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January 19, 2012
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is it. The final Republican presidential debate prior to the South Carolina primary has concluded. If it sounds like we’re placing a little emphasis, you’re right; with a South Carolina win, Mitt Romney will become the effective nominee. That much seems very clear. But this debate, as the candidate’s final pitch before the primary, wasn’t much of a score for Romney. Rather, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum stole a large portion of the show, with Gingrich’s scathing opening remarks directed at moderator John King, and Santorum’s extended takedown of Gingrich’s tenure as Speaker. To say nothing of Ron Paul, whose supporters are so vital and passionate that their shouts effectively overruled John King, forcing him to let Paul in on a question during which he’d been snubbed. We may have a very clear idea of how a Romney win in South Carolina shapes the race, but this much is certain: if anybody else can nab the crown, the state of this race will become volatile, exciting, and most significantly, will stay credibly undecided.
Thanks very much, as well, to the great crew over at DC Decoder. It was, as always, a joy to collaborate with them for this liveblog. Have a nice night, everybody!
More debate coverage: ShortFormBlog | DC Decoder

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is it. The final Republican presidential debate prior to the South Carolina primary has concluded. If it sounds like we’re placing a little emphasis, you’re right; with a South Carolina win, Mitt Romney will become the effective nominee. That much seems very clear. But this debate, as the candidate’s final pitch before the primary, wasn’t much of a score for Romney. Rather, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum stole a large portion of the show, with Gingrich’s scathing opening remarks directed at moderator John King, and Santorum’s extended takedown of Gingrich’s tenure as Speaker. To say nothing of Ron Paul, whose supporters are so vital and passionate that their shouts effectively overruled John King, forcing him to let Paul in on a question during which he’d been snubbed. We may have a very clear idea of how a Romney win in South Carolina shapes the race, but this much is certain: if anybody else can nab the crown, the state of this race will become volatile, exciting, and most significantly, will stay credibly undecided.

Thanks very much, as well, to the great crew over at DC Decoder. It was, as always, a joy to collaborate with them for this liveblog. Have a nice night, everybody!

More debate coverage: ShortFormBlog | DC Decoder

22:16 // 2 years ago

Tweets of the night: Post-Rick Perry edition

We’re with Andy. We still miss Herman Cain for some reason.

22:11 // 2 years ago
DebateSC FanFic: Newt Kills The King
As John King is in the middle of a question about Gingrich’s ex wife, the former House Speaker’s rage slowly builds, until suddenly, a crazed look strikes his face. He leaps into action, barreling forward through podium and charging across the stage. The former Representative from Georgia leaps off the podium, pulls a switchblade from his sock in whilst mid-air, and plunges the knife into John King’s chest. As the audience sits in stunned silence, he picks up the fallen moderator’s mic, wipes the sweat off his brow, and says, “The King is dead.” The crowd goes wild, and Gingrich goes on to win South Carolina by 30 points.
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As John King is in the middle of a question about Gingrich’s ex wife, the former House Speaker’s rage slowly builds, until suddenly, a crazed look strikes his face. He leaps into action, barreling forward through podium and charging across the stage. The former Representative from Georgia leaps off the podium, pulls a switchblade from his sock in whilst mid-air, and plunges the knife into John King’s chest. As the audience sits in stunned silence, he picks up the fallen moderator’s mic, wipes the sweat off his brow, and says, “The King is dead.” The crowd goes wild, and Gingrich goes on to win South Carolina by 30 points.

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21:53 // 2 years ago
21:50 // 2 years ago
This is not the time to be doubting people’s word, or questioning people’s integrity. I am pro-life.

Mitt Romney, declaring his pro-life position, and denouncing what he views as a challenging of his integrity. This begs the question, though; if a crucial presidential debate isn’t the time to doubt a politician’s words or their integrity, when is?

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21:41 // 2 years ago
Mitt Romney continues to try to get to the far right side of the other candidates on immigration: “You build a fence, you have enough border patrol agents to secure the fence.” He also said that while he doesn’t want to round people up and deport them, he also doesn’t want to give people a “preferential” pathway to citizenship. This would seem slightly contradictory, and what reality occupies the space between those ideas is of utmost interest.
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Mitt Romney continues to try to get to the far right side of the other candidates on immigration: “You build a fence, you have enough border patrol agents to secure the fence.” He also said that while he doesn’t want to round people up and deport them, he also doesn’t want to give people a “preferential” pathway to citizenship. This would seem slightly contradictory, and what reality occupies the space between those ideas is of utmost interest.

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21:31 // 2 years ago
I think if I spoke a little slower, with more conviction, I could do a better job.

Ron Paul, on what he’d do differently if he could run his campaign over again.

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21:24 // 2 years ago
I’d take all the time I spent talking about these guys on this stage, and I’d use it to talk about Barack Obama.

Mitt Romney, answering what, if possible, he would change about his campaign to date.

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21:23 // 2 years ago
In response to a question about SOPA, Paul mentions that he was the first Republican to side with a group of Democrats in opposing the bill, thus bringing up a pragmatic argument about the wisdom of nominating a candidate who can build coalitions.
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In response to a question about SOPA, Paul mentions that he was the first Republican to side with a group of Democrats in opposing the bill, thus bringing up a pragmatic argument about the wisdom of nominating a candidate who can build coalitions.

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21:16 // 2 years ago
The truth of the matter is, the law [SOPA] is far too intrusive, far too expansive… it would have a potentially depressing impact on one of the fastest growing industries in America. …I’m standing with freedom.

Mitt Romney, coming out against SOPA. He was in good company; all four candidates spoke against SOPA, with Rick Santorum being the only to qualify his opposition with a call for more work to protect intellectual property online.

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21:16 // 2 years ago