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 and @cnnpolitics on Twitter. Watch the debate on CNN TV, and mobile devices.

10:31 p.m. ET-@JenScogginsCNN Spin Room at #CNNTeaParty Debate

10:17 p.m. ET-@CNNPR Photo: @TheHermanCain in the #CNNTeaParty spin room.

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'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 Follow live. #debatewatch

7:44 p.m. ET -@GovernorPerry: Getting ready for debate... Thanks to Gov. Jindal for being here.

7:22 p.m. ET-@RonPaul: (PICTURE) Congressman Ron Paul in his green room prior to the #CNNTeaParty debate: ... #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. S.positive

    GOP is done.

    September 12, 2011 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  2. American Citizen

    Where are the polls, CNN? Let's see who America believes won this debate.

    September 12, 2011 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  3. 1foreveryone

    I agree that Ron Paul was correct about why terrorists are mad at us. That's about all I agree with him on.

    September 12, 2011 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  4. Jamie

    The only person I would consider voting for would be Ron Paul ....if he isn't an option then I will not be voting.

    September 12, 2011 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  5. Steve Raleigh NC

    Where is our chance to weigh in on the CNN Tea Party debate with a On-line Poll?

    September 12, 2011 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  6. pat9

    Why o why did CNN give this tiny minority so much power? I was appalled. These people are hardly American. They don't care about anyone else. They don't really understand the issues and the laws and what is at stake. And you set them up as us. I resent that. They are not us. Most of us are middle of the road, just looking for clarity and sanity. This was insane. I hope the world did not see this.

    September 12, 2011 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  7. D.E.

    The people who took Santorum's side of being obligated to police the world and boo'd Paul's explanation of why we were attacked, need to get down to their local recruiter and fulfill their obligations to our country. I wonder if they'd still support Santorum's point of view after being on the front lines in some misplaced warfare for some misplaced causes.

    September 12, 2011 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  8. TigerShark62

    I have never ever seen a news network seek to disclaim a candidates statements....were they fact-checking the Democrats? not any I seen. What Im seeing is not reporting but "reporters" attempting to discredit candidates. Report it honestly...THE TEA PARTY IS NOT A CONSERVATIVE DRIVEN was started by people of all idealogies that were frustrated by a partisan government that refused to listen to the people that put them in place. QUIT CALLING THEM TEA PARTY REPUBLICANS....CHECK YOUR FACTS CNN!!!

    September 12, 2011 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  9. Virginia

    Det. Thorn: It's people. Soylent Green is made out of people. They're making our food out of people. Next thing they'll be breeding us like cattle for food. You've gotta tell them. You've gotta tell them!
    Hatcher: I promise, Tiger. I promise. I'll tell the exchange.
    Det. Thorn: You tell everybody. Listen to me, Hatcher. You've gotta tell them! Soylent Green is people! We've gotta stop them somehow! Just like the Tea Party Republicans, OUT OF TOUCH!!

    September 12, 2011 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  10. Wally

    If the hypothetical 30 year old elects to not purchase health insurance that's his right. However if he gets sick and depends on the largess of society to take care of him, well here's my solution. When he recovers, garnish his wages, take his assets to pay society back for the cost of his personal negligence. This may encourage people to take personal responsibility for themselves rather than depend on others.

    September 12, 2011 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  11. Donna

    Although the debate was informative, I was dismayed with the focus on Romney and Perry. Herman Cain had some excellent points and I would have liked to hear more from him on issues other than the economy. Also, there is the issue of church and state which is ongoing in this country. Why did none of the question broach this subject? After watching the debate tonight, I feel that the republican party is throwing their money away to support the front runners. How about we look for a party leader that is different and has original ideas?

    September 12, 2011 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  12. djcutt1curtis

    Bachmann is so fony how are you going to care so much about talking what prrry did and how he hurt little girls with his policies and at the same time want help a father or mother help their kid who do not have healthcare because they can't afford it. All thoes people on that stage only believe in a dog eat dog world.And this is what the bible speak of thoes that have and thoes that don't. Where is the love jesus spoke of as the good man that help the stranger by the wayside. And Mr.Cain what in the world did he say, He know his mother came from the south out of the cotton fields because my mother did and am younger then he is. me am 45 his mother had to be born some where doing the early 1900's he talk like he came from a billionare home life knowing he himself benefited from goverment involment.They all are fonies with no directions to what to do. Question ask about social security she dodge the question knowing that she a statement awhile back saying she would get rid of it. Only thing her,ginrich,perry and runmy could talk about is Obama care when obama care is helping thoes who can not afford health care,and what will they do about the disibility people mental and physical.Will they not provide care for thoes people with goverment funding or they going to tell them go to the church and ask for help because we live in a dog eat dog world.

    September 12, 2011 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  13. rob

    i don't know cnn is polling as ron paul has beat the pants off everyone on the stage no question. leading the current vote by 90,000 votes he's at 58.9 % as i write . if romney or perry is the so called front runner do there supporters not have internet ? no they are the candidates the media wants to shove down our throat. call me let me be heard

    September 12, 2011 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  14. Brett

    Mr. Dobbs,
    You are a bit over the top on your analysis of the Republican Party intent. I don't think anyone wants to take take us back to the dark ages. However, we have to counter the Democrat/Liberal/ Progressive view on the direction they want to take this country. They are trying to move us to a European style socialism other wise known as the nanny state, where the government will take care of all our needs and desires.Their mantra of taxing the rich is a dead end solution because you can't tax the rich enough to raise the kind of money the "Progressives" want or need to spend to achieve their goals. The more gov't gets involved the more freedom you lose. Then when you run out money and try to pull back on benefits you get a Greece/London/ Spain style riot. We need to get back to less gov't and more individual responsibility.

    September 12, 2011 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  15. Patrick Tucson

    For those of u who speak before checking your facts, this is for u, if you go back to the about 1998 and look at bin laden videos you will see the exact reason why plots like 9/11 came to fruition, and u will see Ron Paul was exactly right, now that doesmt mean I vote for him bc he needs to explain how a young man like me who CANT afford insurance (WOLF shoulda phrased that question differently) gets insurance......But seriouslly people check ur facts b4 u evem write ur own canidate off, jeez, some faith u some of u have...u are so into this stuff by only sticking to these peoples words instead of investigating these issue and statements urselves...come on people!!!

    September 12, 2011 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  16. Levas

    For Governor Perry at the next debate: A new study of cervical cancer states that the use of a IUD can reduce the risk of cervical cancer by a significant amount (50%). You mandated by executive order that young girls be vaccinated for HVP, the cause of cervical cancer. Given this new study's results, would you also then mandate, as an alternative to vaccination, those same girls use an IUD? Why or why not?

    September 12, 2011 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  17. Stephan D. Markos

    EVERYONE is scared witless of a Ron Paul presidency. He is owned by no man and is an enormous threat to the LEVIATHAN. RON PAUL REVOLUTION!

    September 12, 2011 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  18. Keegan Traeger

    Excellent analysis John King! We don't know which way the electorate will lean and your analysis on Perry and Romney and comparison to Clinton and Obama is spot on!
    P.S. Where is Candy Crowley? Her analysis is often just as thoughtful and insightful!

    September 12, 2011 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  19. DesireTruth

    I cannot believe how these last two debates have been conducted it is appalling, a shame, and embarrassing for America that this CNN is supposed to be a source of somewhat legitimate news, it is a complete SHAME! We want our troops home, build our defense here!

    The only candidate who is right on the issues is Dr. Paul, you can tell when all the other clowns during the FED question try to explain Dr. Paul's points about the FED but it makes more sense coming from the first one to write a book and start a bill on auditing the FED-> Dr. Ron Paul. WE THE PEOPLE want Dr. Ron Paul for President of the U.S.A. ! Freedom and Peace in America and all over the world, let's be the example!

    September 12, 2011 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  20. Jill

    @ Omar, you should read more before you just blame past presidents! Obamas plan is to help bring a once great nation down to its knees! And hes doing a good job all by himself so far, without the help of past presidents! When the economy froze & the panicked Bush administration in the process of leaving office prepared for a $700 billion bailout paid for by taxpayer money. Obama whole heartedly supported it! What brought us into our recession was the government & banks giving out home loans to people who could not afford the monthly payments let alone the down payment.

    September 12, 2011 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  21. Jobs

    I worked in a Fortune 100 company in the last decade. In the 90's, the concentration was on making things comfortable for employees. In the last decade, it changed in the name of cutting costs. Employees were no longer first. Outsourcing became the new model, with jobs cut in America and sent to foreign countries where costs were lower. Things go in cycles and we should see jobs coming back to America as foreign countries are now starting to face some of the same costs we have. To make America more competitive, we should have a simplified tax system, perhaps a flat tax, without all the loopholes and subsidies available today. Overall taxes should be cut. In the last decade, we saw the Bush Tax Cuts enacted, which resulted in less overall taxation for the wealthy and increased overall taxation for the Middle Class. We need real tax cuts. Any way that we can lower the costs of employing American Workers will help us become more competitive for jobs in the World.

    September 12, 2011 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  22. James

    Every time Santorim attacks Ron Paul, it feels like he is attacking the U.S. Constitution.

    September 12, 2011 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  23. John Harvey

    Why don't cnn let the people vote on who we think won the GOP debate?

    September 12, 2011 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  24. Brandon

    My vote is for Ron Paul.

    September 12, 2011 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  25. rightinseattle

    Debate had some great questions. I kept the TV on after the debate and they were having a fact check session. They were tearing apart the GOP answers regarding the stimulus and whether or not it had created jobs. Since the stimulus, the employment rate has gone up, so how can anyone say it has created or saved jobs? Also, DWS from Florida made a statement that GOP candidates favored people putting their retirements in the stock market. I listened to the whole debate and no one ever said this. Even if people invested in bonds and had retirement accounts that were actually owned by themselves, and not a slush fund for the government, they'd still come out ahead. If someone pays into Social Security their whole life and has no wife or dependents under 18, and dies a day after retirement, the money he paid into the system is totally lost. At least if the funds belonged to that person, they could be willed to heirs.

    September 12, 2011 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
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