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December 15, 2011
Some useful context for the scuffle Mitt Romney got into tonight over his abortion record, wherein he implied that his support of abortion rights was driven by an unwillingness to alter long-standing state law. This is an example of Romney speaking without thinking about the ramifications of his remarks; easily searchable videos from his political career, like this one, betray that claim simply and clearly. Had the challenge on his position reversals not come from Chris Wallace late in tonight’s debate, Mitt would’ve been a big winner tonight (and lucky, too boot — he was seldom criticized by his fellow candidates). As it stands now, there’s yet another clip of him being disingenuous about his record, and that’s precisely what he can’t afford any more of.
23:16 // 2 years ago
That’s a wrap, folks! This was a debate with less fireworks than many in the past, save a heated back-and-forth on Iran’s nuclear program — Newt Gingrich likely emerges as the most successful candidate on this evening, as Mitt Romney suffered a pretty damaging blow when challenged by Chris Wallace on some of his flops on abortion and gay rights.
23:04 // 2 years ago
I’m a serious candidate for President of the United States and my facts are accurate.
Michele Bachmann, offering a stern reply to Newt Gingrich’s claim that she was factually inaccurate in suggesting his positions as Speaker were soft on abortion opposition (or as she called it, infanticide). Her remark seemed to bristle with an edge that suggested it wasn’t exclusive to this moment; Bachmann has in the past been criticized/derided for making wildly false statements.
22:59 // 2 years ago
Mitt Romney was challenged in a big way by Chris Wallace over his impressive litany of flip-flops, in particular on abortion and gay rights. Romney insisted he was a passionate “protector of marriage,” and also implied his past support of abortion rights was a function of his desire not to change existing state laws upon taking office, a claim betrayed by easily observable video from his campaign. This was a bad exchange for Mitt; regardless of political opinion, it’s hard to argue that this showed him at his most seemingly insincere.
22:53 // 2 years ago
Jon Huntsman sought to calm everybody down a little on illegal immigration, stating that we currently have the lowest rate of illegal immigration in the last forty years. He also urged everybody to consider that legal immigration drives innovation, citing one-half of current Fortune 500 companies being founded by immigrants as an example.
22:45 // 2 years ago
Rick Perry was challenged by Megyn Kelly over his call to Eric Holder to resign or be fired over the “Fast and Furious” gun-running operation. Kelly said there was no direct evidence Holder knew about the program, and that he claims he’d halted it when he learned of it. Perry’s responded that if, as President, he found his attorney general didn’t know of such a program, that would be reason enough to fire him.
22:39 // 2 years ago
I want to make sure that as President, I can disrupt the oil monopoly… we need to use a diversity of products, like natural gas.
Jon Huntsman, who also stated support for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline as a means of American energy independence. Natural gas mining has become controversial in recent years, over health and environmental concerns posed by “fracking,” the explosive means by which natural gas is harvested from the earth.
22:27 // 2 years ago
You know Neil, I’ve been accused of using aggressive language, so I’ve been standing here editing. I’m very concerned about not seeming zany.
Newt Gingrich, warming up to a denunciation of the possibility of President Obama vetoing the payroll tax cut extension over the GOP attaching a fast-tracking of the Keystone XL oil pipeline to the bill.
22:23 // 2 years ago