Thursday, June 7, 2007

Post GOP Debate Thoughts

My observations about Tuesday night’s Republican Presidential Debate in New Hampshire:

-- Rudy Giuliani has got to be the most aggravating person on stage in these debates. During the first two debates, he did nothing but dance around questions about his views on abortion and whether or not he supported taxpayer funded abortions. Tuesday night, he was arrogant and paid no attention to questions and/or time restraints. I know all the candidates go over their time and try to fit in their statements, but at one point, the candidates were asked “Yes” or “No” to whether or not they’d pardon Scooter Libby. The first five asked all give one or two word answers, until Mr. Giuliani, who decided he was important enough to give a dissertation on the whole damn case and completely ignored the moderator’s insistence that he stick to a simple answer. Then of course, Mitt Romney followed and had to give a frickin speech as well.

I think the moderators should be allowed to cut the candidates’ mics in during stunts like Giuliani’s. It shows a complete disregard for the debate, the question, other candidates, and is irritating as hell to watch.

-- Giuliani was once against asked about his views on abortion and asked to respond to a comment from a Catholic Bishop. Just a few words into his answer, lightning hit close and caused the audio at the facility to briefly malfunction. The rest of the candidates quickly backed away from Mr. I’m to Important to Follow Your Debate Rules. That was the best part of the whole night. God IS listening.

-- Mitt Romney is definitely the GOP’s John Kerry. When running for Governor of Massachusetts, he ran on a pro-gay marriage, pro-choice platform. Now that he’s running for President, he’s suddenly this hard core pro-life conservative. What he is, is the most well polished politician in the Republican primary.

-- John McCain and Sam Brownback appear to be the only Republican candidates who think the Ted Kennedy/LaRaza/Chamber of Commerce immigration “reform” bill is good for the country. It’s a real shame Senator McCain is so spineless on the immigration issue because his military leadership and apparent willingness to eliminate earmarks from Congressional bills gives him the potential to be a very good leader in the White House. But we should expect our leaders not to sell the country down the river to money interests and votes.

-- Back to Mr. Giuliani, who actually had the audacity to say the immigration bill was weak on illegal immigration. This coming from a man, who as Mayor of New York City, pushed legislation to make it EASIER for illegal aliens to receive free government services.

-- Duncan Hunter called out the Bush Administration when he flat-out accused them of slowing down the construction of the double fence across the southern border so “they could come out with the amnesty at the same time, put the two together, and the Bush-McCain-Kennedy bill would then be accepted by conservatives and liberals alike.”

Congressman Hunter also debunked the well spouted line that the illegals are “taking jobs Americans won’t do” by citing the example of Americans lining up to replace the 850 illegals removed from the Swift plant a few months ago.

-- Tom Tancredo spoke of actually shutting off not only illegal immigration, but all LEGAL immigration except for that of family members of current legal U.S. residents and political refugees. So the criticisms of this guy are correct, he’s not just anti-illegal immigration, but anti-legal immigration. That’s where my views on immigration separate from Rep. Tancredo.

-- A woman in the audience stood up and explained that her brother was KIA in Iraq back in 2005, and asked what the candidates would do to bring this conflict to an end in the Middle East and to bring our troops home.

Of the ten men on stage, Duncan Hunter was the candidate, due to his own military experience and his son serving 2 tours in Iraq and currently a 3rd in Afghanistan, who could closest relate to the young lady and her family.

Hunter made the point twice during the debate that there are currently 129 trained and equipped Iraqi battalions, and within the next few months, these Iraqi battalions need to be rotated into the heavy lifting in the battlefield so U.S. troops could soon be relieved and come home.

-- Towards the end of the debate, the candidates were asked about moderate Republicans, and Congressman Hunter was specifically asked if Republicans should follow the “Arnold Schwarzenegger example in California”.

Duncan Hunter’s response was a firm “No” and called out the Big Three:

“And let me just say, you know, I look at Governor Romney, Mayor Giuliani, my good friend John McCain -- Governor Romney joined with Bill Clinton for the 1994 gun ban when I was fighting that. Mayor Giuliani stood with him at the White House on that. Governor Romney has passed what I consider to be a major step toward socialism with respect to his mandated health care bill. John McCain is standing strong with Ted Kennedy on this Kennedy-McCain-Bush border enforcement bill.

I think the guy who's got the most influence right here with these three gentlemen is Ted Kennedy. And I think we need to move away from the Kennedy wing of the Republican Party.”

No wonder I like this guy.

Duncan Hunter for President 2008

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