10 Questions We Would Like to Hear at Tonight’s #CNNDebate in Arizona

Tonight, the GOP Debate Tour is back. CNN will be broadcasting the 20th debate of the primary season.

As with all the other CNN debates we have covered on Twitter, the official CNN hashtag #CNNDebate will be lively. Here are the 10 questions we would submit to CNN. In the meantime, we will see you tonight on Twitter! Bring your popcorn.

  1. Governor Romney, you have proudly promoted Kris Kobach, the chief architect behind Arizona's controversial SB 1070 immigration law, as a key adviser to your campaign. Kobach has become a pariah among US Latino voters, a demographic that you yourself admitted is an important one for this year's election. How do you explain to US Latino voters your support of Kobach?
  2. Senator Santorum, today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten season for Catholics all over the world. Where is you ash? Did you wash it off before the debate? Follow up to Speaker Gingrich: you are Catholic, too. Where is your ash?
  3. Congressman Paul, you said that the Dream Act, which over 85% of US Latino voters support, is not a good idea for America, yet at the same time you said in Nevada that US Latinos are "scapegoats." How do you reconcile these statements.
  4. Speaker Gingrich, you speak of a more realistic immigration policy, but in November, you told a South Carolina newspaper that if you are elected President, you would withdraw federal law suits against immigration laws in Arizona, South Carolina, and Alabama. You also spoke against "birth tourism." These immigration laws have very little support among US Latino voters, a group you are trying to court. How can you speak of a more realistic immigration policy, but not speak out against these controversial laws?
  5. The latest polls show all of you trailing President Obama by a wide margin. Why do you think this is so?
  6. Is the economy getting better? To whom would you credit this improvement?
  7. Why is birth control an issue again when we have had this debate 40 years ago? As a follow-up, can you point to specific cases where religious institutions have been denied their freedom to worship by the federal government and have been persecuted?
  8. Can you say, straight up, that President Obama is Christian? And if you don't, why does it matter that people think he is Muslim?
  9. Do you reject Satan, and all his works, and all his deeds?
  10. Why did CNN not add Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer to this debate? Would you as candidates let him debate with you the next time? (Wait, Buddy already answered that one.)

So the bonus question is: What percentage of the US Latino do you predict the GOP will win?

GOP Primaries Hit New Low: Banning Kosher Food and Singing “America the Beautiful”

Ok, imagine that you are in Florida, you are speaking to elderly voters, most of them who are of Jewish descent. The nation is facing a critical budget crisis and a spiraling economy. What is the most important issue you want to discuss?

Banning Kosher food.

Yes, that is what GOP candidate Newt Gingrich said in Florida yesterday.

But since this is an equal opportunity blog, here is Mitt Romney, the Small Government Guy, do yet another flip-flop on Medicare and Social Security in front of elderly voters. Where your Pandering hat, Governor? This is what Romney said yesterday:


I understand a few of you here are on Medicare. Is that true? [Laughter]

"That being the case, I hope you tell your friends who always fear that Republicans somehow might go after Medicare. You can tell them a couple things. Number one: We will never go after Medicare or Social Security, we will protect those programs. But also, you make sure and tell them this. There's only one president in history that's cut Medicare 500 billion dollars. And that's Barack Obama. And guess what he did it for? He did it to pay for Obamacare?

"So if I'm president, I will protect Medicare and Social Security for those that are currently retired or near retirement, and I'll make sure we keep those programs solvent for the next generations coming along. We will protect America's seniors and America's young people with programs that are designed to keep them well and safe. And I will make sure that we protect Medicare and Social Security."


End the event with "America the Beautiful" and you are done. Thank you, Florida! 

Romeny Responds to Gingrich and Perry, the New Champions of #OWS

Hey, if someone is going to crap on you, you hit back. So it is no surprise that after both Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry started painting Romney as a "vulture capitalist" that would fall in line with the agenda of the #OWS movement, Romney wouldn't stay silent.

Here is what the Romney campaign is running right now in South Carolina:

This is what the Romney campaign is saying:

"We expected the Obama administration to put free markets on trial," the ad says. "But as The Wall Street Journal said, 'Mr. Romney’s GOP opponents are embarrassing themselves by taking the Obama line.'"

As for the now infamous ads and documentary that Gingrich's PAC is running about Romney and his corporate raider ways, this link from The Washington Post provides an excellent analysis of the facts.

Who knows where this GOP Frat War will go, but it is clear that the Obama 2012 campaign is watching and taking notes. 



Go, Buddy Roemer: Yes, He Is a Republican

You can take Ron Paul. We like Buddy Roemer. When will the media actually invite this former Governor of Louisiana and Republican candidate to an actual debate?

He really IS a Republican!