DE BATE, NEW HAMPSHIRE —BobZaguy By now you know that 7 GOPTea members debated in New Hampshire. While the debate was held in that state, there was no intent by any participant to play to that state — rather the play was pushed to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC.
This is the first in our 7-part series on this topic. Each day for the next week we’ll cover one of the between six and eight debaters that appeared.
Two hours is a long time to have to sit still, even with 3 beer breaks. So here’s a shorter distillation of what each person said relative to questions that were asked, even Tweeted, by a number of mostly anonymous people, John King included. This is intended for those who tried to stay awake for the whole time, but couldn’t. It’s also OK for anyone who didn’t watch at all to go through this and get a fix on what went down.
As you can readily see and appreciate (thank you very much!), the replies here have been stripped of their bloated party boilerplate and now stand naked (hat tip – A. Weiner) before your eyes for all to consider. Of course, in a place or two, spare bits of translation and explanation have been appended to give clarity to the comments and statements. Where the obvious has been left unsaid, the unsaid is now in words. Some are a bit cheeky and made in fun, most aren’t. Liberties have been taken.
Willard Romney, unemployed, MA
Remember me from 2008? Mitt here, again. Hopefully it’s the last time around for me and being very glad this isn’t Iowa. The most important thing in my life is to make sure that America is always known as the hope of the Earth.
And second most important is that no one else gets in. General Motors and Chrysler have rebounded since the Obama administration bailed them up. Bankruptcy is no longer a threat there.
These enterprises should have gone through bankruptcy, that would be the preferred way for them to be able to get on their feet again. The bailout program was not a success because the bailout program wasted a lot of money, about $17 billion, even if it was paid back. The right way for America to create jobs is to allow the private sector and the energy and passion of the American people to create a brighter future for our kids and for ourselves.
All this tornado, fire and flood relief, we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids. It is simply immoral, knowing full well that we’ll all be dead and gone before it’s paid off. It makes no sense at all, but spicy. Absolutely spicy. And, by the way, Bruins are up 4-0. I’m a property owner in New Hampshire.
I’m a New Hampshire property owner, but I’m also for reducing our dependence on foreign oil. And so my view is, if land is going to be taken for purposes of a private enterprise, that’s the wrong way to go. Unless i can make a huge profit by selling.
It’s time for us to bring our troops home as soon as we possibly can, consistent with the word that comes to our generals that we can hand the country over to the Taliban military in a way that they’re able to defend themselves. Just a second, I’m being told that I meant to say the Afghan military to defend themselves from the Taliban.
That’s an important distinction. My bad. And also, I want those troops to come home based upon the conditions on the ground, not politics, not economics. Just the general conditions on the ground, I meant what the generals say is the condition on the ground. Only the Afghanis can win Afghanistan’s independence from the Taliban, so I am told.
Obama has failed in job one, in job two, and in job three. His hit or miss approach has meant a couple of successes, like getting Osama bin Laden – congratulations. Any one on this stage would be better than that.
More on the other candidates tomorrow and each day for the next week.
More on the other debating candidates:
– Debate Summary: Mitt Romney (1 of 7)
– Debate Summary: Tim Pawlenty (2 of 7)
– Debate Summary: Herman Caen (3 of 7)