Getting ready for tonight’s New Hampshire debate

CNN just sent over photos of GOP presidential candidates Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich, doing afternoon walk-throughs with Sam Feist, the cable network’s Washington bureau chief, in preparation for this evening’s 8 p.m. debate:

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Cain will be acting as his own spin-meister after the debate. And this:

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No Gingrich staffers that I recognize in the above photo — other than Callista Gingrich.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Georgia Voter

June 13th, 2011
6:31 pm

This debate should be very interesting, I’m looking forward to it. The only thing that would make it more interesting would be if Sarah Palin were to join in.

Last Man Standing

June 13th, 2011
6:37 pm

I’m sure that the people who watch this debate will see the next President of the United States. Although I don’t know who he is yet, he will be in this debate tonight.

catlady

June 13th, 2011
6:55 pm

LMS—do comedy much?

Alabama Communist

June 13th, 2011
7:03 pm

Looks like a Yard Call for Newt and Cain at a senior citizen home wondering where are we?

Cherokee

June 13th, 2011
7:55 pm

The seven dwarfs….

khc

June 13th, 2011
8:28 pm

i’d vote for the moderator……

khc

June 13th, 2011
8:29 pm

repubs led the way on off shoring jobs

Ol' Timer

June 13th, 2011
8:32 pm

With no disrespect intended for “little people”, the debate tonight is to determine who is the tallest midget.

The Centrist

June 13th, 2011
8:34 pm

If either of the listed seven when the nomination, and the GOP continues its success in winning local election, why do I get the feeling that President Obama might use the Clarence Chambliss campaign platform of needing to have check and balance. I hated that John “I don’t know much about economics” Sinclair did not win the election, only because I knew that the GOP knew that the American public would forget (or had no clue) how they have kicked the budget/economic fiasco can down the field since 2006. Now they pretend they are experts on fiscal responsibility. I bet there will not be a question like…If you become President, how do you plan to get the budget back to what it was at the end of the Clinton administation? Do I hear crickets?

The Centrist

June 13th, 2011
8:35 pm

How the heck did “when” rather than “win” get in there. It must be a liberal hacking my thoughts.

Clinton "Skink" Tyree

June 13th, 2011
8:37 pm

We’ll hear from Sarah Palin.

She’s hunkered down in her bunker with her advisors and she’ll be unleashing a barrage of tweets, twitters, emails and Facebook posts criticizing everyone from Obama to the debate candidates to the Pope.

She’ll be on Fox, Rush and Hannity tomorrow discounting every potential candidate as being soft on Obama — and how she would have said thing differently if she had been there — but she didn’t want to be there because they may ask an unscripted question.

And, so it goes. . . .in the Land of the Lilliputians!

Clinton "Skink" Tyree

June 13th, 2011
8:39 pm

@LMS — Got a headstart on the booze did you?

lester maddox

June 13th, 2011
8:46 pm

I quit recreational drugs long ago. You should give it a try also Last Man.

td

June 13th, 2011
8:49 pm

Looks like you libs are in total denial again, just like when you all thought Barnes would win last year. I would give 3 to 2 odds give 3-2 odds right now that LMS is correct.

Even the liberal media hacks on Morning Joe and Hardball are starting to hedge their bets and make excuses as to how Obama ca loose.

Bullwinkle

June 13th, 2011
9:15 pm

Is Callista standing beside Newt during the actual debate?

Clinton "Skink" Tyree

June 13th, 2011
9:28 pm

These folks are/ waxing eloquent on the sanctity of life from before birth to the grave — but they all support capital punishment. Now, it’s that kind of convoluted thinking that has intelligent folks scratching their heads.

td

June 13th, 2011
9:33 pm

Clinton “Skink” Tyree

June 13th, 2011
9:28 pm

It is not that hard of a concept. Life is sacred unless or until you choose to take a life yourself and then that is murder and you forfeit your own life.

Clinton "Skink" Tyree

June 13th, 2011
9:38 pm

@Bullwinkle: Remember those Police Academy movies where the Commandant was making his speech ? . . .Callista may be under the rostrum.

Clinton "Skink" Tyree

June 13th, 2011
9:45 pm

@td: A lot of people sitting on death row waiting for the righteous wrath of the Godly have been railroaded by crooked cops, prosecutors, judges and incompetent defense attorneys — and subsequently released on DNA evidence.

It seems to me some a more concerned about unborn children than they are after they’re born ie. the cutbacks to medicaide, welfare and education.

Michael

June 13th, 2011
9:50 pm

That’s a hair helmet.

td

June 13th, 2011
9:59 pm

Clinton “Skink” Tyree

June 13th, 2011
9:45 pm

“ie. the cutbacks to medicaide, welfare and education.”

I hear this argument everyday. Let me ask you a question. How many people should we (Citizens of the US) support? Should there be any requirements put on people receiving benefits from us?

Clinton "Skink" Tyree

June 13th, 2011
10:06 pm

@td — When you’re willing to put a limit on the amount of corporate welfare we’ll talk about putting requirements on poor people and hungry kids.

Politicians know they can cut funding for the poor, mentally ill, homeless and addicted — mainly because these folks don’t vote and they can cut funding to these groups will inpunity.

And, at the same time the politicians cave in to corporate welfare — tax cuts, loopholes etc. — at a time when taxes in this country are already at a 60 year low according to Bruce Bartlett, former Chief Economica Advisor to Ronald Reagan.

Rev. Dudley Doright

June 13th, 2011
10:12 pm

@td: And, when you go to church on Sunday, ask you preacher to explain Matthew Chapter Six to you. Jesus was so concern about the poor, the weak and disenfranchised that he said, “Inasmuch as you do it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.”

These are the ones Jesus cared about but the Republican/Tea Party steps over them to serve at the table of Big Business and crooked bankers and Wall Street thieves.

I be embarrassed to be counted among this number.

MrLiberty

June 13th, 2011
10:18 pm

And yet Ron Paul continues to emphasize that we must cut corporate welfare, the bloated military industrial complex, our overseas entanglements and use the money to ease us out of our unsustainable financial committments at home and he gets no mention from those who are obviously concerned about what the government will do to those who have become dependent on its handouts. After 30 years in congress, never voting for an unbalanced budget or anything that is not expressly authorized by the constitution, he knows exactly how dependent government has made the american people. While others focus on cutting social programs so they can spend on foreign wars he is the only republican candidate focussing on just the opposite and yet he gets not even a mention from the ususal crowd. Ron Paul is willing to face ALL of our reckless spending and looks for ways to cut. You would think that more on the left would wake up to his candidacy as he is the only candidate including Obama that actually wants to end the senseless wars, restore the Bill of Rights, and restore american prosperity. His record speaks volumes for the kind of committed, principled politician he is.

td

June 13th, 2011
10:20 pm

Clinton “Skink” Tyree

June 13th, 2011
10:06 pm

Why are people poor? What are the general characteristics of a poor person? What are the general characteristics of a middle class person and a rich person?

When Micheal Thurmond was the DFCS director in GA and after welfare reform passed he gave a speech that all you liberals should be forced to listen too. He said (para-phase) that long term and generational welfare killed a persons soul. He said they need to hear that they are in the condition they are in due to the poor choices they made in life. He said that DFCS job was to give them “tough love”, be honest, force them to get out of bed in the morning, stop drinking, eat healthy, find a job (even if it is at McDonald’s. He said the DFCS workers needed to then follow up with them to make sure they get up every morning and get to work on time and not ask for time off. He also said the best thing we (the government) could do for the poor was to give them back their dignity and work ethic.

td

June 13th, 2011
10:23 pm

Clinton “Skink” Tyree

June 13th, 2011
10:06 pm

“Politicians know they can cut funding for the poor, mentally ill, homeless and addicted — mainly because these folks don’t vote and they can cut funding to these groups will inpunity”

This is not a accurate statement because if the poor did not vote then Democrats would not get elected.

WAW

June 14th, 2011
5:21 am

And the winner was…. President Obama

The Centrist

June 14th, 2011
6:17 am

This is not a accurate statement because if the poor did not vote (which most don’t) then Democrats would not get elected (which they haven’t, particularly in Southern and rural areas). Now, back to the GOP debate. Did any candidate offer specific plans to get us out of the financial mess that started early last decade?

khc

June 14th, 2011
6:47 am

unfortunately, nothing but vague generalities…a person of average intelligence, well read and not afraid of public speaking could have done just as well…..one minute for answers is just not enough assuming they answered the question instead of rattling off talking points and 30 second commercials…think we can write off newt, herman and santorum.

Last Man Standing

June 14th, 2011
6:58 am

td:

I seem to remember that you and I both predicted Governor Deal’s win even as the libs here gave us hell becuase they KNEW Barnes would be elected. Time and an election proved us correct. I will say again that the next President WILL be a Republican.

All libs and Obama supporters are cordially invited to the White House (at your own expense) to witness the departure of Obama and family when the new President is sworn in. America’s long national nightmare will be over.

khc

June 14th, 2011
7:00 am

forgot to add tpaw…really weak answer about obamney care….also david brooks op in nyt is mostly accurate

Bill Orvis White

June 14th, 2011
7:36 am

I hate to admit that Speaker Gingrich won the debate. When it came to policy and his prescription for fixing Hussein Obama’s mess, I believe Speaker Gingrich had all the right answers. With that said, I still know that Herman Cain will make an excellent president. Herman has he businss acumen and know-how to straighten out this fiscal mess created by Hussein Obama and the Socialist-Democrat Party of this once-free nation.

Amen,
Bill

double

June 14th, 2011
9:19 am

X speaker ginrich won nothing in this debate.He and cain are out.Romney best conservative bet as of now.

Cobb Woman of Color

June 14th, 2011
11:29 am

I actually think Newt Gingrich did well in the debate. I was impressed with Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann. Herman Cain did okay. Overall, I think the winner was Mitt Romney. Of all the participants, I agree with Ron Paul’s viewpoints the most.

The moderator didn’t control the debate properly allowing the participants to go back to previous topics and allowing too much time.

My prediction…a Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann team…