Did you watch the Republican Presidential debate on Fox tonight?

@ladyluna (7004)
United States
May 15, 2007 10:12pm CST
So, regardless of party affiliation, did you watch? Who do you think emerged as the winner of this round? And Why? Also, how did this Question & Answer session differ from the MSNBC Q&A? Feel free to rate the moderators as well as the candidates? Thanks for you opinion!
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
16 May 07
I did not watch them, nor have I watched any of them. The elections are 18 months away and it is far too early for me to be thinking about it. Anyway, I think that candidates will give you a line today and tell you something completely different 3 months from now. A lot can change over the next year and a half. And judging by past experiences, the politicians will never get around to tackling the major problems like Social Security, Deficit Spending, Medicare, Tax reform, Energy policy, etc...so it is fruitless to waste time having them tell me what they think I want to hear. Eventually, as the campaign wears on, the mud slinging will start and I am not going to waste my time listening to it. If you happen to find me a candidate who comes out and is up front about having a plan for real change, even if it is not popular, let me know. Otherwise it is the same old thing every election period. I want a person who is specific and sticks to their plan win or lose.
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
16 May 07
Good morning Sigma, Thanks for sharing your perspective. I agree with you 100% that it is TOO EARLY to be focusing on this. However, the first primaries are just over 7 months away. I find it deplorable that individual states got into a war over who could set the earliest primary date. State's actions are forcing the pundits and the public to spend more time on the '08 election than ever before. Shame on them! As for a candidate who is up front about having a plan for real change, you might be heartened to know that of the current 10 GOP candidates, 9 of them support (some feverishly) dismantling the IRS in favor of either the Flat Tax or the Fair Tax. Either would signal significant positive change. I'd love to see the current tax code flushed. But, if you're hoping for someone who fully intends to shake up Washington beurocracy, slash federal spending and entitlements, and focus on real fiscal discipline, then I think THAT guy might be Mitt Romney, who is also a supporter of eliminating the current tax code & IRS. I think Romney is the one who would initiate more reform than any of the other candidates ... Dem or GOP. Before being a Repub Governor of Massachusettes, his professional background was as a 'corporate fixer'. His job for more than two decades was to turn underperforming, bloated, or failing businesses around to profitability. So, change is his forte. And, he did his job so well, that his personal accumulated wealth is approx. 1/2 billion dollars. I have been skeptically researching his background for some months now, and I have to say that I'm really impressed with the guy.
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
16 May 07
I have heard of him and seen him a few times. He almost looks to perfect. Of course, I won't judge him based on that. It just seems to me we go on and on with the political system and we don't make any meaningful progress. I have heard about changing the tax system for decades. The government can't even get the old law fixed concerning the alternative tax. Every year more and more people end up paying more taxes because of it. And not so much because they are getting richer. At some point, the due bill is going to come home to roost. You can't spend what you don't have forever. And the pain that major changes will cause will keep the leaders from taking action.
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
16 May 07
Excellent points, Sigma!!! There are never any guarantees that our elected won't 'wimp out' once they realize that there's always going to be someone who cries 'foul' whenever genunine change is proposed. And, you're also right about the Alternative Minimum Tax. This is a looming disaster, thoughtlessly created to make a few wealthy citizens pay at least some taxes. Now, more and more people are being drained by it. Yet, I remain hopeful. I have never before heard the majority of any party's potential candidates clammoring to disect the IRS. So, maybe we'll see some real fiscal reform out of this election. I hope so anyway. Again, thanks for bringing up such good points!
@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
16 May 07
Hi ladyluna, just dropping by to tell you that I don't know what to say, LOL! Bunny just want to mess your discussion. I am not an American and have no idea what's going on about the debate. I'm outta here. Somebody might report me for hopping in here. See yeah!!!
@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
16 May 07
Here ye, here ye, be it known to one and all: No reporting of the cute little bunny is allowed! Thanks for hoppin' on over Charms. Always nice to visit with you!
@EvanHunter (4028)
• United States
16 May 07
Sorry to say I was catching up on all the episodes I had missed on Lost online so I can be upto date with the show again. Truthfully I only know of two canidates in depth on either side of the upcomming election and thats McCain (R) and the ex-president (D)... I mean presidents wife, that was a joke dont get upset people.
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
16 May 07
Good morning EvanHunter, Lost, eh? I've never seen it. Guess I'd have alot of catching up to do on that show. As for the Republicans, McCain is showing very weak in these past two forums. The media may still have him as 1st tier, but I wouldn't count on him getting past the primaries. No offense taken by me over the the ex-Prez joke. Hey, if we can't find some humor in political candidates, then the cartoonists are gonna' be out of a job. By golly, I'm all for protecting the satirists jobs!