Live blog: CNN Florida Republican Presidential Debate
January 26th, 2012
10:30 PM ET
3 years ago

Live blog: CNN Florida Republican Presidential Debate

(CNN) - The CNN Political Ticker is live blogging the CNN Florida Republican Presidential Debate in Jacksonville. Check here for live updates throughout the event and be sure to follow @PoliticalTicker, @CNNPolitics and use #CNNDebate.

Participating in Thursday's debate are former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, and Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

10:39 p.m. ET – Read the full transcript from tonight's debate here.

10:29 p.m. ET@EWErickson: Live by the debate, die by the debate. Romney got the better of Gingrich and Gingrich is probably locked out of a FL win. Will be tough.

10:10 p.m. ET – @JohnKingCNN: Sen Santorum working crowd after #cnndebate. His now famous mom standing by w/ staff and family. http://t.co/YAE2XJsH

10:09 p.m. ET – Read a transcript of the third 30-minute chunk of tonight's debate here.

10:06 p.m. ET – Speaking to CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, Santorum said he was the first candidate to campaign in Florida. Santorum said he had raised twice as much money in the past three weeks than it had in the first nine months of the campaign.

10:03 p.m. ET – Speaking to CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger, Romney said he had a "terrific" debate. When asked about his attacks, Romney said "When I'm shot at, I'll return fire. I'm no shrinking violet."

10:02 p.m. ET – Following the debate, CNN National Political Correspondent Jim Acosta and CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser take you inside the spin room.

10:00 p.m. ET – Blitzer closed the CNN Florida Republican Presidential Debate and said good night.

9:58 p.m. ET - Gingrich pointed to his role in Republican takeovers of Congress, and said the election was a "big choice" that would go to the core of who America is.

Santorum said his values were consistently conservative, and that he had stood for values that were often unpopular.

9:54 p.m. ET – Paul cites national polls that show him competitive with Obama. Said he's for limited government, an idea popular with Americans.

Romney said he was for dramatic change in Washington that would allow economic recovery. Said he was on the outside and knew how business worked.

9:52 p.m. ET – Last debate question to candidates before Tuesday's primary: Why are you the one person on stage to beat Obama?

9:50 p.m. ET – Read a transcript from the second 30 minutes of tonight's debate here.

9:46 p.m. ET@OpenSecretsDC: Ppl in Jacksonville have given $362,550 @MittRomney so far this campaign, far more than any other candidate http://bit.ly/xSzoJg #CNNDebate

9:46 p.m. ET – Paul said his religious beliefs wouldn't affect his governing. Said he would only be beholden to his oath of office.

Romney said he would seek "guidance of providence" in making big decisions.

Gingrich said he would look to God because the job carried such large responsibility. Said there was a war against Christianity in America by secular elite.

Santorum said rights come from God, and that the role of government was to protect rights.

9:45 p.m. ET – Question: How would your religion affect your decisions as president?

9:44 p.m. ET – Santorum praised Puerto Rico, and said he supported self-determination for the island.


9:43 p.m. ET
– Question from the Hispanic Leadership Network: Do you support statehood for Puerto Rico?

9:41 p.m. ET – Gingrich also stikes a strong tone on U.S.-Israel relations, and said "technically" the notion of a Palestinian people was an invention of the 1970s.

9:40 p.m. ET - Romney said there can be no space between Israel and the United States.

9:40 p.m. ET – @psteinhausercnn: Jewish Republicans in Florida are KVELLING right now #CNNDebate

9:38 p.m. ET - Question from an audience member who identified himself as Palestinian-American: What would you do to bring peace between Israel and Palestine?

9:37 p.m. ET - Gingrich pointed to his role in the Helms-Burton act, which strengthened the U.S. embargo to Cuba. Said Obama was ignoring Cuba.

9:35 p.m. ET – Romney said Obama had been ignoring Latin America, something he would change as president. Said he would use every resource to make sure that when Fidel Castro dies, people of Cuba can enjoy freedom.


9:34 p.m. ET
– Paul said sanctions are well-intentioned, but they end up helping dictators and hurting people. Said there wasn't threat of Cuban invasion, and that American people had changed their minds on Cuba.

9:32 p.m. ET – Santorum said he would stand with the Cuban people, but that we shouldn't reward countries that harbor jihadists and supporters of Iran.

9:32 p.m. ET - Question: What will be your approach toward U.S. policy on Cuba?

9:30 p.m. ET - Gingrich said he is much closer to Reagan, pointing to statements from Romney's past that demonstrate more liberal leanings. Romney counters, saying he's never voted for a Democrat when a Republican was on the ballot.
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Gingrich, Romney clash over immigration, consulting, moon
January 26th, 2012
10:19 PM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich, Romney clash over immigration, consulting, moon

Jacksonville, Florida (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich sparred Thursday with Mitt Romney over immigration policies as tempers flared in the CNN/Republican Party of Florida debate in Jacksonville.

Gingrich charged Romney's immigration policy would result in the deportation of grandmothers who are in the country illegally. Romney has advocated for "self-deportation," a policy that involves making economic conditions so difficult for undocumented workers that they choose to leave the country to find better opportunities.

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Filed under: 2012 • CNN Debate • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • Rick Santorum • Ron Paul
Really, seriously, Clinton is done with government
January 26th, 2012
10:11 PM ET
3 years ago

Really, seriously, Clinton is done with government

(CNN) – While much of the country is looking ahead to the next election, Hillary Clinton said she is squeezing every last moment out of her current job.

As secretary of state, Clinton isn't allowed to campaign or participate in domestic politics.

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Analysis: When disclosure is so simple it's complicated
January 26th, 2012
09:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Analysis: When disclosure is so simple it's complicated

(CNN) - That the Romneys' tax returns are complex is not surprising.

The tax code itself is a complex mess. And those with lots of money and sophisticated investment and tax advisors will often end up with convoluted tax filings that take accounting gurus to deconstruct.

CNN LIVE: Tune in Thursday at 8 p.m. ET for the CNN/Republican Party of Florida Debate hosted by Wolf Blitzer and follow it on Twitter at #CNNDebate. For real-time coverage of the Florida primary, go to CNNPolitics.com or to the CNN apps or CNN mobile web site.
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Battery maker Ener1, a DOE grant recipient, goes bankrupt
January 26th, 2012
06:17 PM ET
3 years ago

Battery maker Ener1, a DOE grant recipient, goes bankrupt

New York (CNNMoney) – Electric car battery maker Ener1 filed for bankruptcy Thursday, three years after receiving a $118.5 million grant from the U.S. government.

Ener1, which makes a variety of energy storage devices under different subsidiaries, is the parent company of EnerDel, the car battery division that received the government grant to help build a manufacturing plant in Indianapolis.

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Filed under: Energy • White House
January 26th, 2012
06:09 PM ET
3 years ago

'Soccer mamis' could sway Florida race, affect general election

Editor's note: Rose Arce is a senior producer working for CNN's "Starting Point" during the Florida Republican presidential primary and a contributor to Mamiverse, a website for Latinas and their families.

Jacksonville, Florida (CNN) – When it comes to courting the Latino demographic, there's a demo within that demo that might be worth listening to.

Let's call it the Soccer mamis - the Latina mothers who represent 55% of the overall U.S. population growth, according to 2010 Census figures. Their babies account for nearly a quarter of the children being born in the U.S.

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Filed under: Florida • Latinos
January 26th, 2012
06:05 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney campaign will amend disclosure forms

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's campaign said Thursday it would amend a financial disclosure form filed when he officially declared his candidacy in 2011 because some details didn't match the candidate's newly-released income tax returns.

Romney's campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said the changes were "of a minor technical nature," and that the overall picture of the disclosure report would not change.
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Senate expected to vote on insider trading bill next week
January 26th, 2012
05:10 PM ET
3 years ago

Senate expected to vote on insider trading bill next week

Washington (CNN) – The Senate is expected to vote on a bill next week aimed at stopping lawmakers from cashing in on information not readily available to the public that they obtain in the course of their congressional work, according to a Senate Democratic leadership aide.

In his State of the Union address earlier this week, President Obama urged Congress to pass immediately the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, which he said he would sign into law.
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January 26th, 2012
04:39 PM ET
3 years ago

Jeb Bush offers no endorsement, but a warning

(CNN) - Five days ahead of his state's primary – an election in which he promises to remain neutral – former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Thursday cautioned the contenders to soften their assaults, avoid a "circular firing squad," and connect personally with swing voters in the most diverse primary yet.

"If we do nothing to try to reach out to voters that believe in our values but feel turned off by the rhetoric, that is the dumbest thing in the world to do," he said in an interview to air on CNN's "John King, USA," when asked if a breach is forming between Latino voters and the GOP.
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BLITZER'S BLOG: My thoughts before tonight's debate
January 26th, 2012
03:43 PM ET
3 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: My thoughts before tonight's debate

Jacksonville, Florida (CNN) - I am blessed with a great team of producers and researchers who have helped me craft a lot of strong questions for tonight’s Republican presidential debate here on the campus of the University of North Florida. First of all, let me thank them. Hopefully, I won’t disappoint our viewers tonight.

This will be my third Republican debate in this presidential cycle. The ones I moderated at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa and at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., I thought, were solid and informative. We focused on some of the most important issues impacting Americans. I will try to do that once again tonight.

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