Overall: On the style of the debate, I am not a big fan of the table style debates. I prefer the podium. The moderator, Martha Raddatz from ABC News did a very poor job of preventing Joe Biden from interrupting Paul Ryan, and from preventing Biden from rambling. Joe Biden was obviously a much more experienced debater. Paul Ryan obviously had less debate experience. However watching Joe Biden left a rotten taste in my mouth. He was childish at times, talked down to the audience at times. He fabricated facts, and acted like what he said was the word of god. I think Paul Ryan was a little too nice at times. However if you listen to the facts being cited, I think Paul Ryan held his own and demonstrated his abilities.
Overall: This debate focused on domestic issues. I liked the format, and I think the moderator did a good job of keeping the debate moving and keeping the candidates on topic. On the various issues brought up in the debate:…
On the various issues brought up during the debate I have the following:
Auto Bailout: Rick Santorum said he opposed the bailout because he did not think that government involvement is not the best method for the restructuring. Mitt Romney said that he wrote an Op-Ed in the WSJ opposing a loan package, recommending a managed bankruptcy and help coming out of bankruptcy. He said he supported TARP in order to loosing all the banks and having the entire financial sector going down. Then later the companies actually went through a managed bankruptcy, and the President gave the companies to the UAW; which was a big part of the problem. Newt Gingrich said the problem with the US auto industry was a management system that could not deal with the UAW. Newt said that he agreed to with Mitt, and that President Obama violated 200 years of bankruptcy law in an unprecedented manner and screwed all the bond holders. Ron Paul that the government and politicians were the primary problem in the auto industry.
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.
Overall: I like the idea of the debate focusing on a single topic. Overall I think this gave the candidates a chance to shine and demonstrate their skills. I think it kept the snipping to a minimum. I enjoyed the debate and thought it was a rare chance to bring to the forefront several serious topics that do not normally get the airtime they deserve.
this election is going to come down to a question of who best suited to guide the economy going forward. I feel that the CNBC staff brought a level of knowledge about the economy, how businesses work, and the important issues facing us that were sorely missing in previous debates. I thought the questions were very good, much better than any other debate. I also liked the format that spread the time out much more evenly among the candidates and did not simply focus on the front runners. I think this gave the viewers a chance to better understand all the candidates and their positions.
On the various topics in the debate I have the following:……
On the various topics in the debate I have the following:
Tax Code: On whether we should replace the current income tax system with a national sales tax? Michele Bachmann said that the government would be too tempted to raise taxes and that we should give the government a new tax. Herman Cain on claims that 9-9-9 would actually raise taxes on low income, he directed people to the analysis on his web site at www.hermancain.com He said that politicians were attacking his proposal because they wanted to
I liked the format of having the candidates sit around a table. I liked the commercials by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. I have followed the Peter G. Peterson Foundation for several years. It is a high quality organization that everyone should familiarize themselves with. The format of the debate was a little different than previous debates. Instead of having the moderator rotate the questions more or less evenly, the candidates were given the chance a better chance to provide rebuttals. This gave the front runners a chance to respond when attacked, but it did sideline the lessor candidates. Also as candidates spent a lot of time attacking Mitt Romney or Herman Cain, it didn’t provide much time for Rick Perry who in my mind is one of the top 2 candidates in the field.
Having the candidates ask each other questions: ………