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October 11, 2011
I’m absolutely devoted to making America the strongest country in the world, and if that’s not your objective, don’t vote for me. We already have a President who doesn’t have that objective.
Mitt Romney, closing out the debate.
21:53 // 3 years ago
When asked whether soaring levels of income disparity in America are acceptible, Rick Perry steamed right past and stuck with an anti-Obama message, saying that the President is the number one impediment to getting the economy back on track. Rick Santorum chimed in subsequently, talking about the “breakdown” of the family (he actually slipped gay marriage into it, too), but in terms of specifics on the question, it’s clear income disparity wasn’t something either man much wanted to discuss in moral terms.

When asked whether soaring levels of income disparity in America are acceptible, Rick Perry steamed right past and stuck with an anti-Obama message, saying that the President is the number one impediment to getting the economy back on track. Rick Santorum chimed in subsequently, talking about the “breakdown” of the family (he actually slipped gay marriage into it, too), but in terms of specifics on the question, it’s clear income disparity wasn’t something either man much wanted to discuss in moral terms.

21:50 // 3 years ago
i don’t think the federal government should be involved in that type of investment, period.
Rick Perry, speaking on Solyndra, the solar technology company which received a government loan guarantee of over $500 million before filing for bankruptcy. He explained that he doesn’t have a problem with states leveraging its funds to try to spark innovation and hiring, however, and that’s a good thing — Perry has been proactive in pushing for certain industry subsidies within Texas.
21:41 // 3 years ago
No, Alan Greenspan was a disaster.

Ron Paul, rebutting Herman Cain’s statement that of the Federal Reserve Chairmans of the last forty years, he thought Greenspan was the best. This was a curious choice, and not a politically convenient one due to Greenspan’s proximity to many of America’s financial flaws over the last decade — which means, we reckon, that it was an honest answer. So hats off to that!

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21:34 // 3 years ago
I’m gonna ask the United States Congress to include a 2/3rds majority vote before they can raise the 9-9-9 tax.

Herman Cain, answering Rick Santorum’s challenge as to how he’d prevent the rates in his tax plan from being raised over time; he also promised to protect the rates with the veto pen while in office.

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21:27 // 3 years ago
The reason for giving a tax break to middle income Americans is that middle income Americans have been most hurt by the Obama economy.
Mitt Romney, responding to Newt Gingrich’s criticism that his economic plan sets a lower income threshold for a capital gains tax cut than President Obama supports. This response is indicative of the long-view game Romney has played in the last couple debates; in seeing a stable position as the GOP frontrunner, Romney realizes he can dabble in middle-class rhetoric to try to stay viable as a general election candidate.
21:16 // 3 years ago
Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman went back and forth a bit on health care, with Huntsman believing that a system of waivers for individual states to opt out of the Affordable Care Act was insufficient. Mitt Romney’s position? “I think we all agree on “repeal and replace,” and I’m proud to have presented a plan for what to replace it with.” When challenged by Huntsman, Romney again stressed that repeal is indeed his intention.

Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman went back and forth a bit on health care, with Huntsman believing that a system of waivers for individual states to opt out of the Affordable Care Act was insufficient. Mitt Romney’s position? “I think we all agree on “repeal and replace,” and I’m proud to have presented a plan for what to replace it with.” When challenged by Huntsman, Romney again stressed that repeal is indeed his intention.

21:04 // 3 years ago
On day one I will issue an executive order identifying China as a currency manipulator… we will go after them. if you aren’t willing to stand up to China, you’ll get run over by China, and it’s been happening for twenty years.

Mitt Romney, coming out swinging on the ever-sexy issue of Chinese currency manipulation. We’re actually thrilled that they’re discussing issues of greater substance like this, and Romney did come across very much in command of his stance on this issue.

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20:56 // 3 years ago
When you take the 9-9-9 plan, and you turn it upside-down, I think the devil’s in the details.
Michele Bachmann, making it clear the 9-9-9 plan is a bit too tax-heavy for her. She’s said in the past she ideologically believes in no taxes whatsoever, though she conceded that wasn’t realistic. This remark actually drew a slightly peculiar reaction from the crowd; suffice to say it didn’t go over like she wanted.
20:51 // 3 years ago
The fact of the matter is, the issue is, we need to have a balanced budget amendment in the United States Constitution.

Rick Perry, giving this eventual answer to a question asking him if he agreed with a clip of former President Ronald Reagan, stressing the need for compromise on tax increases versus spending cuts.

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20:42 // 3 years ago