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GOP Presidential Hopefuls Debate in Florida

Posted on Jan 25, 2008

What’s to be done about the sagging U.S. economy? What’s with John McCain’s dogged insistence that we’re “succeeding” in Iraq?  Thursday night found the handful of Republican candidates still in the ‘08 race for the White House facing off in Florida.  Here’s what they had to say.

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By joey, January 28, 2008 at 6:18 pm Link to this comment
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The Iraq War -  the bastard child of Bush Cheney will never produce anything that will ever be correctly described as a success. No matter how many generals are forced to lie in front of congress. No matter how many lawyers are compromised. No matter how many people are killed.  This poisoned seed will never bare fruit.

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By omop, January 28, 2008 at 5:09 am Link to this comment

McCain may have stumbled on a theme most Americans are not aware exists between ” more wars” and the economy.

According to research groups documentation the USA has in the period between 1945 and 2005 [60 years] attacked militarily, directly and indirectly some several times, 44 nations or the equivalent of ,733 nations a year.

Along with efforts to “change regimes or to defend and/or bring democracy institutions” to backward peoples the US has built some 720 military bases around the world. Not counting the ones under construction in Iraq.

With McCain’s comment about “more wars” the main issue in the election of 2008 is therefore mute.

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By Nomascerdo, January 27, 2008 at 7:55 pm Link to this comment

Ron Paul and Obama are now the only candidates running that are credibly against the war in Iraq.  Ron Paul voted against it AND voted against all fundings of the war.  Obama spoke against it before he was a senator but still voted for funding it.  Obama also voted to re-authorize the Patriot Act (March 1, 2006).  Ron Paul voted against it, spoke out against it, and voted against re-authorizations of it.

“We need to focus our attention on how to reduce the U.S. military footprint in Iraq. Notice that I say ‘reduce,’ and not ‘fully withdraw.’ 
- Barack Obama, Nov. 22, 2005

In fact, the removal of Saddam Hussein’s regime is a Democrat policy authored by the Bill Clinton administration and carried out by the Bush admin.  Paul O’Neil said that in the very first cabinet meeting of the GWB administration the removal of Saddam Hussein was discussed.  After 9-11 it was executed.

Hillary has supported this war from the get go and has voted in support of every funding vote.  She also voted for the Patriot Act each time. 

Ron Paul is most credible as it relates to ending the war because he has stated he will work to immediately to bring the troops home.  Obama has refused to pledge to do so and Hillary will not end the war, no matter what she is saying today which is in complete contradiction of her financial support from military contractors and her personal statements.

The reality is, zero of the progressive social programs that the democrats are promising can be paid for (the nation is bankrupt) and raising taxes will have a very short lived benefit for federal government revenues but will ultimately damage the economy (and then tax receipts and then the ability to fund programs).  The current stimulus plans are more of the same. Borrowing money from the future for political gain but no real benefit to the fundamental structure of the economy.

Tax cuts should be made permanent. The thing that needs to change is spending and the only place where we can cut spending is overseas.  Ron Paul is the only candidate with a legitimate solution that has political feasibility.

Ron Paul is the ONLY candidate discussing inflation and how it has destroyed the middle class in this country.  The rest of the candidates think their Keynesian economics of printing money out of thin air has no victims.  The irony is sickening.  Progressive my ass.

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By Maani, January 27, 2008 at 5:45 pm Link to this comment

“GOP Hopefuls Debate in Florida…”

...and all of them are totally clueless!  They all support the war - McCain most aggressively.  They all support making the Bush tax cuts permanent.  All of their economic plans are watered-down Reaganomics.

Are they even living on the same planet that the majority of Americans are living on?

If ANY of these clowns make it to the White House, I will lose what little faith I have left in the American people.


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By Leefeller, January 27, 2008 at 10:17 am Link to this comment

Are not the GOP clowns the ones who had a debate of which torture worked best?
So the good news about Iraq is a given for these morons. So the surge is working, if it wasn’t would they tell us?

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By 911truthdotorg, January 26, 2008 at 10:18 am Link to this comment

First, Google “The Keating Five”. He was involved with the Enron of the 80’s. The S&L;Meltdown where millions of people lost everything.

Then read this article in today’s AZ Republic: /0126mccain-lobby0126.html

Now this: ains-white-flag/

9/11 was an inside job.

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By Kathryn, January 26, 2008 at 3:20 am Link to this comment
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By TheEnd, January 25, 2008 at 12:11 pm Link to this comment
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I really enjoyed how in Part 3, and starting at around 4:50, Mitt Romney gave us a litany of issues on which BOTH parties in Washington have “failed to deliver.”  Almost immediately after this he goes on to say when Republicans act like Democrats it’s bad for the American people.  But… um… didn’t you just say that everyone there in DC sux?  Which is it?

And while I’m at it, if Republicans were acting like Democrats then the GOP ought to be sulking about how they only recently gained a majority in congress, how they don’t have a majority on the supreme court, how the executive branch hasn’t been theirs since 2000, and what a big mistake the war on terrorism has been.  Topsy turvy! - TheEnd

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By SuaSponte, January 25, 2008 at 6:53 am Link to this comment
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Oh how delirious the media whores for the ultra-right are this morning over their increasingly apparent poster boy, Nit Romney, and his cutesie performance last night. Apparently, the wobble in his spinning like a top on what his beliefs are is disappearing.

Fox Newsfixer Channel filled as it is with the largest number of tv broadcast whores will continue to work the gullible vacuities in the Southern Strategy precincts into a foaming mouth, bulging eyed, flashing red-faced frenzy of cheering against their own interests and voting for even more shameless ultra-right political whores into Congress.

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