Time: What You Missed While Not Watching Last Night's Tea Party Debate
September 13th, 2011
09:33 AM ET
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Time: What You Missed While Not Watching Last Night's Tea Party Debate

-1 minutes. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer amps up the crowd while standing on an empty stage in Tampa, Fla. “All of us will always remember this night,” he says. “Stand by. We are about to begin. The whole world will be watching.” This last part is an overstatement. This fifth Republican presidential debate is going head-to-head with the season premier of Monday Night Football, a game between the Patriots and the Dolphins in nearby Miami. But that is nothing compared to the other live television event, the Miss Universe pageant, which is set to begin in an hour.

0 minutes. Instead of starting with the debate, CNN cuts away to a fancy montage of the eight candidates, giving each a nickname. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann is called “The Firebrand.” Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has held elected office since 1985, is called “The Newcomer.” Ominous military music plays as a voice over builds the tension. “Eight candidates,” he says. “One stage.” It’s still not football.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    I watched it, and it was obvious that it was a job interview to be the best Tea Party politician. I thought Mr. Blitzer did a good job of moderating a contentious debate. I was actually surprised at the degree of cooperation from the contenders to respect time limits and to answer the questions.

    Of course, there a few occasions when candidates side tracked into President Obama bashing, particularly by Gingrich and Bachmann, both of whom obviously wanted to get out a specific message on a national TV. Newt openly stalled and said his peace. Bachmann completely ignored the question about what to do about someone who has a stroke but has no health insurance. She took the air time to blast the Affordable Care Act, once again.

    September 13, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  2. cindy

    Did not watch...lies and half truths just don't get it. Top it with no credible plan of their own except "make the people pay"........Obama-Biden 2012.

    September 13, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |