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    Gingrich Wins Newt-Newt ‘Lincoln-Douglas’ Debate (and Tweet of the Night)

    Gingrich Wins Newt-Newt ‘Lincoln-Douglas’ Debate (and Tweet of the Night)

    It was 90 minutes of Newt showing why he is the smartest guy on any stage, and I mean that as a compliment.

    Newt was in command, and had a particularly good explanation of how to respond to Democratic scare tactics on social security.  One of the best I’ve heard.  When I get the transcript I’ll add it.

    I think this did a lot of damage to Cain, tempered only by the fact that it was on C-SPAN not the networks, so relatively few people saw it.  There was a very awkward moment when the moderator asked about defined-benefit plans, and Cain appeared not to know what those were, or at least hesitated and then passed the question off to Newt.

    The forum started out with some sound problems, but after a while things went smoothly.  They were very friendly to each other, so it was less a debate than a conversation.

    Obama never would agree to this format with Newt, because Obama’s lack of depth would be exposed by Newt for all the world to see.

    Cain did have the line of the night, asking Newt what he would want his first assignment to be as Vice President.

    Anyway, here’s the Tweet of the Night:

    Update: You be the judge:


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    Pickled American | November 6, 2011 at 10:51 am

    I think it was a win-win for both Cain and Newt.

    Both showed that they are serious men with serious ideas.
    They didn’t attack one another. They built on each other’s ideas.

    Despite the ‘dry’ subject matter, the debate was refreshing. Leading up to it, many thought that Newt would just trample Herman, and that the latter would be left looking like a deer in the headlights.

    Not at all the case.

    I didn’t see it as something that one ‘won’ or ‘lost’ in the least.

    If anyone lost, it was the MSM and the no-idea Democrat party.

      GrumpyOne in reply to Pickled American. | November 6, 2011 at 12:41 pm

      Pickled American, I agree and think that they could make a great team with respect to solving the nation’s problems.

      Unfortunately, the mainstream media continues their hatchet job on Cain over practically nothing. Today’s, (Sunday), Meet the Press was repulsive and generally I give David Gregory good marks at being fair minded. That all went out the window this morning.

      Back to the debate… I watch the video during wee hours and had only planned on watching a little bit of it. But I was quickly drawn in can say that it was the most refreshing political ninety minutes that I’ve “suffered” through in many years. Every American should watch this debate and I thank the prof for making it available.

    damocles | November 7, 2011 at 11:26 am

    This was not a debate merely an open-ended questioning, but that was fine. Newt owned Cain. Cain spent the night putting out catch phrases and platitudes and showed he doesn’t understand basic issues like “defined-benefits”. Cain is simply not ready to be President,we already have one on-the-job-learner in office, how did that go? Newt had far more hard facts and knowledge, and although I don’t think Newt is as Conservative as I would like, he is streets ahead of Cain . Of course the Cainiacs have fallen for the slick talker routine. Too bad, Cain will never win in the general election. His supporters think his sexual harrassment issues and foreign policy gaffes won’t matter, but they’ll matter to independents.

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