I do not think Gingrich would be a good leader. Having him or Santorum with the codes to the “football” is very scary.

      However, there is another angle that *might* be considered. In the words of Sun-tzu, and and as Abraham put into practice:

      “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.”

      You know, I can almost see Dr. Paul using that as a laugh line from the podium at the GOP National Convention.

    • I think Dennis Kucinich from Ohio would make a good Vice president for Ron Paul. They are friends, then you would have a Republican and Democrat with similar visions. I think those two together would be able to work out a lot of problems with our current Congress and Fed.

  54. Mitt — no core to your campaign, you just lust over the desire to be in office. PLEASE give a candidate with REAL values a shot.

    like Ron Paul, the constitutionalists
    or Newt Gingrich, a life long politician

  55. Ya know, @ first I didn’t buy into the who media bias thing being the part time listener and all like most of us. But after I have repoeatedly seen Ron Paul denied equal time and skipped even, I’m finallly convinced. Not to mention that it is disrespectful to him personally as the senior man on deck and all. Ya know, bad manners really stick out in my mind. Hows about we start the remaining debates with Ron and Rick and let Newt and Mitt raise their hands and try to get a word in edgewise. BOOO CNN!!! BOO MODERATOR JOHN KING FROM CNN!!!

  56. National Debt Grew by $1 Trillion When Gingrich was Speaker

    From Treasury Direct.gov:

    · In 1994, the year before Gingrich become Speaker the National Debt was $4, 693 trillion

    · In 1995, the year he become speaker the debt was $4,974 trillion

    · In 1996 the debt was $ 5,225 trillion

    · In 1997 the debt was $5,413 trillion

    · In 1998– the last year of his speakership– the debt was $5,526 trillion

    14 years later, the National Debt is now $16 TRILLION !!!

    Video: HOW MUCH IS A TRILLION?

    http://www.chrismartenson.com/crashcourse/chapter-11-how-much-trillion

  57. Ron Paul is RIGHT! Americans are OPPOSED to More War!

    With harsh US rhetoric and tensions around Iran’s nuclear program snowballing by the hour, American polls nonetheless show that most Americans think a war with Tehran would be a grave mistake. But do the leaders of the “Political Class” care?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXKdBmKTNwc

  58. Ron Paul is being marginalized, smeared and ignored because the media is totally dominated by Jews. Virtually every newspaper or magazine is owned by Jews. Their self-serving propaganda constantly fills the TV screen. The Federal government and Federal Reserve is totally under Jewish control. US military forces are the pawn of Israel. The banks, the markets are theirs. They systematically denigrate our Founding Fathers and our heritage and our Constitution. Thank you Ron Paul for standing up to this evil nation and putting AMERICA first, not ISRAEL!!

  59. Valid observation — someone said the more you listen to Newt, the less you like him.

    And since he’s been talking endlessly, he should lose big in FL today. Without Newt in the running, Ron Paul’s message will have to be accorded greater exposure (instead of the Newt-Mitt dog-and-pony show that preempts air-time).

    Floridians — it’s up to you to make a difference today!

  60. We will see how Obama fairs with this Fast and Furious scandal. It is not looking good for Holder and Obama!

  61. Obama is suppose to protect the whistle blowers now he’s trying to prosecute them by use of the Espionage Act. What a real class act he is. I hope they get to the bottom of this mess and arrest or impeach all those members involved.
    Remember water boarding? Obama said that is torture, plain and simple and he did put a stop to it. He let those involved go scott-free and the whistle blowers were charged under the Espionage Act. These people(Obama & his Administration) have a few loose screws and anybody who votes for someone not willing to stand up to good people trying to follow the rules don’t really care about the well being of this country or it’s people. Let’s remember, Government is suppose to work for us not the other way around.

  62. Why must the majority always vote for the ‘pretty boy’? Our society has already failed the family. Its going to be difficult to repair the damage already incured. So let’s go vote for someone who cannot even value his wife?…The truth is we have many ignorant people that know not who they should vote. Hence, they go for the charismatic and financially sound individuals. Ron Paul should just get plastic surgery so we can have our cake and eat it too!

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