Live Blog from Dartmouth Debate – updates regularly
I’ll be doing some live blogging from the debate tonight.
Faces seen in the crowd: Dartrouth alum Charlie Perkins; NH GOP chairman Wayne MacDonald; Jennifer and Bill Horn; Grafton Co GOP chairman Bruce Perlo; Romney supporter Beverly Bruce; Merrimack Co Sheriff Hilliard; Santorum supporter Clara Monier; former GOP chairman Jack Kimball;
8:16 How much would you pay for Jeb Bradley’s seat on the stage? He’s getting tons of face time.
Gingrich gives a good answer on Occupy protests. Huntsman a good line about DC = gas capital of nation. Gingrich deft mention of Sarah Palin.
8:25: Google searches on Rich Lowry from Cleveland OH are spiking…
8:28: Romney gives an excellent answer on Wall Street bailout in 2008. Lasted over 4 minutes – controlling the clock
8:32: When Ron Paul talks about Austrian economists, how many voters know what he’s referring to?
8:35: Here’s the time of possession so far, in minutes:
8:44: Michele Bachmann’s “background is in economics”?
8:46: Finally media giving some scrutiny to Cain’s 9-9-9 plan, and Bachmann gives a good response about the perils of a new tax of any kind
8:51: Not sure Romney wins many votes when he talks about labeling China a “currency manipulator” and taking them to the WTO.
8:54: Santorum beats the others to reminding the NH audience that Cain’s plan puts a 9% sales tax on them, and asks them whether they believe the income tax will stay at 9%. Good for him.
8:57: Good on Mitt for pointing out that the GOP needs to replace Obamacare with something else, because the American ppl won’t accept the status quo. Exactly right.
Second break: Gotta say, Cain’s been holding his own pretty well while being challenged on 9-9-9.
9:06: Face in the Crowd: former Senator Judd Gregg, who endorsed Romney over the weekend.
9:10: Romney effectively parries Cain’s challenge on Romney’s 59 pt economic plan. Gingrich makes shrewd point that Romney’s tougher on weathy than Obama; Romney sticks with defense of middle class.
9:16: Huh, Perry is capable of delivering a pre-meditated, rehearsed attack on Romney. Romney pushes back very well – 1 million uninsured children in Texas vs 1% uninsured in Mass; if Romneycare is so bad, why aren’t Massachusets voters interested in repealing his plan?
9:21: Santorum asks a very good question of Cain: How can you trust Washington with a new tax? Cain: Weak response.
9:22 / break 3: Ron Paul has spoken just three times so far.
9:28: Perry’s gotta like this format better than the other debates. The pace is slower this time.
9:31: I have a hard time believing that lots of voters care about the Fed and monetary supply. Sorry, Cain and Paul. It’s a dog whistle issue with a small number of voters, but the rest of them don’t hear it.
9:34: Bachmann is clever about describing Dodd-Frank and the “jobs and housing destruction act.” That’s language people can understand. “Dodd-Frank” is DC insider talk. Hint to Ron Paul: So is “Sarbanes Oxley”. Gotta describe it in language normal ppl can understand.
9:42: Cain gives a good rebuttal to question about whether he faulted unemployed ppl for their condition.
9:45: Santorum makes a deft tie-in of family breakdown and poverty.
9:52: Closing statements: I guess they all grew up underprivileged.
Final time of possession:
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Scenes from the spin room: Dave Carney for Perry; Gov. Huntsman; DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz; Sen. Santorum