I cringe when I type that there are noteworthy moments. But here is an ad hoc list.
The following from ThinkProgress:
9:02: Rick Perry opens with a shoutout to Florida Gov. Rick Scott, the most unpopular governorin the country.
Interesting to name drop the most unpopular Governor. But really, did we expect anything different?
9:06: Perry, when asked for his jobs plan, says “look what we’ve done in the state of Texas.” So we can all look forward to lots of minimum wage jobs?
Perry is an expert in creating jobs that are minimum and below minimum wage.
9:06: Mitt Romney calls for cutting corporate taxes. Yesterday, he called for raising taxes on the poor.
As I pointed out here, US corporations pay the second lowest taxes in the developed world.
9:27: Yesterday, Romney, worth up to $250 million, called himself part of the “middle class.” But a majority of Fox News views voted in a poll that earning over $1 million makes you “rich.” For the record, just 0.3 percent of the country makes that much.
Only 0.3% of this country is rich? Somehow I doubt that. This just shows how out of touch Republicans, Tea Baggers, etc. really are. (Yes, I said Tea Baggers. Like Bill Maher said, “When they stop saying Obamacare, I’ll stop saying Tea Baggers.”)
9:30: Perry says he never proposed sending Social Security back to the states. He definitely did.
Why does he keep saying back to the states? When was it in the states control? How come nobody has pointed this out?
9:34: Mitt Romney says “Europe isn’t working in Europe.” The austerity-wracked Eurozone is certainly in trouble, but Norway is the richest country in the world and non-Euroized Sweden is enjoying its fastest economic growth ever thanks to a combination of fiscal and monetary stimulus.
As I and many others have said, austerity does not lead to economic growth. How do you expect to reduce everything and in turn make the economy expand? It’s ridiculous.
9:35: Audience goes nuts at Cain’s promise to eliminate the EPA. (A better idea: eliminating the Department of Commerce.) Over the summer, Cain said he would literally appoint Shell Oil’s CEO to set EPA regulations.
Ok, everyone that wants to eliminate the EPA should do this challenge and prove me wrong. I say that if you go to China and position yourself on top of the output of pollution for a warehouse and stay there for 10 days with no adverse health effects, then I will re-evaluate my position on pollution and environmental regulations. It isn’t difficult to realize that we need strict regulations. Just look at the sky in China.
9:47: Bachmann says it is “reprehensible” that the Obama Administration sued to strike down Arizona’s unconstitutional anti-immigrant law. Maybe it’s because Obama swore an oath to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
This is more than expected, especially since the candidates are courting a racist, bigoted, and criminal sheriff, Joe Arpaio.
10:11: Amidst all this foreign aid bashing, nobody notes that Israel is the largest recipient of American foreign aid.
10:10: Florida pander! Bachmann says Cuba is a state-sponsor of terrorism, catering to the influential Cuban-American exile population.
Those are both noteworthy. It pretty much says it all.
10:17: Audience boos gay servicemember for wanting to serve openly. “Any kind of sexual activity has no place in the military” says Rick Santorum, apparently planning to raise an army of monks and kick all the married officers out of the military. Watch it:
This will get much media attention. Not only was it egregious to boo a serviceman, but Santorum also claimed that being gay was equivalent to sexual activity in the military.
10:26: Bachmann defends repeating unsubstantiated rumors from a stranger about mental retardation and the HPV vaccine — which experts have said is counter-productive — saying the woman was distraught and she “merely related” her story.
No one was made retarded from any vaccine. Period. The way we eradicate a disease is through vaccination of nearly the entire population. It doesn’t matter if it is for an STI or STD or for polio or smallpox. Receiving a vaccination implies that one wants to maintain healthy as well as help prevent others from obtaining that disease. This is why a mandate is necessary. Furthermore, the HPV vaccine is one of the safest available. For more information, see here.
10:27: Rick Perry promises that he “will always err on the side of life,” except when executing people.
He enjoys killing many people. The count now is at 236, give or take. See here.
10:31: Again, as President, Romney couldn’t provide a waiver from ObamaCare to all 50 states.
Yes, the waiver is illegal.
10:38: Romney concedes: “There are a lot of reasons not to elect me.”
Finally! Something truthful! I see no reasons to elect him, or any of the others for that matter.
10:54: Moderators did not ask candidates about the death penalty, one day after a Georgia man who may have been innocent was executed. Were they trying to avoid another “cheering death” moment from the audience?
This was noteworthy. I was hoping the whole time that a question regarding capital punishment would be asked. Not so much to see the candidate’s responses, but rather, to listen to the audience.
Well, that pretty much sums up all of the interesting points in the debate. It was terribly painful writing this and I had to cringe many times.
Note: I didn’t care much to include Gingrich, Paul, Cain, Johnson, Santorum as they have practically no chance of making it. I included some from Bachmann for comedic purposes.
One last note: Fox News Allows Hate Group to Participate in Debate. This should not be the least bit surprising.
It’s sad that Google co-sponsored such a ridiculous event with Fox News.
h/t ThinkProgress for the debate transcript/analysis.