Highlights Of The Best Answers at the GOP Debate

The best answers at the GOP debate

By Jennifer Rubin

At the GOP debate, most of the candidates had some bright spots. I’ll highlight a few. (The extracts are taken from a rough transcript.) Mitt Romney was asked about immigration: “If someone comes here and gets a PhD in physics, that is the person I would like to staple a green card to their diploma rather than say go home. . . . We are a nation of immigrants. We love legal immigration. For legal immigration to work, we have to secure the border and we also have to crack down on employers that hire people who are here illegally. I like legal immigration. I’d have the number of visas we give to people that come here legally determined by the needs of our employment community. We have to secure our border and crack down on those who bring and hire here illegally.” Newt Gingrich took a question on accepting a 10-to-1 ratio of cuts to taxes and delivered this riff: “I think this super-committee is about as dumb an idea as Washington has come up with in my lifetime. . . . The idea that 523 senators and congressman are going to sit around for four months while 12 people are going to sit in some room and come up with a trillion dollars or force us to choose between gutting our military and accepting a tax increase is irrational. They are going to walk in and say we can shoot you in the head or cut off your right leg, which do you prefer? . . . Go back to regular legislative business. Assign every subcommittee the task of findings savings in the open through regular legislative order and get rid of this secret phony business.” Tim Pawlenty on foreign policy: “[Obama] and Hillary Clinton suggested Assad is a reformer. He’s not a reformer; He’s a killer. [Obama] sticks his thumb in the eye of our best friends in the world. Israel, he repeatedly sticks his thumb in Israel’s eye. We should stand shoulder to shoulder with Israel. They are one of our best friends in the world.” Rick Santorum on the debt ceiling: “Congressman Paul and Congresswoman Bachmann . . . couldn’t lead the Congress to do something responsible in making sure we didn’t have the fiasco. . . . To suggest we never need to raise the debt ceiling. Again showmanship, not leadership. We are borrowing 42 cents of every dollar. Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, defense and interest on the debt is 60 percent. That means cut everything else and something of those. That’s showmanship, not leadership.” Herman Cain on his comments on a super-duper border fence: “America has got to learn to take a joke.” Bachmann gave an out-of-the-park answer on her marriage, and she was the only candidate to specifically ask for votes: “Here in Ames, Iowa, all of us can send a message to D.C. about what we think about Barack Obama and his presidency. I want to do that as president of the United States. I’m inviting everyone to come to the straw poll and send a message to Washington that they can’t miss.” Bachmann’s views may be problematic but she is arguably the best natural politician in the field.



16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. WakeUpAmerica
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 02:12:51

    Personally, I thought the debate was juvenile and pathetic. There were no best answers. I have never seen such a lousy field of candidates in my entire life.


  2. climber357
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 03:23:05

    ¨America has got to learn to take a joke.¨

    In fairness to America, it is difficult for Americans to tell if the GOP is serious, joking or just plain insane. For example, is sarah a joke?


  3. Jim In Texas
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 05:47:11

    Tim Palenty: “We should stand shoulder to shoulder with Israel. They are one of our best friends in the world.”

    No, they’re not, Tim. They never give US anything but cr*p.

    The truth is that WE are THEIR best friend in the world. And that’s one h*ll of a difference.


  4. Beaglemom
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 05:55:22

    If Michele Bachmann is the best “natural politician” in the group, that’s pretty pathetic. She’s as ignorant as Sarah; she just speaks more grammatically.


  5. moinkslingerm
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 06:45:49

    Hillary Clinton may have made 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling, but all that Sarah Palin did was bore a hole in the floor and show that any idiot can get on the national stage.


  6. Syrin
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 10:47:41

    I don’t know guys..Yes, it seems like a joke! And, I can take a joke!But, not several of them at once! Yes, it appears that logic and reason have escaped the GOP, which is reflected in some of the candidates!

    I try to appreciate and honor everyone’s political opinion , there is always something to learn..

    And, I’ve made my way closer to the middle than I’ve ever been before in my politics. But, I’m still conservative and as a Republican I’m going to have to decide on someone ..

    You have to admit that Romney defended himself well, and justified laying low during the debt debate.

    “I’m not going to eat Obama’s dog food” was a great line. Yet his best line was “Obama is out of his depth. To create jobs, you must have had a job.”
    Another great comment from Romney

    Romney also distinguished between legal and illegal immigration, and said America should welcome the best and brightest. “If you have a PhD in physics, we should staple a green card to your diploma.”


    • freshwatersnark
      Aug 15, 2011 @ 17:36:35

      “To create jobs, you must have had a job.” Cute, but Obama had a (non-public sector) job teaching constitutional law at the University of Chicago. If he hadn’t chosen politics, he would have had tenure. I’m a U of C law grad, and you have to be very good to be hired there. U of C is a fairly conservative school (Justice Scalia taught there) and doesn’t drop its standards for the sake of diversity. Obama was respected by professors across the ideological spectrum. It was a “real job,” and one Romney probably wouldn’t have been hired for.

      I grant that being POTUS demands different skills than being a professor. (Although the ability to think on one’s feet, understand competing values and work out the consequences of alternatives within a system of laws doesn’t hurt.) But to say Obama hasn’t had a job is flat dishonest.


      • Syrin
        Aug 15, 2011 @ 18:15:24

        Well, the president will have his moment very soon to reiterate his work history past and present to the American people. Yes, I read that after law school, Obama returned to Chicago to practice as a civil rights lawyer, joining the firm of Miner, Barnhill & Galland. He also taught at the University of Chicago Law School, and helped organize voter registration drives during Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign. Working in the private sector? Ok … Businessman? Experience in meeting payroll, calculating taxes or knowing what it’s like to put your home up as collateral to fund your small business… Nope!
        But, neither have most of them!

  7. Camille Hardy
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 17:58:16

    Please spare us from any thoughts or words from Jennifer Rubin. She’s Ann Coulter Lite.


  8. Syrin
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 18:21:52

    I share what interests me. The content of this article I thought was fairly straight forward. Reporting what the author saw as notable quotables at the GOP FOXNews Debate. The author is seconary, I look at content.

    Regardless whether you agree or disagree with me or what I post, I appreciate ever comment!


  9. akrnc
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 22:12:50

    The lines about Obama’s job history whether it is coming from Romney or anyone else are so ridiculously hypocritical. There are at least a few people who have served as President who have had little or no private sector experience, Nixon worked for a few years in his law practice, Dubya had some luck with a baseball team due to family money backing him, but he lost money with his oil company and didn’t finish his military career. JFK also did not do anything in the private sector and ran for Congress after his Naval tour was completed. There have certainly been different standards for President Obama as compared to previous Presidents. To imply he never worked before he became President is outrageous. His work as a community organizer was valued and led him down the road to his legal career. He worked as a civil rights attorney in Chicago, taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004, then served three terms representing the 13th District in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004. Obama was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004 and the rest is history.

    For Romney, another presidential candidate born with a silver spoon in his mouth, I can’t believe anything that comes out of his mouth because he has flip-flopped regarding almost situation that has come up either during debates, past & present, every interview that he’s given, etc. There have been more jobs created since Obama took office than the entire 8 years of Bush’s presidency.

    I’m an Independent who has voted Republican in the past however, I hate what the GOP has become in the past few years. They are working on becoming a theocracy with all-consuming power, unwilling to compromise. I’ll never understand why there are so many people ready to vote for those who definitely do not have their best interests at heart. If Reagan was around today, he’d be considered a RINO, along with George H.W. Bush and many other Republicans from that era.

    Unfortunately, with this childish group of candidates, we’ll be in a lot of trouble if any of them were to defeat Obama. Obama is not perfect, far from it, but he’s also far from the person the RWNJ’s pretend he is. When a person is elected to the highest office in our country and the opposing political party openly states that they are going to do everything possible to see his presidency fail, it’s difficult to fathom especially since what they are talking about is the failure of our economic system, the downfall of individual families and their ability to even support themselves. The GOP has acted disgracefully and karma will be a bitch.


  10. Syrin
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 19:59:37

    Jennifer Rubin opinion in the Washington Post claims that “Sarah Palin has taken on a pathetic quality,” citing her four-day jaunt into the Midwest as proof that Palin is seeking the spotlight without adding any substance to the GOP primary campaign.
    Ms. Rubin isn’t that bad..


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