January 30th, 2008
09:20 PM ET
6 years ago

The Gipper Ticker

WASHINGTON (CNN) –In Wednesday’s Republican presidential debate, there was a sense of Ronald Reagan in the air, and it wasn’t just because of Air Force One in the background. Place four Republican candidates on stage in Ronald Reagan’s library, and the former president’s name is bound to come up at least once or twice. In Mitt Romney’s case, he referenced the former president nineteen times.

The Ticker kept track of how many times each candidate mentioned Reagan’s name:

Mike Huckabee: 7

Mitt Romney: 19

John McCain: 8

Ron Paul: 3

- CNN's Alex Spanos


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  1. North Dakotans

    RON PAUL FOR THE LONG HAUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 30, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  2. a little sad

    EllenB4Hillary January 30, 2008 10:17 pm ET

    "Will the Republicans EVER stop with the Reagan worship? Ever??"

    Unfortunately, the Republican Presidents since Reagan have all been named Bush.

    Ford didn't get re-elected.

    Should they go back and fete Nixon?

    January 30, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  3. Rockdad50

    According to a report released Tuesday by the National Taxpayers Union, Texas Congressman Ron Paul is the only remaining presidential candidate who proposes net spending cuts.
    Congressman Paul’s proposals would cut government spending by over $150 billion, a conservative estimate of the spending reductions Dr. Paul has proposed. The report concludes that the other remaining Republican candidates, Mitt Romney, John McCain and Mike Huckabee, have proposed spending increases of $19.5 billion, $6.9 billion and $54 billion respectively.
    Dr. Ron Paul campaign has done a great deal of good for society by bringing libertarian ideas to the mainstream, and educating many thousands of people – at least – about things like inflation and fiat money; war; empire; civil liberties; and the proper role of government, just to name a few; and I expect the effects to be felt in various positive ways over the next generation – possibly even in future elections, even if Ron loses in 2008.

    January 30, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  4. Kyle

    LET RON TALK... CNN you really stink at being fair.

    Ron Paul is the only real converative at this debate. Why arethey afriad to let him talk? Afraid he might make all the other "Republicans" look bad??

    January 30, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  5. King

    what a pathetic debate, why did you invite Ron Paul and Mike huckabee if you were not gonna let them speak.
    Ron pauls speaks the truth and you are affraid to let america hear the truth.
    america is waking up and we know the game you are playing, trying to force a bitter pow (not a war hero) and an elitest puppet down our throats.

    anderson i hope they paid you very well for your treason agaist the american people. and i hope the rest of america understands that this race is not over, lots of states to go. Dont be fooled by the bias in the media, you decide not them.

    Ron Paul 2008

    January 30, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  6. Nick, Austin, TX

    It is hard for me to imagine that anybody would vote for any of these people. I've seen better sense in a lunatic ward.

    your friend,
    Nick

    January 30, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  7. Sky

    I think it was dirtier what CNN did tonight by including Ron Paul in the debate but excluding him from participation than what Fox did in New Hampshire by excluding him altogether. He is the only real conservative in the race but was the only one not allowed to answer the question on his conservative credentials.

    Reagan would most likely have endorsed Ron Paul as he appointed him to his gold commission.

    I remember the blunder that Bush made in a debate with Reagan in 1980 when Bush tried to exclude Bob Dole, Phil Crane, and the other contenders by telling someone to turn off the mike till the others left. Reagan was incensed that Bush would pull this stunt and said, "I paid for this mike!" I can't help but think had Reagan been in the audience tonight that he would have made them give Ron Paul equal time and then argued with them saying, "I paid for this mike!"

    January 31, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  8. ian p.a.

    c.n.n.you and your staff are a disgrace to your profession. as for John Mccain
    I graduated as an naval officer and i hope a gentleman.obviously mccain feels that he no longer needs to be the latter as a former navy flier i feel that he is a disgrace to us all .especially after watching his performance tonight .I will definatly vote for the supposed underdog

    January 31, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  9. McCAIN SHOWS TRUE COLORS

    ***

    IT IS NOW OBVIOUS. MR. JOHN McCAN'T TOOK OFF HIS WAR HERO UNIFORM FOR A FEW MINUTES AND SHOWED THE BATTLE SCARS THAT EVEN "REPUBLICANS" CAN GET FROM BEING TOO FRIENDLY WITH LIBERALS.....

    .....CAUGHT IN A LIE, MCCAIN HAD NOWHERE TO RUN BUT TO HIS MILITARY DAYS. WILL AMERICANS BE FOOLED NOW THAT THEY SEE HIS STUBBORNESS AND SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT TO BE PRESIDENT?.....

    ......THIS DEBATE WAS VERY REVEALING AS TO MCCAIN'S TRUE CHARACTER. DON'T BE FOOLED BY NEWS COMMENTATORS—WATCH THE DEBATE FOR YOURSELF AND MAKE YOUR OWN JUDGEMENT AS TO WHICH CANDIDATE IS THE STRONGEST LEADER FOR OUR NATION DOMESTICLY, ECONOMICALLY, AND INTERNATIONALLY......

    .....WOULD MCCAIN BEAT HILLARY OR OBAMA? THREE RECENT EVIDENCES TO THE CONTRARY:

    1. MCCAIN WAS ENDORSED BY THE LIBERAL NEW YORK TIMES
    2. BILL CLINTON GAVE HIS OWN ENDORSEMENT SAYING MCCAIN AND HILLARY GET ALONG WELL
    3. MCCAIN IS NO LONGER A STRAIGHT-TALKER AFTER HIS LIE ABOUT ROMNEY RIGHT BEFORE THE FLORIDA PRIMARY

    NOW WHY WOULD THE LIBERALS WANT SO BADLY TO HAVE MCCAIN BE THE NOMINEE IF THEY THOUGHT HE WOULD BEAT THEM?

    ......ON A MORE ENTERTAINING NOTE, CHECK OUT MCCAIN'S PRAISING ENDORSEMENT OF ROMNEY IN 2002, BACK BEFORE IT WAS POLITICALLY CONVENIENT TO HATE MITT ROMNEY: YOUTUBE, KEY WORDS “Flashback: Sen. McCain Endorses Mitt Romney”

    ***

    January 31, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  10. bruno

    As an apologetic gesture, CNN should allow Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul equal national airtime to make up for tonight's statistically undeniable bias of airtime and the number questions asked of each candidate.
    At this most critical juncture in the final days leading to Super Tuesday, CNN has single-handedly provided gross acts of overexposure to a handful of candidates. Doing so has possibly cemented the nomination to McCain as was evident tonight by their pandering.
    As a former Bill Richardson supporter, I noticed early on that he received little media attention compared to the media darlings of Edwards, Obama and Clinton. But even Edwards took the brunt of the shunning of the spotlight after Iowa. He spoke up too late to make a difference.
    Please post this to show at least some remaining level of free speech and fairness on your network.

    January 31, 2008 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  11. Jonas K. Fairfax Virginia

    CNN this was pathetic.. Pathetic pathetic pathetic....!!!!!

    Huckabee had NO AIR TIME, and Ron Paul was cut off and not allowed to speak hardly at all.. Very rude and unprofessional of your network!! How blatently BIAS can you be to forcing people to listen to only McCain and the Mitt-witt...? But Thanks because now I have no interest in McCain or Romney–they sound like a bunch of parrots spitting the same old BS we have heard far too long–garbage with no direction or intention. Reagan should be rolling over in his grave at this disgrace and dishonor you did by biasing the "debate" unfairly and pushing the focused attention UNequally towards McCain and Romney and excluding Paul and Huckabee. You make Huckabee and Paul seem like the ones we SHOULD be listening to cause you don't want people to hear them. Thanks for showing me the rumored "media bias" plain and upfront does exist. I know now who NOT to vote for and now I will be looking at Paul and Huckabee now instead for a change. CNN can FO with their dirty tricks and I hope they are fined or censored for being so bias and unfair in a debate. If Reagan had been in this debate he would have told you all to shut up and let him finish as Huckabee and Paul should have done. Pathetic CNN...very pathetic..as pathetic as the harping between McCain and Romney that was let to go on and on unchecked.

    January 31, 2008 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  12. Mark Oeser

    Worst debate ever, Anderson Cooper did a terrable job, Why wasn't Ron Paul given an equal opportuntiy to participate. When he was allowed to speak he made more sence then the other participants and he was much more direct and to the point. Quite possible more prepared then all those on the stage, may that is why they were reluctent to ask him questions.

    Mark Oeser

    Arvada,CO.

    January 31, 2008 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  13. Doug

    How many times do we need to hear McCain was a Reagan Revolution foot soldier?

    McCain, we know about your war record and yo are a vetran. Thank you for your services. With that said, what positive actions have you take since then?

    January 31, 2008 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  14. Craig

    McCain would be mentioning Reagan far more, but he is too busy dropping everyone else's name in Washington.

    Could you PLEASE do a name ticker just for McCain? You could start with how many times he name drops Jack Kemp....then go spread out from there.

    January 31, 2008 03:02 am at 3:02 am |
  15. Jim ( Independent )

    Paul is an Idiot just like McCain , but at least Paul tells the truth.

    January 31, 2008 03:48 am at 3:48 am |
  16. Kevin, Carlsbad, California

    CNN should be ashamed of their performance in this "debate." Since when is a debate moderator supposed to allocate time to the candidates based on their poll numbers.

    Four candidates qualified for this debate. Yes, you had to qualify. Ron Paul wasn't guaranteed a place on this stage. He earned it by receiving at least 5% in at least one January national poll, and placing at least 4th in at least one early primary/caucus. He had multiple occurrences of both.

    Yet watching the debate, I felt like it was more like a moderated interview of McCain and Romney, with the moderators occasionally noticing Huckabee and Paul sitting there patiently waiting to be asked a question.

    When Romney or McCain answered a question, and this was even true for Huckabee, the few times he was asked, they were given a chance to answer, and weren't rudely cut off. But when Ron Paul was asked a question, Anderson Cooper couldn't wait to cut him off and move on to the next question.

    I wish instead of counting the number of times each candidate mentioned Ronald Reagan's name, CNN instead tallied how many questions were asked of each candidate, and how long each candidate spoke. I think that would show how biased this debate was.

    I'm really disgusted by CNN, Anderson Cooper, and whoever else had a hand in determining how unfairly this debate was run.

    January 31, 2008 03:51 am at 3:51 am |
  17. Peter Gatti

    For years now I've been try to show my 85 year old mother how the news media has turned into a propaganda machine but she would always make excuses for them. Not anymore, tonight's debate finally convinced her. Thank you for being so obvious.

    January 31, 2008 04:45 am at 4:45 am |
  18. Mac in Nova Scotia

    "The best political team on television",What a joke.

    January 31, 2008 05:43 am at 5:43 am |
  19. AJ

    It might be kind of dicy for McCain to bring up Reagan, it might remind people of how close to senility he is.
    Ronald Reagan did more to harm the political process in American than any modern politician. He was a disgrace.

    January 31, 2008 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  20. checkthisout

    Reagan is OBAMA's Idol also !!!!

    January 31, 2008 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  21. charlotte

    I heard Ronald Reagans' name so many times I thought he was running. The Reagan years were not the best years of my life. Can't these guys stand on their own? Ronnie had alzheimers the last 4 years and it doesn't come on all of a sudden. Iran-Contra, that mess was probably Bushs' decision, Ronnie said he didn't remember and I know with alzheimers he probably did not.

    January 31, 2008 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  22. Pat M

    John McCain = Older Bush Clone & Supporter – Same Bush ideals and mindset, Indefinite end to Iraq War, weak economic strategies, skeptical economic growth ideas, weak on Health Care, Weak on Border Security, weak on trade issues, old school rhetoric and mind set on bringing changes, a friend to big corporations.

    Mitt Romney = Bush Clone, Bush Ideals and mindset, weak on Health Care, no definite plan for Iraq, skeptical ideas on economic growth, trade issues debatable, border security weak, a friend to big corporations.

    Ron Paul = Good Ideas on economy but doesn't come across as having the grit and strength to carry out plans, against Iraq war skeptical plans on ending, off the wall trades issue ideas, border security?, old school rhetoric and mind set with eccentric threads.

    Huckabee comes across as sincere, believable, intelligent, Not a Bush Clone, good ideas on economy, border security, health plan, and the conviction and strength to carry them out.

    Huckabee the only candidate of the three that I feel has any credability and is not in it for personal gain.

    January 31, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  23. bruno

    As an apologetic gesture, CNN should allow Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul equal national airtime to make up for tonight's statistically undeniable bias of airtime and the number questions asked of each candidate.
    At this most critical juncture in the final days leading to Super Tuesday, CNN has single-handedly provided gross acts of overexposure to a handful of candidates. Doing so has possibly cemented the nomination to McCain as was evident tonight by their pandering.
    As a former Bill Richardson supporter, I noticed early on that he received little media attention compared to the media darlings of Edwards, Obama and Clinton. But even Edwards took the brunt of the shunning of the spotlight after Iowa. He spoke up too late to make a difference.
    Please post this to show at least some remaining level of free speech and fairness on your network.

    January 31, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  24. andy

    Why are comments still awaiting moderation after 12 hours? Too many comments for you about how you ignored Huckabee and Paul after promising them more questions?

    January 31, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  25. Ray

    My house gussed 50 times all together. We were close.

    January 31, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
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