Posted on | November 13, 2011 | 9 Comments
Today was a good and civil debate for Republican candidates. I have to say, that though I had reservation about Romney and his record of health-care reform in MA, I have to admit, that he seemed to be the most knowledgeable in both economy and foreign policy.
While I am not saying that I decided on a candidate, I would like to point answers that seem reasonable, the answers that resonated with me.
Romney is dead on in regards to predatory practices of China and need to assess tariffs to account for currency manipulations of Chinese government and for theft of intellectual property. From this point of view Huntsmann sounds like a totally clueless space cadet and I do not understand, why we are still wasting time on having him part of the debates, while consistently he does not get more than 1% in poll after poll. To me Huntsmann is no more, than a Mormon version of a globalist puppet Obama. The sooner he is out of the debate circle, the better. We’ll have more time for serious candidates.
I believe, Romney was correct on Pakistan. This country is indeed fractured, does not have a central governmental control. He is correct on working with parties friendly to us without transmitting to the world, what are we doing. He is dead on in regards to Iraq and Iran. He was correct in taking Obama to task on the issue of Obama announcing withdrawal from Iraq based on political consideration of an upcoming election instead of relying on the advice of the military brass.
Gingrich was very knowledgeable and seems to compliment Romney well. My reservation with Gingrich, is the fact, that he pushed for WTO-GATT together with Clinton. I do not believe, he will repeal or modify an agreement, which was the centerpiece of his tenure as the Speaker of the House. In other areas he is dead on.
In my opinion Romney and Gingrich stood out in this debate.
Cain was steady, reserved and did well.
Perry was correct on starting with zero foreign aid and negotiating from this point. Others agreed with this notion. He even showed a sense of humor, joking about his brain freeze during the CNBC economy debate.
Bachmann was knowledgeable and held her own, but did not seem to provide clear and succinct answers on important policy issues, as Romney and Gingrich did.
I believe, that if we will have similar debates in general election and one of the three candidates, who are currently on the top, Romney, Gingrich, Cain, will be facing Obama, we will see a clear superiority of the Republican candidates over Obama in economy, job creation and foreign policy.