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Romney scores big in debate while challengers flounder

By DOUG THOMPSON
November 10, 2011

Mitt Romney (AP)

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney delivered another strong debate performance Wednesday night but it was overshadowed by the continued flubs and problems by his fading rivals.

With Herman Cain increasingly on the defensive over past sexual harassment allegations and another “gotcha” moment by Rick Perry when he couldn’t remember one of his own campaign promises, Romney could have cruised.

But he hammered home his points with confidence and style and left his challengers in their own fog of controversy and mistakes.

Perry repeatedly stumbled over the name of a third agency of government that he promised to “do away with.”  He stumbled not once, not twice, but repeatedly but could not come up with the name of the Energy Department that he has — in the past — promised to eliminate with along with the Commerce and Education Department.

“Perry is toast,” said GOP consultant Ron Allen.

“Perry can end his campaign right now,” Tweeted former George W. Bush White House spokesman Tony Fratto.

The Texas governor’s memory lapse was pure political farce.  He stumbled, he mistakenly listed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), then he went back to not remembering.

Cain continued his staunch defiance in the face of mounting charges that he sexually harassed female employees with words, gropes and attempts to force oral sex.  The former Godfathers Pizza CEO whined that he is a victim tried in the court of “public opinion,” which is the court that determines the fate of all presidential candidates.

Cain also faltered on foreign policy and international debt crisis questions, which showcased his lack of debate preparation and lack of knowledge on the issues.

Meanwhile, Romney appeared cool, controlled and a man destined for the nomination.

Romney came across as the candidate destined to win.  The others  appeared to be mere pretenders.

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9 Responses to Romney scores big in debate while challengers flounder

  1. Carl Nemo **==

    November 10, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    At this point I feel it’s going to be Obama vs. Romney in the 2012 election. Romney must be very careful as to whom he chooses for a running mate. If he doesn’t do something stupid like McCain choosing a Sarah Palin type then his election should be a slam dunk. A possible good running mate for him would be a military guy like General Petraeus, now CIA director. This will surely hoodwink all those voters that are addicted to our seemingly endless military incursions wherever whenever.

    I’m talking campaign strategy here and not endorsing any of these people. I do know that I want; I.E., Obama & Co. out of the White House in 2013. We’ve had enough of he and his so-called advisers’ dog an pony show…! : |

    Carl Nemo **==

  2. KishinD

    November 11, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    As much as I want Obama out of the White House (and yes, I voted for him), I would rather give Obama four more years than put Romney in that office. Obama sold his soul during his presidential campaign. Romney sold his soul a looooong while back.

    The Republican base doesn’t want Romney either… that’s why the polls fluctuate so much. He’s everyone’s second or third choice.

    Solution: I summon citizen media! Time for the 1st “Mainstream Media Sucks” Presidential Debate Series! Let’s get an OWS media team to host, give faces to the faceless candidates. There are countless scores of #Occupiers that would like to see Obama out, but don’t see any viable competition. The MSM selections and their frightening hand-picked audiences just won’t do it this time.

    • Carl Nemo **==

      November 11, 2011 at 3:29 pm

      A commendable idea KishinD, but this election game has been in place for so long that party powerbrokers are not going to allow any upstarts worm their way into the primary process.

      They preselect their ‘chosen’ one’s years in advance and then use their MSM outlets to shove these candidates down our collective throats with the final election simply allowing the unwashed masses to indemnify their choices.

      It’s all laid out in the book “The Rich and the Super Rich” by Ferdinand Lundberg (deceased) a late 60’s release as to how the people of this nation are shepherded by the wealthy class and have been so for many generations. It’s still available on Amazon.com. I highly recommend the reading thereof. It will both clarify and set one free as to the hopelessness of the current political situation shy of revolution.

      These shadowy corporate entities have gotten so in our face in these past four decades that both parties have now degenerated into a duopoly. The movers and shakers that own America and its citizens lock, stock and barrel don’t care which party is in place since both march to their same corporate drummer.

      Carl Nemo **==

  3. Jim Maas

    November 11, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Ron Paul is no longer running?

    • Carl Nemo **==

      November 12, 2011 at 12:58 pm

      As far as the MSM propagandists are concerned he’s not. / : |

      Carl Nemo **==

  4. Danny Adams

    November 11, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Romney is likely the only Republican candidate who can attract enough independents away from Obama to win, and he’s also the candidate that Obama seems scared of. The GOP should ignore the complaints that conservatives don’t find Romney interesting or charismatic; it’s not like they’re going to suddenly flock to Obama.

  5. Carl Nemo **==

    November 12, 2011 at 12:34 am

    The photo…!

    As I’ve mentioned numerous times I analyze photos supplied with articles.

    I clicked on the Romney image supplied with this article to hopefully enlarge it and I hate to say if folks, but I started to laugh…!

    Do the same, then analyze his countenance.

    DAMN!…he looks like he’s been programmed to debate. No lifeforce, no soul…nothing…nada!

    He’s simply performing to ‘script’.

    Analyze…then think a bit and I’m sure you too will concur.

    Yep, he’s probably our next ‘dear leader’…no? / : |

    Carl Nemo **==

  6. DDearborn

    November 14, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Hmmm

    How can anyone claim victory in a debate where the candidate that has won the last 4 post debate polls open to the public was only allowed 90 seconds to speak? Ron Paul was intentionally left out of this debate. Just like the media is leaving him out of every single headline, byline, editorial and opinion poll that he wins and then they pull. In Short Ron Paul is the only legimate candidate to lead this country out of debt slavery to the FED the banks and Wall Street.

    Ron Paul for President.

    Don’t like Ron Paul? fine but you should be very afraid when the main stream media which is controlled by less than a dozen men start deciding who will be president instead of you!

    • Carl Nemo **==

      November 18, 2011 at 2:30 am

      “Ron Paul for President.” …extract from post

      Why not…?! We’ve suffered Obama’s lies to date, then we can surely suffer another indirect, everso hopeful promise for “change we can believe in” under Dr. Paul’s leadership…no?

      I second your reco for Ron Paul as our next President of the United States of America to the googol power…!

      If anyone should read this exchange of thought, then I urge you to consider Ron Paul for our next President of the United States of America.

      It he can’t turnabout the USS America with it’s seemingly imminent encounter with a financial iceberg, then no one can. Any candidates’ subsequent promises by him are mute.

      I’m sure he’ll see opposition from this own party, but via constructive use of “Executive Orders” and his summary powers as “Commander in Chief” of our armed forces he’ll possibly make a difference, thus saving America from terminal destruction at the hands of shadowy corpo-globalists.

      Carl Nemo **==

      p.s. Maybe it’s time something good for this nation came from Texas juxtaposed against Lyndon Johnson and faux Texans; I.E., the Bushistas.