BLITZER’S BLOG: GOP candidates throw punches
August 12th, 2011
02:54 PM ET
3 years ago

BLITZER’S BLOG: GOP candidates throw punches

(CNN) - The Republican presidential debate in Iowa was lively. It showed that the eight candidates on the stage can in fact throw punches not only at President Obama but also at each other and even at the debate moderators.

By and large, they ignored Ronald Reagan’s old Eleventh Commandment: “Thou shall not speak ill of any fellow Republican.”

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  1. Rudy NYC

    By and large, they ignored Ronald Reagan’s old Eleventh Commandment: “Thou shall not speak ill of any fellow Republican.”
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    That's because they are not Reagan Republicans.

    With the exception of Mr. Cain, all of them seemed to ignore the rules set forth to respect the clock, and stick to the issue. They ignored the request to spew stump slogans. The ignored the request to not ignore quesitons and simply criticize.

    August 12, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  2. Annie, Atlanta

    To be honest, I can't watch them anymore – Republicans that is. I'm afraid we're gearing up to be overwhelmed with their toxic hate filled rhetoric. What happened to the Republican Party? I'm a registered Republican, but haven't been able to vote for one for a decade or more because of what they've become – extreme, anti-American, and so full of hate it just oozes. Our two party system needs expansion. We need a party that cares about America and Americans.

    August 12, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    They make my blood boil so let me keep it light.
    They need to throw a dollar in a cup and buy Herman Cain a new tie.

    August 12, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. vic , nashville ,tn

    Glad to hear that you will moderate next debate

    Last night debate was in? Mark we didn’t get good answers yesterday
    We want answers from all candidates where they stand on jobs, economy, immigration, Middle East crisis etc
    Last night some candidates answer immigration others not some get answer Libya others not so we couldn’t compare
    Than attacking Obama we want to know real plan
    Example
    How they will balance the budget with out raising tax ? ( GOP debate so they will say they wont’ raise tax)
    What entailment program they will cut?
    Reduce the deficit how long , how much

    August 12, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    all of them seemed to ignore the rules set forth to respect the clock, and stick to the issue. They ignored the request to spew stump slogans. The ignored the request to not ignore quesitons and simply criticize
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    Rudy I know this does NOT surprise you based on their behaviour these past many years.
    The day they adhere to the rules – all of them, including the oath of office they took – is the day I'll be surprised, until then it is just par for the course and business as usual for them.
    Leopard....spots....unable to change.....

    August 12, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    Yeah, they threw punches alright. It was the intellectual equivalent of 8 chimpanzees dressed in tutus, given PCP and a beating and then thrown into one of those inflatable bouncey/moonwalk rooms wearing giant inflatable boxing gloves.

    August 12, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    By and large they ignore the first Ten Commandments, too.

    August 12, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Let me answer for them, vic, and save them the trouble:

    "How they will balance the budget with out raising tax ? (GOP debate so they will say they wont’ raise tax)"

    We will get rid of Medicare, SS, Medicaid and all other societal safety nets, open privatized debtors prisons, abolish minimum wage laws, criminalize unionization of labor, and mandate that all people behave like they are Krischuns even if they don't believe in it. Oh wait? You asked hwo we're going to balance the budget? hahahahaha...You thought it was about that? No no no....dear child, we're just trying to hand all the wealth in the country over to the wealthiest 1% and corporations...at which point, who cares if there's a balanced budget?

    "What entailment program they will cut?"

    All of them, especially all of them.

    "Reduce the deficit how long , how much"

    Deficit? Bwahahaha...can't have a federal budget deficit if we destroy the federal gov't now can we? Bwahahahaha

    August 12, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. Myron8160

    Take a good look at these faceses one of these jerks could be the next pesident of the US it only take one of these people to give the teaparty the power they need to wipeout the middleclass and poor off the map god help us all

    August 12, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. vic , nashville ,tn

    @ Sniffit Very good comment

    I know GOP Candidates won’t answer our questions if I can vote non of above I will

    August 12, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    @Dominican mama 4 Obama:
    And Bachmann was the worst. She spoke first, immediately after rules were set forth to stick to issues. Bachman immediately ignored the question, launched into crticizing, and ran over the clock shouting her "one term" sing-a-long. Bachmann was the worst when it came to honoring the system and maintaining the integrity of the debate. Only the arrogant behave that way, believing that rules are for losers. Stop me if you can. Ha, ha, you can't. Like I said, only Mr. Cain demonstrated respect for the rules even in the face of his colleagues blatantly disregarding them.

    August 12, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Rudy NYC

    By and large they ignore the first Ten Commandments, too
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    Yes and yet somehow always manage to bring Gawd (in their case) into the conversation, telling others what Gawd would have them do, and what Gawd thinks is right allthe while behaving like heathens bowing to the only GODS they have any respect for: MONEY and POWER.
    These people are taking us to the cleaners Rudy while they keep us busy watching their underlings put on a half-ass show of no importance whatsoever in Iowa and other places.
    Wake up America!

    August 12, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Rudy NYC who wrote:

    Like I said, only Mr. Cain demonstrated respect for the rules even in the face of his colleagues blatantly disregarding them.
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    I would venture to say that he is "new" to the fold and the game, and that as such he didn't get the memo. Give him time.
    It is also quite possible that this was his way of differentiating himself from the rest of the pack. If so, he was effective albeit at a distinct disadvantage.
    I did not watch for long at all. As I've aged my tolerance for all things bs has pretty much left the building. lol

    August 12, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    My favorite part of the debate. It began when Bachmann claimed that she could balance the budget, turn around the economy, and eliminate the defict in 3 months. And then it turned into "Name that tune". Santorum put in his bid, "I can fix in 3 months or less." Someone else claimed a year. Romney punted and didn't name a time frame.

    August 12, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. Tea Party Mike

    Anyone who watches a Republican debate will hear a wealth of ideas to solve our nations problems.
    Yet the left contiunes to descirbe these people as extreme.
    This is the same left that passed and defends Obamacare. A law that a judge today said part of which is unconstitutional. Supporting an unsconstitutional law that infringes on the rights of Americans is extreme and out of touch with mainstream America.
    This is the same left that since Obama took office in 2008 has increased the size of government and spending and gave us the stimulus, expansion of TARP, auto bailouts, Obamacare and Cap and Trade(passed in the House), all against the will of a majority of Americans. A majority of voters were opposed to and still are oppsed to all of these policies. Passing major bills that are against the wishes of a majority of Americans is extreme and out of touch with mainstream America.
    This is the same left that has yet to offer to cut any spending without pressure from Republicans and the Tea Party. If Republicans had not taken the House in 2010, Democrats would have incresased government and spending and the deficits even more. Only byRepublicans using a government shut down or default as leverage, have the Democrats agreed to any spending cuts at all and they are furious about those. The only thing Democrats have offered up with out this leverage is to let the tax cuts to the rich expire and to get rid of a few tax breaks to a few industries they hate. These tax increases amount to somewhere between 700 and 800 billion and would make only a small dent in the total deficit reduction needed, they have offered up no plan that is even close to adequate. To support spending polices that are unsustainable and dangerous to our nations fiscal security and economy is extreme and out of touch with mainstream America.
    Many Republicans and members of the Tea Party support increasing tax revenue through tax reform. Hardly an extreme position.
    Ths only people I see with extreme positons that do not represent mainstream America is the progressive Democrats.

    August 12, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |