Friday, May 04, 2007

Huckabee Debate Highlights

Saturday, May 5, 2007
"I have an optimistic vision for what America can become with the right leadership, a clear direction, and people who are willing to believe that the World War II generation doesn't have to be the last 'greatest generation.' I believe in the unlimited potential of the human spirit, a strong national defense, flatter and fairer taxes, and a government that allows the marketplace to regulate itself as much as possible to encourage and enhance free enterprise.

"I'm concerned that our national focus has been more on what divides us, rather than on what unites us. Too often, our government is polarized and paralyzed, focused on the politics of destruction, instead of what we can achieve when we come together with a common purpose.

"My strong personal values have always been at the heart of my public policies. I believe we can unite in spirit to take our country back to provide hope and opportunity for all Americans. As governor, I guided Arkansas through a period of remarkable change and progress. As President, I will lead the American people toward a time when we can successfully meet our goals, overcome difficult challenges, and rekindle our dreams to realize the impossible, in our great nation, the United States of America."

First Impressions of the Debate

First, I want to start off by saying how proud I am to be a Republican tonight. The big winners tonight were the conservatives. Mike Huckabee did great even though he was not given the choice questions the big three were given. I thought he came off very Presidential and knowledgeable. Imagine what he could have done with the amount of time give to John McCain. Duncan Hunter and Mitt Romney also had a good night. But, the shocker for me was Tommy Thompson and Ron Paul. Thompson's plan for Iraq was detailed and impressive and his refusal to strip the stem cell research issue down to a yes or no answer was nice to see. While I could not disagree with Paul's foreign policy more; it was refreshing to hear a politician call for the return to our founding principles and to state's rights. I believe he helped himself quite a bit tonight.

In the "They didn't help themselves, but didn't hurt themselves" category McCain looked Presidential, but really didn't come across very well. Tom Tancredo started off slow and really was not given much time to make up for that slow start. Finally, tonight's big losers were Jim Gilmore admitting that he supports abortion during the first 8 weeks. I am sure this hurt him with the conservatives and he just did not appear very Presidential. Sam Brownback had all the right answers, but I could not help thinking to myself that he looked more like a President's little brother. Rudy Giuliani, by far, had the worst night. We knew abortion was going to be tough on him, but he fumbled the issue repeatedly. He came across more as a good Secretary of Homeland Security rather than a President of the United States.

Here is a great link to a site that has broken down the minutes each candidate received during the debate Also, the site for Mike Huckabee President 2008 has a lot of helpful links regarding the debate

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Presidential Debate 05-03-07

Just wanted to throw out a quick note before the debate starts. I have not been this excited about a debate in my life time. I am looking forward to the true conservative candidates to distinguish themselves from the liberal RINO's on the important issues of the day. We will have a poll up and running so you can vote on who you feel won the debate.

Also, there will be a poll on that will allow you to do a more detailed rating on each candidate; the link is below. On a final note, Fox News Channel and the Republican Party of South Carolina gave in and all ten candidates will be allowed to participate in the May 15, debate.