Archive for Friday, January 20, 2012

Fiery debate tops bizarre GOP campaign day in S.C.

January 20, 2012


— The race for the Republican presidential nomination took a turn toward the South Carolina surreal Thursday as Rick Perry dropped out, Newt Gingrich faced stunning allegations from an ex-wife and Mitt Romney struggled to maintain a shaky front-runner’s standing.

An aggressive evening debate capped the bewildering day.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum played aggressor for much of the night, trying to inject himself into what seemed increasingly like a two-way race with little more than a day remaining until the South Carolina polls open on Saturday. He accused Gingrich and Romney of “playing footsies with the left” when it came to health care. Both men rejected the allegations.

The debate began a few hours after first word that Romney had been stripped of his Iowa caucus victory, only to be stung a few hours later by Perry’s withdrawal and endorsement of Gingrich.

Gingrich, in turn, was accused by an ex-wife of seeking an open marriage so he could keep his mistress.

“Newt’s not perfect, but who among us is,” said Perry, abruptly quitting the race just before the first-in-the-South primary.

His decision to end a once-promising candidacy left Romney, Gingrich, Santorum and Texas Rep. Ron Paul the remaining contenders in the race to pick a Republican to challenge Democratic President Barack Obama this fall.

Nine hours after Perry exited one stage, the four remaining contenders walked onto another for a final pre-primary debate.

Gingrich angrily denounced the news media for putting his ex-wife front and center in the final days of the race. “Let me be clear, the story is false,” he said. Santorum, Romney and Paul steered well clear of the controversy. “Let’s get onto the real issues, that’s all I’ve got to say,” said Romney, although he pointed out that he and his wife, Ann, have been married for 42 years.

The audience gave Gingrich a standing ovation when he assailed the media, a reaction he can only hope is reflected in voter sentiment on Saturday.

All four remaining GOP candidates lustily attacked Obama, while Santorum in particular sought to raise his own profile.


its_just_math 6 years, 4 months ago

I'll be the first to admit it: one big dog and pony show. That being said, our current president was ushered in and given a front row pass by the corrupt liberal media. They said "Hillary Who?". Notsamuch for the GOP process. Now, he's monetarily and organizationally poised to launch a hellfire of negative ads like we've never witnessed on the GOP nominee. But, whether Gingrich or Romney, Obama's non-teleprompted debate ought to be one heck of a show. Can't wait to see him squirm. WOW!

"I, uh....uh, as I have said uh, (cocks head---looks side to side for a few seconds) uh, before......"

You get the idea.

Bob Forer 6 years, 4 months ago

I love Newt - he is the best thing that I could wish upon the current Republican party. He is the sheer embodiment of all of their "social values" hypocricy: their hatred of gays, their denial of healthcare, their racial biases, and especially their "sanctity of marriage!" If you wanted one face that sums up just how vile the Republican party has become, it would be hard to beat Newt. A nomination of Newt would allow the US to have an up or down vote on the key values of the Republicans, against their antithesis, President Obama. Want to bet which sets of values wins?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 4 months ago

Gingrich is a truly despicable human being. His campaign had become overtly racist-- in addition to the unrelenting hypocrisy that he already relied on to even have the gall to put his whiny self into a campaign for president.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 4 months ago

"His truthiness"

Yep-- that's pretty much the best he has to offer, and most of what he pukes up is considerably worse.

truthiness |ˈtro͞oTHēnis| noun the quality of seeming or being felt to be true, even if not necessarily true.

Paul R Getto 6 years, 4 months ago

IJM: Sir or madame: I tend to agree. Newt has the most interesting ideas and stands up for them. Like all humans (except for some LJW bloggers) he is flawed. We should elect people on their policy plans, not what they do in private. Romney is starting to sputter and show his frustration and can barely speak unless he's reciting a variation of his stump speech. Should be an interesting summer, no matter who comes out on top.

Paul R Getto 6 years, 4 months ago

Perhaps, but we do have a grand tradition: Ike and his driver; Roosevelt and his 'friend;' Poppy Bush and his lady friend who traveled with him; Clinton, of course; Reagan was the first divorced president and Nancy helped him cheat on the first wife; JKF; Carter was most likely a good boy. I'm more worried about what's in their heads than their pants. You may have a point, and we shall see when the votes are counted.

Bob Forer 6 years, 4 months ago

Paul, do you not get it. Its not about discretion. Its about duplicity.

Paul R Getto 6 years, 4 months ago

Bozo: You can't run a NC campaign without being racist. So what? Remember how W destroyed McCain down there back in the day?

somedude20 6 years, 4 months ago

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somedude20 6 years, 4 months ago

Message to the LJW: Poppycock!!!! Complete and total poppycock!!!! Double Standard: n a set of principles that allows greater freedom to one person or group than to another

Poppycock!!!! Complete and total poppycock!!!!

Bob Forer 6 years, 4 months ago

Republicans like Gingrich project so strongly that if you stuck a DVD up his butt and pointed him at the night sky, the rest of us could watch the movie on the moon.

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