Five things we learned from Tuesday's debate
October 12th, 2011
06:00 AM ET
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Five things we learned from Tuesday's debate

Hanover, New Hampshire (CNN) - Republican presidential rivals debated economic issues on Tuesday night and Herman Cain, the latest of the 2012 candidates to surge to the top of polls, found the bulls-eye painted on him.

Cain's "9-9-9" plan to restructure the tax code was the target Tuesday with rivals saying the plan was unrealistic and had little chance of being adopted. Cain's economic credentials were also questioned.

Here are five lessons from the debate.


Filed under: 2012 • Debate • New Hampshire • Republican
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  1. Marie MD

    I see that the rich secessionist doesn't know the difference between the 16th and 18th centuries (he was giving a garbled speech at some small meeting), but in a state where education is not a first priority . . . . . . . what can you expect.

    October 12, 2011 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  2. Larry L

    Michelle Bachman continues the pattern of being unable to tell the truth. Huntsman needs to become a Democrat. He's far too rational for the Republican Circus Train.

    October 12, 2011 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  3. T in Dallas

    Finding myself liking political theater every time this GOP theatrical troop gets together. Can't wait for the next episode!

    October 12, 2011 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  4. T'sah from Virginia

    1. Perry got up too late and was not awake
    2. Newt ginGRINCH is nothing but a “snake”
    3. Cain and his 999 is a BIG mistake
    4. Bachmann, Santorum, Huntsman and Paul are “burning at the stake”
    5. And Romney now “talks like Christie” – what a FAKE!!

    Bachmann brought the "devil in the mix" when she "flipped" 9-9-9 into 6-6-6. ginGRINCH wants to put all of the politicians in jail but raised hell when the LEFT wanted to bring up charges against BUSH/CHENEY for war crimes. Santorum always seem so angry and Huntsman is always in the shadow but makes a lot of good points.

    Abbott and Costello seems like a good team but it was Costello that got bullied by Abbott. The roles are reversed and this makes Romney look WEAK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! During the press conference, Romney was pushed aside and more questions were asked of Christie!! All in all............

    Obama/Biden 2012

    October 12, 2011 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Without any explanation as to why experts have dismissed 999, Cain says, "Well, they're wrong." Herman never gave any indication why experts report his plan generates $200 less revenue, puts a greater burden on the poor, and gives a huge tax break to the wealthy. His response is that they are wrong.

    October 12, 2011 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    There were NO lessons to be learned for these folks have no knowledge to impart, with the possible exception of Huntsman whom I have always felt is the ONLY viable option for the GOP to run in 2012.
    If they had ANY sense he'd be their dark horse, but they are so close-minded that the whole Mormom thing is enough to make them turn their uppity-for-no-reason nose up at him.
    Oh well.
    Obama 2012.

    October 12, 2011 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Did you notice Mittens smirk because they were after Cain? By the way, multimillionaire Mittens has now changed his tune about the OWS movement, and now says he feels their pain. He has now officially taken every side of every issue.

    October 12, 2011 07:44 am at 7:44 am |