Republican Debate Tonight
October 11, 2011 by staff
Republican Debate Tonight, The Republican presidential candidates gather tonight for a debate focused exclusively on the economy, the question that will drive much of the campaign of 2012.
The U.S. economy added 103,000 jobs in September – a number that was better than expected by experts – but the national unemployment rate remained at 9.1%. The slow pace of recovery has led to concern that the slow economic growth will be here for a while, well into the 2012 presidential campaign.
Face to face tonight is organized by Bloomberg TV and The Washington Post, and will be held at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, beginning at 8 pm ET. Check your local listings on where to find Bloomberg TV or watch the video stream on the Post website. Let’s live-blogging in politics On.
Here is our preview of the six things to do in the forum:
1. Rick Perry, the polemicist: The governor of Texas, the leader in national polls just two weeks ago, has seen his support for the half in the last Gallup poll. Part of the reason is Perry improper conduct debate and the last event in Florida on September 22, is widely regarded as their worst. Sometimes rambling in his answers, for example, a question about Pakistan, and he faded towards the end. Perry’s wife, Anita, told an Iowa audience that Perry would be “better prepared next time.” Unnamed advisers Perry told The New York Times that a prescription is required to Perry for more sleep.
2. Jobs, jobs, jobs: Mitt Romney, who has regained the top spot in the latest presidential polls, has made job creation and the economy the centerpiece of his campaign. He is frequently discussed with Perry about who has the best record in job creation and is better equipped to fix what ails the economy. Focus of this night gives Romney another chance to beat Perry by such things as supervision of zero employment growth in Texas in August. In addition, Perry will have a chance to punch Romney repeated two statistics: Massachusetts ranked 47 in job creation, while Romney was governor and state law signed health has cost 18,000 jobs. The second number has been discredited by experts like Factcheck.org hasanlyzed.
3. Herman Cain in the hot seat: The former CEO of Godfather pizza has soared as Perry has fallen, and now Romney is behind in the Gallup surveys, some national. But with such meteoric rise has been greater scrutiny, but Cain could emerge as a punching bag again in the debate tonight. His 9-9-9 plan – which calls for a corporate tax rate of 9%, 9% of national sales tax to 9% rate of income tax – is now receiving more attention. Jackie USA Kucinich TODAY reports that tax experts say the plan could create a burden Cain higher in low-income people. Cain says he’s ready for the “gotcha” questions and defended his plan to 9-9-9 on the Sunday talk shows.
4. The objective of President Obama: Obama has been like the elephant in the room in all discussions of the Republican Party. Every Republican wants his job and everyone finds a way to divert the conversation back to Obama and his leadership. No doubt Obama’s handling of the economy will come up repeatedly, like his latest work plan. Republican Party candidates and their allies in Congress have pounced on Obama’s plan jobs, as it seeks to raise taxes on the rich. The Senate could deal a blow to Obama’s proposal before the debate even begins: A procedural vote is scheduled for as early as 5:30 pm.
5. The devil is in the details: expect the questions to the candidates about their specific proposals for reviving the economy. We have already mentioned Cain 9-9-9 plan. Romney has a comprehensive plan that covers about 160 pages. Jon Huntsman, former governor of Utah, has its own plan that focuses on a dramatic renovation of the tax code. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich calls for eliminating capital gains taxes, while Texas Rep. Ron Paul would get rid of the IRS completely. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann talk about reducing federal regulations, and former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania is one of those calling for the repeal of the Dodd-Frank passed last year that sets the rules on Wall Street.
6. The reaction of staging and audience: The candidates will be seated side by side in a round table in front of moderator and panelists Charlie Rose Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post and Julianna Goldman Bloomberg TV. Be surrounded by some 860 audience members, including local, state and national GOP leaders, and students and faculty at Dartmouth. The format is being promoted as a way to ease the “serious and substantive discussion.” In two previous forums, some public reaction has come into play: a gay soldier who made a video question was booed and someone could be heard shouting “die” when Paul was asked what he would do to help a sick man without health insurance.
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