Ron Paul Highlights From The 1/26/2012 Republican Presidential Primary Debate Hosted by CNN in Jacksonville:
(my commentary follows)
Ron Paul's best debate performance yet???
Even Ron Paul's critics were impressed by his performance at last night's debate. As a Daily Paul blogger notes, Red State's Erick Erickson had some surprisingly kind words for the good doctor:
"Then there was Ron Paul. Many of us quickly dismiss Ron Paul, but his performance was stellar. He offered extremely sound responses on healthcare, education, border security, and more. Very few of the questions were on foreign policy, which is where he tends to go off the reservation. Last night he came off as warm, funny, and right on the mark. It was his best debate performance. Santorum and Paul benefited from Romney and Gingrich’s constant bickering."
Who's the isolationist?
Watch from 2:00 - 7:00 where Ron Paul and Rick Santorum skirmish over foreign policy and tell me which one sounds like the isolationist to you.
The Age Issue and Ron Paul's perfect answer
At 9:35 the moderator says Ron Paul would be the oldest U.S. president and asks if he'd be willing to release his medical records so voters would know what his heath is. The audience actually lightly groans and boos the question, then laughs when Ron Paul says "Obviously because it's about one page if even that long," without blinking.
Then the audience roars their approval when Ron Paul challenges any of the other candidates on stage to a 25 mile bike ride in the Texas heat. But Paul wasn't finished. The audience roared even louder when Ron Paul jokingly quipped that there are laws against age discrimination so CNN had better be careful about pushing the question of his age too much. Who's idea was it to badger Paul about being too old at a debate in Florida of all states? Someone fire that guy.
Ron Paul pulled a total Ronald Reagan at the debate in Florida. Here's a flashback to Reagan's magically witty response when asked about his own age during a presidential debate:
Ron Paul on the space program
At 10:30 the moderator asks about the space program, and Ron Paul answers: "Well I don't think we should go to the moon. I think we maybe should send some politicians up there." Cue applause.
Ron Paul calls Newt Gingrich out on the budget
At 12:00 Ron Paul calls Newt out on being misleading when he says that he helped balance the budget in Congress. The audience applauded Paul, then booed and groaned at Newt's response.
I'm loving it. Then at 14:40 Ron Paul really lays the smack down on all of them for not seriously opposing the unrestrained and growing size, role, and influence of the federal government in Washington and it's insane budgets. Paul concludes his remarks here with: "How many of the other candidates are willing to cut anything? I'm willing to cut $1 trillion in the first year." *applause*
You can read Carl Wicklander's take on the debate at The RevoluTimes.
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