Video of the first Republican presidential debate in South Carolina

Herman Cain
Herman Cain

The first GOP presidential debate for 2012 was held in South Carolina the evening of May 5, 2011. Participants were Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, businessman Herman Cain, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson.

And here’s who the focus group picked as the winner – almost unanimously: (H/T The Other McCain)

Herman Cain!

You can watch the full debate below. The debate was moderated by some of my favorite Fox News people: Juan Williams, Bret Bair, Chris Wallace and Shannon Bream. This is the most even-handed questioning I have ever seen in a public debate, especially Chris Wallace.

Part 1 of 4:

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Here’s the latest poll by PPP, a Democrat polling firm, from 5/5 to 5/8:

Romney Huckabee Trump Palin Gingrich Paul Bachmann Pawlenty
18 19 8 12 13 8 7 5

Herman Cain, Mitch Daniels and Rick Santorum had no score.

My candidate is Michele Bachmann. I don’t like any of the others in that poll. I absolutely cannot stand Romney, Huckabee, Trump, Gingrich, and Paul. I don’t think Palin should run. Pawlenty is highly qualified, but not conservative enough for me.

A 30-minute Herman Cain speech is here.

17 thoughts on “Video of the first Republican presidential debate in South Carolina”

  1. I don’t think Cain has a chance of winning the nomination, but I think he would be an outstanding VP candidate for someone like Gingrich or Romney or Huckabee (not my ideal candidates either, but one of them will unfortunately almost surely be the nominee in my opinion). Michele Bachmann would too. Gingrich/Romney/Huckabee would be in much need of a Tea Partier for VP, and Bachmann/Cain are not only tea partiers, but also a woman and a minority (not that being either should matter).

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  2. I don’t like RINOs one bit. Sellouts.

    Unfortunately it is likely the next candidate will be one though.

    I hope I am wrong.

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        1. Yeah, he does have some garbage he’s taking with him into the race.

          I’m finding it difficult to get behind a candidate. Why can’t Paul Ryan run???

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          1. I also said “pointed out people’s faults…”

            I was really just kidding with you anyway. It’s Friday and I’m in a good mood. :)

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  3. Here is the ‘Hermanator’ confronting Bill Clinton about government-run health care 15 years ago:

    He really owned Clinton in this exchange :)

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