Here are the videos of the debate on Youtube:
- Part 1 of 10 Social Security
- Part 2 of 10 National Debt
- Part 3 of 10 Economic Growth
- Part 4 of 10 Employers and Employees
- Part 5 of 10 Federal Reserve
- Part 6 of 10 Tax Policy
- Part 7 of 10 Executive Orders
- Part 8 of 10 Health Care Policy
- Part 9 of 10 Illegal Immigration
- Part 10 of 10 Defense Spending
ABC News says Michele won, and I can’t disagree, since she is my preferred candidate, by far. Go Michele!
With her standing in the polls slipping, Michele Bachmann needed to find a way to capture the spotlight she held earlier this summer.
She just may have done that tonight at the Tea Party Express/CNN debate in Tampa, Florida.
Bachmann, the founder of the Tea Party Caucus in the House, knew her audience well and it showed.
Unlike former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Bachmann took a pass at criticizing front-runner Texas Gov. Perry on Social Security and she refused to weigh in on Perry’s comment last month that Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke may be “treasonous.”
Instead she waited patiently to pounce on Perry when the debate turned to the issues she knew would connect with the audience in the hall.
She attacked Perry for his decision to require HPV vaccinations in Texas, calling it “a government injection through executive order” and a “violation of a liberty interest.”
She knows that while the Tea Party activists are not fans of the federal government, they don’t love big business either.
“We cannot forget that in the midst of this executive order,” said Bachmann, “there was a big drug company that made millions of dollars because of this mandate…The drug company gave thousands of dollars in political donations to the governor and this is just flat out wrong”
She also attacked Perry on illegal immigration – another issue that plays well in a GOP primary.
A longer review from the UK Telegraph emphasizes that Perry got beat up Monday night.
Ron Paul got booed for his foreign policy views:
More Michele in the latter half of this clip:
Christian philosopher Doug Geivett has another review of the debate here. He thinks Bachmann won, as well.
I think right now my candidates are 1) Bachmann and 2) Santorum a distant second. I really think we need to make Michele Bachmann the nominee.