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    Newt-Huntsman Debate

    Newt-Huntsman Debate

    The debate is scheduled for 4 p.m. Eastern.  [Added, full debate video embedded at bottom of post, it’s 1 hour and 20 minutes long]

    WMUR in New Hampshire, CNN, and Huntsman’s website are supposed to have the livestream.  If I can get an embed code, I will.  There also will be a Live Blog at The Fix.

    It’s supposed to be about foreign policy, but I can’t imagine it will not stray into discussing the primary contest and domestic policy.

    Huntsman has been extremely aggressive in going after Romney, and needs to score some points against Romney.  Given how Romney has been dumping on Newt for the past week, I can’t imagine Newt is going to try to stop Huntsman from going there.

    This CNN article summarizes the state of Iowa polling as of this afternoon, with two new polls out one of which shows some softening of Newts lead another of which shows it steady.  He seems to do better when “somewhat likely” voters are added to “likely voters.”

    I will not get to watch it live due to other commitments, so tell what happened (in the comments).

    Post Debate:  I only heard the last few minutes and the ending.  The moderator joked at the end that he’d bet $10,000 that Obama would not take Newt up on his offer of 7 three hour debates, and the crowd laughed.  Newt’s response was “You just showed who the real loser of this debate was,” and he wasn’t referring to Obama.  Romney bowed out of a one-on-one with Newt in New Hampshire, and while this debate probably did not receive a lot of national attention, it probably received a lot of attention in New Hampshire.   This was win-win for both Newt and Huntsman.

    I’ll listen to the full debate later, but from what I’m gathering on Twitter it was very informative, and allowed both Newt and Hunstman to show off their knowledge.  (Added, Jazz Shaw has a summary.)  Here are some tweets from people who did listen, including Doug Mataconis who is hostile to Newt:

    James Petokoukis:

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    Jazz Shaw:


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    Doug Wright | December 12, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    My wife and I watched the entire debate live and thought the format was excellent, for Newt. Huntsman came off better than he has in previous debates, perhaps due to the format. However, Huntsman seems more like the graduate student prepping for his orals than a candidate for office. He doesn’t seem to have the passion, which Newt does, although Newt isn’t making like a demagogue, it’s just that his passion shines through it all.

    Still, Huntsman should be in a GOP president’s cabinet, the question whether it should be as Secretary of State or perhaps as National Security Advisor or where?

    @49erDweet characterized Huntsman aptly, right on baby.

    I know Huntsman hasn’t got the proverbial snowball’s chance in Hell of winning the nomination but his wealth of knowledge and sensible solutions increased my opinion of him 1000%. Definitely my choice for Secretary of State!

    Jaynie59 | December 13, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    I thought it was boring. Newt was Newt, and he didn’t say anything particularly memorable or deep.

    Jon Hunstman was very strange. He didn’t seem to have any connection to anything he said. It was weird. It was like a free association recital of the Cliff Notes version of whatever topic he was talking about. As if he was pulling random sentences from every speech he has ever made and threw them in as they occurred to him.

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