Presidential Race is on South Carolina Debate

@bobmnu (8160)
United States
May 6, 2011 12:08pm CST
I did not get to watch the full debate but was very impress with what I did see and hear. Herman Cain, Gary Johnson, Tim Pawlenty, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum all gave outstanding performance. I was very impressed with Herman Cain and Rick Santorum for their answers and their enthusiasm. I liked Herman Cains straightforward and concise answers. He seems to know what is needed to create jobs and get the economy going. His comment on the President procrastinating on making a decision is not good. I was very impressed with the passion of Rick Santorum. His comments of freed to do things rather than freed from things was also very impressive. While not ready to commit to a candidate I was impressed with the Republican field so far. Did the Debate give you new insight into the candidates that were participating?
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
6 May 11
I did watch the whole debate. I think those that missed it were wrong to do so. Although some feel it is too early, I think that voters want to hear from candidates and feel them out on issues. There's a lot of anticipation about how strong the ultimate GOP nominee will be. I did not think Gary Johnson gave a very good performance at all. He's far too liberal on many issues, didn't have any economic ideas only positions on social issues and his mannerisms and general presentation made me want to shour "McFly...McFly...". Ron Paul sounded good but he doesn't look like a candidate people can get behind. I noted he got a lot of applause every time he spoke out against big government, but I don't know if he will appeal to a wide range of voters. Santorum did fine on most questions except the one about beating Obama. I think it was a wrong tack to go through all the history regarding how many Democrat incumbents he's beaten before. He did make a point, but it wasn't a strong statement. Herman Cain gained the most because he got a lot of exposure. Many in the Luntz focus group admitted to never having heard of him before but now seriously considering him as a candidate. Whether everyone found all of his answers satisfying or not, there was an air of honesty and some straight talk that didn't sound rehearsed or practiced political speech. Pawlenty did not have bad answers, but his attitude and hand gestures made me feel like he was already the president giving a speech. Looking presidential might be a plus, but it annoyed me for some reason. I think Gary Johnson should just go home and talk to his plants.
@debrakcarey (19924)
• United States
6 May 11
I had to work and do not have satellite TV even if I was home to view it. I'm looking for someplace on the net that might give me some more insight into what the candidates said. Right now, as the field stands, I'm leaning to Cain as well. I only wish we could get Allen West to run. I've listened to Cain on YouTube and like what I am hearing though. Perhaps you can send me a link that will show the entire debate or at least some substance of what was said by each?
@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
6 May 11
When I talked of those who missed it, I meant the candidates who didn't show up, not the viewers. Apparently it played again at midnight, but I can't find a full video or any scheduling of another showing.
@retfar (11)
• United States
11 May 11
debrakcarey I wish Allen West would run to.
@dark_joev (3043)
• United States
6 May 11
I watched the debate and well they seemed to avoid Ron Paul and Cain like the Plague I think they are going to cold shoulder them both because Ron Paul and Cain agree on the Fiscal side of things but Cain is far more Socially Conservative which is why I am going to vote for Ron Paul. (I might even go GOP just to vote for him to be nominated) Not that I know to much about Mr. Cain but he seems to have the right Ideas in some places and well Ideas that I don't believe to be right or true to the constitution. Ron Paul and Cain did seem like the only ones the other candidates didn't want to talk because every time they did just by stating their point of view and how it aligned with the Constitution man did they look uneducated by the end of the debate. Maybe we will see a Ron Paul/Herman Cain ticket for 2012?
• United States
6 May 11
I would rather see a Paul/Johnson ticket myself...but I could live with a Paul/Cain ticket.
• United States
6 May 11
I guess it is a matter of perspective. I did not think that Santorum or Pawlenty did a good job. I was not impressed with them...they had the pandering "used carman" thing going. (just my personal opinion) Cain was a pleasant surprise. I was not expecting much from him but he did really well. He may just end up being a contender.I am interested in seeing how he goes along in the campaign season. I want to see less "plan" and more "action". Plus I want to know how he stands on some important constitutional issues. As much as a like Gary Johnson...he is not a "fire and brim stone" kind of guy. He is low key...but that does not mean that what he has got to say is not important...you just have to listen harder becuase he does not do all the theatrics and glitts and glammer. Really like him..think he could do a lot a great things for this country...but he does not stand up and demand people listen to him so he tends to get lost in the crowd. I went going in with high expectations (and a lot of excitement) for Ron Paul and he did not disappoint. If he official announces he is running...I am going to volunteer for his campaign. One thing I am hearing from people in my wonderful state is that they are mad at the "could be" contenders that did not come to the debate. So I think this may backfire for the ones who did not come. I am hearing...if they don't feel SC is important than why should we vote for him or her. So Huckabee, Romney, and all the rest may end up wishing they had come. THe people of this state don't forget or forgive a slight very easily. And right now they feel slighted. So look for our state to probly end up going with one of the guys that actually bothered to show up for the debate. Sence we are an early primary state...it could mean a good opportunity to build some momentum...or loose it. Side note....I have to say yesterday was so much fun I could hardly stand myself. It is one thing to watch it on TV and another be there and feel the energy of the crowd.
@deebomb (15322)
• United States
6 May 11
I did watch the SC debates. I was disappointed that they didn't ask Allen Cain more questions. My grandson told me about him ans so I have been checking him out on the wed. I like the idea that he has been businessman over being a politician. I do want to check out the others more before I make up my mind though.
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
6 May 11
I watched part of it and then decided that it was just way to early for this. Besides I have already decided who I want to vote for if they make the commitment.