Campaign Buzz January 16, 2012: Fox News Channel & Wall Street Journal South Carolina Republican Presidential Debate — Gingrich Impresses, Romney Fumbles

CAMPAIGN 2012

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor of History Musings. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University. Ms. Goodman has also contributed the overviews, and chronologies in History of American Presidential Elections, 1789-2008, 4th edition, edited by Gil Troy, Fred L. Israel, and Arthur Meier Schlesinger to be published by Facts on File, Inc. in late 2011.

CAMPAIGN BUZZ 2012

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IN FOCUS: FOX NEWS SOUTH CAROLINA REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE

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Highlights and Fact-Checks From the Debate

Romney defends record at Bain, suggests he’d release tax forms; Gingrich defends attacks: Some notable moments from the Republican presidential hopefuls’ debate Monday in Myrtle Beach, S.C…. – WaPo, 1-16-12

“Every time we invested, we tried to grow an enterprise, add jobs to make it more successful. The record is pretty darn good.” — Mitt Romney

MITT ROMNEY: “I’ve heard enough from folks saying, ‘Look, let’s see your tax records.’ I have nothing in them that suggests there’s any problem and I’m happy to do so. If I become our nominee, and what’s happened in history is people have released them in about April of the coming year, and that’s probably what I would do.”

RICK PERRY: “We can’t fire our nominee in September. We need to know now.”

“I don’t think Republicans should allow themselves to automatically be intimidated because every time you raise a question somebody yells, ‘You are doing something the Democrats will do.’” — Newt Gingrich

  • Romney Is Opponents’ Main Target in GOP Debate: Mitt Romney withstood forceful attacks during a debate here on Monday evening, with his Republican rivals lining up to question his job-creation record, wealth and character, as they implored voters to scrutinize his candidacy more … – NYT, 1-16-12
  • FACT CHECK: Distortions on trade, campaign ads and Romney’s record in latest: Mitt Romney ignored the most significant expansion of trade ties in nearly two decades when he accused the Obama administration Monday night of doing nothing to open new markets. Rick Santorum claimed to be taking purely the high road…. – WaPo, 1-16-12
  • South Carolina Republican debate: Winners and losers: Another day, another Republican presidential debate. (Missed it? Don’t worry – we liveblogged the entire night right here…. – WaPo, 1-16-12
  • Debate night, round 16: We’ll be live-blogging the 16th GOP primary debate, this one hosted by Fox News and the Wall Street Journal, and held in South Carolina. The event, set to last an hour and 45 minutes, will be the first one without Jon Huntsman…. – Politico, 1-16-12
  • Debate reactions on Twitter: All eyes are on the GOP hopefuls who are taking the stage tonight in South Carolina at a debate sponsored by The Wall Street Journal and FOX News. The NBC political team will be live-tweeting the debate, offering minute-by-minute updates and analysis…. – msnbc.com, 1-16-12
  • Fact check: GOP candidates stretch truth in SC debate: In a spirited debate, Republican candidates variously strained the facts on President Obama’s record on trade, tangled with each other over a misleading ad about allowing felons to vote…. – USA Today, 1-17-12
  • FACT CHECK: Distortions on trade, campaign ads and Romney’s record in latest republican debate: Mitt Romney ignored the most significant expansion of trade ties in nearly two decades when he accused the Obama administration Monday night of doing nothing to open new markets. Rick Santorum claimed to be taking purely the high road in … – WaPo, 1-16-12
  • Republican Debate Boosts Fox News; Cable News Ratings for Monday, January 16, 2012: FOX News Channel’s debate this past Monday night (MLK holiday) in South Carolina attracted 5.5 million viewers with 1.6 million in the 25-54 demographic – even with the holiday, FNC’s debate beat the last debate held by NBC’s Meet The Press in both … – TVbytheNumbers, 1-17-12
  • Romney Is Opponents’ Main Target in GOP Debate: Mitt Romney withstood forceful attacks during a debate here on Monday evening, with his Republican rivals lining up to question his job-creation record, wealth and character, as they implored voters to scrutinize his candidacy more … – NYT, 1-16-12
  • In South Carolina debate, focus is on tactics in GOP race: Mitt Romney came under renewed assault Monday night for his business record and tactics, but in a turnabout, his rivals found themselves forced to defend their criticism and the increasingly harsh tone of the … – LAT, 1-16-12
  • In South Carolina, a good night for Gingrich, but will it matter?: If Republican presidential debates mattered as much as everyone has said they do, the final days before Saturday’s South Carolina primary might now be seen as a political duel between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. … – WaPo, 1-16-12
  • In South Carolina debate, rough patches for usually polished Mitt Romney: Mitt Romney spoke haltingly and indecisively, during GOP’s South Carolina debate, about his tenure at Bain Capital and whether he would release his tax returns…. – CS Monitor, 1-21-12
  • Romney may release his tax records — in April: Mitt Romney indicated last night he will release his tax returns — but only after he has clinched the Republican nomination. Using the phrase “if I become our nominee,” Romney said at last night’s debate in Myrtle Beach, … – USA Today, 1-21-12
  • Confronted by GOP rivals, Romney says he may release tax returns in April: Mitt Romney’s four remaining challengers are keeping the spotlight on the Republican front-runner’s wealth and business dealings by pressing him to release his income tax returns. Romney says he might make them public in April. … – WaPo, 1-21-12
  • Did SC debate damage Romney?: Mitt Romney fended off attacks from his rivals during the Republican debate Monday in Myrtle Beach, SC With only days to go in the South Carolina primary race, opponents looked to plant new doubts about Romney’s … – WaPo, AP, 1-21-12
  • GOP Race Intensifies: Republican rivals at Monday’s debate asked front-runner Mitt Romney, center, to release his tax returns. And they pressed the former Massachusetts governor to release his tax returns to avoid any surprise revelations in a general-election fight with … – WSJ, 1-16-12
  • Rep. Scott praises Newt’s debate performance: Rep. Tim Scott (RS.C.) on Tuesday praised Newt Gingrich’s performance during the previous night’s Fox News-Wall Street Journal debate. “Newt really had a strong performance,” Scott said Tuesday on the Laura … – The Hill, 1-17-12
  • Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum split the fearful faction: Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum are reading from the same script as they vie to be the “not Romney” champion of the frightened right. Monday, both candidates roved around this city of deserted beach … – LAT, 1-16-12
  • Not moose. Not varmints. It was elk Mitt Romney was after when hunting with friends in Montana: Mitt Romney confused moose with elk as he described his last hunting trip. In Monday night’s Republican debate in South Carolina, the GOP front-runner said he “went moose hunting” in Montana with friends, then quickly corrected … – WaPo, 1-16-12
  • Paul doubles down on cutting military spending overseas: Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul says he will make deep cuts to the military budget even though many voters in South Carolina and elsewhere are employed by the military. The Texas congressman was grilled Monday…. – WaPo, 1-21-12
  • Newt Gingrich warmongering, standing ovation for ‘Kill them’: Whilst Ron Paul was jeered and booed for his anti-war stance during a GOP debate in South Carolina, his rival candidate Newt Gingrich received a standing ovation for his warmongering rhetoric. … – DigitalJournal.com, 1-17-12
  • A smaller field and sharper tone in South Carolina campaign: The major Republican presidential hopefuls gathered for their 16th televised debate Monday night in a field that was smaller in size — former Utah governor Jon Huntsman had suspended his campaign a few hours … – USA Today, 1-17-12
  • In South Carolina debate, focus is on tactics in GOP race: Mitt Romney came under renewed assault Monday night for his business record and tactics, but in a turnabout, his rivals found themselves forced to defend their criticism and the increasingly harsh tone… – LAT, 1-16-12
  • At debate, Romney hedges on whether he would release tax returns: Under pressure to release his tax returns, Mitt Romney gave conflicting signals at the Fox News/Wall Street Journal debate in Myrtle Beach, SC as to whether he would make them public. At one point, Romney was asked directly whether…. – LAT, 1-16-12
  • Republican debate in South Carolina: Ron Paul takes drubbing: I’ve kind of been the one saying, ‘Please, come on in, get in the state.’ So it’s going to be interesting to see what he gets on Saturday…. – Politico, 1-16-12
  • Perry: Turkey ruled by ‘Islamic terrorists’?: We wonder if Turkey will be filing any protests with the State Department after presidential candidate Rick Perry labeled it a virtual terrorist state during last night’s Republican debate. Asked if Turkey belongs in NATO…. – USA Today, 1-17-12
  • Republican Debate: MLK Day Edition: On Monday night, the five remaining Republican presidential candidates debated in South Carolina. The two-hour event, broadcast on Fox News and held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, covered a broad range of topics, but with its overlap on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day… – The Root, 1-16-12
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