DE BATE, NEW HAMPSHIRE —BobZaguy We’re now six-days in on our review of the recent GOP freak show debate. We’re covering seven of the leading Republican Partiers present at the debate in New Hampshire.
This recap is intended for those who tried to stay awake for the whole time, but just couldn’t do it. It’s also for anyone who didn’t watch who needs the skinny on what went down.
The replies have been stripped of their bloated party boilerplate and now stand naked 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.
Rick Santorum, unemployed, PA
This is the sixth installment in our 7-part series on this topic. Each day this week we’ve covered one of the many potential candidates, in all their self-aggrandizing glory, and this is no exception.
Hello, New Hampshire. I’m Rick Santorum. Probably Leno. Google me. I always am from Pennsylvania. We need to cut the capital gains tax in half, but for manufacturers we need to give a five-year window where we cut it to zero.
We need to create that broad middle of America and have that wealth really trickle down. We should or should not have had a TARP. We should or should not have had the auto bailout. Governor Romney’s right. No, absolutely not.
We should have one law in the country with respect to marriage. There needs to be consistency on something as foundational as what marriage is. I’ve not just taken the pledge, I’ve taken the bullets to go out there and fight for this and lead on those issues.
I think that’s a factor that people should consider when you ask what is this president going to do when he comes to office. You can look at my record. Just Google me. I’m the son of a legal immigrant in this country. That is a great wellspring of strength for our country.
I have consistently voted against illegal immigrants using our health care, educational, or welfare systems. Unfortunately my grandfather came to this country because he wanted freedom, not because he was guaranteed a government benefit. We should not be offering to people who overstayed their visa, we should not be offering government benefits.
Our enemies no longer respect us. And our enemies are asymmetric threats: terrorism. We have to have the ability to confront those threats from around the world, which means we need bases around the world. So number one, we do need that basing.
We do need to be able to be nimble and to be able to attack wherever our enemies are. We don’t want these terrorists coming to the US and making trouble. Also we have to engage our allies on their own ground and have our allies know that we have their back. So we need bases on Allied soil because our friends no longer trust us as well.
I was very impressed by what I heard here. These folks answered the questions that were asked of them.
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)
– Debate Summary: Newt Gingrich (4 of 7)
– Debate Summary: Michele Bachmann (5 of 7)
– Debate Summary: Rick Santorum (6 of 7)