Live blog of CNN's first-ever Tea Party Republican Debate
September 12th, 2011
07:29 PM ET
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Live blog of CNN's first-ever Tea Party Republican Debate

Eight Republican candidates participate in the first Tea Party Republican Debate Monday on CNN. Read the live blog below. Follow all the issues and campaign news about the debate on CNNPolitics.com and @cnnpolitics on Twitter. Watch the debate on CNN TV, CNN.com and mobile devices.

10:31 p.m. ET@JenScogginsCNN Spin Room at #CNNTeaParty Debate yfrog.com/ntms4oj

10:17 p.m. ET@CNNPR Photo: @TheHermanCain in the #CNNTeaParty spin room. yfrog.com/h0e62xzj

9:53 p.m. ET@DanaPerino I'm with Cain – bring a sense of humor...PLEASE!

9:51 p.m.ET– Huntsman: I'd bring my Harley Davidson and my motorcross bike.

9:51 p.m. ET–Cain: A sense of humor, Americans are too uptight.

9:51 p.m. ET–Bachmann: Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, the Constitution

9:51 p.m. ET–Romney: A bust of Winston Churchill.

9:50 p.m. ET–Perry: The most beautiful, most thoughtful, incredible first lady the nation has ever seen, my wife Anita.

9:50 p.m. ET–Paul: A bushel basketful of common sense. A course in economics.

9:50 p.m. ET-–Gingrich: Well, first of all, I would reduce the White House by kicking out all the White House czars the first day, creating a lot more space. And then, because of Callista's interest, we'd have a lot more music, because of my granddaughter, Maggie, we'd have ballet, and because of my grandson, Robert, we'd have a very large chess set. So it'll all come together.

9:50 p.m. ET –Santorum: We have 7 children. We'd add a bedroom, or bring some beds to the White House.

9:49 p.m. ET–Q: What would you bring to the White House if you were president?

9:46 p.m. ET@DWStweets Hispanic voters were sent a pretty clear message tonight about how GOP field feels about their priorities. #notwelcomehere #CNNTeaParty

9:46 p.m. ET–Perry: We need to keep a presence there.

9:45 p.m. ET@AriFleischer: Ron Paul meets deep end. Dives in. #CNNTeaParty

9:44 p.m. ET–Huntsman: We are 10 years into this war, Sahar. America has given its all in Afghanistan. The time has come for us to get out of Afghanistan. We don't need 100,000 troops there when this nation needs to be built.  When we start shining again, it's going to help the women of Afghanistan, along with any other NGO work that can be done there and the collaborative efforts of great volunteer efforts here in the United States. We can get it done, but we have to make sure that the Afghan people increasingly take responsibility for their security going forward.

9:43 p.m. ET–Q from audience: I was brought here from Ronald Reagan. I am from Afghanistan.
What will you do to secure safety and protection of the women and the children of Afghanistan from the radicals?

9:42 p.m. ET–Paul: As long as this country follows that idea, we're going to be under a lot of danger. This whole idea that the whole Muslim world is responsible for this, and they're attacking us because we're free and prosperous, that is just not true.

9:41 p.m. ET–Santorum to Paul: On your Web site on 9/11, you had a blog post that basically blamed the United States for 9/11. On your Web site, yesterday, you said that it was our actions that brought about the actions of 9/11.  That is irresponsible. Someone who is running for the president of the United States in the Republican Party should not be parroting what Osama bin Laden said on 9/11. We are not being attacked because of our actions.

9:40 p.m. ET–Paul: I'm tired of all the militarism we're involved in and wasting this money. There's a lot of room to cut on the military, but not on defense. We're under great threat because we occupy so many countries.

9:39 p.m.ET–Q from Twitter: Do you believe in cutting military spending to balance spending? Or do you believe high spending is essential to security?

9:37 p.m. ET–Cain: Remove barriers by the federal government. I would start with an EPA that's gone wild.

9:37 p.m. ET–Q from Phoenix, Arizona: What will you do to ensure that energy independence will finally become a reality?

9:37 p.m. ET@AnnCoulter I didn't mind the vaccine, social security is a ponzi scheme, but the illegal immigration issue is killing Perry.

9:36 p.m. ET–Huntsman: Fix Homeland Security.

9:35 p.m. ET@PaulBegala: Boos for Perry & his DREAM Act for children who came to TX w/undoc parents. I'm beginning to think this crowd is right-wing. #CNNTeaParty

9:35 p.m. ET–Perry: This is a states' rights issue. And that was to give people the opportunity to go on to college and not be a drag on the system. It worked well and it works for the state of Texas.

9:34p.m. ET–Romney: The question was how to we attract Hispanic votes. And the answer is tell them what they know in their heart and that's that they and their ancestors did not come here for a handout. Of course we build a fence. Of course we don't' give in-state tuition credits to people who come here illegally.

9:32 p.m. ET@PeterHambyCNN Bachmann & Santorum doing what they needed to do tonight: Not let up on Perry, stay punchy, be as conservative as possible

9:32 p.m. ET–Huntsman: For Rick to say that you can't secure the border is I think pretty much a treasonous comment. We can secure the border through the use of fences...we can get it done.

9:31 p.m. ET–Bachmann: That's not the American way.

9:31 p.m. ET–Perry: In the state of Texas if you're working and pursuing citizenship, you pay in-state tuition and it doesn't matter how your last name sounds.

9:30 p.m. ET@rolandsmartin: Santorum wants English as the official language on what to do to attract Latino voters. Yep, that'll do it, Rick! LOL #CNNTeaParty

9:30 p.m. ET–Santorum: What Perry's done is give illegal immigrants scholarships.

9:30 p.m. ET–Q from Twitter: What are the candidates doing to attract Latino voters?

9:29 p.m.ET–Perry says he has more experience than anyone else on the stage when dealing with immigration. Perry: 1200 miles of Texas and Mexico and our federal government has been an abject failure at securing our border. The idea that you're going to build a wall is just not reality. What you have to have is boots on the ground.

9:28 p.m. ET–Santorum: We need to build more fence, we need to secure the border using technology and more personnel. After the borders are secure, then we can deal with the problems that are in this country.

9:27 p.m. ET–Q from Cincinnati, Ohio: What would you do to remove illegal immigrants from this country?

9:20 p.m. ET @David_Gergen: Debate losing steam? So interesting that people watching so divided in responses - some love, others horrified. Splintering.

9:20 p.m. ET–Bachmann: No state should be able to force anyone to buy anything. This is the election that's going to decide if we have socialized medicine in this country or not.

9:18 p.m. ET–Paul: That's what freedom is all about, taking your own risk. It's about individual responsibility. I've worked in hospitals, we've never turned anyone away. We should legalize alternative health care and allow people to do what they want.

9:18 p.m. ET–Q: If an uninsured 30-year-old has a serious accident, who would pay for treatment under your health plan?

9:17 p.m. ET@murphymike: That screaming laughter you hear in the distant air is the POTUS doing a wild happy arm flapping super jig in WH while watching all this.

9:15 p.m. ET–Romney stands by his law in Massachusetts.  Romney: I'm not running for governor, I'm running for president. On day one as president I'd repeal Obamacare. Says what he did and what the president did are very different.

9:14 p.m. ET@PaulBegala: Perry stumbles and stammers on rebuttal to HPV attack. Seems hesitant. Does he sense he's vulnerable to cronyism attack? #CNNTeaParty

9:14 p.m. ET–Cain: Repeal Obamacare in its entirety. Pass loser-pay laws. Restructure Medicare.

9:14 p.m. ET–Q from Orange Park, Florida: What will you do to reduce the cost of health care?

9:12 p.m. ET–Santorum: What Gov. Perry is saying is he believes his policy was right. I believe it was wrong. This was bad policy and it should not have been done.

9:10p.m. ET–Perry: The company was Merck. The donation was $5,000. I've raised $30 million on my own. I can't be bought for $5,000. If you're suggesting I can, I'm offended.

9:10 p.m. ET@rolandsmartin: Ooh! Bachmann went there! She is trying to tie the drug company with the vaccination in Texas to campaign contributions #CNNTeaParty

9:10 p.m. ET--Bachmann accuses Perry of benefiting from executive order in Texas

9:08 p.m. ET–Perry: If I had it to do over again (signing executive order requiring vaccine against cervical cancer in Texas), I would do it differently. But what was driving me was making a difference in young people's lives. I will use an executive order to get rid of as much of Obamacare as I can.

9:07 p.m. ET–Paul: They've been grossly abused by the administration for years. It should never be used to legislate. That's what is so bad.

9:06 p.m. ET–Q from Virginia: How frequently should executive order be signed?

9:05 p.m. ET–Romney: The idea of a national sales tax has a lot to go for it. It would make us more competitive globally and level the playing field in the country. But the way it's structured is a real problem, it lowers the burden on the very highest income folks and it hurts the middle class the most.

9:04 p.m. ET–Q from Cincinnati, Ohio: Would any of you be willing to support a fair tax?

9:04 p.m. ET–Gingrich: I'm cheerfully opposed to raising taxes.

9:03 p.m. ET@ChristineOD: Newt is rockin' tonight

9:02 p.m. ET–Gingrich: If we make it possible for you to keep more of your own money, you will do more with it. I'm for energy independent America and that means I favor people who create energy.

9:02 p.m. ET–Q: Are oil subsidies fair?

9:01p.m. ET–Huntsman: Would flatten tax rate if elected president.

9:01 p.m. ET–Q from Napa, California: Of every dollar that I earn, how much do you think I deserve to keep?

9:00 p.m. ET–Romney: Of course we should see what the Fed is doing.

8:59 p.m. ET@CNNSitRoom: Happening now: Send your comments and questions for the first-ever #CNNTeaParty Republican Presidential Debate.

8:58 p.m. ET
–Perry stands by statements.

8:58 p.m. ET–Bachmann: That's up to Gov. Perry. I wouldn't keep him as chairman. The federal reserve has a lot to answer for. They've got to be put on a tight leash.

8:57 p.m. Q: Do you agree with Perry, who came close to accusing Fed chief Bernanke of treason?

8:56 p.m. ET–Cain: Yes it should be audited. And I believe it's focus needs to be narrowed. I don't believe in ending the fed, I believe in fixing the Fed.

8:55 p.m. ET
– Santorum: Yes. With respect to the last segment, what we need to do is have a pro-growth plan that can pass the Congress with Democratic support.

8:54 p.m. ET–Q from Gastonia, North Carolina: What is your position on the Federal Reserve? Should it be audited?

8:50 p.m. ET–Cain: Absolutely.

8:49 p.m. ET–Q: Can you be pro-business and pro-worker at the same time?

8:49 p.m. ET - @EWErickson: My big question right now: will Perry fade into the 2nd hour? He did last time. If not, he's locking in his front runner status.

8:48 p.m.ET-Gingrich: Go to the American people. Turn up the light on the people and they'll turn the light up on Congress. I'd be glad to work with Democrats in any office but I'd do it on principle, not on compromising principle.

8:48 p.m. ET-Q: Would you compromise with Democrats?

8:47 p.m. ET- Perry: While I've been governor, I've cut taxes. There are people coming to Texas because they know there's still a land of freedom in America and it's called Texas.

8:46 p.m. ET-Paul: Not quite. I'm a taxpayer there, my taxes have gone up. I don't want to offend the governor, he might raise my taxes.

8:44 p.m. ET
- Romney: Yes. But if you're dealt four aces you're not necessarily a good poker player.

8:43 p.m. ET-Q: Does Perry deserve credit for jobs created in Texas?

8:42 p.m. ET–Romney: The world has changed. We've gone from a pay phone world to a smartphone world and President Obama keeps jamming quarters into the payphone...its not going to work, it's not connected.

8:41 p.m. ET–Cain: Do something bold. Repeal the entire tax code and replace it with my 9-9-9 plan.

8:40 p.m. ET–Bachmann: I was one of the only people in the country that said "Do not raise the debt ceiling." Repeal Dodd-Frank, repeal Obamacare, it's really not that hard to try, you just have to have the backbone to do it.

8:39 p.m. ET–Perry: People are tired of us spending money on programs we don't want.

8:37 p.m. ET
–Huntsman: Reform the tax code. Second is regulatory reform. Businesses are saying there's no predictability. Third, energy independence.

8:36 p.m. ET– Q from Portsmouth, Virginia : what would you do to get the economy moving forward?

8:32 p.m. ET@DWStweets: Don't be fooled:"personal accounts"=privatization of Social Security-will leave Florida & America's seniors twisting in wind. #CNNTeaParty

8:32 p.m. ET--Bachmann: Principles needs to change. For years politicians have run on the idea that government takes care of these things...we've been paying for the freight of all these things. We have to be an ownership society with individual responsibility.

8:31 p.m. ET–Paul: No. Cut the Dept. of Education, the Dept of Energy.

8:29 p.m. ET–Perry: No.  Romney: No. Stop the growth of federal government, start the growth of private sector.

8:29 p.m. ET–Q: Would you work to repeal the Medicare prescription drug benefit?

8:26 p.m. ET–Gingrich: We need to cut government waste.

8:25 p.m. ET–Q from Pleasanton: What is your plan to balance the budget and get spending under control?

8:24 p.m. ET - EWErickson: I think having a #CNNTeaParty debate helps the candidates. Tonight they know who their audience is.

8:22 p.m. ET–Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum: Well, the question is who is with me? Because I've been out here talking about - you want to talk about courage to tell the truth, Governor? I was out in 1994 running against a Democratic incumbent in a campaign managed by James Carville, and I went out and talked about Social Security reform.

8:22 p.m. ET
–Q:Senator Santorum, when it comes to Social Security, are you with Governor Romney or Governor Perry?

8:21 p.m. ET–Gingrich: I just want to make two simple points about Social Security and how you save it. The first is, you get back to a full employment economy, and at four percent unemployment you have such a huge increase in funding, that you change every single out year of projection in a positive way. The second is if you are younger - everybody who is older and wants to be totally protected, fine, no change. If you're younger and you would like a personal account, you would control instead of the politicians.

8:21 p.m. ET–Huntsman: I don't think anything should be off the table except the drama. To hear these two go at it...all I know is we're frightening the American people...the fixes are there.

8:21 p.m. ET–Businessman Herman Cain: I don't care what they call it, it's broken.

8:20 p.m .ET–Texas Rep. Ron Paul: I agree that Social Security is broke.

8:20 p.m. ET– Romney: Governor, the term Ponzi scheme is what scared seniors.

8:19 p.m. ET Perry: The issue is are there ways to move the states into Social Security for employees or retirees. Rather than scare seniors, it's time to have a legitimate conversation in this country about how to fix the program.

8:17 p.m. ET Perry: If you're asking if they did the right thing 70 or 80 years ago, I'm not going to agree with that. But the question is do you believe it should be ended as a federal program?

8:16 p.m .ET–Romney: The term Ponzi scheme is over the top, unnecessary, and frightens people.  He criticizes Perry's view on Social Security.

8:15 p.m. ET
–Romney: The real question is does Gov. Perry continue to believe that Social Security should not be a federal program, is unconstitutional, and should be returned to the states?

8:15 p.m. ET–Texas Gov. Rick Perry:  People who are on Social Security need to understand that program will be there for them. But the idea is we've not had the courage to look Americans in the face...look them in the eye and say this is a broken system...it's been called a Ponzi scheme by those long before me...but it needs to be fixed.

8:15 p.m. ET@TeamBachmann: #Michele: “For those seniors who are currently on Social Security, we made a promise and we will keep it.” #CNNTeaParty


8:13 p.m. ET
@TeamRickPerry: @GovernorPerry I simply want to get America working again and make Washington, DC as inconsequential in your life as I can.

8:13 p.m. ET Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann: The system has to be reformed in order for it to work. Programs need to be saved to serve the people.  In their current form, they can't.

8:13 p.m. ET- Q from Jacksonville Florida: How do you change and reform Social Security and Medicare  and ensure that you get votes from senior citizens?

8:10 p.m. ET--Beginning with Huntsman, candidates introduce themselves.

8:05 p.m. ET@rolandsmartin: I wonder how many African American, Hispanic & Asians Tea Partiers are at the #CNNTeaParty debate. Is ethnic diversity their cup of tea?

8:04 p.m. ET–Candidates enter stage.

7:55 p.m. ET@BarackObama: You know the drill–the GOP debate starts at 7pm CT, and we'll be keeping score at http://t.co/oxxx8fm. Follow live. #debatewatch

7:44 p.m. ET @GovernorPerry: Getting ready for debate... Thanks to Gov. Jindal for being here. yfrog.com/h62wxjnj

7:22 p.m. ET@RonPaul: (PICTURE) Congressman Ron Paul in his green room prior to the #CNNTeaParty debate: ow.ly/i/hdyW ... #RonPaul #GOP2012 #tcot #tlot

7:09 p.m ET
@GovernorPerry: At the Florida State fair getting ready for the CNN Tea Party Debate. Looking forward to it!

7:03 p.m. ET–Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman arrives at the debate site, accompanied by his wife, Mary Kaye.

6:45 p.m. ET–Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty arrive at the debate site in Tampa located at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

Criteria for the debate can be found here.

For the top 5 things to watch, click here.

See poll results leading up to the debate here.


Filed under: 2012 • CNN/Tea Party Republican Debate • GOP
soundoff (2,499 Responses)
  1. Ray Gardner

    wheres the polls for the online vote? I want to make my vote and see how they did and how many people voted?

    September 12, 2011 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  2. Popeye

    My gosh! CNN is so pro Obama that they don't care what the debate covered, they only care about making the republican party look bad. I wish this had been televised on Fox so that I could get balanced opinion of what was said. CNN should be ashamed, but what's new with that?

    September 12, 2011 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  3. matt

    i cant understand why people think the Taliban attacked just because we have liberty? thats idiotic. Bin Laden had gave many reasons why he attacked America and "because we are free" aint one of them. Santorum is out in lala land with this one.

    Ron Paul 2012

    September 12, 2011 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  4. Bryan Lonn

    I am worried that our country is headed to becoming the "Idiocracy" of the world.

    When our only hope Ron Paul spoke the truth about why 9/11 happened, the same people that want our troops home, started to booh the poor man. Maybe it is time to move into a cave and let China run things. As a democrat starting to lean republican the only two that would fix things are: PAUL and CAIN! I hope Ron Paul asks CAIN to be his V.P.

    September 12, 2011 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  5. John

    For the young people opting out of the social security does not make much sense right now unless free market regulates the amount of money present and interest rates. You will end up poor and broke if you decide to start saving when Uncle Sam is counterfeiting money and sets up interest rates on its own. The whole system should be disassembled and redone. The only person who can do it is Ron Paul.

    September 12, 2011 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  6. Zach

    They came at Perry tonight saying it was forceful and wrong to make little girls get a shot, But did he not say there was a option? I would rather get a short pain shot then die slowly from cancer. When you were a child and you had to go get a shot. You may have not wanted it, but yo moma didn't care you got it any way, even if you went down screaming and yelling. It would be a forceful and unconstitutional law if your parents didn't have a say so! It would be alright though if your parents did have the option by a signature to stop it, which thats what Rick Perry did. That's what I understood Gov. Perry to say
    tonight.

    September 12, 2011 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  7. Jerry

    I also would like to congratulate CNN for a very fair and balanced debate. I think you gave the fringe candidates much more time than msnbc and were fair in your questions. As to the people commenting on Ron Paul, he is not a Republican, nor is he sane. His ideas and policies would take America back to the time before Japan attacked us at Pearl Harbor. Those who forget (or don't know) history are bound to repeat it.

    September 12, 2011 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  8. Zach

    Ron Paul is the only one anyone should consider, find out the truth. They tried and make him look bad but he's telling the truth, ask our own CIA.

    September 12, 2011 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  9. 1foreveryone

    The Tea Party is obviously bought by or is made up of corporate executives. They don't care about anyone but themselves. GREED WILL DESTROY any government, including ours. A dictorship would work if the dictator wasn't greedy and truly cared about his/her people. The greed in this country has reached a new high, and we're in trouble because of it. P.S. increasing consumerism / demand for products is the only way to get corporations to hire. Tax cuts won't make them hire if there's no demand for their products!

    September 12, 2011 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  10. Indy

    Ron Paul had the best answers,Bachman has the worst laugh pf any politician alive.

    September 12, 2011 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  11. Eileen

    It is my understanding that the Tea Party is interested in radical changes in gun control laws. Were the people who attended the debate in Tampa allowed to carry a gun into the debate area?

    September 12, 2011 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  12. Stephan D. Markos

    James – that's because he is!

    September 12, 2011 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  13. alex

    From what I saw, Ron Paul had sensible and factual responses to all of his questions.

    September 12, 2011 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  14. Christopher

    A vote for Ron Paul is a vote for FREEDOM !!!

    September 12, 2011 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  15. Alexandra

    Ron Paul is the only one up there with no hidden agenda. Ron Paul speaks the truth based on love for America and compassion for our Country's citizens. Too many people have been brainwashed by the neo-cons about how we should be in every other Country's business.
    Michelle Bachman seems sincere, as does Herman Cain.
    But there is NO replacement for RON PAUL ! If only the media gave him a freakin' chance to educate the people and let the truth replace the cultism fed to them for years by both parties.
    Ron Paul, you have my vote. I will NOT choose the lesser of two evils this time. I will vote for the only one this Country deserves.

    September 12, 2011 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  16. Keegan Traeger

    Ari...good follow up to John King's analysis.

    September 12, 2011 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  17. Ron Paul and Bin Laden

    Ron Paul was correct on stating that our own actions led to Bin Laden attacking us on 9/11. Santorum has the wrong opinion. We were attacked because we installed military bases in Saudi Arabia and occupied their holy land which they perceived as an offense. The reason they attacked us was the hope that we would invade Afghanistan where they could keep us fighting for years for pennies on the dollar while they drained our treasuries. People who are saying this is jihadist are wrong. This is about our country and Bin Laden's efforts to bankrupt us.

    September 12, 2011 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  18. Rajesh Singh

    sir my question is that is Obama sir gov try to create more and more jobs why they reduce the age to join in US army from 42 to 35 ? if goverment can do to take this desicion back.

    September 12, 2011 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  19. Lisa

    No poll? Afraid you'll have to admit Paul wins in a landslide again?

    September 12, 2011 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  20. Brandon

    Al-Qaeda didn't attack us because we are free and prosperous. Do a little research before you start booing Dr. Paul. We've been in their land for years and bombing and killing innocent civilians in the Middle East. I don't think America would appreciate China having military bases stationed on our soil. Thank you Ron Paul for speaking the truth. You have my vote in 2012.

    September 12, 2011 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  21. Andrew

    I can't believe John King said Obama was a left of center candidate. Obviously appealing to the Tea Party co-sponsors. Obama was never an ideologue. He is a pragmatist and many ideas he has proposed have been Republican ideas which they oppose as soon as he suggests them. Mr. King needs to get out of the Beltway bubble and look at the facts. He would also learn that the current GOP is far right of center. Reagan could not win the nomination in the current GOP but the mainstream media is afraid of pointing out where Reagan's policies differ from the current GOP.

    September 12, 2011 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  22. janet

    Again- for the person that wrote that Bachmann is dumb as pond-scum by not wanting forced insurance for people's own health? Your argument doesn't understand that mandatory car insurance is 3rd party car coverage to cover the person you might injure! That is not the same as mandatory health insurance, which the government cannot force you to buy!

    September 12, 2011 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  23. William Bartley

    If you do not understand why Ron Paul should be the next president, then read his books, there are at least a 1/2 dozen of them. If you still do not understand why he should not be president, then you must not be capable of understanding much of anything...

    September 12, 2011 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  24. Debbie

    Micele Bachman- No Way! She's an Extremist! & Mitt Romney-all he did was Attack Rick Perry. No ideas of his own. They all said 'they would protect Social Security' but I think they were all trying to please Seniors. ... BUT, Why didn't 1 of them talk about Jobs?!!! Nothing is made in America anymore! We Need to have a "StrongAmerica"!! We have Enemies out there!!!! Everything is made in China–America has no Manufacturing Jobs, besides Customer Service jobs, etc... "WE NEED JOBS!!! Bring them back to America, or at least some of them. We also need to be a Strong America also. & to stand up for 'Israel' /or we will be sorry. Mark my words!! & to bring back the Middle Class! - thats what made America Strong!!
    & for Bachman saying 'we the people' need "to be an Ownership Personal Responsibility" her words) - Who pays her Salary, Pension, & Great Health-Care?? O Yes, I forgot, We do, by our Taxes!!

    September 12, 2011 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  25. E. Cummings

    To Herman Cain: Eliminate EPA? How about dying from pollution into the rivers and air? Exxon Valdez? BP leak in the Gulf of Mexico? Right, let us just die getting whatever corporations want to offer us in the name of profits and shareholders' dividends. Or how about medicine that eventually will burn us from inside out? Right, no agencies or regulations. Why all politicians make statements thinking people can't think? Let me guess..... let's balance the budget cutting more funds on education! That's the future of our generation: education! education and education! Leave EPA alone!

    September 12, 2011 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
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