January 25th, 2008
08:35 AM ET
15 years ago

Republicans square off

The Republican presidential candidates squared off Thursday night. (Photo Credit: AP)

(CNN) - It was largely a cordial affair during Thursday's presidential debate. The best political team breaks it down.

soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. Anthony

    In September 2007members of the Council for National Policy & TheProject for a New American Century met again this time in Salt Lake City. Cheney & Mitt Romney were keynote speakers. Romney wants their backing. The CNP wants to continue their agenda in global market control for BIG OIL & allied industry in the next election. Who will they choose to back ? Will it be Mitt ? Or will they bring in another candidate ? Sure looks like Mitt to me.

    January 25, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. Terri A

    Why McCain, because you are a democrat? Let's be honest the people on this board for McCain are either dems or lobbyist that want a washington insider.

    Remember the war hero Bob Dole, Purple Heart WWII vet back in 1996?
    The Dems and the media loved Dole in congress just like the dems like McCain in congress. However being liked by Kennedy and Feingold in congress and a war vet will not win against the Clintons or Obama/Oprah.

    The Florida primary is Republican-only. That's a roadblock for McCain. McCain won in NH and SC because of liberal independents. Romney is winning the Republican base. If anyone undecided will listen with an open mind to Mitt speak, it will only take a few minutes to see that he is brilliant.

    January 25, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. Kevin

    Lets change the rules – Bush for 4 more.

    January 25, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. WeTheSheeple

    Ron Paul won the debate by far. Even though he was given 1/3rd the time of Romney he wiped the floor with those clueless clowns. The phone poll also agrees that Ron Paul won the debate but of course NBC had to quickly cover that inconvenient truth up.

    Man, the media is a joke!!

    January 25, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  5. Reality Check

    McCain has has two decades to do something, ANYTHING positive, besides kiss Kennedy's behind.

    January 25, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. Jeff, North Dakota

    Not much of a 'debate' but Ron Paul stood head and shoulder above the other candidates. His stance on Iraq is one of many reasons why Ron Paul should get the Republican nomination and subsequent popular and electoral vote to be our next president. Also, more than any other candidate his understanding and plans for our current economic crisis is unmatched.

    January 25, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  7. Tony Soprano, Italy

    With all the problems in this country, Thank God for Ron Paul. He voted against all of the hair-brained schemes that we're paying for now. It's a miracle that we still have a chance to get it right and put a honest, hardworking man in the White House.

    January 25, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  8. Steve

    The only thing Romney won was the media darling time slot. Just watching the entire debate from start to finish you can see the pattern of who was asked what.
    He won the most face time. He won the most questions and allowed responses in a row. He won the soft questions. Even the moderators were feeding him answers and direction. Take the Ronald Reagan tax question. The moderator was trying to lead him.
    Look at all the candidates from the very beginning. The debate wasn't a debate. It was a dog and pony show. Just considering ONLY the time allowed Its without question that Romney won the most air time, and was allowed to overstep the time limits on every question. McCain was 2nd place for the time slot. Then Guiliani. Then Huckabee. Then Ron Paul.
    Next you have the pattern for questions. Look at the order they asked questions. You think Ron Paul was next when it was his turn? Nope. Let's go back to our so-called winners Romney and McCain and ask other things with follow-up questions. Yep, they even won numerous FOLLOW-UP question awards. Yeah, real winners.
    Go watch it for yourself again in its entirety. Honestly look at how fair it was. How equal it was. Its blatant and obvious that there was no fairness or consistency with the questions while going down the line.
    Oh, and the Ron Paul question to McCain. HA! Best question of the night. For those who need translation, it was RP: Do you have any clue about anything concerning economics in washington? McCain: Nope but let me BS my way through this by listing a bunch of names for 2 minutes and talk about sunshine.

    January 25, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  9. Paco

    I wish Ron Paul had been given more time. Every time he spoke, he made a lot of sense.

    January 25, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  10. Bonny

    GO MITT GO!!

    January 25, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  11. Hello

    Thought McCain came out on top.

    January 25, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  12. Samual Adams

    These guys should have called off the debate and volunteered the time to help patrol our nations southern border. I here there are border guards down there who are so mean they should be sent to prison. These guys need to find them and have Johnny Sutton arrest and convict them

    January 25, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  13. mr.fair tax


    January 25, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  14. M.G. Knight

    Ron Paul, 10 term member of the House of Representatives, is and has always been against the war in Iraq and all undeclared wars. He is the one who brought up the Federal Reserve Bank breaking the country, and let us know we are invading other countries on UN resolutions, while living on money borrowed from China. He suggested that media use public airwaves, and therefore owe the public fair and accurate coverage of elections. He is prolife, but believes in state's rights. Google him, and you will vote for him.

    January 25, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  15. Pat Boone

    In my opinion, America belongs to whites only; we should unequivocally vote for Matt Romney as first choice or Mike Huckabee. These two will give the means to our officials to pester and deport all Spanish fleeces out of the US (legal and illegal). And then we should work on the blacks next; they are criminal bunches therfore easy targets. Read Lou Dobbs’ Independence Day.

    January 26, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  16. Kelsey

    I dont want to have to "google" a candidate running for president. I am sick of Ron Paul supporters saying, "Well he is big on the internet, go google him". I want to be able to find out from credible sources. We need someone in the white house who can turn our economy around, someone who has the leadership skills to take this country back to the top. We need someone who is pro-family to take this country out of the gutter we have fallen into. I am honestly scared to raise my kids in this world.

    MITT '08

    January 26, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  17. Chuck Norris, TV

    It concerned me when Mitt said "He doesn't care what the voter thinks". Turned me off , big time

    January 26, 2008 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  18. John Wiedeman

    Why don't you folks in the news cover other candidates like Ron Paul who has consistantly been in the running. You folks must be getting kick backs from Hillarry, Obama, Mcain,Romney,Hukaby. Maybe you folks are afraid of real change actually for the good instead of the staticequo of government screwing americans.

    January 26, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  19. LOKPE Ahmed


    January 26, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  20. Phil Memphis, TN

    Please, please please someone enter the race for either party, or as an independent, who really has the capabilities and deserves to be President. After Obama and hillary fighting like spoiled siblings there is no one left to vote for other than Edwards, and he doesn;t appear to hae any chance to win.

    Look at the lineup in the picture. Plastic Man, Elderly, Scum, Kook and Religious Zealot. Then we have naive Obama, another Clinton... This is the best america has to offer for POTUS? Makes me wish Biden was back in the race.

    January 26, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  21. Rafay S

    Ron Paul is the only straight talker with a proven record of being for the people, of the people and by the people. Does any one else feel like he's an angel sent from heaven? I sure do. I just hope America wakes up to opportunity before them. This Muslim voter says: God Bless Ron Paul.

    January 26, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Mitt Romney is so arrogant. I really used to like him before campaigning got so serious. I'm sick and tired of his attack ads, and I'm sick and tired of him trying to appeal to EVERYONE! Take a REAL stand on something!

    January 26, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
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