First Republican Debate CrossRoads, posted by Cindy Cross, a resident of the Parkside neighborhood, on May 5, 2011 at 11:54 pm Cindy Cross is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
First Republican Debate by Cindy Cross
The first Republican debate took place tonight in Greenville, South Carolina. The Fox Network moderated the debate among the five Republican hopefuls; Tim Pawlenty, Gary Johnson, Herman Cain, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul.
Noticeably missing were top Republican contenders Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Michelle Bachmann, Mike Huckabee, Donald Trump, and Sarah Palin. Did they bow out due to all of President Obama’s recent popularity?
Bashing Obama so soon after the death of Bin Laden may leave some voters turned off.
The debate revealed nothing new about the five republican hopefuls. Ron Paul, Texas Congressman, fumbled a couple times, but was generally very articulate and confident in his answers. Paul is a lone wolf on a few issues, namely on supporting gay marriage, and supporting the immediate removal of American troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Rick Santorum, former Senator of Pennsylvania, was not willing to make specific commitments during the debate. When pressed about what he would do with Pakistan in light of possible collusion with Osama Bin Laden, he stated, “They will cooperate with us or face the consequences.” Santorum came short of stating that he would cut the $3.2 billion in aid to Pakistan if they do not cooperate with the United States.
Gary Johnson, former Governor of New Mexico, held many of the same views as the others on the panel, but differed on his opposition on giving aid of any kind to the rebels in Libya and his views on immigration. Johnson wants to give the 11 million illegal aliens work visas instead of citizenship.
Tim Pawlenty, former Governor of Minnesota, had nothing to differentiate himself form the other candidates. Pawlenty was clearly against Obama Care and prefers a ‘common sense’ approach to government.
Herman Cain, radio talk show host, appeared uncomfortable during the debate. Many of his answers appeared stilted and rehearsed. When asked by the Fox host Brett Baer about his stance on the U.S. presence in Afghanistan, he danced around the question until his time was up.
The debate was uneventful and low energy. Missing were big personality contenders such as Sarah Palin or Donald Trump. Americans want to see real debate. Tonight’s debate was a means for each candidate to get more visibility.
Although Donald Trump has been in the hot seat lately for dropping a lot of ‘F-bombs’ at a recent appearance, and offending stutterers—he would attract a huge audience if he were involved in a real debate with other Republican hopefuls. It would be refreshing to have candidates tell the American people how they really felt about the issues. Now, candidates are so rehearsed and polished that they appear insincere.
Posted by Brittanicus, a resident of San Ramon, on May 6, 2011 at 10:07 pm
OBAMA PUSHING ON GIVING ILLEGAL ALIENS CITIZENSHIP?
Since the 1986 Immigration Control and Reform Act those in power has lied to the US people? Just sufficient laws have been passed, to give the impression that President Obama, George Bush or back to Ronald Reagan, promised to secure fully the border. That they would enforce immigration laws, but candidly nothing serious as ever been accomplished? We need to revisit President Linden B. Johnson, Immigration Restriction Act of 1921 policy “Quotas System”, so only certain amounts of foreign nationals are given entry visas. Its requirements were Numerical limits on immigration from Europe and the use of a Quota system for establishing those limitations. Similar legislation had been advanced several times previously without success. Recommencement of immigration and the widespread unemployment that followed the end of World War One demanded change, lending strength to the anti-immigration movement. In 1965, the American people were guaranteed that immigration would never exceed its then low level of 250,000 annually. Currently, it is at an all-time high of over a million a year and still rising.
Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, a veiled Liberal progressive killed this law, attributing to the 20 million or more who have settled in this country today. You cannot trust any administration, the Liberal press, the liberal Extremists in Academia or any of the open border quasi organization, such as The Council of Foreign Relations. These organizations are for open borders, although we have upwards to 10 million US citizens and resident without a job. Leftists and equivalents all have their own agenda's and Obama and his Leftist administration wants citizenship for the invaders, who stole into our country. There has been so much fraud within work visa programs, the agricultural Guest Worker and fabricated paperwork for skilled immigrants who have come here. The 1986 immigration bill has been a failure, but not because it’s—BROKEN--but because the laws were never enforced.
The laws enacted, were intentionally made to be broken, underfunded still leaving access to cheap labor for Republicans and more votes for liberals and Democrats; legal or illegal. Ted Kennedy played on the sympathy of American Society, when he ardently promised in 1986, that there would never be another--AMNESTY. E-Verify was nearly killed by Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Secure Communities is not mandatory and the true 2006 Secure Fence Act, less than a 6 months later Texas Republican Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn pushed for "flexibility to choose other options instead of fencing, if needed." Politicians obdurately vowed to keep America safe. The law specifically called for "at least 2 layers of reinforced fencing, topped with concertina barbed razor wire with the installation of additional physical barriers, patrol roads, lighting, cameras and sensors" at five exact areas of border totaling approximately 700 miles.
The revolution that is the TEA PARTY promises no citizenship for illegal aliens, or any of the clandestine Amnesties of which there has been six since 2004. The Tea Party leadership will vote out Pro-Amnesty law, which includes Sanctuary City ordinances and push in opposition to such bills as the dream Act, Chain Migration and any Immigration reform bills. What I really don't understand is why Sanctuary Cities are passed over by (ICE) Immigration & Customs Service.?Its very obvious to me large populations of foreign nationals are hiding under the very noses of the enforcement authorities, its an the anomaly nobody is apprehended? WHY ARE ILLEGAL ALIENS PROTECTED BY THE US GOVERNMENT? WE HAVE A SERIOUS PROBLEM WHERE ALLEGIANCE IS CONCERNED. US Senator Rand Paul, a TEA PARTY activist in a letter to me opposes any citizenship for illegal aliens. He also said, “He didn’t think American taxpayers should be forced to pay for welfare, medical care or other expenses. If you are legally arrived in America you have an opportunity to join the TEA PARTY, as they are awaiting you to stop more of your taxes being taken to pay for illegal aliens. So much more interesting facts to be found at NumbersUSA, that connects you with the truth about the illegal alien invasion. Illegal aliens have discovered a fraudulent avenue to aid President Obama predominantly become a strong contender in the 2012 election. Using forged absentee ballots illegal aliens in four States so far have discovered, but how deep in previous election has this deception gone? In States as California and Nevada that are soft on election oversight, was the absentee ballot forgeries go undetected in huge populace States of
Posted by Thank You!, a resident of the Bonde Ranch neighborhood, on May 10, 2011 at 9:32 pm
Thank YOU Brittanicus from San Ramon? I never before realized how necessary it is for the United States to continue to fashion immigration reforms that allow for more foreigners to enter this great country? Somewhere along the line, our educational system failed us? To wit: Mr. Brittanicus?
Let's all do this country a huge favor and hire from foreign labor pools. It's capitalist free market labor policy at its best, and it will winnow out all the uneducated who identify themselves as tea baggers. So, this is what the teabag party attracts, yes? Whoa!