CNN’s lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer will be moderating tonight’s GOP Candidates Debate from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. (ET), broadcast live from Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.
The debate is presented by CNN, The Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), and will focus on national security, foreign policy and the economy.
In addition to Blitzer, Foreign policy experts from AEI and The Heritage Foundation will pose questions to the candidates. Candidates invited to participate are:
- Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann
- Businessman Herman Cain
- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich
- Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman
- Texas Rep. Dr. Ron Paul
- Texas Gov. Rick Perry
- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney
- Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum
Candidates shut out of the debate were Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, Former Governor of Louisiana Buddy Roemer, and these other declared candidates: Political Consultant & Gay Rights Activist Fred Karger, Andy Martin , Flight Attendant Tom Miller, Jimmy McMillan, Matt Snyder, and Businessman Vern Wuensche.
More details from NewsOnNews.com:
Live coverage from DAR Constitution Hall will begin the day before the debate, on Monday, Nov. 21, and continue through the post-debate programming on the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 22 to include anchors Wolf Blitzer, John King and Erin Burnett. CNN political analysts and contributors Paul Begala, Gloria Borger, Donna Brazile, David Frum, David Gergen, Ari Fleischer, and Dana Loesch will participate in coverage from the nation’s capital.
That is one incredible assortment of Leftists. I wonder what questions our friends at CNN will cook up for the candidates? I can’t wait to see what our mole is able to scrounge up for us.
UPDATE: A few observations…I can’t transcribe the debate, so I’m just going to jot some notes.
Newt Gingrich just got booed. Bizarre. Polite applause for everyone. Ron Paul may have had a bit more enthusiasm…but in general, this is going to be a Cocktail Party GOP crowd (it was invitation-only.)
8:32 p.m. I’m working late tonight and can only listen in with one ear. I’m disappointed that so many of these candidates are willing to shred the Bill of Rights. It’s chilling that so many of them think it’s fine that Barack Obama can, by himself, order the assassination of American citizens.
I think it’s an important discussion, of course. But foreign policy and national security will be something of a moot point once China calls our note and the economy collapses.
It’s (surprise) turning into the Mittens Romneycare and Jon Huntsman show. And what’s weird is that Huntsman is parroting Ron Paul’s positions. HMMMM.
Rick Santorum just looked into the camera and said, “I agree with Ron Paul.” I expect that he was anticipating some cheers from the Ron Paul folks…there was awkward polite clapping, because we Ron Paul folks are not so easily played. Awkward.
And as usual…mentioning Mittens gets Mittens a free 5-minute speech; mentioning Ron Paul gets you…uhm, thrown to a commercial break.
Please feel free to comment on the debate. I will have to watch the rest on replay…I have to get back to work. Unlike the Occupoopers, I don’t think anyone owes me a living.
With all the trouble with had with the site being inaccessible today, our mole at CBS didn’t get the questions to us until moments ago.
Moderator: As you all know, this debate will focus on foreign policy. So our purpose here today is to give the Democrat National Committee the damning sound bytes they need from Mitt Romney to make our very wise president, Barack Obama, look like a foreign policy genius in the commercials next year. Because I’m sure we can all agree, with the economy in shambles, the President’s personal killing of Moammar Ghaddafi and Osama bin Laden are the only bright spots in his tenure thus far.
So with that in mind, please answer the following questions in detail, in 15 seconds or less. You’ll have 15 seconds for rebuttals, unless you’re Michelle Bachmann, in which case we’ll cut you off after 10 seconds, or Ron Paul, whom we intend to ignore until after Rick Perry has made his his brain freeze gaffe du jour, or until the last 10 minutes, whichever is later.
And as usual, Mitt Romney may speak as long as he chooses, as the Frontrunner Handpicked By Us Presumptive GOP Nominee.
Michelle Bachmann: Is it true you can see Russia from your house? And, as a follow-up, isn’t it true that our friends in the Muslim world would see the election of a woman as a provocation, and isn’t that reason enough for you to drop out of the race?
Rick Perry: If a train leaves Islamabad at 3:45 a.m., traveling west at 55 kilometers per hour…Mr. Perry? Please wake up, Mr. Perry. We have to maintain the illusion that you’re top tier. Mr. Perry?
Mitt Romney: Is there anything you need from us? To whom should we be most dismissive? Did you get the box of Cuban cigars we dropped off in your dressing room? Fidel autographed them for you. Excellent…and the champagne? Was it bubbly enough for you? How about the caviar. Did you get the caviar? We got the beluga, as you requested. So, Mr. Romney…you look extra presidential tonight. Please share with us, in detail, the foreign policy failings of each one of your GOP opponents. Take all the time you need.
Jon Huntsman: You were appointed ambassador to China, our biggest creditor, by the president who has run up the USA’s largest national debt. Where do you get your suits tailored? Can you tell us how to say “sucker” in Chinese?
Rick Santorum: Frankly, you have no chance of winning.
Newt Gingrich: How would you build alliances with our allies, given the fact that you gave your wife cancer and then murdered her?
Herman Cain: Counting from 12:01 a.m. this morning, how long has it been since you forced yourself on a blonde white woman?
Ron Paul: You insist on repeating the findings of the 9/11 Commission, in which they say that terrorist attacks on the U.S. are “blowback” for decades of U.S. meddling in the internal affairs of Muslim nations in the Middle East, such as the 1953 coup in Iran, in which the CIA helped overthrow Iran’s democratically-elected prime minister and install the Shah of Iran. Isn’t it true, Mr. Paul, that despite getting more campaign donations from active duty military than all other candidates put together, you actually hate America and secretly root for the terrorists? Hold that thought…we’re out of time.
I just saw this on WorldNetDaily:
“In the interview with talk-radio host Michael Savage in which Cain was expected to make a major announcement, Savage asked, “If someone else were chosen to run for the presidency, Mr. Cain, would you accept the VP slot?”
“It depends upon who’s asking and the conditions in which they would like for me to do it,” Cain responded. “First, I would want to know clearly what my role would be. Secondly, if we are ideologically and idea-wise so far apart, I couldn’t do that, because I believe the vice president should be a spokesperson for the president.”
He added that Mitt Romney has a 59-point economic growth plan “that’s got all kinds of stuff in it.”
“I don’t agree with that,” Cain said. “So, right now, today, I could not be out there, helping him promote his 59-point economic jobs plan. I couldn’t do that. I like him as a businessman. If he gets [the nomination], I am going to support him. But I’d have to work with someone that I could complement, not someone that wants to put me in a role that I would not want to do.”“
News came down a few minutes ago that the trustees of Penn State University fired head football coach Joe Paterno and university president Graham Spanier effective immediately.
I haven’t followed this story closely, so I just became aware of the fact that Joe Paterno KNEW that his former defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky, had been CAUGHT RAPING A 10-YEAR OLD BOY IN 2002 AND YET CONTINUED TO WORK ALONGSIDE HIM IN THE PENN STATE FOOTBALL PROGRAM FOR NINE MORE YEARS.
I am about to throw up.
I also just found out that the person who WALKED IN ON Jerry Sandusky RAPING A 10-YEAR OLD BOY, one Mike McQueary, not only DID NOT RESCUE THE BOY AND BEAT JERRY SANDUSKY TO DEATH at the time, but IS CURRENTLY RECEIVERS COACH FOR THE TEAM!
This “man,” Mike McQueary [seriously? That's his name?], DIDN’T EVEN CALL THE POLICE to report the rape. As reported on FoxNews.com,
“The 84-year-old Paterno has been besieged by criticism since Sandusky was charged over the weekend with sexually abusing eight young boys between 1994 and 2009. Athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz have been charged with failing to notify authorities after an eyewitness reported a 2002 assault. [...]
Though Paterno is not accused of any wrongdoing, he has been questioned over his apparent failure to follow up on a report of the 2002 incident, in which Sandusky allegedly sodomized a 10-year-old boy in the showers at the team’s football complex. A witness, Mike McQueary, is currently receivers coach for the team but was a graduate assistant at the time.
McQueary told Paterno about the incident the next day, and the coach notified Curley and Schultz, who in turn notified Penn State president Graham Spanier. Curley and Schultz have been charged with perjury and failure to report the incident to authorities, as required by state law.
I would like to point out that this story includes all the elements that the sexual harassment smear campaign against Herman Cain does not.
- An eyewitness.
- Sexual contact.
- A very long paper trail.
The only thing that appears to be missing is the one thing the Herman Cain smear campaign has in abundance: OUTRAGE.
WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE???
Last night, ESPN broadcast video of a student rally at the home of Joe Paterno. They RALLIED in front of his house, shouting words of encouragement to him.
Presumably the residents and students of State College, PA were more aware of the situation than I was. Some, if not all, of these people must have known that this Jerry Sandusky had been protected by Penn State’s coaching staff and administrators, including Paterno.
But the people of State College PA and the students in front of Joe Pa’s house were more concerned with FOOTBALL than with CHILDREN BEING RAPED.
This is what a sex scandal looks like.
And the fact that the Democrat-Controlled Media has spent more time in the past three days reporting on Herman Cain than on Jerry Sandusky and Joe Paterno…that’s a scandal all its own.
Yes, we have a mole at CNBC, and she managed to sneak a peek at an advance copy of tonight’s debate questions. (Check out the Debate Live Blog thread here.)
Here’s what our mole was able to memorize and send in:
Herman Cain: “As you know, Mr. Cain, CNBC is a financial news network, and tonight’s debate is focused on economic issues. You have decades of experience in the business world creating jobs and turning around failing companies. How did you find time to develop your 9-9-9 Plan in between your horrific and brutal repeated sexual assaults, sexual harassment, rapes, tortures, dismemberments and murders of blonde white women, young boys, and barnyard animals? Do you regret not killing more of your victims? Do you want to kill me now? Is my life in danger? Help! Police!”
Jon Huntsman: “Mr. Huntsman, the Obama Administration appointed you Ambassador to China, and you speak fluent Mandarin. I, for one, think you’re extremely reasonable, intelligent and moderate, for a Republican. What will you do, as President, to continue the Obama Administration’s trade policies and ensure that secret U.S. defense technology continues to flow to China so they keep buying our T-Bills?”
Rick Perry: “Did you get the 5-Hour Energy Drink we sent to your dressing room? What about the Red Bull? Like the rest of the mainstream media, we’ve given you far more news coverage than all the other candidates in the race, and we declared you the “Frontrunner” within moments of your announcing your candidacy. Why isn’t it working? Why aren’t you higher in the polls? What else can we do? It’s making us look bad that you’re behind GINGRICH, for God’s sake! WAKE UP! We’re trying to get you nominated!”
Herman Cain: “Have you sexually harassed any other women in the past few minutes? Would you sexually harass Michelle Bachmann? Or do you only go for blonde white women?”
Ron Paul: “You’re more of an expert in economics, monetary policy, and the Federal Reserve than anyone onstage. So we’re going to ask you about foreign policy. You’re one of only two veterans onstage tonight. You want the U.S. to stop policing the world and involving U.S. troops in foreign civil wars. In short, you want to bring home the troops. You get more campaign contributions from members of the military than all other candidates combined, including our gifted and articulate president, Mr. Barack Obama, who I met at the Correspondents Dinner last year, and frankly, he couldn’t have been nicer. He even signed an autograph for me. Apparently, the top three donors to your campaign are members of the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, and U.S. Navy. Do you think this is because active duty military are lazy, or is it because they are cowards?”
Herman Cain: “We’re getting reports that a sixth anonymous woman who lives in David Axelrod’s apartment building and works for the Obama Administration has made vague and unsubstantiated claims about something you may have done or said that may have made her feel uncomfortable between 13 and 27 years ago. What are the details of this allegation? Don’t you agree, it’s the seriousness of the charge that is important?”
Michelle Bachmann and Rick Santorum: “Let’s be honest. This debate is about the economy, but frankly, we know all you GOP kooks agree that taxes are too high, business is over-regulated, and the government is broke. So we’re going to talk about social issues, because we know that’s the only thing that can alienate the libertarians. Since this is the only time we’re going to call on either of you, please take a minute to remind America how you would each imprison pregnant women to keep them from having abortions, and detail your plans to round up and kill all the gays.”
Newt Gingrich: “Despite our best efforts, you appear to be rising in the polls at the expense of one of our hand-picked candidates, Rick Perry. So we’d like to take a moment to remind the voters that you’re a cruel, heartless bastard who gave his wife cancer, put her in the hospital, had an affair with all of the nurses on duty in her hospital bed in front of her, bribed the surgeon to sew divorce papers into her body, then killed her and brought her back to life so you could kill her again, in front of your children. And it looks like we don’t have time for a response, so let’s move on to the only candidate in the field who looks Presidential, Mitt Romney, the celebrated and wise former governor of that thriving beacon of economic success, Massachusetts.
Mitt Romney: “First, Mr. Romney, I’d like to apologize for interrupting your campaign speech with short outbursts from these other so-called candidates. It won’t happen again. And thank you for sending over that autographed copy of your book with that “special bookmark.” Please take as much time as you need in the next hour to personally attack any other Republican candidate. Except Ron Paul, of course, because then the news stories would have to include the words ‘Ron Paul,’ and our destruction of his campaign depends upon us keeping his plans to save America a secret.
Here’s a very serious question for you, Mr. Romney. When the Herman Cain campaign blamed the campaign of your rival Rick Perry to giving us the story of his decades of horrific rapes and serial murders of defenseless blonde white women, were you satisfied with how quickly we got the word out? Is there anything else we can do to keep this story alive?
We’ve suppressed coverage of New Mexico governor Gary Johnson, just as you asked.
So, did you get the fruit basket we left in your dressing room? Is the lighting good for you? Would you like us to move the other candidates further off to the side?”
This election will be / is a scorched-earth campaign. The Dems will burn down every building in America if they believe that it will help them win the election.
Manufacturing “witnesses” is easy… Judas was bought and paid for.
The “October Surprise” tactics are coming out early.
Stupid rock-ribbed conservatives… The Bush DUI story on the eve of the election almost cost him the Presidency. That DUI was a long-time earlier, and Bush had repented, sobered up, and become a devout Christian, but because the knee-jerk reaction of the moral majority, they didn’t vote for the hypocrite Bush, when their Christianity should have DEMANDED that they accept his long-standing repentance and so vote for Bush.
If today’s Republicans can’t see that the lying-cheating-stealing
PRESS Democrat-Controlled Media are doing everything they can to scuttle anyone who may threaten Obama’s 2nd term, then they deserve to be defeated and have Obama oversee the final destruction of their remnant of America.
PRESS Democrat-Controlled Media are LIARS. Liberal Dems are happy to help them destroy candidates. The Cocktail Party Reps are in bed with them, too.
The Cocktail Party is to the Democrat Party like the Washington Generals are to The Harlem Globetrotters; they make a good living by always losing to the “home team” after making it look like they tried hard.
Gloria Allred showed up in the last days of the 2010 California election to throw an illegal-alien maid under the bus to service her beloved Democrat Party. It may have contributed to the Republican loss.
Now Allred is showing up with accusers who have no court case, not even CIVIL courts, so where is the money? Somebody is giving out $B$I$IG$ to lots of people to make it happen.
OWS? It’s a stage magician’s distraction to get people’s eyes off Obama and the Dems so they can operate more freely. Now ask yourself where the $M$O$NE$Y$ for the gourmet catering in all those cities is coming from? Somehow, the
PRESS Democrat-Controlled Media is not curious about it.
How do all these Cain accusers find the money to do things like fly to California and be in press conferences with Allred? Who is paying the freight?
If the Republicans allow themselves to be tricked into swallowing the lies of the
PRESS Democrat-Controlled Media and the Dems, that Cain, or any candidate, is bad / immoral / what ever, then the Reps deserve to lose everything, and be taxed 100% while Dems get paid government money in several more rounds of Porkulous.
Decide who you want to believe:
PRESS Democrat-Controlled Media who always is surprised at the high unemployment numbers (3 years running) but predict a good outlook next month, only to be surprised by the disappointing unemployment numbers again, but next month will be better
(2) your own eyes.
Like a jealous teenager, the
PRESS Democrat-Controlled Media and the Dems will do and say anything to ruin a candidate who the Reps may like that could beat Obama in the 2012 Presidential Election.
Don’t be stupid!
Don’t fall for it.
Bill Kurtis, a CBS anchor, talked on Mark Levin’s radio show this past Monday about Sharon Bialek’s predatory sexual history of her own.
Apparently, Kurtis believes the story Bialek’s telling could have been reversed…with HER making the predatory, unsolicited sexual advances on Herman Cain.
A lot more will come out about this story, and about the manner in which Bialek conducted herself through the years.
As the agenda-driven media always likes to say when it’s convenient for them: take all sides into consideration and decide for yourself.