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November 9, 2011
Historically, this is the richest country in the history of the world, because corporations create profits and jobs, and it’s a shame the news media isn’t reporting that.
Newt Gingrich, who was immediately challenged by the moderator as to what he felt the media was not reporting properly. Gingrich seemed genuinely annoyed, scoffing something to the effect of “oh, some humor as a question, that’s nice.” He never did answer, however.
20:34 // 2 years ago
Michele Bachmann on Obama’s economic policy: ”…he continues to go to General Axelrod in Chicago to find out how to run the economy.” That’s “General” David Axelrod, who Bachmann has previously bestowed that nickname while accusing the administration of making decisions about the Afghan war for political reasons.

Michele Bachmann on Obama’s economic policy: ”…he continues to go to General Axelrod in Chicago to find out how to run the economy.” That’s “General” David Axelrod, who Bachmann has previously bestowed that nickname while accusing the administration of making decisions about the Afghan war for political reasons.

20:41 // 2 years ago
In the long run, if you want the housing market to come back, you need the economy to come back.
Newt Gingrich, who’s been striking a more aggressive posture tonight, gave this answer to the moderator’s statement that many economic analysts agree the economy won’t recover until housing does.
20:46 // 2 years ago
Newt Gingrich was asked for what services he was paid by the now politically toxic Freddie Mac back in 2007. His reply? “I offered them advice on precisely what they didn’t do.” Gingrich then denied the money had anything to do with lobbying work.

Newt Gingrich was asked for what services he was paid by the now politically toxic Freddie Mac back in 2007. His reply? “I offered them advice on precisely what they didn’t do.” Gingrich then denied the money had anything to do with lobbying work.

20:54 // 2 years ago
On Medicaid, it’s really pretty simple. Like Jon and Mitt know, you send it back to the states and let us do it.
Rick Perry, saying the states will be able to handle Medicaid reforms safely and responsibly.
20:58 // 2 years ago
Herman Cain, in the process of excoriating the formerly Democratic House for not passing a piece of legislation, referred to then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi as “Princess Nancy.” That he couldn’t recognize such a crack won’t serve him well in the midst of a sexual harassment scandal is a surprising thing, even for somebody with no political experience; Nancy Pelosi was, after all, the first female Speaker in American history, and as such does occupy a trailblazer role in our political culture. Bad move by Cain, though the GOP audience did seem receptive.

Herman Cain, in the process of excoriating the formerly Democratic House for not passing a piece of legislation, referred to then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi as “Princess Nancy.” That he couldn’t recognize such a crack won’t serve him well in the midst of a sexual harassment scandal is a surprising thing, even for somebody with no political experience; Nancy Pelosi was, after all, the first female Speaker in American history, and as such does occupy a trailblazer role in our political culture. Bad move by Cain, though the GOP audience did seem receptive.

21:04 // 2 years ago
…we will most likely bail out Europe, which will be a real tragedy.
Ron Paul, making clear his bleak long-term assessment of the euro zone debt crisis.
21:08 // 2 years ago
Thanks for reminding everybody. What I’ve found is, in a state like mine, with a legislature that was 85% Democrat, you’re always playing an away game.
Mitt Romney, chuckling through the first sentence as the moderator questioned his collaboration with the late Ted Kennedy in crafting Massachusetts’ health care reform law.
21:21 // 2 years ago
Rick Perry goes down: The Texas governor just endured an excruciating and politically devastating moment in this debate, in which he was challenged by a moderator to name the three government agencies he’d said he wanted to do away with. He awkwardly answered “Department of Education… uhm… Commerce.” And that was it. (EDIT: Here’s the video.) After a good six seconds of excruciating silence, the moderator moved on, Perry’s complete blanking made all too obvious. We really can’t overstate what a disaster this moment was for Rick Perry — it was undoubtedly the single worst debate moment for any candidate this cycle, and will likely be remembered as the final nail in his presidential coffin.
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Rick Perry goes down: The Texas governor just endured an excruciating and politically devastating moment in this debate, in which he was challenged by a moderator to name the three government agencies he’d said he wanted to do away with. He awkwardly answered “Department of Education… uhm… Commerce.” And that was it. (EDIT: Here’s the video.) After a good six seconds of excruciating silence, the moderator moved on, Perry’s complete blanking made all too obvious. We really can’t overstate what a disaster this moment was for Rick Perry — it was undoubtedly the single worst debate moment for any candidate this cycle, and will likely be remembered as the final nail in his presidential coffin.

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21:28 // 2 years ago
…and by the way, that was the Department of Energy I was reaching for a few moments ago.
Rick Perry, using the first few seconds of his next answer to try to blunt the damage from the epic blank he drew when trying to list three government agencies he’d abolish.
21:33 // 2 years ago