Republican Florida Debate: Live Blog, Part Two
Continuing the live-blog.
My thoughts: They are all attacking Hillary and I heard no mention of Obama. What does that signify? Also, they are being so polite to each other. Was that pre-arranged to show the difference between them and the Dems?[Update: The New York Times' Opinionator Blog quotes that paragraph.]
Part Two: The candidates question each other.
First question: Romney asks Rudy about China. Rudy says he'll beef up the military.
McCain to Huckabee: on the fair tax. Updates below the fold.
Huckabee cracks a joke about hookers, gamblers and other criminals...."non-republicans" he calls them. The audience laughs loudly.
He wants to put the IRS out of business. A very affable fellow he is tonight.
Ron Paul to McCain: Something about a group on financial markets. It's a sunshine issue. Why did he pick that question, does anyone care?
Huckabee asks Romney about the Second Amendment: Does he support assault weapon ban and Brady.
Romney: supports both Second Amendment and assault weapons ban. Since it didn't pass, he does not support new legislation against assault weapons ban. We don't need it. He supports the right of individuals to bear arms for protection and hunting.
Giuliani to Romney: National catastrophic fund. Rudy's for it, Romney and McCain are against it. Mitt does support it so they can get homeowner's insurance. But he's not for making people in Iowa subsidize people in Florida. (My view; Rudy's pandering to Floridians with this question.)
Update [2008-1-24 22:2:6 by Big Tent Democrat]: Nukes and no Kyoto agreement. The GOP position. At least they do not deny global warming anymore.
I do not want to blog on their specifics cuz they are so full of it.
Update [2008-1-24 22:7:20 by Big Tent Democrat]: This is a sonnzer of a debate. Rudy has done NOTHING he needed to to shake up the race. Heck, this debate will change nothing imo.
I have no idea who will win in Florida but I feel confident this debate will change nothing.
Brian Williams asks Rudy why his campaign has been a disaster. Rudy avoids the question and compares himself to the NY Giants. What a loser.
Update [2008-1-24 22:9:45 by Big Tent Democrat]: Ok, sorry, but unless something NOTEWORTHY comes up, this is my last entry. These GOP debates are simply AWFUL.
Update [2008-1-24 22:32:1 by Big Tent Democrat]: J's post is up on the Times' endorsement of Hillary. Let's go argue about something interesting, Democrats.
I do not know who won this debate and frankly, I think no one won it. Nothing happened. It will be a nonissue.
I am done.
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