The Tea Party Express/CNN Debate from the Third Row

First of all, I would like to thank the Tea Party Express and (I can’t believe I’m typing these words) CNN for hosting the first ever Tea Party Presidential Debate in history. I would have loved watching it on television, but being there in the third row center stage allowed me the opportunity to see things from an entirely different perspective. From my vantage point, I could see the facial expressions and body language of all the candidates regardless of what was shown on CNN. Therefore, I’d like to share my thoughts on the debate and welcome your feedback in comparison.

Wolf Blitzer: I have to start with CNN’s moderator, Wolf Blitzer. I must say, Wolf Blitzer did a great job of doing his job. It was apparent that his goal was to provoke and get sound bites that could be used against the candidates and the Tea Party. He was successful at both. Because of the questions asked, several of the candidates were afforded the opportunity to take their shots at Governor Perry which have been in the news all week. The “should society just let him die” question provoked a response from a couple of people in the audience that has taken center stage in the liberal media and being spun as the “Tea Party Cheers the Death of the Uninsured.”

Michele Bachmann: While many of the pundits are saying that Bachmann is losing steam in her campaign and she did little to improve that during the debate, I completely disagree. This was, in my opinion, Bachmann’s best debate performance to date. Her conviction, tone, and mannerisms when answering questions left little doubt that she meant what she said. When Bachmann went after Perry over the HPV vaccination and crony capitalism, this showed the audience and America that she can get in there and mix it up when necessary.

John Huntsman: All I could do while John Huntsman was speaking was to be reminded of the Peanuts cartoon. Does everyone remember the teacher from Peanuts? All I could hear was “Wha, wha, wha wha wha.” Sorry John, that’s the best I can do for you. His answers left me wondering what the “R” after his name actually stands for.

Ron Paul: Congressman Paul was one of the few who did not sound scripted. His answers were quick and unafraid. However, Paul’s discussion of Iran, 9/11, and terrorism, was one of the points where being in the audience was an advantage. There were seven candidates on the stage who in unison cocked their heads at an angle and looked at each other with facial expressions of utter amazement. Paul’s stance on these issues also drew a chorus of boos from the audience. On the other hand, Paul’s answers regarding domestic policy drew cheers from the audience. Gauging from the response of the audience it’s domestic issues yes, constitutional issues yes, but foreign policy no.

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