Cross-posted from Washington Times Communities
The fourth Republican Presidential debate took place at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, on Wednesday.
Sponsors included NBC News and Politico, two mouthpieces for President Obama and his administration.
Adding more “spice” to the mix were moderators Brian Williams and John Harris.
Those unfamiliar with both men should note their liberal ties. Williams is a self-described Obama worshipper. In comparison, Harris edits Politico—a website best known for its hit pieces on Republicans, conservatives, and the Tea Party Movement.
Undoubtedly, watching MSNBC is painful for conservatives. The network’s commentary is subjective, and its commentators are in the tank for the president and the Democratic Party.
Pre-debate commentary with Hardball host and “Thrill Going Up My Leg” Chris Mathews was equally painful to bear. Here were Mathew’s wise words for viewers at home: “Kick ‘em in the balls.”
Eight Republican contenders participated in the debate: Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MI), former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, Governor Rick Perry (R-TX), Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX), businessman Herman Cain, former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, and former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich.
From the start, both Williams and Harris made the debate into a Romney vs. Perry contest, whilst ignoring the other six candidates.
Nevertheless, both candidates took swipes at one another.
Mitt Romney questioned Perry about job creation and said, “States are different. Texas is a great state. Texas has zero income tax. Texas has a right to work state, a Republican legislature, a Republican Supreme Court. Texas has a lot of oil and gas in the ground. Those are wonderful things, but Governor Perry doesn’t believe that he created those things. If he tried to say that, well, it would be like Al Gore saying he invented the Internet.”
Rick Perry responded to Romney’s comments and said, “Michael Dukakis created jobs three times faster than you did, Mitt.”
Once the moderators turned their questions to Newt Gingrich, the former Speaker of the House called them out for pitting the candidates against one another.
Additionally, both Ron Paul and Rick Perry spared with one another over who is more conservative.
Ron Paul questioned Perry’s conservatism with his support of Gardasil in Texas:
“But one of the worst parts about that is the way it was done. The governorship in the State of Texas traditionally, is supposed to be a weak governorship. I didn’t even know they could pass laws by writing an executive order. He did it with an executive order. Passed it. But the state was furious. And the legislature overwhelmingly repealed this. But I think it was the way it was passed — which was so bad, I think it’s such a bad piece of legislation — but I don’t like the idea of executive orders. I as President will not use executive orders to write laws.”
Perry then went after Paul for leaving the Republican Party in the 1980’s:
“Speaking of letters, I was more interested in the one that you wrote to Ronald Reagan back … and said I’m going to quit the party because of the things that you believe in.”
Here are some more highlights from Wednesday’s debate:
“If 10% is good enough for God, 9% ought to be good enough for the fellow government.” –Herman Cain discussing his 9-9-9 economic plan.
“I do want to address the subject of $2 oil or gasoline, because I can do it much better than that. I can get you a gallon of gasoline for a dime.” – Ron Paul discussing gas prices
“Kids need jobs.” –Michele Bachmann
“I kind of feel like the piñata here at the party.” –Rick Perry
“I’d like to encourage more choice.” –Newt Gingrich discussing support for school choice and charter schools.
“Maybe it’s time to have more provocative language…It’s time to get this country working again.” –Rick Perry
Will Rick Perry maintain his “front runner” status? Will Jon Huntsman finally admit that he is a Democrat? Who will be the next candidate to drop out of the race? Is the race exclusively between Perry and Romney? Stay tuned.
In the meantime, mark your calendars for the upcoming debates: CNN/Tea Party Express Debate –September 12, 2011 and Fox News/Google Debate—September 22, 2011.