Tonight will mark the first of two debates this weekend focused on the New Hampshire Republican primary. This evening’s debate will take place at Saint Anselm College and is sponsored by ABC News, Yahoo! and WMUR. Sunday morning will feature a GOP debate broadcast on NBC at 9am ET (yes, am) but look for more details on that later today.

Air Time: Saturday, January 7th at 9pm ET / 6pm PT on ABC

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

Report from WMUR:

MANCHESTER, N.H. — WMUR and ABC News will be teaming up for a prime-time debate this Saturday before the New Hampshire Primary.

The debate will take place at 9 p.m. on Jan. 7 on the campus of St. Anselm College. It will be moderated by ABC’s Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos and WMUR’s Josh McElveen.

Debate crews are getting the center ready to take center stage. Light rigger Walter Webber is helping out with the spotlight.

“I go up in the light and I focus in on all the candidates and everything,” Webber said.

St. Anselm students, meanwhile, stood in for the candidates during debate practice.

“I’m Gov. Jon Huntsman’s stand-in, of course. But the moment they gave this to me, I pointed out that they misspelled (the name) with an ‘H,’ so today when I came to the arena, they put a new one with a correctly spelled ‘Jon,'” student Jake Wagner said.

Students impressed the stage manager on loan from “Good Morning America.”

“Everything’s going incredibly smooth. The stand-ins we have from this school are so intelligent. They’re asking questions that we couldn’t even think of, kind of. (They) installed our faith in the future generation,” stage manager Scott Kaye said.

Stephanopoulos told News 9 he expects some fireworks.

“We think it’s our job to make sure that the differences between and among the candidates are exposed and really hashed out before the voters of N.H., so they can make up their minds and make their decisions, fully informed decisions by Tuesday, and my sense is the candidates are not going to be shy about that,” Stephanopoulos said.

The debate will be broadcast on WMUR and across the nation on ABC.

This debate is certain to offer a Mitt Romney pile-on by the likes of Gingrich, Santorum and Paul. I’d expect Huntsman to come out fairly strong as well since all his eggs are in the New Hampshire basket. Rick Perry will be debating with an eye toward South Carolina since polls show he has little to no chance of making headway in the Granite state.


    • Rick Santorum is a hate-filled war-monger.

      Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction….The chain reaction of evil–hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars–must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.
      Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength To Love, 1963.

      Ron Paul is the answer the descending spiral of destruction.

      • And when you are fried and surrounded by radical muslims after they’ve nuked the hell out of you tell us how much you like Ron Paul’s foreign policy! I’ll take a tough president any day to the likes of Ron Paul…from a foreign policy perspective he is LEFT of Obama! OUCH!

        • Paul may be our only way out of getting nuked. The other candidates want to attack Iran which could start WW3. All of Iran’s allies and all of their enemies already have nuclear weapons. Getting our troops out of 130 some countries is only going to help us.

        • Actually many nuclear weapons are already out on the black market, hundreds went missing when the soviet union fell apart as well as from numerous other countries. People are buying into the government’s scare tactics of radical muslims having WMDs, they already have them, they just do not have the resources to get them here. The reason they want to use them on us to begin with is because of our foreign policy and our stance of imperialism and our enforcement of democracy on others. Fighting multiple countries in the upcoming years will only crush our economy and image to the point of disaster. Scaling back military and imperialism desires is not the same thing as isolationism.

        • Wow… you are a sad excuse for an american… We are so far beyond capable of defending our selves… we have the ability to send a missile anywhere in the world in 6 minutes with all of our troops home… we can shot anything out of the sky that is coming for us, and you sir are as radical in belief as those you cast stones at. Youre lost and I wish you luck in finding truth.

        • That’s fine that you don’t like Paul’s foreign policy. I can understand where you’re coming from. But you should do some research on the political philosophy spectrum. Technically speaking, Paul’s non-intervention military position is RIGHT of every other republican. Remember, the furthest RIGHT is anarchy, while the furthest LEFT is a police state.

        • Ron Paul during the “Iran Missile Crisis” = JFK during the “Cuban Missile Crisis.” Brush up on your history, sir.

          • I so agree with you, Media and politicians has everyone believing these middle eastern countries are such a threat. They forget about the Cuban Missile Crisis and the lies about Weapons of Mass Destruction in Saudi. Stop and think do not take the Media or politicians for face value, people do your own research, study your history and read some excellent economic books before voting. The more and more I am around the more and more I see a trend that people have to be led. The more and more I see this the more and more I educate myself. A lot of undecided people said they would go for the candidate who has the lead. People will vote on just the media recommendations alone. A lot of people voted for Obama due to his looks and him being black(African American). I voted for Obama despite accepting $120,000 from Fannie and Freddie, because he was the lesser of two evils, because of the promise of going after the corrupt politicians, because of bringing our troops home, and keeping us posted on all the bills he and Congress are working on from his website. Bringing our troops home now is a political move to win votes, what about the rest of our military stations, do we still have to be in Japan? He is full of you know what and I will speak for myself and several individuals when I say we will get these votes correct this time!

            • I concur that if we Americans are to truly own our Government, we must be more proactive when it comes to learning about the candidates competing for office; especially President of the United States. That means doing our own research and testing what we think we have learned through forums such as this. We may indeed choose the candidate who is the lesser of two evils, but at least we will not be surprised by the evil. I am very pleased that Gov. Huntsman admonished Gov. Romney about Americans’ responsibility to serve when our President (despite our own political views) calls on us to offer our special talents to benefit the country. Bipartisan politics are important to help balance our government and choices, but once elections are over, it is time for us to come together as one. I do not want a “leader” who can not put personal/political differences aside when the American people and our way of life is at stake.

        • Ron Paul has a great FOREIGN POLICY.. I would suggest you do more research on your own rather then relying on the likes of CNN ,Fox News, ect… Do your own research..

          He just wants to follow the constitution..
          Sad we are giving our rights away Out of fear…
          Its the not the american spirit to give in and give up rights and freedoms based of fear (oh i mean so called security) but the establishment has tried to sell it out of the name of security.
          If we were such a target.. They would invade Mexico and then come over the boarder.. (seriously give that a thought out side the box, and wonder if you really need to give up all the rights we have given up)

          Why is it active military love him so much? Because they see first hand how messed up things are..

          Look at the news media.. Do they report you the news, No they try to promote an Opinion.. Its more opinion then news.. News should speak for it self… No need to form the opinions out of it…

          Just some things to think about.. if you hear something crazy about what PAUK wants to do.. Research Why your self and understand why he feels like that and i GURANTEE you it is in your best intrest,,

          Do your OWN research and form your own opinion..

          • Right on !
            You are precisely correct, my friend. The more I read and learn, on my own, the more I realize that Ron Paul will get our foreign policy back where it`s supposed to be. We cannot afford to be and are not supposed to be an empire !
            Ron Paul is the only one talking about the TRUTH !

          • I dare say I’m even more of a constitutional conservative than Ron Paul, who I’m about 90% on board with.
            The constitution, however, is not a suicide pact. His assertion that he would do absolutely nothing even if he had definitive proof that Iran had nukes is troubling.
            He’s essentially saying that he won’t believe that they intend to use it until they use it. By then, it’s too late.
            He also contradicts himself with respect to the constitution and war. He says he’d go to congress and request a formal declaration of war. Fine. Then he should explain why he voted for an authorization of force against Afghanistan which, by his definition, is NOT a declaration of war.
            Other than that? I like Paul, but I wouldn’t vote for him.

            He, himself, essentially said in Huckabee’s forum with the Atty’s General that voting for him is a complete waste of time. He won’t act on his own to implement any of his agenda and has also stated that there is very little chance that his agenda would get through congress. So, unless you’re really thrilled about his foreign/military policy and Iran having nukes with our blessing, there’s not much point in voting for him.

          • Whether Paul can get things done right away or not, I so agree with you. He is the most economically knowledgeable, he has a solid base which is the Constitution. The other candidates and president can do what they want so to speak. You have to have some sort of foundation to run this country and that is the Constitution. Please wake up people, this is a free fall for any president, Administration and Congress with our money without having to acknowledge the Constitution, Duh!

        • There is a huge difference between standing tough—–and provoking a fight.
          Ron Paul is wise, tough and a brave veteran while Santorum is scared of what might be, what could be and is determined to bully and stamp-out any opposed to his religious beliefs. Ron Paul respects personal/cultural/religious differences, Santorum abhors and fears them.

          When and if I should ever surrounded by radical muslims I want my military troops prepared and ready where I will be, in America, and a President who is steady, honorable, prepared and wise enough to know when to defend US. Ron Paul is that person.

        • Windisea, so it`s wrong to want peace ?
          You`d rather stay at war at all times .. is that it ? And, can we even afford that ??

          • Your question wasn’t directed at me but I’ll respond to it anyway, if I may.

            I’m all for peace. It should ALWAYS be the objective.

            Peace at any cost, however, has never, ever, in the entire history of man, resulted in peace. Peace can only be achieved if both sides have a desire to do so. A condition that won’t exist no matter what we do.

          • Mike Comeau

            Did you address your comment to me about peace in error? It seems so. I don’t believe I could have been more clear in my numerous posts over the past months that I support a non-intervention policy.

            I am against war and know that we cannot afford more conflicts. I believe Americans are being duped by elite plutocrats who use the tools of fear and patriotism, to manipulate Americans to be the pawns in false flag conflicts for profiteers, global business interests, oil markets and pipelines. Our corrupted elected representatives, paid off by lobbyists and insider trading tips do their bidding, the goal to weaken us by compromising our Constitution and shredding our civil rights. And we let them!

            I think after much research that this is a critical turning-point election. We need Ron Paul’s strong convicted leadership and must make a hard right-turn to strict Constitutional conservatism, national sovereignty and non-intervention. We need Ron Paul’s help to pry our country out of their hands and take it back, because despite any candidates intentions world events will challenge and mitigate their results. At such a crucial time Ron Paul’s strict Constitutional conservative course is America’s only hope.


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        • Yeah because a country without running water, electricity, and no air force has a high chance of doing something that drastic. Get real.

          • I am serious. I don’t hear hate in him and I’m guessing you’re saying that because he doesn’t agree with your moral values. I am just curious as to whether I’m right.

      • Since wealth and population are correlated (partially), under the Constitution population was selected as the basis of taxation. It was also used for determining a state’s representation in the House of Representatives. One hundred percent of the free population was used for these purposes, but only 3/5ths of the slave population was used. (Note: a slave was not considered to be 3/5ths of a person. This provision was the result of Northerners not wanting any slaves counted and Southerners wanting them all counted.)

        • Correct. The supporters of the 3/5 Compromise are frequently misunderstood as racists among those who do not know history.

          The south wanted the slaves to count as citizens to the extent that they wanted the representatives that would go along with counting them, but did not want to count them as citizens with respect to giving them any rights.

          Doing so would have given the south FAR too much power in the House had that occurred. So, the North tried to say if you’re not going to give them rights then you shouldn’t count them for representation.

          The end result was the 3/5 compromise, designed to limit the south’s ability to control the House.

      • Keeping in step with your opening premise, I offer my own: One man’s craziness and extremist cannot drive out another’s. Both Santorum and Paul are extremists. The most moderate candidate (who moves in that direction now, before the convention, or during the convention) should win the nomination. That is the only “problem-solving” mode I want us to be in. The GOP has had great candidates in the past. Why not now? They are being driven by extremist fundamentalists who really don’t know what the country needs or what the people want.

        • I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer. Remember that a government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you have.

          • you are 100 % right about the poor, I don’t think that the Government should do everything for them but I do believe that the Government should be responsible for making sure that poor people have the opportunities to work hard so that they can take care of them selfs because the government shouldn’t. sometimes it feels like some people want the rich to have all the opportunities to be more richer while they don’t care it the poor have the same or not.

            By the-way I am single with no kids, with a associate degree in business management, no kids, and I have to work 65 hours every week just to take care of my bills.

        • Extremist ? Ron Paul ?
          Why ? Is the US Constitution extreme ? Ron Paul = the constitution, dude. Don`t you realize that ?

    • But he says it so sweetly that he will attack Iran, and what a lil’ boy grin. Zionists adore him. Real Christians and real Americans do not want to bomb babies in the womb and children again like Bush did the Iraqi’s and made a country of Orphans. Many so-called Americans like to salt bomb babies in what should be the safest place in the world… their mothers’ wombs, guess where babies are when those so-called Americans bomb them really doesn’t matter, does it folks? Christian Americans, better realize what supporting SaintMaybeNot Santorum and Mitt TheGlove and GoingRich means. Ron Paul, an OBGYN, delivered 4,000 (that’s 4,000) babies into this world. As Commander In Chief, Ron Paul will have a lean mean fighting machine military. He will send them onto battlefields for USA protection only, not for political purposes and not to please any other country that should be standing on their own feet or fold. Parents, relatives, friends will know their troops will have everything they need and then some to fight whatever they are needed to fight. All will know the battle mission. Fight, Win, Come Home and receive a main street congratulations parade in their home towns. That is how it should be. AND, Ron Paul is a Christian. Christians should never support a candidate that belongs to a cult that denies Jesus Christ as Savior. Don’t open that door, there are anti-Christs waiting in line. Stop them. If you do so, Christians, how will you pray to Christ for help with anything?

  1. 2 questions I would like to ask the candidates:
    1. Name 3 things you will do to create jobs not including tax cuts.
    2. Because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, my 24 year old daughter is now covered on my healthcare plan. Please explain to me why you want to eliminate this benefit.

    • Jane, these are great questions! I for one am not a fan of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” because it really hasn’t changed anything other than mandate that everyone have health insurance. The premiums have gone up in my case which makes having it even more less affordable than it was before.

      I’m not sure why that a 24 year old would need to be on your insurance. Maybe in school still or something, but there has to be a way to make health care more affordable WITHOUT the government being in control of it. Everything they touch is going bankrupt and I don’t see this being any different.

  2. The latest media coverage of Iowa has just been incredible. So much attention has been cast upon Romney and Santorum which is understandable, but why the fuss over the piddly showing of Bachman, Caine and Gingrich even Buddy Roemer!? Why is Paul being ignored?
    Probably because he is the biggest threat to corporate statists on BOTH sides! Gingrich has been caught saying he would rather have Obama win a second term than have Paul win! What does that tell you about his conservatism? Romney can portray himself as a Washington outsider, which is true, but he didn’t get rich looking out for the little guy. He will be just as corruptable as Obama. The AIPAC has him in their back pocket already. Remember the debate when Romney said he would never say anything offensive about Israel, because “he would pick up the phone and call Bebe and ASK him if what he was about to say would be alright to him”! I guess that was for Florida.

    • Paul is not covered so much because he has no chance to win. Libertarianism is nothing but a unicorn, EVERYONE likes the idea of less government in their lives (even though conservatives try to label liberals as being government lovers). If Paul were honest he’d get off the rightwing Republican bandwagon label and run as a true blue Libertarian – but he knows he’d be ignored even more – so here he is pretending to be a Republican. (It only helps Paul since so many Republicans are still so ashamed of the 2000 to 2008 years that they’d rather “call” themslves Libertarians.)

      In reality for every pro-conservative aspect you list about him, you could name a pro-liberal aspect. The conservs (and tea baggers for that matter) and independents will never elect someone wanting to down-grade our defense, stop sending cash to Israel and legalize drugs. Liberals and idependents will never go for the dropping of the civil rights provisions, anti-abortion stance, and nonprogressive taxation. Libertarianism has no more of a chance as does anarchy, and the media knows it.

      • If you don’t like the way this government functions and want something different, Paul is your only option. His more radical views will get muted by the realities of world politics and a petulant congress.

        • Funny how following the constitution these days is consider “radical”..

          Tells you alot about our world today..

          • The Constitution was radical concept back then and it has become a radical concept once again. I think people will need to live under big government to realize what they have lost and the funny thing is they are begging for all of this nonsense, just as they did during the third reich. People are their own worst enemies when they fail to learn from history and the mistakes of others.

      • May i ask do you Know what the Original Republican Party Stood for?

        Because if you knew that answer you would understand why PAUL is in the Party..

        1.) our defense shouldnt be as big as it is.. 900 bases in 130 something countries? we have Alot of land in the world how many foreign bases do we have on our soil?

        2.) Here the thing about the Legalize of Drugs..
        Its not because he wants people to go an start smoking crack.. or he himself wants to do..
        But the WAR on Drugs campiagn isnt working at all..
        All drugs are on the rise.. but one of the most abused drugs in perscription drugs.
        The drugs are fueling a black market and a violence..
        Mexican cartels are proof of that..
        The “War on Drugs” is costing us ALOT and numbers are rising and these violent gangs are making alot of money due to its black market..
        If legalised you take the black market OUT of it..

        Either way you will have people abuse things.. Sadly thats nature.. but when something is forbidden it takes the cusidty out of these drugs and that alone helps reduce the use look at other countries for proof out that.. And you took away a powerful money source away from very violent gangs… AND we save our tax dollars to maybe to treat problem people.. and still have funds we can point in other postive directions…

        So we shouldn’t listen to the only guy who has the only degree in economics when we are in one of the worst Economic times in Americas history? Or a guy who just want to Uphold and follow the Constitution?

        • I totally agree. It’s not that I don’t like Paul, I think it’s just not gonna happen in the real world because there are too many that do not use their common sense, just plain dishonest, or still many are afraid of a little “just let it go” in their lives, or the inability to not push morals on others which is needed for things like drug legalization and euthinsia that Paul would go for.

      • Idealogue, you are wrong. Following the constitution and believing in small government are Republican positions. Ron belongs right there where he is, in the Republican party. It’s the others who have forgotten the constitution. They have forgotten that we’re not supposed to be nation building !

        • I think that is more like living in the past though. Things have changed drastically since back then and we must live what’s happening now. Heck Democrats used to be the racist party until they jumped ship during the civil rights movement. It was proved for almost a decade – 2000 to 2008: I am now convinced Republicans spend as much as anyone, want as big a government as it takes to do that spending, deregulating, push conservative morals on the people, and can’t be trusted any further than you can throw a laundry machine full of money towards a lobbiest on K street. Republicans like hand outs as much as Democrats, as long as it’s handed to those that help get them power. As much as they blame Obama for the bail outs, it was also the Republicans that lined up to get them done too, and that was before Obama was even elected. And they lie about that through their teeth every day. That’s Republican to me now. It’s certainly not Ron Paul – I like him, and wish there was a chance in heck he’d get elected.

    • Probably for Florida, the Wasserman gang. She’s goofy and Mitt TheGlove will latch on to anything for a vote. You wouldn’t say he is an “outsider” if you saw him soft shoeing it in Manhattan less than 2 wks ago surrounded/hidden by a bunch of corp/banker types as they did a Charlie Brown float into a marble & steel corporate building. He didn’t have time to speak, of course didn’t want to… just the shy lil’ grin he does and tucks his chin in. Uh oh, Caught. Oh brother. Can’t wait for NH to stand up and declare they defend the USA and our Constitution and Founding documents by electing Ron Paul. They have been fooled too often and are going to retaliate. Americans.

  3. Why isn’t Buddy Roemer allowed be a part of the Republican debates? He been a congressman and a govenor of Louisianna and he’s just as qualified as the rest of them.

    • I’d like to know this as well. I don’t think it should matter what rating you have – look at Santorum, he was bottom of the pack and he got 2nd in Iowa!

      Seems to me that if you’re running for President you should be allowed to participate in the debates if you so desire.

  4. Agree Buddy needs to be in the debate. Hope people tweet CBS all night asking where is Buddy. Assume they will have tweet questions, it would be funny if they were flooded during the entire debate with “Where is Buddy”

  5. During this debate, I’d like to know how does each candidate feel about law reform for congress (term limits, lower pay, benefits, etc). Would also like to know what each candidate thinks about reform for election races (all elected officials)regarding costs, having 1 primary across the country on the same day, etc. Seems that it costs so much that the average american could never hope to be president.

    Would also like to know what are their definitive ideas to make government smaller. Also, I am all for repealing “Obamacare”, but what are their ideas to help the problem of healthcare being so expensive after (i.e. open up so that companies can compete across state lines, etc…) and how do they intend to implement these ideas?

  6. Please ask this question: If you are against the federal government providing healthcare to the people, then what steps are you willing to take to insure that working people can earn enough money to buy there own healthcare. Or, are you willing to increase the minimum wage to a level so that all working people can afford healthcare?

  7. Why isn’t Buddy Roemer allowed be a part of the Republican debates? He was a US congressman and a governor and a president of a small bank with world travel experience. Besides that, he doesn’t take any PAC money and never has! My goodness, he is MORE qualified than anyone to stand on that stage! People are beginning to notice how corrupt the election process is.

  8. Name what Ron Paul is “liberal” about. What exactly is non-conservative about Libertarianism? My understanding of a true conservative is one that advocates for small government, saving rather than spending and personal rights/freedoms. How does Ron Paul not fit within those guidelines? What other candidate has had a more consistent conservative voting record? To say that he is not a conservative would be ridiculous.

    The reason he is not being mentioned by the media and major news outlets even though he is a top contender for the GOP nomination is because he is a major threat to Corporate America, the Federal Reserve and basically this entire system of a lobbyist owned America. He is not in the pocket of a particular lobbyist group, and that scares those who are really in charge because he cannot and will not be corrupted.

    He is the only upstanding, truthful and honest politician we have left.

    He is our only hope for a future. We need to wake up.

    • Conservatives have excellent credentials to speak about human rights. By our efforts, and with precious little help from self-styled liberals, we were largely responsible for securing liberty for a substantial share of the world’s population and defending it for most of the rest.

  9. If Americans were smarter, Ron Paul would have been front-runner since day one. This old man is very smart. He knows about almost anything: Economics, blowback, medicine, codex alimentarius, Quigley, Bilderberg, The Constitution, and the list goes on! Wow, he amazes me and he is the one and only who can keep America sovereign, free and lead us to prosperity once again.

  10. Residents of New Hampshire stay strong with your support of Ron Paul. This is your chance to send a message to all Americans and the entire world that “we the people” will determine our future, and that we choose a future which will enable us to live free and by our constitution. This decision will impact our future like none since the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Reject the Status Quo candidates political glib. We need the PROVEN unwavering strength of Ron Paul.
    Don’t make accusations without knowing the facts. Ron Paul is far from racist and Anti Semite. History has shown that he has fought against injustice towards minorities, particularly the way blacks have been treated by the criminal justice system, (remember he is Libertarian).
    Just because he does not want to give foreign aid to Israel (or other countries) does not make him Anti Semite. He prefers to keep our money home where we need it most and the majority of Americans agree with him. Other candidates, and the biased news media, attack him over his foreign policy. I believe people should do some studying on the American and British involvement in the Mid East since the 1950’s. NO COUNTRY is going to attack the U.S. Our threat is from CRIMINAL terrorists both from home and abroad. The best way to protect ourselves is to be strong at home not weaken us from abroad by nurturing hatred for us and inspiring more terrorism.
    No candidate will please all the people on every issue. We need to stick with the main issues and problems we face. Most people agree that costly useless wars need to stop, and that crony capitalism and government corruption needs to stop. We need to secure our borders, cut spending, stimulate our economy and address (the Fed… the IRS…the rip off pharmaceutical industry in bed with the FDA…drifting away from our constitution…etc.). RON PAUL has viable and comprehensive solutions to all these issues and problems. The other candidates offer the same Status Quo and political glib!
    RON PAUL= proven dedication; perseverance; personal sacrifice; determination; honesty; fairness; patriotism ; common sense; freedom; liberty; prosperity; peace = PRESIDENTIAL QUALITY

  11. Let’s see questions that hit home like:

    If you were president and faced with an expiring temporary payroll tax cut would you extend it and for how long?

    • Oh man, we are losing our Freedoms any you put $ ahead of it. That’s how we got to where we are!! Worried about taxes and money like everybody? Did you hear Ron Paul? He will audit the Federal Reserve… the thugs who got our money management away from Congress by the pen of Roosevelt. If you follow the money, you’ll come to the gold manipulated by those crooks. When the Federal Reserve is audited, it will be closed and the work will return to the Congress.. they need something to do… and Americans will see and know the bookkeeping and income and disbursements accordingly.

  12. I feel sorry for the NH Republicans in this election. Their choices:

    A nut-case libertarian who doesn’t acknowledge that it was the frenzy of deregulation which put our country into the economic bind we are in, after 2001, when Clinton left office with surplus budget, and Bush took his “weapons of mass stupidity” against our economy.

    A religious fanatic on the level of Pat Roberson, who was kicked out of the senate by his Pennsylvania constituency, and by a huge margin of votes.

    A thrice married philanderer who was kicked out of his office as Speaker of the House by his own party (most of whom would not vote for him), for lack of ethical behavior.

    A serial liar, who won a governorship by proposing moderate policies, and who is running now from those policies as fast as he can in order to appease the ignoramuses of the Tea Party. Yes a man who made millions by firing U. S. workers and sending their jobs overseas.

    It’s surprising that Dan Quayle is not entering this race.

    • A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.

      • If you are going to quote Samuel Adams at least cite him,instead of pretending that this came out of your own head. Plagiarism just takes all the credibility out of everything you have previously posted.

    • Well, maybe my faith in the New Hampshire Americans will be disappointed, but they are not going to give our country away to the communists. Citizens across the USA know what we have in the White House and who has promoted and “installed” him, and that they are communists. They know the truth about Mitt The Glove Herman Munster and won’t fall victim to his clones that have been in NH working for him… grinning in line behind him hoping for their assignments and future Mormon Dynasty. NH has seen enough of dynasties as we all have. We are a country that appreciates individuals, not gangs. Gang members keep popping up on tv in commercials or anyway they can get their mugs publicized. They will show America what they are and will vote for a man who is a loyal husband, good father, Air Force veteran, OBGYN who delivered 4000 babies into our country, a reliable responsible Congressman, a great proven representative of the people of Texas, a truth-teller, not a shill for Israel or any other country, a true American who loves the USA and Americans. A Statesman that the USA will be very proud of during his election as President of the USA. We can at last trust a President.

    • ANYONE of these is better than a corrupt, greedy, irresponsible, anti-American marxist, Islamist who has wreaked social, fiscal and political ruin on this country since taking office.

  13. First they ignore you
    Then they laugh at you
    Then they fight you
    Then you win.

    Such is the story of Ron Paul and any other voice of Liberty.
    It could be you, but after all its upto you
    Ron Paul 2012!

  14. A “nut-case” who will yield power to the congress in matters of war? I’ve already chosen. That would be nice if we could have ourselves out of the middle east by the time I have fighting-age sons or daughters of my own.

    If you think we should be there and you are not willing to go yourself, then you ought to yield this decision to the men and women who will have to cash the checks your mouth is writing.

    Active-duty military sent us a message with their support for Paul. If you disagree,then lace up your boots and get to the front yourself. Money talks, the rest walks.

    • You can bet if O stays in he will start the draft… then there will be chickenhawks using shoe laces as neckties… same as will Mitt TheGlove, SaintMaybeNot Santorum, and GoingRich. They are all promising Israel they will attack Iran. Where are they going to get troops? Who is going to enlist? Nobody… thus, a fast Draft. Ron Paul will not use our citizens in the military to fight battles for other countries. Countries who claim to be our best friends should have enough respect for us that they would not ask us to do so and would take care of their own diplomacy or fights… unless of course there is WWIII.

  15. The Republican clown show continues with a bunch of idiots who think making the filthy rich pay even less taxes will save the middle class. John Paulson who made $1 million an hour ($3.7 billion in 2007) at the Wall Street Casino gave Mitt Romney $1 million to fight for the filthy rich tax break. The top 1% have had their tax rate cut in half since the 80’s and the middle class have become slaves to them. All they need now is Trump and Palin to become the best clown show in history and the people that vote for these clowns belong in a group home.

    • ANY of the GOP Candidates beats 4 more years of the corrupt, greedy, lawless, anti-American marxist, Islamist who has wreaked social, fiscal and political ruin on this country since taking office.

  16. In light of needing to rise new revenue sources, as well as cutting spending ; if you were President how would you level the playing field for people who pay taxes vs people who get paid in cash at the end of the week and pay no taxes at all?
    What would you do to stop people from gaming the Medicare system who really understand how to get the most out of it?

  17. No 24 year old adult needs to be on theirommy’s health insurance. Deadbeat kids need to live in their own, get a job and be responsible for their own lives. Enabling them forever is selfish and destructive to them.

    • YOU are the idiot!! What about College students? Republicans that claim there are jobs out there FAIL to discuss real jobs that include Insurance! You obviously have never been faced with this reality? BIG PROBLEM. So you think instead have college students should just go to an emergency room?

  18. Listen you all! It is a two-man race for the GOP primary. All the tiny Iowa press presentation was to fill out some time through the holidays, thats it. Paul is a joke on America much lke Obama was and Santorum is really just practicing for a run eight years from now. Thats the truth. Its Romney and the GOP establishment insiders of moderatation against Gingrich and the conservatives. The biggest hateis against any section of our society is and will remain for a while conservatism. Allt he false reports against Gingrich should be a CLUE to this fact. His treatment makes Palin’s treatment appear fit for a queen. Those of you who THINK you disapprove of Gingrich, need to ask yourself WHY and then you will realize it is because of something you have HEARD said about him that you have never been able to verify because it is something trumped up. The establishment GOP fears Gingrich because he will deand transparancy from all Dems and Reps alike in Washington as he creates a government system that holds politicians accountable (something so dreded by the typical politician). america’s great dis-favor with Congress calls for a Gingrich type and his HISTORICAL ability to get things done on behalf of the people’s pre-approved desire even if it pisses off fellow Rep who bad-mouth him years later. He has no baggage unless you call unheard of acomplishment in Washington “baggage”. Romney is a plastic rich kid from day one who has never faced any kitchen heat in his life nor any confrontation of significance. He is a popularity expert good for beauty-pageant situations who will say whatever depending on the direction of the wind. None of us and I say none of us really know where romney stands on anything if the truth be told. he woild hit washington DC and end up doing exactly what some group of established Republicans told him to do. He is no leader. Cant you all see that. Gingrich will stand up and tell it like it is unlike Romney who is afraid to hurt anybodys feelings. Romneys character is questionable too. the false ads in OHIO against Gingrich were lies directed at who? The American people. Do you want a person willing to deceive you just so he cam get something he personally wants for himself? Especially at a time such as this. Romney is an insider whose dad was on Nixons cabinet. Gingrich is a dreded outsider who comes to town to shake it up and flip it upside down just like he did in the days BRFORE there was a FOX News to keep the liberal press core in check. Had there been a FOX News when Gingrich was Speaker, there would be no ungrateful false character descriptions about him called baggage or deceptive descriptions of his well-thought out ideas as ZANY. Listen fools. Dont takeit from me. Simply listen to the right people for a change once in your adult lives. Listen to the actual candidates and what comes out of their own mouths not the press and their spins of reality. I challenge you all to listen to what gingrich says and what he is trying to convey to you. Im sorry for all you Republicans who are under 40 years of age and who never got to see first-hand what Gingrich did for conservatism in America. He was willing to sacrifice his own politicak career to get things done on behalf of the people. What the He__ do you think his Contract With America was? Can you imagine any other politician with the courage to pre-offer something like that from Washington. Rhe people loved it on both sides and the politicians and press core hated it because it always exposed their back-room deals that attempted to counter the Contract. If you want the smartest man by FAR who is actually willing to offer you an unheard of up front CONTRACT which spells it all out and creates accountability on every politician in Washington (eventhough they pray it wont happen again) then Vote NEWT GINGRICH. He is more like reagan than anybody we will ever know! Even Clinton knows who the country really needs and he is a left-moderate with very little honor. Even he knows what we need. Dont let ABC or MSMBC ruin this for us. They fool democrats but do not let them trick us, the conservative mass majority in the United States of America.

    • Give it up! Gingrich will never get in!! The man has no morals. He is on a book tour. He is a prick. Smart people can see right thru him.

      • The baseless personal slights aside, you’re correct. Gingrich won’t win.

        I hate to break this to you, but neither will Paul.

        No matter how much you, personally, may agree with him, the simple truth of the matter is that the rank and file voter in this country has little interest in a massive reduction of government. Nor do most Americans agree with his assessment that if we become isolationists that the terrorists of the world will suddenly want to be our friends.

        The first debate when the moderator asks Paul if he still thinks Obama is being too hard on Iran, given everything that’s been in the news over the last couple of weeks, Paul will be done.

        Sorry, but, right or wrong, the typical voter isn’t going to agree with him.

        In a general election Paul would be lucky to get more than 35% of the vote.

    • EACH of the GOP candidates should be thanked for their ideas and participation in the debates. They have served to help us think about the important issues, what has gone wrong in our country and to understand what must be done to remedy these wrongs.

      THE IMPORTANT THING – is to concentrate on the ISSUES, not the PAID media pundits and PAID opponent’s political operatives and their flaming adjectives, invectives and manipulations to shape opinions and turn us to quick judgments against a candidate.

      This campaign, even the presumed conservative pundits are tooth and toenail against some of the candidates.

      EACH candidate will have flaws and virtues, expertise, talents and weaknesses. Examine their voting and governing records.

      Think and pray hard before voting. This is probably the most important vote we will ever cast. The heart and character of our nation is at stake.

  19. Go Governor Perry! Just stick to your record, vision, and future plans. Let the other candidates attack each other, and you will come out on top. Answer the Moderator’s questions directly and sincerely while continuing to defend your positions. GOOD LUCK!!

    • you really think that someone who made the government twice its size in his state is the one we need to be our president?

    • Let’s see… would I support Perry who signed SB313 on June 17, 2011 that essentially strips me and certain other voters in some Texas counties of our RIGHT YO VOTE against being forcibly placed into a neighboring water district… NO!

      Beware of officials willing to take your guns away and your voting rights away. Governor Rick Perry stripped voters in the unincorporated areas of Comal County and certain other counties in Texas of their right to vote on the issue of being forcibly placed into a neighboring water district. We here in Comal County have voted NO twice to the creation of more government. Now the State and Rick Perry’s three appointees to the TCEQ are trying to forcibly create a water district over us. With Perry signing SB313 into law, Perry’s three appointed Commissioners to TCEQ can now forcibly place us into a neighboring water district while denying the voters a vote on the issue.

      Don’t forget Perry issued an Executive Order requiring all sixth grade girls get the questionable Gardasil vaccine. The opt out was not a given… but a written request for one. Perry supports giving illigal immigrants the much lower in-state tuition.

      Perry claims to be an ‘outsider’… but appears to have met with a bunch of Washington lobbyists and Washington insiders late last year.

      • Look and see what many other republican governors and legislatures are doing about
        voter registration. They are making it very difficult for seniors or students to
        register. They realize it is the only way they can beat Obama or keep their own seats
        whether it’s state or federal races.The republicans are getting desperate. They are
        bought and paid for by the Koch brothers and others like them. Even Clarence Thomas and
        his whife are paid off. We need to ge rid of as many republicans as we can to save our
        country. Come on folks, use your brains. VOTE OBAMA 2012. In the privacy of the voting
        booth all but Perry will vote for President Obama, instead of a ballot they will give
        Perry a coloring book.

  20. I looking to see Rick Perry take off from South Carolina. Romney flip flops, Gingrich is a cry baby and Santorum…well the fact that 5 Ambassadors to the Vatican have thrown their support behind another candidate tells you how much respect Catholics have for him. In 2006 he was listed by CREW as one of three corrupt Senators. SO which is it here, Trust Romney’s word, rely on the fact that Gingrich has straightened his butt out after continually violating his oaths and vows. Or trust Santorum who is like a little kid in a candy store. Real genuine stuff here. At least Perry has a sense of humor. I would rather have a good laugh now nd again then continue to be disgusted by liars.

    • Perry doubled the cost of running Texas Government. Perry supported the implementation of the new Business Margins TAX. Not exactly following the Republican principles of less government and less taxes.
      Perry has so much baggage that Obama will get 4 more. And that we do not need.

      Speaking of lies. What about that ‘grabbing at straws’ ad by Perry talking of a part-time Congress with part-time pay. Cutting the pay of federal workers and so on. Mighty big talk. Cheap talk though! Perry knows it will NEVER HAPPEN. There are many ways to lie. Intentionally misleading is one of them.

  21. If, as Ron Paul claims, Islamist terrorist attacks against the US are because of US foreign policy, then wouldn’t it stand to reason that Islamic terrorist attacks against Spain, Germany, Kuwait, Egypt, China, Bali, the Philippines, and numerous other countries around the world were all committed because of the foreign policies of those countries?

    Other attempts to commit terrorist acts in Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Italy were thwarted. Events of the past couple decades have shown that virtually no part of the world is immune from the threat of attack by Muslim extremists. Morocco, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, and Indonesia have ALL experienced terrorist attacks, and these are predominantly Muslim countries with very different foreign policies from ours. Ron Paul’s ostrich logic does not stand up to objective scrutiny.

    Six months before the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001 Islamic radicals in Afghanistan destroyed 1000-year-old Buddhist statues; did they do this because of Hindu foreign policy?

    Ron Paul: Blaming America first…


  22. The Following is What is Different and Better About Ron Paul Over All Others:

    He has never taken a government junket.

    He does not participate in the lucrative Congressional Pension Program.

    He returns a portion of his annual Congressional Office Budget every

    He has never voted to raise taxes.

    He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.

    He voted no to the bankster bailout.

    He voted no to raising the debt ceiling and warned us against
    the “Super Congress” part of the legislation that resembles both
    an “ Enabling Act” and a “Politburo.”

    He has never voted to restrict gun ownership.

    He has never voted to raise Congressional Pay.

    To stand with the American people, President Paul will take a yearly salary of $39,336, equal to the average US worker’s salary. Instead of the current President’s $400,000 salary.

    He will cut One Trillion Dollars from the budget in the first year and balance the budget in three years.

    He will Return Power to the States as set down in the 9th and 10th Amendments (Bill of Rights) to the Constitution.

    He never voted to increase Executive Branch Power.

    He will Reinstate The Constitution and Save The Republic

    He will END the unconstitutional FED.

    He will phase out the unconstitutional IRS beginning immediately 

    He will secure the borders

    He will limit Big Government in your private affairs

    He will stop Illegal immigration and no amnesty

    He voted against regulating the Internet

    He is almost the only candidate for President in 2012 who actually served his country.

    He was a flight surgeon during Vietnam.

    Ron Paul’s popularity is so high among U.S. service members that the Texas
     Congressman’s presidential campaign has received more money from U.S.
    soldiers than any other candidate in the 2012 presidential race.

    He voted against the Iraq War and warned us against going forward with
    an undeclared war.“Let it not be said that no one cared, that
    no one objected once it´s realized that our liberty and wealth are in
    Jeopardy” July 10th, 2003

    He voted against the unconstitutional (4th Amendment and others) and un-patriotic misnomered so called “Patriot Act”.

    He supports a non-interventionist foreign policy yet a strong defense

    He will end the inflation tax He is a true Constitutional

    He would have soundly beat Obama in 2008 because Independents trust him and like him.

    We could have had a V8 instead of McCain´t in 08

    Ron Paul for President 2012

    Because no one else can be trusted to say what he means and do what he says like Ron Paul does.

    Ron Paul is the man of the hour. They used to laugh him for being way ahead
    of the others in his thinking and his warnings. Now, they are not
    laughing because what he predicted is coming to pass. Now, he is being called
    a prophet for having warned us and still calmly suffered through the
    barbs. “First they, ignore you, then they fight you, then you
    win.” Gandhi

    “I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no
    vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of
    justice is no virtue!” Barry Goldwater”

    When communism and fascism go to sleep they look under the bed for Ron Paul.
    Senator Barry Goldwater´s son, former Congressman Barry
    Goldwater Jr. endorses Ron Paul. Ron Paul has been warning us for
    so long of the impending economic disaster we are seeing today,
    and he has been purposefully working to wake us to realize we
    must change our course to save the Republic.

    • AMEN! Dave. Why is everyone saying democracy instead of republic?
      The Constitution describes a REPUBLIC, not mass rule.

      Now we feel opportunity with a dumbed down Democracy?

      Is smug an operative word?


    • Hey, he sounds like George Washington. Bring that guy in for service in the Oval Office!! He will do the job right.

  23. The journal Broadcasting & Cable described CREW’s chief legal counsel as “a Democrat-recommended witness and so the closest to an [Obama] administration defender”.[29] As recently as April 2011, CREW was described as “left-leaning” by both the Chicago Tribune and Lexington Herald-Leader,[30][31] and The Daily Caller columnists called CREW “a Democrat-leaning group” without a “contributor base to play watchdog over the Obama administration.”[32][33]
    So let me get this straight..DEVONSHIRE….you quote CREW to tarnish Santorum’s reputation? goes we know from whence you cometh.

  24. So let’s vote for the goof cuz it will save our country 360,000? Hahahahaha. Sorry but Ron Paul is likeable and smart, tells it like it is, but nobody is buying it. This is not his first time running. Sometimes you have to spend money to make money. Raising taxes can be necessary. Ronald Reagan knew that many times!

    • Because so many are “naive”, not necessarily “stupid”, just “ignorant” or simply because they have no experience in a “socialist” system. The world is full of “stupid people”, remember that.

  25. Being an ex European, now a true American and Korean veteran, I can tell that all those that revere Dr. Paul are too naive, inexperienced or wishful thinkers, and by thinking that pulling back and minding our own business, there will be peace and tranquility in the world…how innocent are those who follow his logic. I love this country more than any other, including the one where I was born, and if Dr. Paul and his followers are naive enough to stick their heads in the sand, so be it, but it will be at this nation’s peril. That I can guaranty! I lived through fascism, communism in more than one country, and know that now there are only two dark clouds left in the world, and they are Islam and China which are bankrupting the free world, or worse if we let them…

  26. I am glad so many seem to be taking an interest. There is much we don’t know about all of the candidates. Thanks to those of you who have posed debated questions instead of personally bashing one of the candidates. Ron Paul has strong following and there is much more I want to learn about him. Santorum is honest about his religious foundation and his personal preferences, but that does not make him a hate or war monger. There is a lot we could all stand to learn about what type of policies he would support and advocate instead of focusing on his personal life and faith. The only thing I know for certain is that any one of the Republican candidates would make better presidents than Obama has. None are perfect, but neither are we. We need to ask the right questions, listen carefully to the answers, and make up our own minds on which will be the best candidate to retire and replace Obama. Whether Paul, Santorum, Perry, Gingritch, Huntsman, or Romney, I will back up and support the Republican nominee with my time, my money, and unconditional support. We need to make sure that Obama is a one term president! Thanks to all of you for your good questions and commentary!

  27. The Santorum will be spreading tonight. Expect a lot of froth. Romney will be well lubed for a pumping by Gingrich. Ron Paul expects to get at Jon Huntsmen from behind. Rick Perry will be piling on anybody who shows the slightest crack of opportunity.

  28. We should all start learning more in just over an hour. May the best candidate shine with honesty, integrity, character, and good humor.Hopefully they will all focus on what makes them the different from the others, and explain how that will benefit all of us and the country!

  29. Everybody who is commenting here has pretty much made up their mind. I think it would be better if we all continue to approach these debates with an open mind and try to understand the real value of each candidates stance because we all want the best for our country. I think many of you hurt your own candidates by your strong language. Personally I agree 100% with Pat Robertson it IS God’s choice.

  30. Being an ex European, now a true American and Korean veteran, I can tell that all those that revere Dr. Paul are too naive, inexperienced or wishful thinkers, and by thinking that pulling back and minding our own business, there will be peace and tranquility in the world…how innocent are those who follow his logic. I love this country more than any other, including the one where I was born, and if Dr. Paul and his followers are naive enough to stick their heads in the sand, so be it, but it will be at this nation’s peril. That I can guaranty! I lived through fascism, communism in more than one country, and know that now there are only two dark clouds left in the world, and they are the Fundamentalists and China which are bankrupting the free world, or worse if we let them…

  31. I am voting for Ron Paul THIS TIME TO PREVENT ANOTHER WAR!
    Americans just simply DO NOT HAVE MONEY TO BOMB IRAN AND GO TO ANOTHER WAR! israel has the full capability to bomb Iran and defend the,selve. Why should American soliders be the ones to die again for Israel?
    All of the OTHER Republican candidates want to go to another war. Can you please ask them and get clear answersplease? Would they go to ANOTHER WAR AGAIN or not, please ask this question to Romney, Newt, Perry and Santorum? My vote will go to Ron Paul based on the answer!

  32. Can you ask the candidates Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Rick Perry if they would take this nation to ANOTHER WAR to Iran or not? Clear question please?I want to know their ckear position on Iran.

  33. Here’s my debate question: “Many immigrants decide to come to the U.S. illegally due to the extremely long wait for American citizenship. If you are willing to build a wall to keep illegal immigrants out of the country, what would you do to speed the process and shorten the waiting time for legal immigrants, while still keeping the borders safe?”

    Here would be my answer:

    Of course, I would hire government employees (or a company with a government contract) to work in the immigration department (thus creating new jobs and helping immigrants become citizens faster by having more people work with the Department of Immigration. If the laws happen to change where an immigrant must learn English, I’d hire teachers to teach English as a second language to hopeful immigrants as part of the registration process.

  34. I don not understand why my comments are awaiting moderation?
    I simply want ABC News to ask a question to the candidates Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry if they wouls bomb Iran and take this nation to another war if things get bigger after bombing Iran or not? This is a critical question and I want to know those 4 candidates standings before I make up my mind who to vote for in NH? We all know Ron Paul and Jon Juntsman are against the war!

  35. If Ron Paul does not win this Presidency, then the US is done for. It does not matter if you vote for Santorum, Romney, or Obama at that point. They are all the same. If Ron Paul does not become president, the US will be the target of terrorists and the global elite until America is simply Chinese.

  36. I have a debate question for each of the candidates, by a simple show of hands — who would be willing to forego his salary as President until a balanced budget is put in place? In other words, you get paid when you balance the budget, and not one day before.

  37. I want to know what Mitt Romney would do if bombing Iran won’t be enough to secure Israel’s security in the Middle East Would Romney take this nation to another war or let Israel defend themselves?

  38. Ron Paul Vs Status Qou can’t wait. Its saddening to see the establishment candidates surge. Just goes to show the parties and media manipulate the masses.

  39. Give Ron Paul some time to explain his foreign policy. Give the candidates a scenario concerning Iran, instance, what if Iran attacked Iraq, what would they do as President? Ask what Ron Paul would do as President if North Korea invaded South Korea.

  40. Mr. President:
    January 6, 2012

    I see you are back in Washington, I am glad that you and your family are doing well. I only wish that our nation was in the same conditions. I have some random thoughts that I would like to share with you.

    Our constitution was inspired by the creator and written in the blood of American Patriots. This is a documents that sets the sidelines for our great republic. It is written so as to prevent a tyrant from assuming the role of a monarch. Sir, you have crossed the line and you will be held accountable for your disdain for our nation, its constitution, and its laws. You want the American people to trust you, how can we trust you when you will not open your records to public examination. Please open up and be transparent to the American people as you promised.

    It appears,you have no moral center. You lie with a straight face. When you go against our constitution, our congress and the will of the people you are spitting on the graves of the countless millions that have died for freedom and justice. What gives you the right to dishonor the blood our our forefathers?

    You have appointed a racist to head the Justice department. A man that is guilty of crimes that led to the death of Mexican citizens and Federal employees. Your support for this criminal has cheapened the oval office to the point that your actions and words have no value or no meaning. The blood of these victims cover your administration. You and Holder will not be allowed to forget this crime nor will you be allowed to wipe these people out of the nation’s memory. As long as there are freedom loving people, justice will be demanded for the children of Mexico and our Federal employees. Justice Brandeis wrote “Crime is contagious, if the government becomes a law breaker, it breeds contempt for the law.” Holder and you Mr. President has bred contempt for he law by placing yourselves above the law.

    When I think of the great men that held the position of Attorney General and realize that we now have a man that has dishonored the legacy of the Justice Department. A department that has been the front runner in righting the wrongs in our nation history, Tears flow from my eyes and anger from my heart. To think that a man such as Holder is allowed to flaunt our laws and use the department to punish rather than to ensure justice for all Americans. Please send this liar back to Chicago and restore a semblance of justice in our land. I do not use the word lair carelessly but I heard him lie to the Congress. This is a justifiable use of the liar label.

    “There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supersedes all other courts.”Mohandas Gandhi. You may laugh and think that you are invincible as you are in control of the justice department and a small percentage of the courts. We the American people are the ultimate judge, the giver of justice and we will right the evils of your administration. Our conscience as a nation will not let you walk on our constitution and our laws.

    Please send this letter or one of your own to your congressman. Demand that they take actions on Holder.

    • Your letter sounds as if it is full of hate, yet your tag name reads: “without hate”? Transparency? Where was transparency when the country decided to enter war with Iraq in order to assert “freedom”, only to find out after the fact that it should have began in Afghanistan from the start? How can we have transparency when lobbying and inside trading is allowed? Where is transparency when we allow for privatization to control the livelihood of others inside and outside of this country? Moreover, where is transparency when the country does not allow gays to have access to “the pursuit of happiness”? I agree, transparency is important; however, it does not seem to reflect in the decisions made by conservatives.
      Where is the conservative “moral center” regarding the issues above? Think with much consideration. Some of these conservative approaches seem to be a throw back to oppressive ideas. It’s alarming and misleading.

      • Damn! How the truth hurts.. You can’t sugar coat the truth. When are people going to wake up? Simply telling like it is isn’t hate speech.. What the He!! is wrong with you lady?

  41. I want to know what Mitt Romney would do if bombing Iran won’t be enough to secure Israel’s security in the Middle East Would Romney take this nation to another war or let Israel defend themselves?

    • Well my friend what would you do? Would you let Israel, our only real ally in the region, be wiped off the map?


  43. It is disturbing to see that the cultist have taken over this blog. Paul economic polices are not realistic and have been tried in the past. They did not work. His stand on the military and Iran is the illogical thinking of a delusional old man.

    Get serious and lets defeat Obama.

    • How could something that is not realistic have been tried in the past?

      Where and when have free-market economic policies been tried and failed?

    • Seriously, Ron Paul’s economic ideas have been tried in the past and haven’t worked? How are the economic policies of today working for you? How did the economic policies of the G.W. Bush Administration work for you?

      Ron Paul has good ideas, radical to some, necessary for all that are the only things that are going to save America and preserve freedom. Republicans and Democrats alike are afraid of him winning the nomination and the possibility that he will become president because his election will mean the end of fat cat careers for politicians. Their loss of power. Their having to be regular citizens and come under Obamacare and lose their pensions.

      Sounds just like what is needed to shrink the size of government and restate the power of the People. WE need part time politicians in Washington, D.C. and one hell of a lot less legislation being handled by Congress. We might have a system of laws but it is rapidly becoming buried by numbers. No-one is capable, now, of understanding them all. What is needed are new rules for legislation that requires that all previous related legislation be considered for elimination, revision, and/or combination to significantly reduce the amount of Federal legislation in effect at one time.

      Ron Paul is the only sane choice for president at this time and at this place. All incumbents that side with Obama and that have not proven by their actions that they are totally behind our constitution and listening to their constituents must be removed from office and replaced by only those new public servants that believe in the wisdom and design of our Founders shall be elected to take their places.

  44. Is ABC News sold to Romeny too? I posted a question and still awaiting for moderation!
    I want to know what Mitt Romney would do if bombing Iran won’t be enough to secure Israel’s security in the Middle East Would Romney take this nation to another war or let Israel defend themselves?

  45. To whom ever reads my blog,
    I read alot of other peoples thoughts and concerns about the upcoming election and who is the right person. I can’t begin to explain why all of you are selfish and ignorant. I also can’t explain to you what its like spending the past 7 years of my career in a war zone. I can’t begin to explain why military vets both active or retired can’t stand to be away from their families. What I can tell you is I am an army Sergeant and a war veteran, I’ve been married for 5 years and have a 1 year old daughter. If you vote because you think you know what’s right for our country, think again. Imagine waking up one morning and your boss tells you, tour about to go to war, that your family may never see you again, that you may pay the ultimate price for someone who has never spent one day in your boots. Now imagine a country at peace with no wars and no heart ache. I hear all the time, “thank you for your service” and “we support our troops” well let ask you, do you really support us or do you think that war is cool and killing real people is the answer for peace. Well its not, we did not volunteer to join the military to go to war or kill living breathing lives. Think about that. Now ask yourself, what is this president going to do for you. And remember you don’t have to worry about going to war, all your life is is monetary and economic wohs. We have spoken on who we want as our boss, and if you really cared about a vet you would listen. Thank you for reading and I hope you do the right thing. We don’t need 4 more years of war. We need peace and liberty.

  46. I prefer that we do not go to war. I hope that Obama is re-elected. I think that Obama is smart enough to figure out how to diplomatically NOT go to war.
    Enough bloodshed on both sides without “winning” – enough is enough.

    • He doesn’t ever go to war, but neither did Bush 1 or 2.. That would require a declaration approved by Congress. He wants to keep the money he steals from us to promote his Nanny State wet dream.

      Ron Paul 2012

  47. Crockett is right. Gengrich is the most qualified.
    Rick Perry is establishment. Don’t pay attention to his insistence of being an outsider. He received sweetheart deals in real estate as governor.Check up on a house he received in Marble Falls.I wonder how that happened?

    • The Newt the most qualified? Why, because he can cry on command? Because he is a draft dodger? Because he is the Status Quo?

      Ron Paul 2012

  48. In my opinion, this debate is a waste of time because your so called “hosts” are doing nothing but pitting the candidates aginst each other instead of asking important questions about their positions on the myriad of extreme threats and issues that are destroying our country. This is a disgrace and a majow dis-service to America and Americans!

    • You are so right! There will come a time, at the rate we are going, when the mainstream media will be irrelevant because we will be irrelevant as a nation. Life as we know it will be gone forever. I have begun stocking food, taking a gun course, and doing anything necessary for collapse. The spare tire in my car is there because I want to be prepared just in case I get a flat tire.

      • Why is it that when someone disagre’s with you you folks want to censor them? This is
        one of the reasons I will not vote for your candidate.

  49. ok thought at first paul was not oo bad though we would be weakest military in the world under him. but his comments on the rich white and poor black irritates the hell out of me. dont get me wrong im no fan of that stuck up rich white guy but statistics show overwhelmingly that poor blacks are the ones committing the crimes. there are few to no rich white guys do bad enough crimes to even come close to an electric chair. maybe if this country got more of an even field so there arent sooo many poor people black or white there wouldnt be as many crimes period

    • Just wanted to note that your statement of us having the weakest military in the world under him is laughable since in his budget he clearly shows we would still be spending 4x more than any other government in the world. Did you even bother to look at his budget before making this baseless statement or do you just think our military is so incompetent that we’d need more than four times more money than any other government to keep from being the weakest military in the world.

  50. Why is abc picking questions that pit one candidate against another and not focusing on issues ? This is a terrible debate!!!

    • To find out where the candidates stand. Otherwise they will fall back on that crazy
      Ronald Ragan rule of never badmouthing another republican. you would then only have
      hate Obama speaches. But mabey that is what you want? Wouldn’t you like to know where
      your candidates stand on all subjects???

  51. My nehhew has given 15 years to the Navy. He has just found out that in 8 months he will longer have a job/career. What are we going to do with the addition of thousands of military layoffs?

  52. I would ask this..With the Gop’s stance on issues of a woman’s right to choose,especially in cases of rape,incest or mothers health..the way they went after womens health this yr (Planned parenthood),birth control ect would almost seem as if they would prefer to have women at home barefoot and pregnant.Abortion is not somethin i would do personally..except in the case of rape,incest or my health but a woman should have the right to choose that for herself. The GOP seems to think all abortion is wrong and would outlaw it if they could. How is making a woman carry the child of let’s say her rapist to full term any different than when Afghanistan sent the female rape victim to jail and then will release her if she marries her rapist? yes here she could give the child up for adoption but what of the stress and trauma that would cause a rape victim not to mention the affects on the unborn child..further more would the govt then pay for all the counseling she would need for not only the rape and the pregnancy but for the fact her own government would have victimized her all over again. How does each candidate respond to that?

  53. Huntsman might as well be a Democrat.
    Romney is a Democrat.
    Ron Paul is bitter old man.
    Santorum would be a better VP than President.
    Gengrich is the most qualified!!!!!
    Rick Perry can comb his hair or lead a cheer.

    • Bitter old man? Why? Because he believes in the Constitution? Because he calls a spade a spade? Because he thinks the government should serve the people and not the other way around?

      Please explain your b.s.

      Ron Paul 2012

  54. Do you really think people who have such extremem positions of hate, ie. defining marriage to exclude gay couples, is in a position to be president of the US?

      • Amen – These anti-God people have a religion called A-Theism, and they are allowed to push their agenda, but when we tell them about our God’s agenda, they not only don’t want to hear it, but must endlessly push perverted ways down everyone’s throats.

        • Ok, I read the bible. Now lets start negotiations, I would like to buy your daughter. And we need to start stoning people as they come out of Red Lobster for eating shellfish. Dumbass!

  55. Anyone on the stage except for Ron Paul and Huntsman would do a far better job than Obama under normal circumstances, however, we are in a crisis. The only person who could dismantle the DAMAGE THAT OBAMA HAS DONE IS NEWT GINGRICH. HE was in Washinton and knows and prooved that he can get the work done. He is the only anti establishment tea party candidate. He is Loathed and feared by the Democrates, Republican establishment, and the mainstream media. He is the only one who will bring the BOLD CHANGES THAT USA NEED ” IN A HURRY”. I like Santorum and he is currently surging and would make a great Presidant under normal circumstances but not now. Every Patriot should stand behind Newt Gingrich.

    • The Newt is just a fat white version of Obama, nothing more. Oh, they may claim to be different in how they are going to spend your money, but when it comes down to it they are going to take your money, like it or not, and spend it the way they want to, like it or not.

      Ron Paul 2012..

  56. How many FREAKIN face jobs has Diane Sawyer had? What is she, 70 something?. EWW>>>> She makes Michelle Bachmann look hot by comparison. And that is enough to make me throw up by itself!
    Other than that, I am really sad that Huntsman gets so little air time when he seems to know the most about what he is talking about

    • She acts like she’s so hot… but wow, if she only knew how odious she is, she would go away.

  57. I am a Disabled veteran. Why is the veterans of this country being let down by the federal Government when it comes to VA benefits Local state courts are disregarding US code title 38 5301 None in assign ability. This law clearly states that the money is strictly for the veteran but yet local judges and courts ignore this law and use it as a asset in any type of legal process

    • The truth you’re seeking lies in the UCC and the fictious entity you’re operating under. The UNITES STATES is a corporation, and you become a part of that corporation by contractual agreement that you’re more than likely not aware of, as are most US citizens.
      Go google that info and you’ll be much wiser brother…

      A fellow veteran with 25,000 hours of research spanning 18 years into what’s “really” going on.

  58. Diane Saweyer: “Instead of the Constitution,” let’s talk about things that matter to families “in their living rooms.” Doesn’t she realize that the only reason the US isn’t a dictatorship is that we have a Constitution?

    • Honestly I was really disappointed with Paul’s answer (and he’s definitely my man in this race). One of his problems is that he doesn’t question the often ridiculous premises of the moderators’ questions. He should have forcefully defended the importance of the Constitution to every American family.

  59. So, we have all but one candidate willing to interfere in the internal affairs of other nations and send troops everywhere. I wonder how we would react to another nation in this world doing the same thing to us.

    It is not weak to say that a sovereign nation has the right to govern its own affairs and that the internal affairs of another country our not our business. It seems clear to me that the primary reason they want troops sent everywhere is to keep the military industrial complex fed. If we aren’t fighting wars everywhere, then we wouldn’t need to spend the money on the military that we do.

    Even at current levels we outspend China 7 to 1 on national defense.

    • To know why this “seems” like an agenda, you should google PNAC – project for a new american century, and understand that most of our politicians are loyal to the “crown”, which is an international corporation, and are allowing our nation to be used like a dirty prosti-toot, and that is the real truth, which is called conspiracy “theory”…

      Go figure…

  60. Hey Obama,

    Don’t worry about raising any money for your campaign. These morons have no chance. See you in Jan 2013.

  61. paul shouldnt be wasting money running, he IS a crabby old man that may have a few good ideas but not good enough to be commander in chief. Santorum way better than mitt who is a joke. not fond of some of newt’s ideas but we would be better off with him than the rest
    Obums a frikin joke since clinton left office we have went steadily downhill. its time for a REAL change and get us back on track. i do like huntsman for finally talking about term limits for politicians

    • Thankfully, we’ll probably have someone that can construct sentences, use spell-checker software and communicate on a greater than 6th grade level as well.

  62. Attack of Santorum tonight!!! They are trying to buckle him lol…. Ron Paul doing his thing!!!! Paul 2012

  63. Perry has the best answers. He’s getting too few questions. It’s obvious the panel doesn’t want him to succeed

  64. Being a Christian, I still ask … does no one think the 1st Amendment is important? It’s great to tout how religious one is, and that this country is founded on “christianity” and that marriage is between a man and a woman because that’s the way it’s been for “3,000” years – but isn’t the very foundation of this country built upon the 1st Amendment? If we choose to elect those who feel one particular religion and its tenants is the only one, we begin to slide down that slippery-slope of becoming a “religious” state – such as Iran. I don’t think one should hide their religious beliefs, but when you’re the president of a country, you can let it guide you through prayer, but you cannot allow it to be the sole basis of your decision-making. If that’s the case, then you will not be representing the people of the US – you’ll be representing only those with whom you share a religious fervor. I have never seen so much hatred in all my life. It saddens me to think that we’ve become so divided that we can’t RESPECTFULLY disagree with others – still recognizing that all sides love this country and are doing what they feel is the right thing. The name calling, the insinuation that one person or the other is not a patriot or does not love this country is nutty. It’s sad this country has gotten to this position, so very sad.

  65. Dear Mr. President,
    The preamble to the constitution states: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” Keeping this in mind, I have some very practical ideas to help fix the problems that have arisen since you took office. Please feel free to use any of the following ideas to correct some of the surmounting problems on your plate. Have you ever heard the saying, “Clean up around your own door before you try to clean somewhere else,”?

    First, bring all troops home and place them on the borders of our own country; stop all funding to foreign countries; keep military presence where necessary only (provide for the common defense).

    Next, STOP spending; do not spend what we do not have. All our credit cards are maxed out. We spend more than we make; stop! Do not try to increase government income; just stop spending.

    Here is a place to start cutting (I work for the Texas Health and Human Services, the local welfare office): completely cut TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or free cash). This program is a leach on society, and does nothing but enable the people receiving it; why work if some one is going to pay you not too? If you are concerned about losing those votes, do not worry; these people do not vote. I know because I ask all of them if they are registered, and they are not. They do not want to!

    I would also put provisions on Medicaid and Food Stamps. I believe people should not have children if they cannot afford them, so if the state has to deliver your baby because you cannot afford to pay for insurance or to pay for the delivery out of pocket, the state should also tie your tubes. Remember, this program is voluntary. If you do not want to have your tubes tied, you should not have the state deliver your baby. If you have an abortion because you do not want to have a baby and the state has to pay for that, then your tubes should also be tied. This will reduce Medicaid costs with in 10 years. The state will only be paying for one child per family instead of 2-20 per family.

    Food Stamps: I believe that no able bodied adult should receive food stamps. Food stamps should be available only to kids, that with the new program, should be reduced to one per house hold over the next 10 years. Emergency benefits for persons who have lost a job for any reason can receive three months’ worth to allow a person time to get a job; then no more for three years. That is the way it is already if the person has no children in the state of Texas. This should be for all able bodied people. I have seen too many people who live in public housing for free, pay no utilities, receive food stamps and TANF for the kids. These people get by just fine; in fact with a minimum wage job, they would not get by as well as they do now, letting the state take care of them. This system is broken. We are encouraging people not to work. Life should not be good if you are unemployed. Life should be very uncomfortable for you if you do not have a job. Medicaid also encourages people to not get married. A couple will receive more benefits if they remain unmarried (promote the general welfare).

    Please change the name of these programs back to “Welfare Programs”; please put it on the sign out front of the building. I have spoken to too many clients who think they are not on welfare.
    Remember this will not impact any disabled or elderly person. The programs for the elderly as well as disabled should be reinforced to ensure they are receiving the benefits they need. These people cannot help themselves; the government should help them and feel obligated to do so.

    The American people have ingenuity and will rise to the occasion if needed. Americans will do what is needed to survive and prosper when given the chance. The government’s job is only to ensure the way is not barred for all Americans (secure the blessings of liberty).

    I believe just these suggestions will probably do a lot to balance and reduce the budget. I also believe this will go a long way to get anyone elected.

    Thank you for your time,

    Debra Rumsey – A concerned Patriot

  66. Independent here. I have not heard one decent/realistic response to the economic issue and what they will do differently than what Obama or Bush have done. We have a separation of church and state, I am not interested in their religious views. I want to hear what they are going to do differently to change our economic future for the middle class. So far I am looking at a field of fools from all parties.

  67. There are several republican candidates who would be great Presidents. They would restore American Exceptionalism and Confidence. The current administration has tried to destroy our great nation with his Czars (20-30),DHS and weak foreign policy. He has apologized and marginalized the great American traditions. My preference is Governor Mitt Romney. He is a class act, intelligent, articulate and has a proven record of success. He has a moral compass, a great family and has contributed through his work with the Olympics which is ongoing to this day. He has also provided significant contributions through his own foundations and he seldom takes a salary. For example, when he was our governor he did not take a salary. He probably contributes more than any of the current politicians.
    Go Romney!

  68. @Debra Rumsey
    Gee, that’s a great idea. So if people have kids but lose their job, according to your bullshit, they should what? Pull a Florida mom and Kill them? Give them up for adoption to Michelle Bachmann? Try using your noodle instead of flapping it in the wind. You will do us all a favor.

  69. @Conservativevolumetrics
    Why don’t you try spending 25,000 hours trying to get a life and finding a job? Or did the CIA attach wires to your brain, making it impossible to understand what employers are asking you

  70. THIS was a wonderful debate. The questions and answers by the candidates were substantive. There was also an atmosphere of civility and collegiality that was comforting after so much attack and criticism.

    EVERY ONE of the candidates were VERY IMPRESSIVE.

    Hurry November!

  71. i missed the debate and forgot to “tivo” it. why is it so hard to get a replay on the internet? it should be available, easily…, for people who what to watch it. or am I just smoking crack like all these political idiots?

  72. I was very disappointed in this debate. Lots of time was wasted and not one mention was made about social security, medicare, refugee problems, illegal aliens, the budget was hardly addressed. The only subject that was addressed in any force was the civil union vs marriage. Everyone says we’ll cut the budget but you don’t seem to get a clear picture of how anyone intends to do it, everyone seems to want to help the unemployed, but no one really has expressed a good way to do that either. I’d like to hear the candidates actually let us know exactly what they intend to do instead of telling us what they plan not to do. I was leaning toward one candidate but I think that has changed as of this evening. No one really impressed me…

  73. While many of those who have posted here are clearly Tea Partyists with radical views about the intentions of the founding fathers of this nation, none of them was there then, and none of them has any idea what they were thinking.
    It is beyond logic to think that the world of 1775 Colonial America could even vaguely be compared to 2012. While the fundamental concepts addressed in the founding documents were intended to provide governing principles for the nation, none of those who crafted those principles could have possibly imagined the detailed social and cultural changes of the next 250 years. None of them had telephones, television or Facebook. None of them could even forsee a future wherein England would be our ally. Change is the reason we don’t still live in caves, and progress is the result of evolution. While those basic guidelines are, of course, still in place, the details as to how those guidelines apply to a modern technological culture is an entirely different issue. In the same light as the Bible, The Talmud and The Koran were interpreted as guidleines for religious groups, the founding documents were never intended to be so rigid and unaltering that daily life would be regulated in such minute detail as to dictate the very behaviors of future persons in the private confines of thier own homes. In a modern society, it is not appropriate for government to dictate the definition of [the pursuit of] “happiness” as the very nature of such an endeavor changes as the culture and society it refers to changes. None of the religious documents noted, by the way, addresses the concept of gay marriage, abortion or immigration. The founding documents don’t dictate these issues either, except that as to immigration, it makes possible the idea. When there is not a traffic sign indicating “no u-turn”, it is legally safe to make that turn, provided one looks for oncoming traffic. The founding fathers could not have forseen that oncoming traffic, thus, they did not need to address these issue. The logical presumption was that these issues were not the business of governing but they were the business of personal choice, which is not the business of governing. Lighten up, people. The fact is that religious zealotry is not a specific requirement for the Office of The President. Most Americans would much rather make thier own personal decisions about thier bedroom behavior than have it legislated by those they elect to represent them. Most people would rather have thier pastors, rabbis and priests do the preaching rather than thier legislators. Please, have your own personal convictions, and hold them close to you. I have mine, and I hold them close to me. We aren’t required to hold the same convictions, and yours cannot legislate mine.
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  74. I thought tonight’s debate was well moderated, but I am concerned that the pundits afterwards gave too much credit to Gov. Romney. I an mot saying Romney was awful, but rather that Gov Paul, and Gov Huntsman really demonstrated a great deal of intelligence and understanding of the issues. Even when Gov Romney tried to distract Gov. Huntsman regarding his warnings about the potential dangers that China presents both economically and politically, Gov. Huntsman responded with exactness and obvious experience; pressing that China will be that country that challenges our foreign and national policy more than any other country; including Iran. While the President of the United States will likely make appointments that satisfy Defense, Economic, and Foreign policy, he should have enough practical experience in each area to make sound final decisions. Gov. Huntsman is the only one on that stage tonight who represented all of the required attributes.

    Thank you for reading my comments.

  75. that was a good debate in New Hampshire, I noticed that Romney was all over the planet with his answers,flip flop like always, Santorum was on edge like he was searching(surfing) for the right answers but could not connect, Ron Paul had his best debate tonight, but i have to give first place to Newt, his answers were right on tonight,i was leaning toward Romney or Santorum, but after tonight i need to take a good look at Newt, he really seems to know what it takes to turn this country around, his answers was what i needed to here, without the i will tell you what you want to hear to get your vote bul%hit.

    • I don’t think Romney had a “game plan” so to speak. But I do not agree with you saying that Newt’s answers are what i needed to here, without the i will tell you what you want to hear to get your vote bul%hit. They all tell you what you want to hear. It’s all an act to get the American people to vote for them.

  76. has anyone noticed that romney isn’t getting attacked hardly at all.. not his obama blue print for healthcare his flip flopping on nearly every position he has ever held. Where people are coming out of the woodworks to criticize Ron Paul the democratic governers association, every main stream media organization, heck they even dusted off the creator of the internet and mr carbon tax Al Gore to discredit Paul. Even if you don’t like him one thing you can be sure of is, they absolutely don’t want this man within a country mile of the office of president. That should tell everyone something big he is not part of the establishment. You know the establishment that has run up our debt, passed nafta and gatt so big corperations can outsource all our jobs for their greed. As for foreign policy, think about your life, do you go around waving a weapon in every ones face so they will like you. Of course not, we are nice to other people so they usually are in kind. We have tried war for the better part of 20 years, running around threatening people and where are we. on the verge of bankruptcy as a nation and on brink of a major war. We can always try war again if peace and kindness doesn’t work but can we try peace and kindness after we are bankrupt and have a world full of enemies.

    • John I am sure we might agree on a great many things – but you are simply and mistakenly denying that their is an active military religious sect in whose constitution their still exists an extermination of a race, and that they are openly developing nuclear technology. There exists an ideology that’s more popular than you’d like to admit which calls for your very own death simply because you are a westerner. This is why people fear Ron Paul’s international policy, as they should. It has not so much to do with “establishment” as “common sense”.

      If there’s one shred of truth to the progressivist view that our Constitution should “evolve” with the times, it’s in the area of preemptive national defense. Reagan style. Although on the whole this notion is wrong – that rights can be added or changed, but I think we must admit that in 1800, the greatest threat was a large navy crossing the ocean, which took months. We must consider the drastic increase in possible death tolls and consequences of successful attacks. When a group of people who already blow themselves up to kill you and your family and thousands others say their going to do it bigger, I hope my president tends to believe them.

      Overall though I think Newt has the best conservative ideas, and the most successful bi-partisan track record to change the socialist direction we’ve been heading. Sure, it worries me that the left will have tons of ammunition against him in a the general. Gingrich is too often ridiculed for having “flip-flopped” or sitting on a couch with Nancy Pelosi. But I think you’ll find that many independents who are sick of the congressional gridlock may find this appealing. He’s proven to work with the other side and get things moving in a conservative direction. People in the Republican vetting process can too easily forget that some major issues that are negatives in the primaries may become advantages in the general.

      I don’t think Gingrich so much supported cap and trade or national health care as much as wanted to be at the center of the debate pulling it in our direction. We all must admit the healthcare cost problem – he explained in one way once in a college course how a better than average income citizen can force their neighbors to effectively pay their hospital bills by neglecting to cover their own insurance. Granted, that’s only a sliver of the problem (the greatest of which I believe is a massive government restriction of a free market in the healthcare sector, under the abuse of the tenth amendment) but I want a representative who at least looks at a problem and is solutions oriented, even if he doesn’t get it right every time. One that’s willing to admit when he was wrong – unlike Romney on the Massachussets healthcare mandate. He is basically saying, ‘hey it was a democratic state I just gave them what they wanted and look at the good side’ even if it’s an economic disaster and a big government answer.

      I think that if you listen to Newt Gingrich, everything he is proposing includes an ever so important component – the will of the people – that he wants to convince the people of the idea first, to effect legislation with general consensus. It’s why the Contract with America was at all successful, and I think we still can do something even better. Newt’s approach is rightfully in the most contrast of Obama’s tendencies of literally bypassing Congress with regulation in lieu of legislation – the audacity to carry on court cases with the People against their will in his progressive vision. To make backroom deals and personal exemptions of massive, twisted laws that allow for implementation by UNELECTED officials, just to get them passed.

      I really hope that in this general election all of the promises that Barack Obama made during his campaign are very closely showcased and scrutinized. I saw him wow crowds about hope and change, fundamental transformation, promises of a new kind of Washington. He’s a great orator but unfortunately a bullheaded leftist idealogue. And the croney abuse in Washington has never been worse, and I hope the general population really sees what he meant by “fundamental transformation”. They will inevitably agree that the USA is about opportunity, not entitlement. It only saddens me how many people pay no attention and think this voting process doesn’t work. Of course it doesn’t work too well when 40% of people vote and only a fraction of those are properly informed. But I don’t want to hear about the gap between rich and poor anymore. It’s BS. The more successful people there are, the more crap they buy and build. The monetary supply is not finite. No leftist ever tells you about the statistics of first generation millionaires, or how many people who used to be in poverty lift themselves out when the economy is growing.

      So as the field shapes up, I like Newt even more. I could see Santorum as Newt’s VP – but I think we’ll have to wait after Gingrich’s and Santorum’s performances in the South to see if this could be possible. Could be if Santorum does well enough, he won’t want to relinquish the seat. They tend to work well together though, and I just know you all also want to see Newt eat Obama alive in a debate.

  77. Debra, I agree with you and appreciate your comments. Too many of the people in the country are sitting back and not even trying to help themselves. Unfortunetly tho, there are too few jobs and many more people out of work who have families to support. I’m helping two families at the moment that are too proud to ask for welfare and the are just eeking by, but I’m not in any great shape either, I just happen to be the one who has been able to hold onto the job, praying that I too do not become downsized…

  78. I missed the debate, choosing to watch the Lions/Saints wild card game instead, thinking that surely ABC online would make the entire debate video available. Instead, all I find is excerpts. Amazing.

  79. As usual, the state run media is focused on assisting 0bama by getting each of the Republican candidates to attack each other instead of focusing on the issues.. Question: “so and so” said about you, etc..

  80. This tells the story. Who do you identify with, Goldman Sacs, Blue Cross, American Fruits & Flavors (petro-chemicals) or the US military?
    Top 10 Contributors
    Click on above link for complete information.
    This table lists the top donors to this candidate in the 2012 election cycle. The organizations themselves did not donate , rather the money came from the organizations’ PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals’ immediate families. Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.

    Because of contribution limits, organizations that bundle together many individual contributions are often among the top donors to presidential candidates. These contributions can come from the organization’s members or employees (and their families). The organization may support one candidate, or hedge its bets by supporting multiple candidates. Groups with national networks of donors – like EMILY’s List and Club for Growth – make for particularly big bundlers.

    Mitt Romney:
    Goldman Sachs $367,200
    Credit Suisse Group $203,750
    Morgan Stanley $199,800
    HIG Capital $186,500
    Barclays $157,750
    Kirkland & Ellis $132,100
    Bank of America $126,500
    PriceWaterhouseCoopers $118,250
    EMC Corp $117,300
    JPMorgan Chase & Co $112,250

    Ron Paul:
    US Army $24,503
    US Air Force $23,335
    US Navy $17,432
    Mason Capital Mgmt $14,000
    Microsoft Corp $13,398
    Boeing Co $10,620
    Google Inc $10,390
    Overland Sheepskin $10,350

    Rick Santorum:
    Blue Cross/Blue Shield $18,000
    Universal Health Services $17,250
    Kimber Manufacturing $12,300
    El Dorado Holdings $10,000
    Achristavest $10,000
    CONSOL Energy $8,500
    Diamond Manufacturing $8,000
    Northwestern Mutual Life $7,650
    Pride Mobility Products $6,000
    Gleason Agency $5,250

    Newt Gingrich:
    Rock-Tenn Co $27,500
    Poet LLC $20,000
    First Fiscal Fund $15,000
    Pull-A-Part Inc $15,000
    Amway/Alticor Inc $10,000
    State Mutual Insurance $10,000
    American Fruits & Flavors $10,000
    Streck Inc $10,000
    Windway Capital $9,600
    Wirco Inc $8,500

  81. If people dont start listening to people like Ron Paul then we are done. This nation will know a tyranny unlike any other in history and millions will suffer. I challenge anyone to do research on things like “Agenda 21”, and “New World Order”, or tell me how being forced to pay bums money from my pockets through taxes are not slavery. We are all slaves and it is worse than it has ever been. T.V. keeps most in a dumbed down state and what you get is a group of so called “adults”, screaming and sheering over a stupid game like football when our traitor president signs bills throwing our rights out the window. For those who are doubting this or want to laugh. Just remember this when it comes.

    • Unfortunately, unless there is a black swan event in this country that will change the current outlook, we will have another 4 years of Obummer. You all wanted change, now you have it…how’s it workin’ for ya???

      We have raised three generations of brats who believe they are entitled to a living without working for it. When you can get something for nothing, why pay for it? And, those who do work for it believe they are entitled to what they want and not what they earn. Fellow Americans, nothing is ever free. We have come to the point where the piper needs to be paid…and it will be paid in blood.

      The following poll of over a thousand people says it all: exclaiming to the rooftops that Ron Paul won the debate. The real taxpaying public should be looking at Ron Paul and his message, which is one of REAL change. He is the only real candidate that can and will affect real change. It will be painful in the short-term…but our children and their children will have a free future because of this man. I am 51 years old and have never backed a politician in my life because I have never felt a single one of the candidates were worth voting for…until now.

      To Warning – I suggest you don’t bother trying to wake people up with “conspiracy theories”, though you and I know these things are real. Focus them on their very near future…this country is going to war, WWIII, THIS YEAR. Your children will be sent off to fight and DIE because our country has spent their future and we will are seeking to steal the resources (plunder) of other countries. We will piss off someone big (China or Russia, anyone?) and they will retaliate in a big way.

      Well, you wanted change…here ya go! But those of us who understand what has been done and want REAL CHANGE will be voting for Ron Paul!!!

  82. @ Nate
    I want to say that I TRULY APPRECIATE all the work you and your gang have done on this web-page. this has been my source since August for following this through to it’s conclusion. You are the best!

    • Dittos to Don’s post — Thanks to the people who run this site. I use it often. Especially appreciate you posting the full-length, unedited videos of the debates. A few times I’ve posted a link to your site on other forums and encouraged people to check it out. Thank-you!

  83. I’m going to call it quits, but before I do I wanted thank Grayeagle1000, Crockett, and MO. Please try and ” EDUCATE” your friends and family– and anyone in New Hamshire ans South Carolina ASAP!!!!

  84. Here are some of Rick Perry’s biggest donors over the years:

    $4,000,000 Republican Governors Association PAC

    $2,531,799 Bob & Doylene Perry Perry Homes Houston

    $1,120,000 Harold C. Simmons Contran Corp. Dallas

    $750,000 Republican National State Elections Committee Washington

    $715,308 Thomas Dan Friedkin Friedkin Companies Inc. Houston

    $705,000 Kenny & Lisa Troutt Mt. Vernon Investments LLC Dallas

    $612,000 Friends of Phil Gramm PAC Friends of Phil Gramm PAC Helotes

    $563,334 George Brint & Amanda Ryan Ryan & Co. P.C. Dallas

    $537,740 Peter & Julianna Hawn Holt Holt Companies/San Antonio Spurs Blanco

    $506,740 AT&T, Inc. PAC AT&T Austin

  85. @VetgorPaul
    “… I also can’t explain to you what its like spending the past 7 years of my career in a war zone. I can’t begin to explain why military vets both active or retired can’t stand to be away from their families…. If you vote because you think you know what’s right for our country, think again. Imagine waking up one morning and your boss tells you, tour about to go to war, that your family may never see you again, that you may pay the ultimate price for someone who has never spent one day in your boots. Now imagine a country at peace with no wars and no heart ache. I hear all the time, “thank you for your service” and “we support our troops” well let ask you, do you really support us or do you think that war is cool and killing real people is the answer for peace. Well its not, we did not volunteer to join the military to go to war or kill living breathing lives. Think about that. Now ask yourself, what is this president going to do for you. And remember you don’t have to worry about going to war, all your life is is monetary and economic wohs. We have spoken on who we want as our boss, and if you really cared about a vet you would listen. Thank you for reading and I hope you do the right thing. We don’t need 4 more years of war. We need peace and liberty.”

    I can’t imagine you are really in the service… 1st, what did you expect when you joined? You’d just be sitting on your but for 4 or more years doing nothing?! Why did you join if not to defend this country? If you really are in the service and never thought you would be sent off to fight, you are the irresponsible one and who would look to you for your thoughts on who you think the president should be! None of what you say makes any sense. 2nd… a Commander in Chief does NOT need to have served in order to make military decisions – that’s why they have the Joint Chiefs and advisers! If we obey our own LAWS we would not have had a couple of these wars but you have to remember that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were APPROVED by Congress. So, whether you like it or not that is what you were serving for. If you want “peace and liberty” sometimes you need to fight for it and if you don’t want to then I think you need to switch ‘jobs’! I appreciate and thank all of our military but not someone with your mentality – wake up! We live in the United States of America and much of the world looks to us for help and support and sometimes that means going to war!!!

  86. When are the Ron Pauler’s going to realize that his idea of presiding would simply tell Iran and others that we will lie down and let them walk over us while they take over the entire world? Tell the Muslims who hate us,and would kill all of us who are non-believers, that we won’t lift a finger to help others while they are being killed by the anti-freedom Muslins and other dictators!

    Our world can’t exist with any semblance of freedom by our becoming isolationists.

  87. With the Iowa caucuses just a few days behind us, and with New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada choosing their Republican candidates soon, I wanted to write to you and give you a quick update on the NAGR Presidential Survey program.

    As you know, NAGR has mailed every candidate for President an official NAGR Gun Rights Survey.

    Ron Paul is the only remaining Republican candidate who has returned his survey 100% in favor of gun rights.

    Over the last few weeks and months, I’ve asked you to call the campaigns of Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry to demand that each candidate return their gun rights survey 100% in favor of the Second Amendment.

    Believe me, your calls worked. Repesentatives from each of those campaigns called NAGR offices, demanded we instruct our members and supporters to stop calling and to send them a survey.

    Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry were hurt severely in Iowa because they stonewalled gun owners by refusing to return their surveys, and I think the longer that Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney ignore gun owners, the more it will hurt them as well.

    Each candidate has the NAGR Presidential Survey in hand. However, we didn’t stop the calls, and we won’t. Each of the remaining candidates needs to know that gun owners have a powerful voice and we will assume that silence is a sign that they are hiding an anti-gun position.

    I have serious concerns about Romney, Santorum, Gingrich and Perry. It’s their records that worry me.

    Let me take a minute or two right now to remind you about the positions of the four Presidential candidates who have so far refused to return their National Association for Gun Rights Presidential Survey.

    Mitt Romney:

    So far Mitt Romney has refused to respond to his NAGR gun rights survey, perhaps because when Mitt Romney was Governor of ultra-liberal Massachusetts he signed a bill to ban an entire class of firearms.

    Would he do the same thing — or even worse — as President of the United States? His record indicates that he would.

    Mitt Romney supports the Brady Registration Act, mandatory 5-day waiting periods, mandatory firearms ID cards, the Federal Feinstein Gun Ban (so-called “assault weapons ban”) and he signed the Massachusetts Semi-Auto Ban in 2004.

    He even went as far as to say that he supported Massachusetts’ tough anti-gun laws: “We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts; I support them… I won’t chip away at them; I believe they protect us and provide for our safety.”

    And to throw fuel on top of Mitt Romney’s anti-gun fire, he received the endorsement of John McCain this week, who himself has recorded promotional commercials for anti-gun groups hell-bent on restricting our Second Amendment rights.

    Rick Santorum:

    If you’ve watched any of the Presidential debates, you’ve noticed that Rick Santorum claims time and again to be a “fighter” who has “led on conservative issues.”

    Rick Santorum’s record on the Second Amendment, however, tells a different story.

    In the 90s, he voted to support the Lautenberg Gun Ban, which stripped law-abiding gun owners of their Second Amendment rights for life, simply because they spanked their children or did nothing more than grab a spouses wrist.

    He voted for a bill in 1999 disguised as an attempt to increase penalties on drug traffickers with guns… but it also included a provision to require federal background checks at gun shows.

    In 2000, Santorum voted to force pawn shops to require a background check on anyone coming into the store to sell a firearm.

    And then he voted with gun-controlling Democrats Dianne Fienstein and Frank Lautenberg to mandate locks on handguns in 2005.

    But worst of all, Rick Santorum has a storied history of bailing out anti-gun Republicans facing reelection.

    Rick Santorum came to anti-gun Arlen Specter’s defense in 2004 when he was down in the polls against pro-gun Republican Pat Toomey. Specter won and continued to push for gun control during his years in the Senate.

    He also supported and openly campaigned for anti-gun New Jersey governor, Christine Todd Whitman.

    It certainly appears that Rick Santorum has no regrets about his past anti-gun record. Worse, it appears he’d be happy to continue along this path as President.

    Newt Gingrich:

    For those who have followed Newt Gingrich’s career, the revelation that he talks out of both sides of his mouth won’t be a surprise.

    Despite claiming to be pro-gun, Newt Gingrich’s reign as Speaker was downright hostile to our Second Amendment rights.

    Newt supports the Brady National Gun Registry, a national biometric thumbprint database for gun purchasers, the Lautenberg Gun Ban and the “Criminal Safezones Act.”

    Newt doesn’t think the Brady Instant Gun Registry goes far enough — he wants thumbprints:

    “I think we prefer to go to instant check on an immediate basis and try to accelerate implementing instant checks so that you could literally check by thumbprint… Instant check is a much better system than the Brady process.” — June 27, 1997

    Gingrich may claim to be pro-gun . . .

    But his record indicates otherwise, and his refusal to answer his NAGR survey should give any Second Amendment supporter cause for concern.

    Rick Perry:

    Texas Governor Rick Perry has received an earful from NAGR members over the past several months for refusing to return his Candidate Survey.

    His strategy seems to be to tell gun owners “trust me” while keeping completely silent on what he would do about our gun rights if elected President.

    Over the years, gun owners have learned that this is a failed strategy.

    George H.W. Bush ran as a pro-gun candidate for President in 1988, but when elected, things changed.

    First, he signed an Executive Order banning the importation of so-called “assault weapons.”

    Not only that, but it was under President Bush that “Operation Triggerlock,” which dramatically increased funding and power for the BATFE, was implemented.

    Of course, as Governor of Texas, Rick Perry did make some minor improvements in state law for gun owners.

    It is, however, one thing to act pro-gun as Governor of a state like Texas and quite another to be a pro-gun President of the United States.

    Please keep up the pressure on these four Presidential candidates who continue to stonewall gun owners.

    Give each campaign a call and demand the candidates return their National Association for Gun Rights Presidential Survey — at once:

    Mitt Romney: 857-288-3500

    Rick Santorum: 603-518-5199

    Newt Gingrich: 678-973-2306

    Rick Perry: 855-887-5627

    You and I know that we have the most anti-gun President in the history of our country right now in the Oval Office . . .

    . . . but perhaps even more dangerous would be a Republican with a proven anti-gun history cutting backroom, anti-gun deals.

    For Freedom,

    Dudley Brown
    Executive Director

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