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Debate Rebate: Republicans Sneaky Strategy in Boca Raton?

Q: What's served in Florida, starts early, and tastes a little bland?

A: No, silly, it's not the early-bird special. It's last night's Republican Debate!

After Monday's brawl of a Democratic knock-down, I was all set for the Republicans to shock us. If not a bold statement, then maybe a little shoving match. Come on! Throw us a bone! Though, maybe to the credit of the Republicans, adult behavior, decorum, and respect for the democratic process, reigned. The debate was measured, stayed far from personal attacks, and focused on the issues, perhaps to the detriment of uncovering new info. At least on the surface. The real story of last night was way under the radar.

With help from tiff58, and divinedebris, we sleuthed out anwers to the following: Was a special someone (or two?) running for vice president? Did someone replace Mike Huckabee with John Edwards? And what was the deal with the mysterious whisper during a Mitt Romney answer? To find out,


So the vice-presidential courting? There was definitely love between John McCain and Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani went out of his way to agree with McCain by name during the economy section. And toward the end, McCain stopped the debate, acknowledged that it was out of the ordinary, and then went on to publicly praise Giuliani as an "American hero." Best pals! Then Huckabee threw a soft ball, gun-control question to Romney during the open-question round. Will we be seeing a McCain/Giuliani or a Romney/Huckabee pairing?

Now for John Edwards invading Huckabee: Since the topics last night stayed far from social issues, the conservative-evangelical side to Huck was mute. Instead, he was championing for the underdog, and recommending national work projects to stimulate the economy, like using American steel and concrete to add on to I-95.

And the mysterious Mitt whisperer? This baffles me. Check out this video where you can hear someone maybe feeding Mitt an answer. What do you make of it?

Did anyone win last night?

Join The Conversation
divinedebris divinedebris 9 years
tiff58 and LilRuck, totally agree. And people want this man to take us out of a recession? Ha! shows every answer from Ron Paul from the whole debate and it's a good listen. He's got some great views and it could inform many people. :D
tiff58 tiff58 9 years
You are so right LilRuck! I was in such disbelief. I was like, "Please stop talking!" :D
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 9 years
CaterpillarGirl, that stood out to me to! He used it ten million times. It sounded so weird.
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 9 years
Did McCain look like a deer in headlights to anybody else? On the economy question? I didn't think he would be able to fumble around for the entire minute, but somehow he managed... although I don't think it helped.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
WAIT, my new buzzwords are "Blood and treasure" all day today i have been trying to use them, you know when someone is going for that donut i say "hey linda, is eating that donut worth all the blood and treasure?"
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I miss ross perot, and his VP nominee.
Kaysnowboarder Kaysnowboarder 9 years
I watched part of it last night and agree - I thought it was really boring. My guess is Joe Leiberman will be McCain's running mate. McCain does not have much of a chance at winning but his odds of winning will decline even more with Giulianni and all his baggage. McCain and Leiberman will make the case that they are bringing the two parties together in a moderate centrist approach. Doubt it - we will just be in Iraq a lot longer.
Michelann Michelann 9 years
My favorite part of the debate was when Ron Paul asked John McCain a question about economics and McCain had no idea how to answer it. I also thought Huckabee had a few funny lines (although that hardly qualifies him to be president...)
Michelann Michelann 9 years
I've heard a few conspiracy theories about the whisper, but I think the answer is pretty simple. Since Russert did not mention in his question what Reagan did, I think one of the men sitting next to him whispered "raised taxes" simply to remind him to mention that in the question.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I liked the debate, i was glad it wasnt a mud slinging fes, or "shocking" . You cant tell that citizen is biased at all.....(she says sarcastically)
LibertySugar LibertySugar 9 years
Thanks for the recap Citizen!
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