Fox News Republican Debate In New Hampshire

It is so fascinating to see how different Americans are from one state to the next.  In Iowa a few short days ago, Mike Huckabee won the caucus with a huge margin.  Tonight during the debate, he faltered big time.  He couldn’t respond to one of Mitt Romney’s questions regarding taxes and he actually looked rather foolish sing songing around the question.  He knew it too because next time Mitt Romney asked him a question he responded that he would only answer the commentator’s questions (Chris Wallace) who in turn asked him the same question Mitt Romney had asked him.  So I believe Mike Huckabee did not fare well tonight.  I was watching an undecided group of New Hampshire voters after the debate and with all of them being undecided before the debate started, I’d say about 95% of them decided their vote on Tuesday would go to Mitt Romney based on tonight’s debate.  My jaw actually fell open upon hearing this.  What I saw from Mitt Romney tonight was major lack of experience regarding foreign policy, arrogance, cockiness, lots of ego and despite his governorship of MA, to me he comes across inexperienced in many aspects.  I will say that I am with him 100% on immigration though.  Fred Thompson got an unfair shake by the control group of undecided voters.  They thought he looked sleepy and unmotivated when in essence, he and Guiliani were just rarely called upon by the commentator.  When they were asked questions though, both Guiliani and Thompson came across very well.  And in fact, Thompson is the only candidate that brought up the issue of Social Security and also threw out a plan to help save it for my generation.  He claimed he was the only one with a solution and the other candidates agreed that they did not have any solutions regarding social security.  As a matter of fact, tonight is the first night that I’ve heard about the Social Security issue in a very long time.  After President Bush was re-elected in 2004, he vigorously attacked this issue but to no avail.  John McCain in my opinion did the best tonight.  I was quite pleased with his responses and I can’t even begin to express how much I respect this man.  He did not just have a two or four year stint in the military.  He was in the military for 22 years with 5 1/2 of those years being a captured (and tortured) POW in Vietnam when his plane was shot down.  Then he served this country as a senator for 21 years now.  I think he has great experience in leading in the Navy for decades and for leading the people in congress for decades.  I think this kind of experience is priceless. 

As the days go by and primaries are upon us, it will be interesting to see how this plays out.  All the candidates bring something to the table.  There’s not one that I just can’t stand (well, maybe Ron Paul).  I urge each of you to inform yourselves on where these candidates stand on issues that are important to you…protection from extremists, economy, immigration, taxation, healthcare etc.  There are plenty of resources out there for each of us to look into and these debates are extremely informative when you can look past the politicking and focus on their ideas and more importantly solutions.


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