Five things we learned from the CNN debate
November 23rd, 2011
08:00 AM ET
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Five things we learned from the CNN debate

Washington (CNN) - Can a debate without many zingers and gotcha moments be interesting and newsworthy? The answer appears to be yes.

Tuesday night's GOP presidential debate in the nation's capital was short on action, but long on drama. And the debate, like its 10 predecessors so far this campaign season, will most likely have an impact on the race for the Republican nomination.


Filed under: 2012 • Debate • Foreign Policy • GOP
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  1. Marah

    1. The GOP hates Muslim Americans (Santorum, Cain)
    2. Africa is a country (Santorum)
    3. Israel is the only important country in Mid East (Santorum)
    4. Newt Gingrich is still running
    5. Gingrich may hate Paul as much as Perry hates Romney

    November 23, 2011 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Other than Huntsman on foreign policy, not a one of the republican clowns have a clue. We need to stick with President Obama.

    November 23, 2011 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  3. T'sah From Virginia

    Actually, this debate was one of the best debates thus far, including the first debate narrated by Wolf (BLITZ). I think BLITZ has a way of asking the right questions and more importantly, following through in a fair matter!!

    As far as the 5 things I have learned:

    1. Romney-Flip-Flops;
    2. On Security – Scary;
    3. Immigration – NEWTral;
    4. Cain – Not Able; and
    5. Bachmann – Done!!

    Obama 2012 – Yes We Can!!

    November 23, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It was good to hear spineless republicans talk tough, but they all are more like a dog that chases cars.

    November 23, 2011 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I am beginning to notice that republicans are not willing to accept the fact that President Obama inherited an $11 trillion national debt, and two wars that were not included in the budget. "W", acting as a fiscal conservative, added $5.5 trillionto our debt, and a host of costly programs with no revenue to pay for them.

    November 23, 2011 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    Gingrich is the most capable of the candidates. Perry and Romney are also acceptable choices.

    November 23, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  7. Keith in Austin

    The MOST IMPORTANT thing learned last night is that all participants would ne a major improvement to the "Traveling Minstrel Show"" that's never in the White House now!

    November 23, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    1. Gingrich is wrong to allow illegals who have been here for 20 years taking jobs away and not paying taxes to stay without serving justice upon them.
    2. I think Huntsman finished in the top three again, this time winning it. I think Bachmann scored in the top three also because she showed that she pays attention at her intelligence committee meetings.
    3. Ron Paul did well in conveying his ideas. I think some of his ideas are too extreme to be practical. We cannot simply cut off all foreign aid to everyone, for example.
    4. Someone has yet to give me a good explanation for the blind support that the U.S. has for Israel. Every explanation that I have ever heard has been circular logic that presumes it is something we have to do. I still ask why. Is it the money?
    5. Cain? He won't be POTUS, but he should get a starring role on FOX for an updated version of "Herman's Head." It would be a mix between "The Jeffersons", "Married With Children" and "The Wonder Years".

    November 23, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  9. Dan

    Anyone of these folks on that stage would be far better than what we now have in the White House.

    November 23, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  10. Brandy

    At least Gingrich had the nerve to tell how he feels about immigration issues on those who have been in US for 25 years, paid taxes, law biding and family oriented. Yes the GOP is suppose to be party of family so Newt did right on telling exactly how he feels. Huntsman did bring reality as to foreign aid and national security, and Romney questioning both of these candidates on something he had no idea what was being said. He tried to obscure what they were saying, if he would have kept his mouth shut and listened he might have heard them.

    November 23, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  11. Stop the Charade

    One thing everyone should have learned by now is that these "debates" are a waste of time. They add nothing to the political process except give eight members of the party out of power an opportunity to outdo each other in attacking the President and feed media power by giving the idiotic American public its weekly dose of "reality" TV. Over fifty years since Kennedy/Nixon debate, and we are left with this nonsense.

    November 23, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |