Tonight the Republican Candidates for President of the United States of America took to the stage for the eleventh time since the start of the campaign season. “Live from Constitution Hall” in Washington D.C., Wolfe Blitzer began the telecast as moderator for this debate to discuss Foreign Policy sponsored by CNN, The Heritage Foundation and The American Enterprise Institute.
The questions came from all sponsors and individuals across the nation using social media outlets. Each candidate had the opportunity to discuss each question as they deemed fit. No quick 15 second or 30 second responses but well thought out detailed information people could digest.
The questions dealt with the economy, foreign policy towards Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan,Pakistan and Israel. Each candidate answered fully and with great detail outlining their plan if they were the President of the United States. All candidates refrained from knock out punches to fellow candidates and directed the punches toward the President himself.
They all agreed Obama lacks the leadership skills needed and has demonstrated his inability to continue as our Commander and Chief. The Super Committee failed because the President left it up to Congress to come up with the cuts. Rick Perry stated as President he would have been working day and night with Congress to pass the cuts so they wouldn’t need the Super Committee which turned out to be a “Super failure.”
Newt again commanded grand applause as he discussed the real issues that were not being addressed and that is our Foreign Policy should be about protecting the sovereignty of our land and not some political action that can’t be won. We need to have a policy that the countries will understand. They need to know we mean business when we address the terrorists problems infiltrating borders all across the world.
Ron Paul still continues to emphasize the liberties we have should not be eroded because we think someone may be a terrorist. He believes the “Patriot Act” is one such law that needs to be removed because it tramples on our rights as Americans. Congressmen Paul remains the Candidate that is a true believer in our Constitution and will remain the voice of freedom for all Americans.
Illegal immigration was a hot topic once again. The former speaker of the House believes those who go to church, have an education and have been here for many years can not be thrown out of this nation which is a form of amnesty. He was asked about his backing of amnesty reform bill under Reagan to which he responded that the law was passed with the precondition that the borders would be secure and the country would have the ability to remove those illegal immigrants from that point on.
All candidates received air time to discuss their views. Rick, Mitt, and Newt seemed to gain the most time as Ron, Herman, Rick, Jon and Michele had to interrupt every so often to have their voices heard more than every 15 minutes. Wolfe attempted to have all candidates respond to the questions but candidates demanded more time to respond to allegations presented against them by fellow candidates.
All candidates performed well with no major gaffs or stumbles. Jon Huntsman did well with his foreign policy knowledge. Romney again did well showing he had a grasp on foreign policy. There was no clear winner in this debate as all candidates as they all did well because they all had the opportunity to talk about issues in depth. If the polls change tomorrow there will be just a few points one way or another with no significant rise for any of the candidates.
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