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February 22, 2012

Arizona Hosts Last Republican Presidential Debate

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Tonight was possbly the last Republican presidential debate for the year, and the four candidates were each desperate to prove his superiority over the others—back pedaling, spinning, and downright lying. During the past several months I have sometimes joked about the candidates, trying to point out the idiocies of each one. Tonight I just got downright angry—and afraid.

Ron Paul came off with the most reasonable approaches of the four on the stage. First, he protested the war cries from the other three when they declared that they would stop immediately stop Iran by extreme sanctions and worse—which would mean another preemptive war just ten years after the last one that we endured for over nine years.

Second was the discussion of birth control for women. After all the outrageous statements that candidates have made regarding preventing birth control for women and their strong support for personhood, which eliminates the most popular methods of birth control, they blamed society when moderator John King asked them about this issue.

As usual, Newt Gingrich was the first one into the ring with his attack on the media and President Obama. He said, “You did not once in the 2008 campaign, not once did anybody in the elite media ask why Barack Obama voted in favor of legalizing infanticide. OK? So let’s be clear here. If we’re going to have a debate about who the extremist is on these issues, it is President Obama who, as a state senator, voted to protect doctors who killed babies who survived the abortion. It is not the Republicans.” The “infanticide” argument comes from the fact that conservatives believe that a fetus is an infant; to them, anyone supporting Roe v. Wade would be “in favor of legalizing infanticide.” The president has been accused this since he ran for president because he fought to preserve women’s reproductive rights.

Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney dived into the fray, agreeing that the whole problem is the high number of children born out of wedlock in this nation. Their solution is that all children should have a mother and a father. Once again, the voice of sanity came from Paul when he told the others that the fault did not lie with the “pill” itself although he did blame the problems on the “immorality” of society. Personhood issues didn’t come into the debate at all, nor did anyone point out that Santorum has publicly stated that birth control should be outlawed. When Romney tried to press Santorum about his statements on making birth control illegal, Santorum switched the subject to “Romneycare,” and the fight moved into a different arena.

Another waffle came during the discussion about the bailout of the auto industry. Until tonight Romney was adamantly opposed to George W. Bush’s plan (probably a problem with Romney getting votes in Michigan), but he drew back tonight. Questioned about his position on the bailout during the debate, he said that there was “no way” he would have let American car companies implode. For the first time he said that he recommended managed bankruptcy, but he seemed unaware that the only entity that has the tens of billions of dollars necessary for this financing is the federal government. I’m sure that Romney hopes that Michigan voters were watching his change of heart.

Lies: Newt Gingrich – “When I was speaker … we balanced the budget for four consecutive years.” Romney claimed that President Obama agreed to Russia’s demand to give up missile defense facilities in Eastern Europe and that he wanted to cut the Pentagon’s budget by “roughly a trillion dollars.” Actually the president negotiated with Russia over the scale of the system to win Moscow’s agreement to the Start arms reduction treaty, and the suggested Pentagon budget cut was half what Romney said.

More lies: Santorum claimed that the health care act adds tremendously to the deficit when the CBO found that it will reduce the deficit by $143 billion. In fact, repealing the Affordable Care Act would add $230 billion to the deficit by 2021.

The “oops” moment: Santorum said he voted for George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind education law even though “it was my against my principles” because politics is a “team sport.” He also tried to justify his voting in favor of Planned Parenthood.

The candidates consistently blamed President Obama for making mandates because a president has no right to do this. Yet they consistently made statements regarding how they would mandate a fix to the problems: war on Iran, repealing the health care act, etc. These people need a mirror!

The audience booed any time that a candidate suggested compromise. Joe Arpaio, treated with reverence and vaguely referred to as having some “federal issues,” was part of that audience. Arpaio, elected sheriff of Arizona’s Maricopa County, has been under investigation for abuse of power, racial profiling, discrimination, election law violation, misuse of funds, and possibly more.

I’m angry partly because they won’t admit to the claims that they made earlier, and I’m afraid because someone might actually believe their lies. Yet, all except Paul obviously pandered to the audience and threw enough dirt on each other that there are enough sound bites for hundreds of anti-Republican-president TV advertisements. President Obama is still polling ahead of each of the four. As Scarlet O’Hara said, “After all, tomorrow is another day.”

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