GOP Presidential debate, CNN, Yakima’s cable channel 51 from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, October 18
As writer of this article, I disclose that I happen to be very partial to Michele Bachmann. When she says something, it is to be believed. She says in truth what she sees in truth. The woman is courageous and would not as President back down out of political correctness from what she thinks is right. However, she will not get the nomination.
Romney had a good, strong showing. It was obvious from the get-go that Perry was gunning for Romney as in his intro he said that he was an “authentic” conservative, not one out of convenience. When Perry spoke, Romney seemed very focused on him as if he is wondering what Perry has up his sleeve that might bring him back to the top of the polls. However, Perry didn’t do well in that competition. His talk about Romney’s lawn care service just didn’t cut it. He wanted to take Romney down but didn’t use anything concrete to do it.
The person who did raise a solid point against Romney was Santorum who talked about his being a consultant for Obamacare: “….your plan was the basis for Obamacare. Your consultants helped Obama craft Obamacare. And to say that you’re going to repeal it, you just — you have no track record on that that — that we can trust you that you’re going to do that….It was in your book that it should be for everybody.”
Once again, though, Santorum does not have an authoritative presence. He didn’t shine in showdowns regarding the economy, health care, or illegal immigration. By his own admission, the issues he is strongest in are those having to do with faith and family and how our country is being eroded of our traditions.
As usual, Ron Paul made some interesting and valid points. One major downfall in his thinking is that he doesn’t seem to understand that it is in our best interest to give aid to Israel, our most dependable ally.
Cain has presence, a likeable presence complete with a great voice that conveys warmth and authority. This examiner doesn’t pretend to fully understand Cain’s 9-9-9 program but very much trusts that Cain knows what he is talking about. With the exception of Newt, it did not appear as though anyone else on the stage quite understands his plan either.
Anderson Cooper asked Cain about a comment he made a while back in regard to the Occupy WallStreet crowd: “Don’t blame Wall Street. Don’t blame the big banks. If you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself.”
For some reason, Cooper thought Cain might modify his comment simply because the WallStreet crowd has gotten bigger. When he did not (“I still stand by my statement”), Cooper tried to remain stoic. There did seem to be, however, some disappointment showing through Cooper’s demeanor when Cain said he feels the same way he always did about personal responsibility. He added,
“They might be frustrated with Wall Street and the bankers, but they’re directing their anger at the wrong place. Wall Street didn’t put in failed economic policies. Wall Street didn’t spend a trillion dollars that didn’t do any good. Wall Street isn’t going around the country trying to sell another $450 billion. They ought to be over in front of the White House taking out their frustration.”
Newt needs to be given more questions. This examiner thinks he is, or should be, our man and is leaning toward a Gingrich/Cain ticket. How about you?