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LIVE BLOG: The Republican Debate

Bottom line: Horrible debate.

Rick Perry is…not smooth in these debates. He had a prepared coup de grace on Romney’s flip-flopping and he lost his train of thought in the middle. It was painful.

Herman Cain discussing why his cancer treatment might not have gone as well under Obamacare may have been the single best moment of these Republican debates.

Oh good. No questions about Europe or the meltdown of Greece but a question about whether Rick Perry and George W. Bush are having a conflict.

“Any type of sexual activity has no place in the military,” says Rick Santorum, launching a million one-liners.

Perry is asked about Pakistan. He had clearly boned up on issues relating to Obama’s choice to distance the U.S. from India, but he is still uncomfortable talking about foreign policy.

“If you mess with Israel, you mess with the United States of America,” says Herman Cain.

Mitt Romney, asked about Israel, says you don’t allow one inch of space between you and your friends, though you can argue privately.

“I don’t think you have a heart,” Perry says about the notion of not educating the children of illegals. A very strong answer but it could be devastating to him.

Romney hitting Perry on in-state tuition for illegal aliens. He’s got the argument down–but I don’t believe he actually believes what he’s saying.

If Romney thinks he can get away with refusing to address the question of whether he supports Obama’s “Race to the Top” or not, he’s very much mistaken.

On the other hand, Romney’s blizzard of words is a convenient method of talking his way out of positions problematic with the Republican base.



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