Overall: I am so sick and tired of the fighting between Newt and Mitt! These two should focus their attacks on Obama, not each other. I said a long time ago, that thoughts were the best ticket would be a…
Overall: I was about 30 minutes late tuning into the debate, so I missed the a couple of the early items. Hats off to the crowd for showing their displeasure when Ron Paul was passed over on the Right to Life question. They forced John King to back up and include Ron Paul on the issue. I give the South Carolina crowds 5 Stars in these 2 debates……..
Newt scored big points by referencing the Galveston, Texas and Chilean system. He really knew this subject well. His mention of the Principal Group in Des Moines helping administer the Chilean system was great. It is a good starting point on being able to get the facts on this system out to the public. Also, his comments about the estimates by the Social Security Actuary estimating 90-95% of younger people opting into the system, and the building up of an asset that they own where extremely good. He also referenced Martin Feldstein of Harvard for estimating that this system would reduce wealth inequality in America by over 50% over the next generation.
Okay, so I tuned into the debate a little late, closer to the half-time mark than the start; but here are my thoughts on a few topics that were discussed as well as the performance of the candidates.
Overall: I liked the format and the way Wolf Blitzer conducted the debate, himself, and the way he represented CNN. I liked answers by the candidates to the questions posed to them. I thought for the most part they kept it civil and didn’t sling any real mud at each other. They stayed focused on the issues, and almost uniformly presented a theme of personal freedom and responsibility; and a pro-growth economic theme that focused on the ability of the American people and not the government.
The Iowa Straw Poll was held Saturday in Ames, Iowa with Michelle Bachmann coming in 1st, with Ron Paul in a close second, and Tim Pawlenty in a distant third. While the major media is most assuredly going to have a field day in talking up the results, I would not read too much into the results for several reasons.