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Debate Rebate: Republican Sparks Fly in California

A bunch of you watched last night's Republican debate last night with me — and there certainly seemed to be at least one thing that annoyed you: When Anderson Cooper got up from his desk, walked over to Ron Paul and Mike Huckabee, bound and gagged them, kicked them a little bit, then spent five minutes pointing and laughing at them. Okay, not really, but the lack of time given to any candidate other than McCain or Romney was definitely a sticking point for a lot of you. Understandable.

Here are the burrs under my saddle from last night's debate:

  • Romney and McCain's clash over Iraq was handled very poorly. If Anderson had forced them to speak one at a time, perhaps we could have better parsed for ourselves whether Romney indeed supports a timetable for withdrawal, or if John McCain was indulging in the "dirty tricks" Romney accused him of by bringing it up. Instead, we got five minutes of nonsensical screaming about people "laying in the reeds."
  • Now, I've decided where my vote is going next Tuesday, but this distinction still caught my attention: McCain said that Romney raised taxes in Massachusetts, Romney called them fees, and then further explained that he had raised prices on some services like highway signs that hadn't been raised in years, in order to generate funds for the state. It made me wish that there was more room for subtlety with Republicans and taxes. I don't mind giving money to my government, as long as they spend it frugally and wisely. Let's not make it such a litmus test of conservatism, please.
    • If you want to know the biggest groaner of all,


      • The last question: Would Ronald Reagan endorse you? Anderson. Cooper. Go to your room. I know the debate was at the Ronald Reagan Library, but the question is so hypothetical, so pandering, and so irrelevant to the actual campaign that's happening right now, that I want my money back. It's fine to remember history and use past leaders as context, but come on. Ask about Reagan's policies, fine, but don't ask these men to put words in the mouth of a man who's not here to do it himself. And Anderson? I'm sending you my cable bill.
        • What do you think? Was the debate mismanaged?


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divinedebris divinedebris 9 years
I dislike Anderson Cooper, just something about him seems smarmy to me. Eh. I hate how then don't let Ron Paul speak! It's just rude.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
I lost a lot of respect for Anderson Cooper last night, and it is just another point that shows CNN is a Liberal biased "news" station that has lost all credibility. I mean just look at the contrast of last nights Republican debate compared to tonight's. It is astounding. They actually asked questions instead of a He said He said debate. Grrrrrr!!!! Last night frustrated me. i just don't understand why they would invite Paul and Huckabee if you are not going to let them speak? It was completely disrespectful.
sweetrae80 sweetrae80 9 years
I really dislike Anderson Cooper after last night. I feel like he really sold out! And Citizensugar - love your intro, hilarious!!!
sweetrae80 sweetrae80 9 years
KathleenxCouture: if you decide to vote, you should vote for Ron Paul or Obama, if you think that they have good ideas. I know how it feels to be totally frustrated with the media and the whole system. I know I am. But your vote does count - if you decide to. No pressure, I'm not one of those people who judges when ppl don't vote. Live and let live! :)
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 9 years
Tiff I loved your comments until they very end! Ron Paul has always been his own person. Always always always. I think if people want "change" (oh Lord, we need it) they should look at Dr. Paul's record. He has voted by the Constitution EVERY single time, which quite frankly, has gone against the current administration. He would bring some major change. Okay I'm sorry! I'm off my soapbox. I think Anderson Cooper was a horrible "moderator", and I'm so sickened by the mainstream media telling me who I should vote for!!
tiff58 tiff58 9 years
I really hope that McCain's advisor's are listening to what people have said about his demeanor last night. I don't want to see that kind of dirty politics starting. And, yes, the debate was very poorly handled. It was ridiculous to cut Ron Paul off mid-sentence. And that Reagan question was AWFUL. One other thing- I'm so tired of everyone thinking they are like Ronald Reagan, or are doing what he would want them to do, etc. The reason that Ronald Reagan was so amazing and was an agent of change is that he was his own person! It's fine to admire someone, but this is getting out of hand in my opinion. Also, I was watching a special on him last night (the Larry King special) and one of his son's said something that really struck me- the candidates can't just pick and choose the parts of Reagan that they want to emulate and ignore the other parts of him, which is what a lot of them are doing. None of these candidates have been their own person at all times, and that's what is lacking in this Presidential race.
KathleenxCouture KathleenxCouture 9 years
This is the reason I'm not voting. The media is ridiculous. Why would anyone that is of voting age actually endorse or vote for these weasles (i.e McCain and Romney). I feel sorry for the brain washed fools that listen to the crap that comes out of their mouths. Ron Paul and Obama are the only ones that sound remotely like they could be serious about change. Now i'm done with my rant. I'm just sick of the Media and how they misconstrue everything and basically run our country. Sorry I'm just fuming that Ron Paul is being silenced.
nancita nancita 9 years
First of all, this just made me laugh out loud: When Anderson Cooper got up from his desk, walked over to Ron Paul and Mike Huckabee, bound and gagged them, kicked them a little bit, then spent five minutes pointing and laughing at them. Okay, not really..." And also, Citizen, I totally hear you about the taxes thing. I wish candidates could just come out and say, yes, I raised taxes, but it was justified, and here's why. But it's like raising taxes has become the equivalent of covering up a drug habit or something.
laceykk23 laceykk23 9 years
i couldnt even deal with the debate last night, i just seemed so boring. i too cant wait to see the debate tonight, it's going to be really good. i kind of want to know if they are going to have a red carpet(lol) b/c there are going to be so many celebs there tonight. should be a heck of night tonight!!!
blondie01 blondie01 9 years
Mccain is the new play-dirty Hillary. hopefully it will backfire as it did for her!
redegg redegg 9 years
I think the debate had some moments but overall went pretty well. I wish they had let Ron Paul speak a little more. His ideas were interesting and Huckabee spoke well also, although I could never vote for him. McCain came off like a little weasel and was obviously proved a liar when they read out the full quote that he had been misquoting. He also had been saying incorrect things about how Romney ran Mass. Romney won this debate. He had the best demeanor, defended himself well, and didn't flipflop during the debate. I really want to see the Hollywood debate tonight!
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
Great job on summing up the "finer" points of the debate. At the end I literally thought they were going to exhume Reagan's body and try and make it talk.
kickinthecherries kickinthecherries 9 years
The debate was badly mishandled, however.. it really gave McCain's insanity a chance to come out. For him to continually insist that Romney said there should be a timetable announced for troop withdrawl, when even McCain's own supporting newspapers said that was wrong, when Cooper read the full quote, and when Romney made it quite clear what he'd actually said, it just shows how far over the edge McCain is. I think he has early Alzheimer's/dementia. The fact that he can't recognize that he has made inappropriate comments derogatory to race (that was a few years ago, but dementia takes a while to develop), that he gets agitated easily and will insist that something is true even when multiple, nonbiased people have told him it's incorrect, and that he has had moments of violence (like with Thurmond in the past), tells me that he's got something wrong. New reports have shown that dementia can bring about violence in people. I've personally noticed some of these traits in an individual that we found out later had early-onset dementia. And from what I've observed, having a mental illness or other disorder (like PST) makes it even worse. Do we REALLY want someone like that with access to the trigger on nukes? Do we want him flying off the handle and insulting leaders of other nations? It's not plain-talking, it's insanity.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
LOL Caterpillargirl!
erhead erhead 9 years
They did something similar at the Democratic debate last week on MLK day. They seriously asked "If MLK were still alive, which of you would he endorse?" How about some better questions? CNN needs some help.
legalbeagle legalbeagle 9 years
Ugh I agree- That Reagan question was ridiculous... I only caught the end of the debate so I cant really say if the whole thing was mishandled but I think from what I saw that it was...
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
you know anderson was drooling over Mitt.
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