Campaign Recap August 15, 2011: Ames Iowa GOP Debate & Straw Poll — Texas Gov. Rick Perry Announces Presidential Bid While Tim Pawlenty Withdraws

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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Gov. Rick Perry of Texas announced his candidacy for president at the RedState Gathering, a meeting of conservative activists, in Charleston, S.C., on Saturday.

STATS & POLLS

Republican Presidential Candidates: Primaries 2012 — NYT

Democratic Nominee 2012: President Barack Obama’s Official Reelection Campaign Website — BarackObama.com

Republican National Committee

Democratic National Committee

  • Gallup Poll: Election 2012 — Track GOP Contender’s Images Week by Week — Generic Ballot Gallup
  • Gallup: Presidential Job Approval Gallup
  • Gallup Daily: Obama Job Approval: Each result is based on a three-day rolling average Gallup
  • Poll Watch: Polls and Related Articles From The New York Times NYT
  • Top tier emerges as GOP nomination race enters a defining phase: With Rick Perry declaring his candidacy and Michele Bachmann winning the Iowa straw poll, the two go head-to-head for the GOP’s social and religious conservatives and against establishment front-runner Mitt Romney…. – LAT, 8-15-11

QUOTES & SPEECHES

    • AP Interview: Perry calls jobs record a big plus: Texas Gov. Rick Perry contended Monday he has the best economic record and executive experience in government of any Republican presidential candidate, contrasting his credentials with those of his top two rivals, Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann…. – AP, 8-15-11

“I respect all the other candidates in the field but there is no one that can stand toe-to-toe with us.”

“There’s plenty of time to look at his four years in Massachusetts and my 10 years in Texas.”

“Trying to compare the job creation and the numbers of jobs with any other state is just not an apples-to-apples comparison.”

“I was in the private sector for 13 years after I left the Air Force. I wasn’t on Wall Street. I wasn’t working at Bain Capital. But the principles of the free market, they work whether you’re in a farm field in Iowa or whether you’re on Wall Street.”

“It’s a fair comparison. Understanding how that process works, but more importantly making that process work, of which we have done in Texas, is inarguably better than … anyone who is aspiring to be the president.”

“I’m going to talk about the economy; don’t get any ideas that I’m going to run away from my faith or my beliefs.”

QUOTES & SPEECHES

Mitt Romney: Speeches & News — Full Text & Transcripts mittromney.com

Rick Perry: Speeches & News — Full Text & Transcripts rickperry.org

Ron Paul: Speeches & News — Full Text & Transcripts ronpaul2012.com

Herman Cain: Speeches & News — Full Text & Transcripts hermancain.com

Michele Bachmann: Speeches & News — Full Text & Transcripts michelebachmann.com

Newt Gingrich: Speeches & News — Full Text & Transcripts newt.org

Jon Huntsman: Speeches & News — Full Text & Transcripts jon2012.com

Rick Santorum: Speeches & News — Full Text & Transcripts ricksantorum.com

The Ames Republican debate transcript: Everything they said that you missed — LAT, 8-13-11

“In Iowa we have successfully maintained the chain of liberty for 150 years my family has lived in Iowa. I’m the seventh-generation Iowan. And every generation has successfully handed the torch of liberty to the next. It’s as though we have forged a chain-link of liberty, and every generation has successfully kept the chain going. And now it’s our chance, here in Iowa. We get to forge that next chain on the link of liberty.” — Rep. Michele Bachmann

“I want to say on television what I said to you personally, I sincerely apologize, I didn’t mean to do it.” — Chris Wallace, Host “Fox News Sunda.”
“All is forgiven, we move forward, so we’re good to go.” — Rep. Michele Bachmann

“It is time to get America working again, to get citizens – to get our citizens working in good jobs and getting the government to working for the people again.” — Gov. Rick Perry

“Page 1 of any economic plan to get America working is to give a pink slip to the current resident in the White House. The president of the United States has a pen. It’s called a veto pen. And I will use it until the ink runs out if that’s what it takes.” — Gov. Rick Perry in Waterloo, Iowa

“The American people now, by a large majority, are saying we have been overseas too long. We don’t need an American empire. We need to protect our borders and forget about the borders in Afghanistan and Pakistan. It’s time to bring the troops home. All we have to do is restore the belief in freedom, restore the belief in what made America great, restore our conviction that the Constitution works.” — Rep. Ron Paul of Texas in his speech at the Iowa straw poll

“Obviously that message didn’t get the kind of traction or lift that we needed and hoped for coming into and out of the Ames Straw Poll. We needed to get some lift to continue on and to have a pathway forward. That didn’t happen. So I’m announcing this morning on your show that I’m going to be ending my campaign for president.
All of them are going to be tested, and somebody who can thrive in this process will have their mettle tested, and they’ll be improved. And so a lot of times you see candidates start out weaker, they get stronger over time, or start out strong and fall by the wayside. So we just don’t know.” — Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota, dropped his presidential bid in an appearance on ABC’s “This Week” program hosted by Jack Tapper

“Tim Pawlenty and his entire team ran an honorable campaign. I admire his accomplishments as a two-term governor with a record of results for his state. I consider him a friend and I know he has a bright future ahead of him as a leader in the Republican Party.” — Mitt Romney

“Tim Pawlenty is an accomplished governor, a proud conservative and someone of tremendous character. Our families became close while we were serving together as governors and we are honored to call the Pawlentys dear friends. I know this wasn’t an easy decision for Tim and Mary, and I wish them nothing but the best. Tim should be proud that he brought to this race ambitious solutions to turn around our nation’s economy and to tackle debt and spending. I hope that all of his supporters continue to stay engaged in this defining election and work with us to ensure that our party wins in November.” — Jon M. Huntsman Jr.

“Tim Pawlenty is a good friend and colleague who I have worked closely with over the years, including visiting our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a governor, Tim stuck to conservative principles despite leading a blue state like Minnesota. He and Mary are true patriots who are committed to our country, and ran an honorable campaign that reflected their integrity. Governor Pawlenty’s common-sense conservative voice will remain prominent and influential as we work to beat President Obama in 2012 and get America working again.” — Gov. Rick Perry

“This morning I spoke with Governor Pawlenty to express my respect and admiration for him, and to wish him and his family well. Running for the presidency requires enormous self-sacrifice. Governor Pawlenty brought an important voice and ideas to the campaign, and he served the people of Minnesota and our country well. Our party and our country are better as a result of his service and commitment.” — Rep. Michele Bachmann

    • GOP candidates slam Obama on US credit downgrade: The 2012 Republican presidential contenders have roundly criticized President Barack Obama for economic policies they contend helped drive the downgrade of U.S. credit by a major ratings agency…. – AP, 8-9-11

“Markets will rise and fall, but this is the United States of America. No matter what some agency may say, we’ve always been and always will be a triple-A country.” — President Obama said at the White House.

“Stop attacking, take responsibility and lead.” — Mitt Romney

“These problems have been percolating for a lot of years — both parties have to take some blame — but it’s also true that President Obama has made them exponentially worse.” — Tim Pawlenty said at an event in Ames

“You look at where the marketplace is today, you look at our downgrade, you look at all the economic woes that every American family has seen play out over the past little while. We’ve done this to ourselves and it’s time to reverse this business-unfriendly attitude of the past 2½ years.” — Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman

IN FOCUS: THE AMES IOWA GOP/REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES DEBATE

    • FACT CHECK: Republican debate strains some facts: Michele Bachmann cast her opinion as a settled fact when she told the Republican presidential debate Thursday that a key element of President Barack Obama’s health care law is unconstitutional. And Mitt Romney danced around an attempt to learn why he stayed largely mum on the epic debt limit standoff between Obama and Congress. The first big GOP debate of the primary season brought viewers a flurry of claims and counterclaims, not all built on solid ground…. – AP, 8-12-11

The Ames Republican debate transcript: Everything they said that you missed — LAT, 8-13-11

Ames presidential debate: Winners and losers: The Washinton Post names Romney, Bachmann and Paul were among the winners.

BACHMANN: Spoke of “the unconstitutional individual mandate” several times, a reference to a requirement for people to carry health insurance, a central element of the 2010 federal health care law.
THE FACTS: Nothing is unconstitutional until courts declare it to be so.

TIM PAWLENTY: “To correct you, I have not questioned Congresswoman Bachmann’s headaches.”
THE FACTS: Pawlenty was hardly dismissive when news came out about Bachmann’s history of severe headaches, even if he did not go after her directly on the matter.

ROMNEY: on the last-minute deal to avert a national debt default: “I’m not going to eat Barack Obama’s dog food, all right? What he served up was not what I would have done if I’d had been president of the United States.”
THE FACTS: Romney was defending himself against criticism that he took a pass when political leadership was most needed in the mighty struggle to negotiate an agreement to raise the debt ceiling.

RICK SANTORUM: “The problem is that we have spending that has exploded. The government’s averaged 18 percent of GDP as the percentage of the overall economy. … And we’re now at almost 25 percent. Revenues are down about 2 or 3 percent. So if you look at where the problem is, the problem is in spending, not taxes.”
THE FACTS: The former Pennsylvania senator might have been mixing statistics on federal spending with federal revenue.

BACHMANN to PAWLENTY: “You said the era of small government was over. That sounds an awful lot like Barack Obama if you ask me.”
THE FACTS: Pawlenty did not declare the era of small government over. (Neither has Obama.)

“If that’s your record of results, please stop, because you’re killing us. Leading and failing is not the objective.” — Gov. Tim Pawlenty

“I believe you can get money wrong, but you can’t get life wrong. It was a choice. The governor put us in that box and I chose to protect human life.” — Rep. Michele Bachmann

    • Bachmann, Pawlenty challenge each other in debate: Fellow Minnesotans Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann directly challenged each other during Thursday’s GOP debate in Iowa, with Pawlenty calling her a failure and Bachmann likening her Republican competitor to President Barack Obama…. – AP, 8-11-11
    • GOP debate opens with economic questions: Republican front-runner Mitt Romney says he would have supported a plan by congressional Republicans to cut spending and force a vote on a federal balanced budget amendment to address the nation’s debt crisis…. – AP, 8-11-11
    • “I’m not going to eat Barack Obama’s dog food. What he served up is not what I would have done if I’d had been president of the United States.” — Mitt Romney

“She said she’s got a titanium spine. It’s not her spine we’re worried about. It’s her record of results. If that’s your view of effective leadership with results, please stop, because you’re killing us.” — Tim Pawlenty

“Iran is not Iceland, Ron. Iran is a country that has been at war with us since 1979. Iran is a country that has killed more American men and women in uniform in Iraq and Afghanistan than the Iraqis and [Afghans] have.” — Rick Santorum

  • GOP Debate: Live Blog of Republican Face-off in Iowa — ABC News, 8-11-11
  • 7 Best Moments from the GOP Debate: Bachmann and Pawlenty drop the gloves, Herman Cain talks religion, and Rick Santorum decries the oppression of gays—in Iran. Watch the best moments from the GOP debate…. – The Daily Beast, 8-12-11
  • FACT CHECK: Republican debate strains some facts: Michele Bachmann cast her opinion as a settled fact when she told the Republican presidential debate Thursday that a key element of President Barack Obama’s health care law is unconstitutional. And Mitt Romney danced around an attempt to learn why he stayed largely mum on the epic debt limit standoff between Obama and Congress.
    The first big GOP debate of the primary season brought viewers a flurry of claims and counterclaims, not all built on solid ground.
    A look at some of those claims and how they compare with the facts…. – AP, 8-11-11
  • GOP debate: Hitting hard at each other and Obama: Minnesota rivals Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann sparred bitterly Thursday night during an eight-candidate Republican debate, trying to break out of the GOP presidential pack ahead of an Iowa test vote with huge consequences. Each seeks to become the main challenger to Republican front-runner Mitt Romney.
    Their efforts were newly complicated by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who stole some of the spotlight from afar by making it known hours before the debate that he was running for the GOP nomination.
    Romney, a multimillionaire businessman who casts himself as a jobs creator, made his own stir earlier in the day when, at the Iowa State Fair, he declared that “corporations are people,” drawing ridicule from Democrats…. – AP, 8-11-11
  • GOP debate: Romney skates amid Pawlenty, Bachmann slugfest: The Republican presidential debate here Thursday night went about as well as Mitt Romney could have asked for. Despite being the frontrunner for the nomination, Romney largely avoided the slings and arrows of his rivals. … – CBS News, 8-11-11
  • Pawlenty, Bachmann Square Off Ahead of Iowa Straw Poll: “Minnesota nice” went out the window Thursday when former Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Rep. Michele Bachmann took each other on directly in a manner that clearly suggested each one sees the other as their main obstacle to a strong showing at the Iowa Straw Poll on Saturday…. – PBS Newshour, 8-11-11
  • GOP candidates debate in Ames, Iowa: Presumptive front-runner Mitt Romney steers clear of the toughest exchanges as midtier Republican presidential hopefuls like Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty spar ahead of Saturday’s straw poll…. – LAT, 8-11-11
  • Republican Presidential Hopefuls Gather for Debate Before Iowa Straw Poll: Republican presidential rivals went on the attack in a nationally televised debate yesterday, shedding the politeness marking previous forums as they squared off in Iowa before a weekend … – Bloomberg, 8-11-11
  • GOP debate kicks campaign into new phase: For most of the year, the Republican presidential race has been a listless affair. That changed suddenly Thursday night during a raucous debate that produced the sharpest exchanges of the campaign and signaled a new and more intense phase … – WaPo, 8-11-11
  • Welcome to the race, Rick! Other candidates tweak absent Perry at Iowa debate: Rick Perry wasn’t on the stage in Ames, Iowa tonight, but he was on the minds — and tongues — of the other Republican … – Houston Chronicle, 8-11-11
  • Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann exchange blows at Republican debate: The simmering rivalry between Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann erupted at Thursday night’s Republican primary debate here, transforming Iowa’s first 2012 forum into a full-blown slugfest.
    The Minnesota duo have been in a low-grade tug of war for months over the affections of Iowa conservatives. With a crucial test looming for both at the Ames straw poll this Saturday, the Pawlenty-Bachmann rivalry turned so intense that it threatened to crowd out the other candidates completely.
    The charges were familiar: Pawlenty once again called Bachmann’s accomplishments “nonexistent.” Bachmann wielded well-worn attacks on Pawlenty tenure as governor…. – Politico, 8-11-11
  • Bachmann asked whether wives should be submissive: The Bible tells wives to be submissive to their husbands. If she were president, would that apply to Michele Bachmann? In Thursday’s Republican debate in Iowa, the Minnesota congresswoman was asked if she would be submissive to her husband… – AP, 8-11-11
  • Waiting for Bachmann: The debate just came back from the first-hour commercial break, with one podium empty. “Are we actually missing a candidate on the stage?” sked Bret Baier. “We are. Congresswoman Bachmann.” Continue Reading She walked back a minute later…. – Politico, 8-11-11
  • Fighting for Iowa: With Rick Perry on the verge of entering the presidential contest, there seem for now to be three slots: Romney’s fragile, electable machine; Perry’s conservative challenge; and — at most — one more. Michele Bachmann’s grassroots populism is the most … – Politico, 8-11-11
  • The Gloves Come Off at Iowa Debate: Fox News anchors are testing the microphones. Reporters have assembled in a cavernous room with hundreds of folding tables and chairs. Senior aides to the candidates are finishing up their efforts at pre-debate spin.
    Television viewers will tune in to Thursday night’s debate promptly at 9 Eastern time, but the highly orchestrated media event began several hours ago.
    Fox News and the Iowa Republican Party are hosting the third Republican debate of this campaign season at Stephens Auditorium on the grounds of Iowa State University. The reporters — hundreds have been issued credentials — are at the next-door Hilton Coliseum…. – NYT, 8-11-11

IN FOCUS: FORMER MINNESOTA GOVERNOR TIM PAWLENTY ENDS PRESIDENTIAL BID

    • Pawlenty ends 2012 GOP bid: Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced Sunday morning that he is stepping out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination, after a disappointing finish in the Iowa straw poll.
      “We cannot envision a path forward to victory and so therefore we made a decision to end the campaign,” he said in an early-morning conference call to supporters.

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty Quitting Repubican Presidential Race: Tim Pawlenty, the former governor Minnesota, dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential race on Sunday.
Mr. Pawlenty told supporters on a conference call Sunday morning that he would announce later in the day that he was ending his campaign after a disappointing finish in the Iowa straw poll on Saturday. The poll was a test of organizational strength and popularity in the state whose caucuses lead off the nomination fight.
Mr. Pawlenty had struggled to gain traction in Iowa, a state he had said he must win, after laying the groundwork for a campaign for nearly two years. He’s been eclipsed in polls in recent months by his Minnesota rival, Representative Michele Bachmann. She topped the straw poll on Saturday…. – NYT, 8-14-11

“We needed to get some lift to continue on and have a pathway forward and that didn’t happen, so I’m announcing on your show that I’m ending my campaign for president.
I wish it would have been different, but obviously the pathway forward for me doesn’t really exist, so we’re going to end the campaign.
I’m doing this because I love this country and I want to defeat Barack Obama because I think he’s got it on the wrong course, but I don’t get my identity or my sense of worth or my values or my faith from politics. I get it from my personal faith in God, and I believe in this country, I love this country, I thought I would have been a great president.
Obviously, we had some success raising money, but we needed to continue that, and Ames was a benchmark for that. And if we didn’t do well in Ames, we weren’t going to have the fuel to keep the car going down the road. But also, there’s a lot of other choices in the race. And for me, what I brought forward I thought was a rational, established, credible, strong record of results, based on experience governing — a two-term governor of a blue state. But I think the audience, so to speak, was looking for something different.” — Tim Pawlenty announcing he is ending Presidential bid on ABC’s “This Week” with Jack Tapper

  • Pawlenty Drops Out of Republican Race: Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota, dropped his bid for the Republican nomination for president on Sunday morning, saying his disappointing performance in Iowa’s straw poll convinced him that his campaign had run its course…. – NYT, 8-14-11
  • Pawlenty Drops 2012 Presidential Bid: Tim Pawlenty announced an end to his presidential candidacy Sunday after what he called a “disappointing” third place finish in the Ames, Iowa, straw poll. The former Minnesota governor said he had hoped to get a jolt from the preference poll… – Fox News, 8-14-11
  • Tim Pawlenty ends presidential campaign: Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty said today he will end his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination. Pawlenty informed his supporters in a conference call and then announced his decision on ABC’s This Week. … – USA Today, 8-14-11
  • Pawlenty to quit 2012 presidential race: Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty is ending his bid for the Republican nomination for president, he told about 75 supporters on an early morning conference call from Iowa on Sunday…. – WaPo, 8-14-11
  • Republican Tim Pawlenty ends White House bid: The former governor of Minnesota ends his bid for the GOP nomination after a disapppointing third place finish in the Iowa Straw Poll…. – LAT, 8-14-11
  • Tim Pawlenty Exits 2012 Presidential Race After Poor Iowa Showing: Tim Pawlenty made headlines Sunday but not the sort he was hoping to. He announced on ABC News This Week that he has dropped out of the hunt for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination after coming in a disappointing third in the Iowa’s Ames Straw Poll…. – NPR (blog), 8-14-11
  • Cain: Pawlenty ‘doubleddown’ in Iowa: GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain said former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty put a huge effort into a strong showing in Saturday’s Iowa straw poll and lost that gamble. Pawlenty pulled out of the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination…. – Politico, 8-14-11
  • Former Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty drops out of GOP presidential race; finished 3rd: Hours after finishing third at the Iowa straw poll, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is quitting the GOP presidential race. Pawlenty told supporters on a conference call Sunday morning that he would formally announce he’s withdrawing … New York Daily News, 8-14-11
  • Pawlenty: No fuel for the car: Martin and Cogan report: After spending much of his money to finish a distant third in the Ames Straw Poll, Tim Pawlenty ended his presidential bid Sunday. “We needed to get some lift to continue on and have a pathway forward and that didn’t happen.”… – Politico, 8-14-11
  • Tim Pawlenty leaving presidential race: After spending much of his money to finish a distant third in the Ames straw poll, Tim Pawlenty ended his presidential bid Sunday. Pawlenty revealed his decision on an early morning conference call with supporters, an aide told POLITICO…. – Politico, 8-14-11
  • Tim Pawlenty dropping out of presidential race: Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty speaks during a town hall meeting Monday, May 23, 2011, at the State of Iowa Historical Building in Des Moines, Iowa. Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is dropping out of the presidential race, sources told…. – CBS News, 8-14-11
  • Pawlenty Withdraws From Race: Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has dropped out of the 2012 race for president, according to the Associated Press. Pawlenty told supporters on a conference call Sunday morning that he would announce on ABC’s “This Week”… – AP, 8-14-11

IN FOCUS: REP. MICHELE BACHMANN WINS IOWA AMES STRAW POLL

Michele Bachmann wins Ames Straw Poll: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) won the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa on Saturday. The straw poll is a key test of organizational strength in the race to run against President Obama, although its winner has not necessarily gone on to win the Iowa caucus or the Republican presidential nomination. Those candidates who underperform in the contest, however, have sometimes dropped out of the primary race soon after competing.

“I want to thank the people of Iowa for this tremendous victory. Together we sent a message that we intend to make President Obama a one-term president. The Iowa Straw Poll was a important first step in what will be a long race for the presidency. Now we turn our attention toward winning the Iowa Caucuses and taking our message of reining in wasteful spending, keeping taxes low, growing our economy and creating jobs to the people of New Hampshire, South Carolina and all 50 states.” Rep. Michele Bachmann following the announcement of her victory

“It is time to get America working again. That’s why, with the support of my family, and an unwavering belief in the goodness of America, I declare to you today my candidacy for president of the United States.” — Texas Governor Rick Perry

Ames Straw Poll Results:
Michele Bachmann: 4,823
Ron Paul: 4,671
Tim Pawlenty: 2,293
Rick Santorum: 1657
Herman Cain: 1456
Rick Perry: 718
Mitt Romney: 567

Representative Michele Bachmann Tops Iowa Straw Poll: Michele Bachmann’s high-intensity, Tea Party-inspired critique of President Obama propelled her to a first-place finish in the straw poll in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday, giving her presidential campaign a boost as the field of rivals expanded to include Gov. Rick Perry of Texas. Mrs. Bachmann bested an incomplete collection of her presidential rivals in a nonbinding, early test of political organization in the state that will hold the first presidential voting early next year.
Representative Ron Paul of Texas came in second on the strength of his appeals for radically smaller government, a pullout of troops from American wars and stronger efforts to reduce the country’s debt.
Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota, came in a distant third after struggling for weeks to create the kind of political buzz that could provide momentum for his candidacy…. – NYT, 8-13-11

  • Bachmann Victorious in Iowa Straw Poll; Paul Places Second: Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann took her surging candidacy to a new level by taking first place in the straw poll with 4,823 votes. Texas Rep. Ron Paul came in a very close second with 4,671 votes. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty placed a distant third with 2,293 votes…. – PBS Newshour, 8-13-11
  • Bachmann talks like a front-runner: ‘It’s on to all 50 states’: Newly minted Ames Straw Poll winner Michele Bachmann is already sounding like a front-runner – saying her win is the “first step” on the road to the White House…. – CNN, 8-13-11
  • Bachmann wins Iowa straw poll as Perry looms: Michele Bachmann captured the famed Iowa straw poll in Ames Saturday, reaching a high-profile benchmark in her meteoric rise to a top-tier presidential candidate…. – LAT, 8-13-11
  • Bachmann wins Iowa straw poll as Perry jumps in: Bachmann narrowly won the Iowa straw poll in a contest that dealt a major setback to third- place finisher Tim Pawlenty. The events of Saturday marked the opening of an accelerating chapter in a 2012 GOP campaign that has been slow to take shape…. – WaPO, 8-13-11
  • Iowa’s Straw Poll Suicide: Ames Now Irrelevant: With Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul leading the Ames Straw Poll and Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum and Herman Cain next — ahead of Rick Perry and Mitt Romney — only the local buttermilk cows should be holding their heads high…. – The Atlantic, 8-13-11
  • ‘History was made’: Agile internet fundraiser Michele Bachmann, within two hours of her win, sent a fundraising email to her list off the fact that “history was made today in Iowa” at the Ames Straw Poll. The historic element was that she was the first woman ever to win…. – Politico, 8-13-11
  • Perry overshadows Bachmann’s Iowa victory: As the Texas governor makes a fiery entry into the Republican race, the Minnesota congresswoman narrowly defeats Ron Paul to win the Ames straw poll. Tim Pawlenty places a distant third…. – LAT, 8-13-11
  • Ames bragging rights: Perry edges Mitt: Neither was competing in Iowa, but Rick Perry won an in-your-face victory of sorts over Mitt Romney Saturday: The Texas governor bested the nominal frontrunner by 151 votes in the Ames Straw Poll…. – Politico, 8-13-11
  • Perry, Bachmann galvanize Republicans in US race: Popular Texas Governor Rick Perry hurdled into the forefront of the Republican White House race, overshadowing Tea Party darling Michele Bachmann’s victory in a telling early poll…. – AFP, 8-13-11
  • ‘Hi, y’all!’: Texas Gov. Rick Perry hits N.H. running in GOP prez bid: Texas Gov. Rick Perry brought a little Lone Star swagger to New Hampshire this evening, promising he’d boost jobs nationwide if voters send him to the White House, as he officially entered the already crowded Republican Presidential campaign…. – Boston Herald, 8-13-11
  • Rick Perry arrives to excited crowd in New Hampshire: Rick Perry touched down in New Hampshire late Saturday for his first official campaign stop, hours after kicking off his presidential campaign, and fielded questions from the delighted crowd at a house party with ease…. – Politico, 8-13-11
  • Perry Releases New Campaign Video: On the heels of his official presidential announcement, Rick Perry has unveiled a new, two-minute campaign video. The biographical video describes the governor of Texas as “America’s jobs governor.”… – NYT, 8-13-11
  • Iowa GOP straw poll: The power of not being there: This year’s Iowa Republican straw poll was largely defined by the man who wasn’t there, Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Inside the Hilton Coliseum on Saturday, one candidate after another vowed to make Barack Obama a one-term president…. – Kansas City Star, 8-13-11
  • Sarah Palin casts shadow over Rick Perry, Iowa Straw Poll: The biggest draw at the Iowa State Fair on Friday wasn’t the butter cow. It was a human magnet named Sarah Palin…. – Sacramento Bee, 8-13-11
  • Iowa straw poll wins rarely lead to big time: It was a big day in Iowa for people who will not be president. Michele Bachmann crushed at the Ames straw poll, and Ron Paul came in a strong second. If history is any guide, that means neither candidate will make it to the White House. The man who many Republicans think will win the nomination was half a country away. In South Carolina, Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced that he is running for president.
    The two poles of energy in the Republican race highlighted the tension that faces the party: between sending a message to Washington and sending a candidate who can win an election. All parties face this tension, but it is particularly acute for the Republican Party at the moment. President Barack Obama is weak, which means a Republican candidate could appeal to independents who have soured on Obama. At the same time, Tea Party activists–who give the party its power and energy and who have reshaped politics in Washington–alienate those same independent voters…. – CBS News, 8-13-11

IN FOCUS: TEXAS GOV. RICK PERRY ANNOUNCES HE IS RUNNING FOR THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION

Rick Perry launches his 2012 presidential bid: Texas Gov. Rick Perry officially declared his presidential candidacy Saturday, telling a crowd in the key primary state of South Carolina that he will run for the nomination to challenge President Obama in 2012.
“I do not accept the path that America is on…Because a renewed nation needs a renewed president. It is time to get America working again,” Perry told the cheering crowd. “I declare to you today as a candidate for president of the United States of America.”
Perry formally announced his intentions to attendees of a conference run by the conservative blog RedState.
Perry’s speech, coming on the same day Republicans in Ames, Iowa cast the first votes of the GOP nomination contest, is the start of a campaign launch that includes a stop in New Hampshire later Saturday and then several days of events in the Hawkeye State starting Sunday.

“I came to South Carolina because I will not sit back and accept the path that America is on, because a great country requires a better direction, because a renewed nation needs a new president…. With the support of my family and unwavering belief in the goodness of America, I declare to you today as a candidate for president of the United States.” — Texas Gov. Rick Perry

“It’s time to get America working again…. Page one of any economic plan to get American working is to give a pink slip to the current residents in the White House….
This sure doesn’t feel like a recovery. Recovery is a meaningless word if the bank has foreclosed on your home….
America is not broken, Washington, D.C. is broken….
There is no taxpayer money that wasn’t first earned by the sweat and toil of one of our citizens.” — Texas Gov. Rick Perry

Transcript of Gov. Perry’s announcement of presidential campaign — RickPerry.org

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    • Texas Gov. Perry jumps into 2012 Republican race: Texas Gov. Rick Perry joined the 2012 GOP race for president Saturday with an announcement sure to reverberate halfway across the country as his rivals competed in Iowa for the support of party activists. “I full well believe I’m going to win.”… – AP, 8-13-11
    • Texas Governor Perry launches 2012 presidential bid: Rick Perry, the conservative governor of Texas, declared himself a candidate for president on Saturday, shaking up the race for the Republican nomination to face Democratic President Barack Obama…. – Reuters, 8-13-11
    • Rick Perry Enters G.O.P. Race for President: Gov. Rick Perry of Texas announced Saturday that he was running for president, declaring it was “time to get America working again” as he sought to offer the Republican Party a well-rounded candidate who appeals to fiscal conservatives and can also rally the evangelical base.
      As many of his fellow candidates flooded Iowa over the weekend to woo voters at the Ames Straw Poll, Mr. Perry headed here to announce that he was seeking the nomination at the RedState Gathering, an annual convention of conservative bloggers….. Mr. Perry, 61, whose spectral presence has lingered over the Republican primary contest — he was even the topic of a question at Thursday night’s Republican debate in Iowa — officially became a candidate for the Republican nomination…. – NYT, 8-13-11
    • Election 101: 11 questions about Rick Perry and his White House bid: James Richard Perry wants to hang his cowboy hat in the White House. The Texas governor announced Saturday at a campaign stop in South Carolina that he was running for president. He was also traveling later in the day to New Hampshire, and planned a visit to Iowa…. – CS Monitor, 8-13-11
    • Rick Perry joins 2012 race: Texas Gov. Rick Perry launched his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in Charleston, South Carolina Saturday, scrambling the GOP field from afar on the same day Iowans were casting ballots in the Ames Straw Poll…. – Politico, 8-13-11
    • Texas Gov. Rick Perry declares GOP presidential bid: Scrambling the field of Republican hopefuls vying to replace President Obama, Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced his bid for the White House Saturday, arguing that America could not afford four more years of Barack Obama…. – LAT, 8-13-11
    • Perry Says He’s Running for President: Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Saturday that he was running for president, a move that recasts the GOP nominating contest with the addition of a tough campaigner and proven fund-raiser to an unusually unsettled field. … – WSJ, 8-13-11
    • Texas Gov. Rick Perry announces presidential run: Texas Gov. Rick Perry, speaking Saturday to a conservative group meeting in South Carolina, officially launched his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Perry stated, “It’s time to get America working again.”… – CNN, 8-13-11
    • Texas Governor announces bid for presidency: Opinion polls indicate Texas Governor Rick Perry enters the race close on the heels of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the early front-runner to win the 2012 Republican nomination…. – National Post, 8-13-11
    • Rick Perry officially announces presidential bid: Texas Governor Rick Perry has announced his bid for the 2012 Republican nomination…. – CBS News, 8-13-11
    • With broad attack on Obama, Texan Rick Perry enters GOP fray: After more than a decade as his state’s longest serving governor, Texan Rick Perry moved onto the national political stage Saturday by declaring his entry into the 2012 presidential race, immediately transforming the scramble for the Republican nomination…. – Kansas City Star, 8-13-11

“Governor Perry’s economic policies are a carbon copy of the economic policies of Washington Republicans. He pledged to support the cut cap and balance plan that would preserve subsidies for oil and gas companies and tax cuts for the wealthiest while ending Medicare as we know it, eroding Social Security, eliminating hundreds of thousands of jobs and erasing investments in education and research and development. That’s the same approach he took in Texas, where middle class families know his economic record is no miracle – it’s a tall tale. Governor Perry allowed special interests to write their own rules, hired corporate lobbyists to oversee corporations, and cut funding for programs that would create opportunity for middle class families. In a Republican field that has already pledged allegiance to the Tea Party and failed to present any plan that will benefit the middle class or create the jobs America needs to win the future, Governor Perry offers more of the same.” — Obama Campaign

  • Barack Obama camp blasts Rick Perry’s record as ‘tall tale’: The Obama campaign is out with a tough statement on Rick Perry’s campaign launch, accusing the Texas governor of telling a “tall tale” about his record on job growth and economic expansion, and previewing a line of attack on Perry’s close relationships…. – Politico, 8-13-11
  • Rick Perry’s entry sets up a clarifying contrast: Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s entry into the presidential race puts into especially sharp focus the clash of visions between Republicans and President Obama over the proper role of government.
    In Perry and the state he has led for more than a decade, Republican voters are being offered the Platonic ideal of the GOP model for economic growth — low taxes, scant regulation and limited public services…. – WaPo, 8-13-11

IN FOCUS: TEXAS GOV. RICK PERRY WILL ANNOUNCE HE IS RUNNING FOR THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION ON SATURDAY

Texas Governor Rick Perry will officially announce that he is running for the Republican Presidential nomination on Saturday in South Carolina

“He said, ‘You’ll do what’s right.’ He said, you don’t want to wake up when you’re 70 and go, ‘I wish I had tried that. I wish I had done that.'” — Gov. Rick Perry Perry of a June conversation with former president George W. Bush

“I’ve got a record. And that record, particularly when it comes to the most important issues in this campaign, which is creating the climate of America that gives incentives to job creators to risk their capital and create jobs for our citizens, I will put that up against anybody who’s running and particularly against this President we have today, whose jobs record is abysmal.” — Gov. Rick Perry

“This country’s begging for someone to lay out a vision of hope–real hope–and get America back working again….
I’ll put that record up against anybody that’s running, either on the Republican side or the Democratic side…. If you just want to look at the track record of when Mitt was the governor of Massachusetts versus my years being the governor of Texas, mine doesn’t need any propping up….
My hope is that in four years, people can take a look at what we’ve done in Washington, D.C., and they know that I’ve made Washington, D.C. less consequential in their lives” — Rick Perry in an interview Thursday with New Hampshire television station WMUR

Q&A: Rick Perry Is Ready to Run: Rick Perry is primed to announce his bid for the Republican presidential nomination on Saturday in South Carolina. TIME’s Mark Halperin caught up with the Texas governor in Austin and asked him about his feelings on a White House run, his conservative credentials and his rumored rocky relationship with the Bushes. Lightly edited highlights from their conversation follow…. – Time, 8-11-11

Perry near top of pack in GOP nomination battle: According to a CNN/ORC International poll, 15 percent of Republicans and independents who lean towards the GOP pick Perry as their first choice for their party’s nomination, just two points behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who’s making his second bid for the White House. Romney’s two point margin over Perry is within the survey’s sampling error …
The survey indicates that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who is making his third bid for the White House, are at 12 percent apiece. CNN, 8-11-11

Rick Perry strong in primary, weak in general election, poll finds: Rick Perry is just 3 percentage points out of first place in the GOP presidential primary, according to a McClatchy-Marist poll released this week. The national survey found Perry with 18 percent support, versus 21 percent for current front-runner Mitt Romney…. – Politico, 8-11-11

Before Declaring Rick Perry Polls 2nd: A key reason for Perry being the weakest opponent is that he’s weakest among independents.
Obama led Romney among independents by 41-35, a 6-percentage-point lead. The president led Pawlenty among the pivotal voting bloc by 49-37, a 12-point edge. Obama led Bachmann among independents by 46-34, also a 12-point advantage, and Perry by 49-30, a 19-point lead…. – McClatchy Newspapers, 8-9-11

Rick Perry May Challenge Mitt Romney’s Frontrunner Status: Texas Governor Rick Perry will seek the Republican presidential nomination. Mark Miner, Perry’s spokesman, confirmed Perry’s presidential intentions. “He will make a definitive announcement on Saturday for the race,” Miner said. However, when Perry’s spokesman was pressed to confirm the Texas Governor’s entry into the 2012 presidential race, he said “yes.”… – The State Column, 8-11-11

  • Perry to announce WH bid Saturday, reports say: Sounds like Rick Perry is still trying to take some attention from the happenings in Iowa. Hours before the big Republican debate in Ames tonight, Perry’s people are putting out the word that the Texas governor will indeed announce he is seeking the presidency in a speech at the Red State gathering in South Carolina on Saturday…. – USA Today, 8-11-11
  • CNN: Texas Gov. Rick Perry running for president: Texas Gov. Rick Perry will announce Saturday in South Carolina that he is running for president a Republican familiar with the plans told CNN. Previous reports had indicated that Perry would use a speech at the conservative Red State Gathering in South Carolina… – CNN, 8-11-11
  • CNN Poll: Perry Among the GOP Frontrunners: He’s not yet an official candidate, but a new CNN/ORC poll indicates that Texas Gov. Rick Perry is among the frontrunners for the GOP nomination. The poll, coming as GOP hopefuls convene in Ames, Iowa for a pivotal debate ahead of the Iowa straw poll…. – U.S. News & World Report, 8-11-11
  • Rick Perry on running for president: ‘This is what I’m supposed to be doing’: On the same day many of his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination will compete in the Iowa Straw Poll, Texas Gov. Rick Perry will officially declare his candidacy Saturday, ending weeks of speculation…. – WaPo, 8-11-11
  • Texas Governor Perry to run for president: report: Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks during the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana June 18, 2011. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry will announce on Saturday that he will run for the 2012 Republican nomination … – Reuters, 8-11-11
  • Its offical (sort of): Spokesman says Rick Perry is indeed running for president: We know this will shock you, but Rick Perry is running for president. After three months of deliberation, the Texas governor is a “go,” our Austin bureau colleague Peggy Fikac reports. Of course, it’s been the worst-kept secret in Texas for weeks. … – Houston Chronicle, 8-11-11
  • Exclusive: Gov. Rick Perry’s All In: Texas Gov. Rick Perry will make “a definitive announcement that he is in the 2012 race for the presidency Saturday,” aides told Fox News. The language is significant…. – Fox News, 8-11-11
  • Perry to announce presidential run Sat.: reports: Texas Gov. Rick Perry will announce on Saturday in South Carolina that he is running for president, reports said Thursday. Reports cited Perry’s spokesman saying the Republican governor will seek the Republican Presidential nomination…. – CBS MarketWatch, 8-11-11
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry Jumps In Presidential Race: After months of speculation and prodding by Republicans, Texas Governor Rick Perry has officially entered the 2012 race. His spokesman, Mark Miner, told the Associated Press today that Perry is running for president. Perry will deliver a speech at the Red State gathering in South Carolina… — ABC News, 8-11-11
  • Bachmann, Perry to cross paths in Iowa as Texas governor makes debut trip in Iowa: Republican Michele Bachmann isn’t ceding ground in her Iowa birthplace to possible presidential rival Rick Perry. Bachmann announced Thursday that she will appear at a GOP fundraiser in Waterloo on Sunday, the same event that … – WaPo, 8-11-11
  • Iowa website adds Perry to campaign tracker: IowaPolitics.com keeps a handy tally of how much time Republican presidential hopefuls have spent in the state that opens the primary season, and there’s a new face on the list: Gov. Rick Perry…. – Austin American-Statesman, 8-11-11
  • Perry: I’m ‘supposed to’ run for president: Texas Gov. Rick Perry has decided he wants to be president and received advice from former President George W. Bush before reaching his conclusion, according to a new interview with TIME’s Mark Halperin…. – CNN, 8-11-11
  • Perry begins to fill in the blanks: Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is about to take the plunge into the presidential race. There are, as with any candidate who’s not well known on the national stage, multiple questions. Can he debate? Does he have some policy chops? … – WaPo, 8-11-11
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry banks on high-dollar donors: Texas Gov. Rick Perry, poised to enter the presidential race this weekend, is a fundraising powerhouse who has relied on a cadre of Republican mega-donors to collect more than $100 million for his three gubernatorial campaigns, state records show…. – USA Today, 8-11-11
  • Perry to focus on jobs: Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who’s set to announce his presidential bid Saturday, laid out his stance on one of the country’s top concerns: job creation. “This country’s begging for someone to lay out a vision of hope–real hope–and get … — CNN, 8-11-11
  • Perry prepares aggressive campaign in NH: While Texas Gov. Rick Perry prepares to declare his candidacy this weekend, behind the scenes his supporters are already planning an aggressive campaign schedule in the first-in-the-nation primary state. … – CNN, 8-11-11
  • Texas Governor Rick Perry to enter race for 2012 Republican nomination for President: Rick Perry’s entry into the GOP’s 2012 field is likely to reshape the contest for the nomination, experts say. Which GOP candidate would you like to see win the nomination? Texas Governor Rick Perry, a staunch conservative with a Washington outsider’s … – New York Daily News,8-11-11
  • Rick Perry’s path to the presidency: Ten steps on the road to 1600 Pennsylvania: After nearly three months of public posturing and private deliberation, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is finally a presidential candidate. A spokesman this afternoon confirmed the worst-kept secret in Texas: Perry will jump into a wide-open Republican race … – Houston Chronicle, 8-11-11
  • GOP insiders say Perry should do well in South Carolina: Texas Gov. Rick Perry will reshuffle the deck for Republican voters Saturday when he announces he is running for president during a visit to Charleston, SC “He’s the 800-pound gorilla who changes the whole makeup of the race,” said Dave Woodard, a Clemson University political scientist and sometimes Republican consultant. “There’s been such a ho-hum reaction to the (GOP) candidates so far. S.C. voters have been waiting for someone else to jump in.”… – Bellingham Herald, 8-11-11
  • 2012 campaign: Rick Perry, a Fred Thompson redux?: We all may remember (or, more likely, most of us don’t) Fred Thompson, the former senator from Tennessee who polled so well as a non-candidate that he belatedly jumped into the 2007-08 GOP primary race. Thompson’s campaign quickly stalled…. – LAT, 8-11-11

IN FOCUS: RICK PERRY INTENDS TO MAKE PRESIDENTIAL INTENTION CLEAR ON SATURDAY

Rick Perry to Make Clear That He Intends to Run for President: Gov. Rick Perry of Texas is preparing to make clear his intentions to join the Republican presidential race on Saturday, two associates said, by visiting South Carolina and New Hampshire on the same day that several of his potential rivals are taking part in the Iowa Straw Poll.
Mr. Perry, who has been inching closer to declaring his candidacy for weeks, is expected to stop short of making a formal announcement. But appearing before Republican crowds in the two early-voting states was intended to clear up any lingering questions about his plans…. – NYT, 8-8-11

“With President Obama’s dismal economic record and Texas’ success in creating jobs and balancing our budget, Governor Perry continues to consider a potential run for The White House…. Stay tuned.” — Mark Miner, a spokesman for Gov. Rick Perry, who declined to elaborate on the timing of any announcement

“There is still a thirst for another voice to come in. They are looking for the kind of leadership he has shown in Texas, while the country has gone the other direction.” — Craig Schoenfeld, an Iowa Republican who is leading a group here called Americans for Perry, which has been signing up supporters for the governor.

    • Perry Signals Intent to Enter Race, Sending a Jolt to GOP Candidates: Gov. Rick Perry of Texas delivered a long-distance jolt to the Republican presidential campaign on Monday by signaling that he intends to join the race and visit South Carolina and New Hampshire on Saturday, the same day his rivals are battling for survival in the Iowa Straw Poll…. — NYT, 8-8-11
    • Rick Perry to make 2012 intentions clear Saturday: Rick Perry intends to use a speech in South Carolina on Saturday to make clear that he’s running for president, POLITICO has learned.
      According to two sources familiar with the plan, the Texas governor will remove any doubt about his White House intentions during his appearance at a RedState conference in Charleston.
      It’s uncertain whether Saturday will mark a formal declaration, but Perry’s decision to disclose his intentions the same day as the Ames straw poll — and then hours later make his first trip to New Hampshire — will send shock waves through the race and upend whatever results come out of the straw poll…. – Politico, 8-8-11
    • Rick Perry to affirm plans for presidential bid: Texas’ GOP governor will probably signal his intentions Saturday in South Carolina before heading to a party in New Hampshire, another primary state. His plans will coincide with Iowa’s straw poll…. – LAT, 8-8-11

Perry expected to reveal White House plans Saturday: While a host of 2012 contenders slug it out in Ames, Iowa on Saturday, Texas Governor Rick Perry is expected to inch closer to a presidential run in another critical primary state. Perry expected to use his speech at the 2011 Red State Gathering in Charleston, SC to make it clear whether or not he will run for president, according to a report in Politico this afternoon. … – USA Today, 8-8-11

  • Busy schedule is clear sign of Perry’s political intentions, aides say: Gov. Rick Perry appears to be bounding toward a full-scale plunge into the 2012 presidential race with visits to two early battleground states later this week, where he is likely to tout Texas’ robust economic growth … – Fort Worth Star Telegram, 8-8-11
  • Perry prepares to launch campaign he promised wouldn’t happen: Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential campaign is now upon us. He’s going to the early primary states of South Carolina and New Hampshire on Saturday, and by the end of the day, it will be more obvious than ever that he will seek the presidency. … – Austin American-Statesman, 8-8-11
  • Politico: Perry to make clear hes running for president in S.C.: Gov. Rick Perry plans to “make clear” that he’s in the presidential race Saturday in Charleston, South Carolina, when he’s due to give a long-scheduled speech to the RedState conference, Politico is reporting. Perry’s office earlier confirmed… – Houston Chronicle, 8-8-11
  • As Rick Perry Nears 2012 Campaign, His Top Adviser Plots A ‘New Playbook’ Strategy: A top adviser to Texas Gov. Rick Perry was cagey about reports that Perry will make his intentions to run for president clear at a Saturday conference in South Carolina, but an organizer of the event said he expects an announcement … – Huffington Post
  • Santorum launches pre-emptive attack against Perry: With news trickling out Monday that Texas Gov. Rick Perry is poised to join the Republican presidential field, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum isn’t wasting any time attacking his soon-to-be rival. … – CNN, 8-8-11

THE HEADLINES: WEEKLY RECAP

“I believe in a very limited role for government. But the prime reason that government exists in a free society is to protect liberty, but also to protect life. And I mean all life. You cannot have relative value for life and deal with that. We cannot play God and make those decisions. All life is precious.” — Rep. Ron Paul

“The country’s bankrupt, and nobody wanted to admit it. And when you’re bankrupt, you can’t keep spending.” Ron Paul said Thursday during a Fox News Channel debate.

    • Once a fringe candidate, Paul shaping 2012 race: Ron Paul, once seen as a fringe candidate and a nuisance to the establishment, is shaping the 2012 Republican primary by giving voice to the party’s libertarian wing and reflecting frustration with the United States’ international entanglements…. – AP, 8-14-11
    • Bachmann says she’s a proven leader: A day after winning a test poll of voters in Iowa, Rep. Michele Bachmann is seeking to distinguish herself from another tea party favorite and GOP presidential hopeful, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas…. – AP, 8-14-11

“I wish it would have been different. But obviously the pathway forward for me doesn’t really exist so we are going to end the campaign.
What I brought forward, I thought, was a rational, established, credible, strong record of results, based on experience governing — a two-term governor of a blue state. But I think the audience, so to speak, was looking for something different.” — Gov. Tim Pawlenty said on ABC’s “This Week” from Iowa

    • Ex-Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty ends White House bid: Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty dropped out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination on Sunday, hours after finishing a disappointing third in the Iowa straw poll…. – AP, 8-14-11

“We are going to make Barack Obama a one-term president… There is no doubt in my mind we are the team that can’t be beat in 2012….
This is the very first step toward taking back the White House!” — Rep. Michele Bachmann

    • Perry’s Full-Court Press to Get Donations: The Texas governor is already promising his top donors perks for a Republican National Convention that will not be held for more than a year…. – NYT, 8-14-11
    • Iowa Poll Goes to Bachmann; Paul Is Second: The results of the straw poll represented a turning point in the campaign but also underscored an uncertainty in the Republican contest to find a presidential nominee…. – NYT, 8-13-11
    • Bachmann wins GOP 2012 test vote: Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann won a test vote of Iowans on Saturday, a show of popularity and organizational strength for the tea party favorite five months before the state’s caucuses kick off the GOP presidential nominating season.
      The result is the first indication of what Iowans think of the field of Republicans competing for the chance to challenge President Barack Obama next fall. But it’s hardly predictive of who will win the winter Iowa contest, much less the party nod or the White House…. – AP, 8-13-11
    • Rick Perry Officially Joins Race for President: Rick Perry’s entrance into the already crowded presidential field is expected to reconfigure the race’s dynamics, offering Republicans both a fiscal and social conservative…. – NYT, 8-13-11

“It is time to get America working again. We just got to get back to the basic truths of economic success…. I full well believe I’m going to win.
We reject this president’s unbridled fixation on taking more money out of the wallets and pocketbooks of American families and employers and giving it to a central government. I will not sit back and accept the path that America is on. Because a great country requires a better direction. Because a renewed nation needs a new president. — Gov. Rick Perry

    • 2012 GOP race jolted with straw poll, Perry entry: The 2012 Republican presidential race lurched into a new phase Saturday as Iowans weighed in for the first time on their expanding field of presidential hopefuls, picking Michele Bachmann as their top choice for the GOP nomination. Halfway across the country latecomer Texas Gov. Rick Perry formally entered the race, declaring: “America is not broken. Washington, D.C. is broken.”… – AP, 8-13-11
    • G.O.P. Candidates Jockey for Advantage Before Iowa Straw Poll: A half-dozen Republican presidential hopefuls sought attention Friday on the eve of the Iowa straw poll, a ritual that has taken on outsize meaning…. – NYT, 8-13-11
    • Pawlenty targets Obama in sharp rhetorical attack: Republican presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty isn’t holding back on his criticism of President Barack Obama.
      The former Minnesota governor describes Obama as being “like a manure spreader in a windstorm.”… – AP, 8-13-11

“We don’t see the role of government as guaranteeing outcomes, but allowing free men and women to flourish based on their own vision, their hard work and their personal responsibility….
The fact is for nearly three years President Obama has been downgrading American jobs. He’s been downgrading our standing in the world. He’s been downgrading our financial stability. He’s been downgrading our confidence, and downgrading the hope for a better future for our children. One in six work-eligible Americans cannot find a full-time job. That is not a recovery. That is an economic disaster.
“I intend to compete for every vote in every state. This isn’t a strategy just to go work in a few places. I’m going to be all across this country.” — Gov. Rick Perry

    • Texas Gov. Perry jumps into 2012 Republican race: Texas Gov. Rick Perry officially joined the Republican presidential race Saturday with a full-throated promise to reduce the role of the federal government, saying his goal as president would be to make Washington “as inconsequential in your lives as I can.”
      Speaking to voters here and later in New Hampshire, the Texan cast himself as a Washington outsider who would restore fiscal responsibility at home and U.S. “exceptionalism” in the world…. – AP, 8-13-11

“We come at this campaign from the private sector, from having been a successful governor and also someone who understands the world in which we live, and I think that’s going to be important to people. You don’t wait till the very end, as Gov. Romney did, and put your finger to the wind and basically come down on the safe side politically. I don’t think that’s leadership. The presidency is about exerting leadership, and if you’re not willing to show leadership on something as important as the debt ceiling, it begs the question, When are you going to show some leadership?” — Gov. Jon Huntsman

    • Huntsman, Romney leave rest of field in Iowa: Republican presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman had New Hampshire to themselves Friday while the rest of the field remained in Iowa and much of the attention remained focused Rick Perry’s entrance into the race.
      Though both Romney and Huntsman will be on the ballot at Saturday’s Iowa straw poll, neither has competed aggressively there. After Thursday’s debate in Ames, they quickly headed to New Hampshire, positioning themselves in front of voters and activists before Perry swoops in for the first time on Saturday…. – AP, 8-12-11
    • Romney defends corporation comment in NH: Mitt Romney says his recent comment in Iowa that “corporations are people” was not a mistake.
      Speaking to reporters after a New Hampshire reception Friday night, the former Massachusetts governor said it was astonishing that President Barack Obama doesn’t feel the same way…. – AP, 8-12-11
    • Enter Rick Perry, Formidable Fund-Raiser: The Texas governor has a vast network of wealthy supporters eager to bankroll his presidential ambitions…. – NYT, 8-13-11

“We cannot and must not endure four more years of rising unemployment, rising taxes, rising debt and rising energy dependence on nations that intend us harm.” — Gov. Rick Perry is to say Saturday in Charleston, S.C., according to remarks prepared for delivery.

    • Instant GOP contender: Perry announcing Saturday: Months behind other GOP candidates, Rick Perry has something most of them don’t: Buzz. The Texas governor will enter the race Saturday with splashy appearances in South Carolina and New Hampshire.
      At the same time, he is putting together what looks a lot like a traditional presidential campaign. The path he hopes will lead to the Republican nomination starts here, in the leadoff caucus state of Iowa, with a message of jobs and values as he tries to set himself apart from GOP front-runner Mitt Romney…. – AP, 8-12-11
    • Romney’s wealth endures but conflicts persist: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s personal wealth — up to $250 million — survived the nation’s economic crisis, according to figures released Friday. But his pledge to sell off interests that conflict with his GOP stances did not extend to some investments in a family charity…. – AP, 8-12-11

“There is still a whole world of work to be done in Washington, D.C., and we need to send truly fiscal conservatives to Washington to get it done.” — Gov. Rick Perry

    • Iowa test could make or break Pawlenty, Bachmann: Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann, their presidential hopes on the line, made last-minute appeals Friday along with a slew of other Republican contenders ahead of a big weekend test in Iowa that could winnow the large field of GOP candidates. But the pack was expanding, too.
      Saturday’s Iowa Straw Poll results will be the first important measure of the GOP pack — just as Texas Gov. Rick Perry officially makes it a bit larger and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin works energetically to keep her door open…. – AP, 8-12-11

“We find it troubling that the party so closely associated with basic human rights would choose a state with the lowest unionization rate in the country due to regressive policies aimed at diluting the power of workers.” — Mark Ayers, president of the building trades unit, wrote in a letter to Democratic Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

    • Some unions to skip 2012 convention: About a dozen trade unions all part of the AFL-CIO’s building and construction trades unit plan to sit out the 2012 Democratic convention because they’re angry that it’s being held in a right-to-work state and frustrated that Democrats haven’t done enough to create jobs…. – AP, 8-12-11
    • Obama adviser questions Perry’s economic successes: Part of Perry’s pitch is the Texas economy, which has fared better than most states during the nation’s economic troubles. Obama senior political adviser David Axelrod says Texas benefited from booming oil prices and increased military spending on two wars. He says, “I don’t think many people would attribute it to the leadership of the governor down there.”…. – AP, 8-12-11
    • Bachmann wants Congress back to restore credit: Rep. Michelle Bachmann says if she were president, she would immediately call Congress back to Washington with the aim of “getting this AAA credit rating back.”… – AP, 8-12-11
    • Analysis: Perry may pose biggest threat to Romney: The biggest rumblings in the Republican presidential campaign are coming from Austin, Texas — 1,000 miles from the leadoff caucus state where front-runner Mitt Romney and seven opponents squared off ahead of an important test vote this weekend. Texas Gov. Rick Perry sent word that he would join the race, casting a shadow over the debate Thursday night and threatening to upend the race…. – AP, 8-12-11
    • 8 Republican Candidates Trade Attacks in Iowa Debate: Criticism of President Obama’s record was overshadowed by a burst of incivility among the Republican presidential candidates at a debate on Thursday in Ames, Iowa…. – NYT, 8-11-11
    • Republican Debate Frames Race Ahead: Six moments that offered a peek into what could be the durable narratives of the 2012 Republican nomination campaign…. – NYT, 8-11-11
    • Spokesman: Gov. Rick Perry running for president: Texas Gov. Rick Perry is running for president, a spokesman confirmed Thursday, a move certain to shake up the race for the GOP nomination much to the delight of conservatives looking for a candidate to embrace.
      Perry spokesman Mark Miner said the governor would make his intentions known on Saturday while visiting South Carolina and New Hampshire just as most of his presidential rivals compete in a test vote in Iowa…. – AP, 8-11-11
    • GOP debate: Hitting hard at each other and Obama: Minnesota rivals Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann sparred bitterly Thursday night during an eight-candidate Republican debate, trying to break out of the GOP presidential pack ahead of an Iowa test vote with huge consequences. Each seeks to become the main challenger to Republican front-runner Mitt Romney.
      Their efforts were newly complicated by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who stole some of the spotlight from afar by making it known hours before the debate that he was running for the GOP nomination…
      In the two-hour debate, the squabbling by Pawlenty and Bachmann allowed Romney, the GOP front-runner making his second presidential bid, to remain above the fray and emerge relatively unscathed by his rivals…. – AP, 8-11-11
    • Five Things to Watch for in Iowa Debate: Eight Republican presidential contenders will debate in Ames, Iowa, on Thursday night, two days before the straw poll there…. – NYT, 8-11-11
    • Bachmann to Attend Event With Perry: Bachmann will appear at the same event in Iowa Sunday where Perry is making his campaign debut in the state…. – NYT, 8-11-11
    • With Return to Iowa, Romney Heeds Call of G.O.P. Strategists: Mitt Romney’s wait-and-see approach to campaigning in Iowa has been complicated by Rick Perry’s expected candidacy…. – NYT, 8-11-11
    • Romney’s Covert Iowa Campaign: Mitt Romney will come to Iowa on Wednesday, even as he continues to treat political activity here like an sideshow that he can afford to ignore…. – NYT, 8-10-11
    • In Iowa, Romney Is Comfortable at the Round Table: Mitt Romney criticized President Obama for a planned bus tour amid an “economic crisis,” but he declined to directly engage Gov. Rick Perry of Texas…. – NYT, 8-10-11

“Wouldn’t it be nice if people in Washington spent a good part of their career working in a real economy?….
For those people who think the economy is what really is essential in providing a brighter future for our families and preserving our values, then I think they are going to look to me as someone who can understand how the economy works and can get it back on track.” — Gov. Mitt Romney

    • Fragile front-runner: Romney faces big challenges: Mitt Romney, the GOP’s fragile presidential front-runner, faces a string of challenges in the next few days that could knock him down a couple of rungs: a debate where he can expect his rivals to attack him, an attention-drawing straw poll he is bypassing and Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s expected entrance in the race…. – AP, 8-10-11

“Before we put the new person in that office, let’s make sure that he or she is ready for the job. This is a job that requires leadership experience, executive experience and a record of results.” — Gov. Tim Pawlenty

    • Pawlenty knocks Obama, Bachmann in same swipe: Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty said Wednesday that President Barack Obama’s previous jobs as a community organizer and law professor didn’t prepare him for the White House. And, Pawlenty said, Iowa shouldn’t repeat the mistake of voting for another charismatic politician who lacks experience.
      It was an obvious reference Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who is leading Pawlenty in polls in a state he has said he must do well in to keep his candidacy alive…. – AP, 8-10-11
    • Perry to Visit Bachmann’s Hometown in Iowa: Gov. Rick Perry plans to visit Waterloo, Iowa, the day after the state’s straw poll, in which Representative Michelle Bachmann is expected to do well…. – NYT, 8-10-11
    • Obama surprises campaign volunteers at lunch in DC: Volunteers on President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign have welcomed an unexpected lunch guest: Obama himself.
      The president joined the group at Ted’s Bulletin, a new Capitol Hill restaurant that serves classic American food, including burgers and shakes…. – AP, 8-10-11
    • Barack Obama’s 2012 plan: ‘Kill Romney’: Smith and Martin peer ahead at the general election: Barack Obama’s aides and advisers are preparing to center the president’s re-election campaign on a ferocious personal assault on Mitt Romney’s character and business background, a strategy grounded … – Politico, 8-9-11
    • Bachmann Newsweek Cover Goes for Insult But Gets Criticism in Return: Rep. Michele Bachmann has declined to get into the scrum with Newsweek over its cover story of the presidential candidate called “The Queen of Rage,” accompanied by an unflattering photo of the Minnesota Republican, but others are calling the magazine … – Fox News, 8-9-11
    • Did Newsweek set out to make Michele Bachmann look like a loon?: Newsweek is coming under fire for a wild-eyed cover photo of Michele Bachmann. The headline calls her the ‘Queen of Rage.’ But was the rough treatment actually a compliment of sorts?… – CS Monitor, 8-9-11
    • Back on the Stump, Romney Blames Obama for the S&P Downgrade: The Republican candidate, campaigning in New Hampshire after a vacation, defended himself against critics who said he kept on the sidelines in the debt ceiling debate…. – NYT, 8-9-11
    • Perry seeking to change dynamics of GOP race: Though he’s not officially a candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s visits this weekend to three important presidential nominating states threaten to overshadow any lift his would-be rivals hope to gain from a big week in Iowa…
      All candidates — from GOP front-runner Mitt Romney on down — are bracing for a Perry candidacy…. – AP, 8-9-11
    • Perry Signals Intent to Enter G.O.P. Campaign: Advisers said the Texas governor has moved beyond the trial balloon stage of gauging support to executing a strategy…. – NYT, 8-9-11
    • Rick Perry to Make Clear He Intends to Run: Gov. Rick Perry of Texas is preparing to make clear his intentions to join the Republican presidential race…. – NYT, 8-8-11
    • Perry heads to early states as he leans toward bid: Leaning toward a full-fledged presidential run, Texas Gov. Rick Perry will visit at least two early primary states — South Carolina and New Hampshire — on Saturday at the same time most of his would-be opponents are competing in an important test vote in Iowa…. – AP, 8-8-11

“They’re not buying that bill of goods…. The good news is that I think there has been enough frustration at Washington, sort of reached a fevered pitch last week, that we’re now looking at 16 months in which there’s going to be a clear contrast and a clear choice.” — President Barack Obama

    • Obama sees political opportunity in debt crisis: President Barack Obama says there’s some good news from the bitterly partisan debt debate — it made people so frustrated with Washington that Democrats will be able to draw a clear divide with Republicans heading into the 2012 election…. – AP, 8-8-11
    • Romney Is Back, With S.&P. Ratings on the Brain: Mr. Romney cited flaws in President Obama’s leadership for the downgrade of the nation’s debt…. – NYT, 8-8-11
    • Romney shifting campaign into a higher gear: Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign is shifting into a higher gear. The former Massachusetts governor, who leads national and state polls in the race for the GOP nomination, has spent much of the year laying low, limiting his public appearances and rarely weighing in on the national debate…. – AP, 8-8-11
    • Romney blames Obama for credit downgrade: Mitt Romney says the nation’s credit problem arose because President Barack Obama has failed to show leadership on the economy…. – AP, 8-8-11

“You look at where the marketplace is today, you look at our downgrade, you look at all the economic woes that every American family has seen play out over the past little while — we’ve done this to ourselves. It’s time to reverse this business-unfriendly attitude of the past 2½ years….
“I can only imagine what the marketplace would look like today if we had defaulted on our debt. If we had defaulted on our debt, it would have been catastrophic.” — Gov. Jon Huntsmann

  • Huntsman faults anti-business climate under Obama: Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman says the downgrade in the nation’s credit rating shows America needs to do something about what he says is the Obama administration’s unfriendly attitude toward business…. –

CAMPAIGN 2012: ANALYSTS &S HISTORIANS COMMENTS

  • Politico Arena: Daily Debate with Policymakers, Opinionshapers & Academics Politico
  • Julian Zelizer: Americans want security for 2012: Just as the 2004 presidential election was all about the concept of security, the same term will shape the campaigns of 2012…. – CNN, 8-15-11
  • Julian Zelizer: Analysis: Palin boosts political influence, buffers brand: “Like every other Republican who potentially will run, she’s keeping her name out there, keeping her brand name but generally staying out of the debate, to avoid making any mistakes,” said Princeton University professor Julian Zelizer. “At a minimum, she keeps the Palin brand name going for other reasons,” he said…. – Reuters, 8-13-11

Campaign Buzz 2012 August 14, 2011: Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty Ends his Campaign for the Presidency

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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.

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Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, left, at Thursday's debate in Ames, Iowa, with Jon M. Huntsman Jr. and Newt Gingrich.

Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesFormer Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, left, at Thursday’s debate in Ames, Iowa, with Jon M. Huntsman Jr. and Newt Gingrich.

FORMER MINNESOTA GOVERNOR TIM PAWLENTY ENDS PRESIDENTIAL BID

    • Pawlenty ends 2012 GOP bid: Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced Sunday morning that he is stepping out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination, after a disappointing finish in the Iowa straw poll.
      “We cannot envision a path forward to victory and so therefore we made a decision to end the campaign,” he said in an early-morning conference call to supporters.

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty Quitting Repubican Presidential Race: Tim Pawlenty, the former governor Minnesota, dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential race on Sunday.
Mr. Pawlenty told supporters on a conference call Sunday morning that he would announce later in the day that he was ending his campaign after a disappointing finish in the Iowa straw poll on Saturday. The poll was a test of organizational strength and popularity in the state whose caucuses lead off the nomination fight.
Mr. Pawlenty had struggled to gain traction in Iowa, a state he had said he must win, after laying the groundwork for a campaign for nearly two years. He’s been eclipsed in polls in recent months by his Minnesota rival, Representative Michele Bachmann. She topped the straw poll on Saturday…. – NYT, 8-14-11

“We needed to get some lift to continue on and have a pathway forward and that didn’t happen, so I’m announcing on your show that I’m ending my campaign for president.
I wish it would have been different, but obviously the pathway forward for me doesn’t really exist, so we’re going to end the campaign.
I’m doing this because I love this country and I want to defeat Barack Obama because I think he’s got it on the wrong course, but I don’t get my identity or my sense of worth or my values or my faith from politics. I get it from my personal faith in God, and I believe in this country, I love this country, I thought I would have been a great president.
Obviously, we had some success raising money, but we needed to continue that, and Ames was a benchmark for that. And if we didn’t do well in Ames, we weren’t going to have the fuel to keep the car going down the road. But also, there’s a lot of other choices in the race. And for me, what I brought forward I thought was a rational, established, credible, strong record of results, based on experience governing — a two-term governor of a blue state. But I think the audience, so to speak, was looking for something different.” — Tim Pawlenty announcing he is ending Presidential bid on ABC’s “This Week” with Jack Tapper

  • Pawlenty Drops Out of Republican Race: Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota, dropped his bid for the Republican nomination for president on Sunday morning, saying his disappointing performance in Iowa’s straw poll convinced him that his campaign had run its course…. – NYT, 8-14-11
  • Pawlenty Drops 2012 Presidential Bid: Tim Pawlenty announced an end to his presidential candidacy Sunday after what he called a “disappointing” third place finish in the Ames, Iowa, straw poll. The former Minnesota governor said he had hoped to get a jolt from the preference poll… – Fox News, 8-14-11
  • Tim Pawlenty ends presidential campaign: Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty said today he will end his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination. Pawlenty informed his supporters in a conference call and then announced his decision on ABC’s This Week. … – USA Today, 8-14-11
  • Pawlenty to quit 2012 presidential race: Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty is ending his bid for the Republican nomination for president, he told about 75 supporters on an early morning conference call from Iowa on Sunday…. – WaPo, 8-14-11
  • Republican Tim Pawlenty ends White House bid: The former governor of Minnesota ends his bid for the GOP nomination after a disapppointing third place finish in the Iowa Straw Poll…. – LAT, 8-14-11
  • Tim Pawlenty Exits 2012 Presidential Race After Poor Iowa Showing: Tim Pawlenty made headlines Sunday but not the sort he was hoping to. He announced on ABC News This Week that he has dropped out of the hunt for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination after coming in a disappointing third in the Iowa’s Ames Straw Poll…. – NPR (blog), 8-14-11
  • Cain: Pawlenty ‘doubleddown’ in Iowa: GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain said former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty put a huge effort into a strong showing in Saturday’s Iowa straw poll and lost that gamble. Pawlenty pulled out of the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination…. – Politico, 8-14-11
  • Former Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty drops out of GOP presidential race; finished 3rd: Hours after finishing third at the Iowa straw poll, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is quitting the GOP presidential race. Pawlenty told supporters on a conference call Sunday morning that he would formally announce he’s withdrawing … New York Daily News, 8-14-11
  • Pawlenty: No fuel for the car: Martin and Cogan report: After spending much of his money to finish a distant third in the Ames Straw Poll, Tim Pawlenty ended his presidential bid Sunday. “We needed to get some lift to continue on and have a pathway forward and that didn’t happen.”… – Politico, 8-14-11
  • Tim Pawlenty leaving presidential race: After spending much of his money to finish a distant third in the Ames straw poll, Tim Pawlenty ended his presidential bid Sunday. Pawlenty revealed his decision on an early morning conference call with supporters, an aide told POLITICO…. – Politico, 8-14-11
  • Tim Pawlenty dropping out of presidential race: Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty speaks during a town hall meeting Monday, May 23, 2011, at the State of Iowa Historical Building in Des Moines, Iowa. Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is dropping out of the presidential race, sources told…. – CBS News, 8-14-11
  • Pawlenty Withdraws From Race: Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has dropped out of the 2012 race for president, according to the Associated Press. Pawlenty told supporters on a conference call Sunday morning that he would announce on ABC’s “This Week”… – AP, 8-14-11

Campaign Buzz 2012 August 13, 2011: Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann Wins Iowa Ames Straw Poll

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Michele Bachmann
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann addresses straw poll voters Saturday at the Hilton Coliseum on the campus of Iowa State University. (Scott Olson / Getty Images)
Bachmann wins straw poll
Graphic: Bachmann wins straw poll

REP. MICHELE BACHMANN WINS IOWA AMES STRAW POLL

Michele Bachmann wins Ames Straw Poll: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) won the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa on Saturday. The straw poll is a key test of organizational strength in the race to run against President Obama, although its winner has not necessarily gone on to win the Iowa caucus or the Republican presidential nomination. Those candidates who underperform in the contest, however, have sometimes dropped out of the primary race soon after competing.

“I want to thank the people of Iowa for this tremendous victory. Together we sent a message that we intend to make President Obama a one-term president. The Iowa Straw Poll was a important first step in what will be a long race for the presidency. Now we turn our attention toward winning the Iowa Caucuses and taking our message of reining in wasteful spending, keeping taxes low, growing our economy and creating jobs to the people of New Hampshire, South Carolina and all 50 states.” Rep. Michele Bachmann following the announcement of her victory

“It is time to get America working again. That’s why, with the support of my family, and an unwavering belief in the goodness of America, I declare to you today my candidacy for president of the United States.” — Texas Governor Rick Perry


Ames Straw Poll Results:
Michele Bachmann: 4,823
Ron Paul: 4,671
Tim Pawlenty: 2,293
Rick Santorum: 1657
Herman Cain: 1456
Rick Perry: 718
Mitt Romney: 567

Representative Michele Bachmann Tops Iowa Straw Poll: Michele Bachmann’s high-intensity, Tea Party-inspired critique of President Obama propelled her to a first-place finish in the straw poll in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday, giving her presidential campaign a boost as the field of rivals expanded to include Gov. Rick Perry of Texas. Mrs. Bachmann bested an incomplete collection of her presidential rivals in a nonbinding, early test of political organization in the state that will hold the first presidential voting early next year.
Representative Ron Paul of Texas came in second on the strength of his appeals for radically smaller government, a pullout of troops from American wars and stronger efforts to reduce the country’s debt.
Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota, came in a distant third after struggling for weeks to create the kind of political buzz that could provide momentum for his candidacy…. – NYT, 8-13-11

  • Bachmann Victorious in Iowa Straw Poll; Paul Places Second: Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann took her surging candidacy to a new level by taking first place in the straw poll with 4,823 votes. Texas Rep. Ron Paul came in a very close second with 4,671 votes. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty placed a distant third with 2,293 votes…. – PBS Newshour, 8-13-11
  • Bachmann talks like a front-runner: ‘It’s on to all 50 states’: Newly minted Ames Straw Poll winner Michele Bachmann is already sounding like a front-runner – saying her win is the “first step” on the road to the White House…. – CNN, 8-13-11
  • Bachmann wins Iowa straw poll as Perry looms: Michele Bachmann captured the famed Iowa straw poll in Ames Saturday, reaching a high-profile benchmark in her meteoric rise to a top-tier presidential candidate…. – LAT, 8-13-11
  • Bachmann wins Iowa straw poll as Perry jumps in: Bachmann narrowly won the Iowa straw poll in a contest that dealt a major setback to third- place finisher Tim Pawlenty. The events of Saturday marked the opening of an accelerating chapter in a 2012 GOP campaign that has been slow to take shape…. – WaPO, 8-13-11
  • Iowa’s Straw Poll Suicide: Ames Now Irrelevant: With Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul leading the Ames Straw Poll and Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum and Herman Cain next — ahead of Rick Perry and Mitt Romney — only the local buttermilk cows should be holding their heads high…. – The Atlantic, 8-13-11
  • ‘History was made’: Agile internet fundraiser Michele Bachmann, within two hours of her win, sent a fundraising email to her list off the fact that “history was made today in Iowa” at the Ames Straw Poll. The historic element was that she was the first woman ever to win…. – Politico, 8-13-11
  • Perry overshadows Bachmann’s Iowa victory: As the Texas governor makes a fiery entry into the Republican race, the Minnesota congresswoman narrowly defeats Ron Paul to win the Ames straw poll. Tim Pawlenty places a distant third…. – LAT, 8-13-11
  • Ames bragging rights: Perry edges Mitt: Neither was competing in Iowa, but Rick Perry won an in-your-face victory of sorts over Mitt Romney Saturday: The Texas governor bested the nominal frontrunner by 151 votes in the Ames Straw Poll…. – Politico, 8-13-11
  • Perry, Bachmann galvanize Republicans in US race: Popular Texas Governor Rick Perry hurdled into the forefront of the Republican White House race, overshadowing Tea Party darling Michele Bachmann’s victory in a telling early poll…. – AFP, 8-13-11
  • ‘Hi, y’all!’: Texas Gov. Rick Perry hits N.H. running in GOP prez bid: Texas Gov. Rick Perry brought a little Lone Star swagger to New Hampshire this evening, promising he’d boost jobs nationwide if voters send him to the White House, as he officially entered the already crowded Republican Presidential campaign…. – Boston Herald, 8-13-11
  • Rick Perry arrives to excited crowd in New Hampshire: Rick Perry touched down in New Hampshire late Saturday for his first official campaign stop, hours after kicking off his presidential campaign, and fielded questions from the delighted crowd at a house party with ease…. – Politico, 8-13-11
  • Perry Releases New Campaign Video: On the heels of his official presidential announcement, Rick Perry has unveiled a new, two-minute campaign video. The biographical video describes the governor of Texas as “America’s jobs governor.”… – NYT, 8-13-11
  • Iowa GOP straw poll: The power of not being there: This year’s Iowa Republican straw poll was largely defined by the man who wasn’t there, Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Inside the Hilton Coliseum on Saturday, one candidate after another vowed to make Barack Obama a one-term president…. – Kansas City Star, 8-13-11
  • Sarah Palin casts shadow over Rick Perry, Iowa Straw Poll: The biggest draw at the Iowa State Fair on Friday wasn’t the butter cow. It was a human magnet named Sarah Palin…. – Sacramento Bee, 8-13-11
  • Iowa straw poll wins rarely lead to big time: It was a big day in Iowa for people who will not be president. Michele Bachmann crushed at the Ames straw poll, and Ron Paul came in a strong second. If history is any guide, that means neither candidate will make it to the White House. The man who many Republicans think will win the nomination was half a country away. In South Carolina, Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced that he is running for president.
    The two poles of energy in the Republican race highlighted the tension that faces the party: between sending a message to Washington and sending a candidate who can win an election. All parties face this tension, but it is particularly acute for the Republican Party at the moment. President Barack Obama is weak, which means a Republican candidate could appeal to independents who have soured on Obama. At the same time, Tea Party activists–who give the party its power and energy and who have reshaped politics in Washington–alienate those same independent voters…. – CBS News, 8-13-11

Campaign Buzz 2012: Mitt Romney & Michele Bachmann Big Winners at the Ames Iowa Republican Presidential Debate

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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.

CAMPAIGN 2012: AMES IOWA REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE

Presidential candidates took the stage for the second Republican debate in Ames, Iowa.
Max Whittaker for The New York Times Presidential candidates took the stage for the second Republican debate in Ames, Iowa. Photographs More Photographs

Ames presidential debate: Winners and losers: The Washinton Post names Romney, Bachmann and Paul were among the winners.

    • “I’m not going to eat Barack Obama’s dog food. What he served up is not what I would have done if I’d had been president of the United States.” — Mitt Romney

“She said she’s got a titanium spine. It’s not her spine we’re worried about. It’s her record of results. If that’s your view of effective leadership with results, please stop, because you’re killing us.” — Tim Pawlenty

“Iran is not Iceland, Ron. Iran is a country that has been at war with us since 1979. Iran is a country that has killed more American men and women in uniform in Iraq and Afghanistan than the Iraqis and [Afghans] have.” — Rick Santorum

  • GOP Debate: Live Blog of Republican Face-off in Iowa — ABC News, 8-11-11
  • 7 Best Moments from the GOP Debate: Bachmann and Pawlenty drop the gloves, Herman Cain talks religion, and Rick Santorum decries the oppression of gays—in Iran. Watch the best moments from the GOP debate…. – The Daily Beast, 8-12-11
  • FACT CHECK: Republican debate strains some facts: Michele Bachmann cast her opinion as a settled fact when she told the Republican presidential debate Thursday that a key element of President Barack Obama’s health care law is unconstitutional. And Mitt Romney danced around an attempt to learn why he stayed largely mum on the epic debt limit standoff between Obama and Congress.
    The first big GOP debate of the primary season brought viewers a flurry of claims and counterclaims, not all built on solid ground.
    A look at some of those claims and how they compare with the facts…. – AP, 8-11-11
  • GOP debate: Hitting hard at each other and Obama: Minnesota rivals Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann sparred bitterly Thursday night during an eight-candidate Republican debate, trying to break out of the GOP presidential pack ahead of an Iowa test vote with huge consequences. Each seeks to become the main challenger to Republican front-runner Mitt Romney.
    Their efforts were newly complicated by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who stole some of the spotlight from afar by making it known hours before the debate that he was running for the GOP nomination.
    Romney, a multimillionaire businessman who casts himself as a jobs creator, made his own stir earlier in the day when, at the Iowa State Fair, he declared that “corporations are people,” drawing ridicule from Democrats…. – AP, 8-11-11
  • GOP debate: Romney skates amid Pawlenty, Bachmann slugfest: The Republican presidential debate here Thursday night went about as well as Mitt Romney could have asked for. Despite being the frontrunner for the nomination, Romney largely avoided the slings and arrows of his rivals. … – CBS News, 8-11-11
  • Pawlenty, Bachmann Square Off Ahead of Iowa Straw Poll: “Minnesota nice” went out the window Thursday when former Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Rep. Michele Bachmann took each other on directly in a manner that clearly suggested each one sees the other as their main obstacle to a strong showing at the Iowa Straw Poll on Saturday…. – PBS Newshour, 8-11-11
  • GOP candidates debate in Ames, Iowa: Presumptive front-runner Mitt Romney steers clear of the toughest exchanges as midtier Republican presidential hopefuls like Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty spar ahead of Saturday’s straw poll…. – LAT, 8-11-11
  • Republican Presidential Hopefuls Gather for Debate Before Iowa Straw Poll: Republican presidential rivals went on the attack in a nationally televised debate yesterday, shedding the politeness marking previous forums as they squared off in Iowa before a weekend … – Bloomberg, 8-11-11
  • GOP debate kicks campaign into new phase: For most of the year, the Republican presidential race has been a listless affair. That changed suddenly Thursday night during a raucous debate that produced the sharpest exchanges of the campaign and signaled a new and more intense phase … – WaPo, 8-11-11
  • Welcome to the race, Rick! Other candidates tweak absent Perry at Iowa debate: Rick Perry wasn’t on the stage in Ames, Iowa tonight, but he was on the minds — and tongues — of the other Republican … – Houston Chronicle, 8-11-11
  • Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann exchange blows at Republican debate: The simmering rivalry between Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann erupted at Thursday night’s Republican primary debate here, transforming Iowa’s first 2012 forum into a full-blown slugfest.
    The Minnesota duo have been in a low-grade tug of war for months over the affections of Iowa conservatives. With a crucial test looming for both at the Ames straw poll this Saturday, the Pawlenty-Bachmann rivalry turned so intense that it threatened to crowd out the other candidates completely.
    The charges were familiar: Pawlenty once again called Bachmann’s accomplishments “nonexistent.” Bachmann wielded well-worn attacks on Pawlenty tenure as governor…. – Politico, 8-11-11
  • Bachmann asked whether wives should be submissive: The Bible tells wives to be submissive to their husbands. If she were president, would that apply to Michele Bachmann? In Thursday’s Republican debate in Iowa, the Minnesota congresswoman was asked if she would be submissive to her husband… – AP, 8-11-11
  • Waiting for Bachmann: The debate just came back from the first-hour commercial break, with one podium empty. “Are we actually missing a candidate on the stage?” sked Bret Baier. “We are. Congresswoman Bachmann.” Continue Reading She walked back a minute later…. – Politico, 8-11-11
  • Fighting for Iowa: With Rick Perry on the verge of entering the presidential contest, there seem for now to be three slots: Romney’s fragile, electable machine; Perry’s conservative challenge; and — at most — one more. Michele Bachmann’s grassroots populism is the most … – Politico, 8-11-11
  • The Gloves Come Off at Iowa Debate: Fox News anchors are testing the microphones. Reporters have assembled in a cavernous room with hundreds of folding tables and chairs. Senior aides to the candidates are finishing up their efforts at pre-debate spin.
    Television viewers will tune in to Thursday night’s debate promptly at 9 Eastern time, but the highly orchestrated media event began several hours ago.
    Fox News and the Iowa Republican Party are hosting the third Republican debate of this campaign season at Stephens Auditorium on the grounds of Iowa State University. The reporters — hundreds have been issued credentials — are at the next-door Hilton Coliseum…. – NYT, 8-11-11

Full Text August 11, 2011: The Ames Republican Debate Transcript

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Iowa Debate 8-11-11 Ames

In anticipation of today’s Ames straw poll in Iowa, Fox News Channel and the Washington Examiner co-sponsored the first Republican candidate debate in the first delegate nominating state.

The debate, due to its sharp questioning, blunt answering and occasional outbursts, has sparked much online discussion in the last two days and may have played a crucial rule in deciding the outcome of today’s straw poll.

As we reported here earlier, the two-hour program enjoyed excellent ratings, but still more than 300 million Americans didn’t see it. Now, you and any who desire, can read the complete transcript here of all of the back-and-forth courtesy of the Fox News Channel.

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Transcript of Republican Debate in Ames, Iowa, Aug. 11, as provided by Fox News Channel

BRET BAIER:  Welcome to Ames, Iowa, on the campus of Iowa State University and the Republican presidential debate. (APPLAUSE)

Our event is being sponsored by Fox News and the Washington Examiner, in conjunction — in conjunction with the Iowa Republican Party. We’re being seen, obviously, on Fox News Channel, being streamed on foxnews.com.  You can log on and check out how you can react to our debate. We’re also being heard on Fox News Radio. And these folks in the stadium — in the studio are just fired up, as you can hear. (APPLAUSE)

BAIER:  OK.  Now let’s meet the candidates: former Senator Rick Santorum; businessman Herman Cain; Congressman Ron Paul…(APPLAUSE) … former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney…(APPLAUSE)   … Congresswoman Michele Bachmann… (APPLAUSE) … former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty…   (APPLAUSE)… former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman…(APPLAUSE) … and former speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich. (APPLAUSE)

Joining me at the desk tonight, my Fox News colleague and anchor of “Fox News Sunday,” Chris Wallace.And from the Washington Examiner, Byron York and Susan Ferrechio.

We’re gathered tonight at a very unsettling moment for Americans. We’ve watched the….

…stock market on a wild rollercoaster ride this week, as people are anxiously tracking their balances and their retirement accounts and college funds.  About 14 million people don’t have a job tonight, and millions more have given up looking or have taken part-time work to try to scrape by.The nation’s credit rating was downgraded for the first time in history, as we try to get a handle on the country’s skyrocketing debt.  And just last weekend in Afghanistan, more American lives were lost than on any other day in this decade-long conflict.

So tonight, we are respectfully asking you, the candidates, to try to put aside the talking points, to try to put aside the polished lines that get applause on the campaign trail here in Iowa and around the country, and to level with the American people, to speak from the heart about how you would navigate this country through the challenges America faces.

So let’s begin.  Congresswoman Bachmann, you say you can turn the economy around within one quarter by cutting taxes, reducing spending, and repealing the health care law.  In fact, this week you said, quote, “It isn’t that difficult,” and, quote, “Solutions aren’t that tough to figure out.”

Isn’t it unrealistic to suggest that something as massive and complex as the U.S. economy can rebound in just three months?

BACHMANN:  We can start to seek recovery within three months, not the whole recovery, but we can begin to see it, if we put into place what we know to be true.  Number one, we should not have increased the debt ceiling.  In the last two months, I was leading on the issue of not increasing the debt ceiling.  That turned out to be the right answer.

And this is part of the movement that we’re seeing all across the country.  I’ve been leading that movement.  I’ve been giving it voice.  And it’s not just Republicans.  It’s disaffected Democrats.  It’s independents.  It’s libertarians all coming together, apolitical people, because two days from now, Bret, we get to send a message to Barack Obama.  And the message is this:  You are finished in 2012, and you will be a one-term president. (APPLAUSE)

BAIER:  Governor Romney, Congresswoman Bachmann says she can start to turn the economy around in three months.  How long would it take you?

ROMNEY:  Well, I’m not going to give you an exact timeframe, but I can tell you this, that if you spend your life in the private sector and you understand how jobs come and how they go, you understand that what President Obama has done is the exact opposite of what the economy needed to be done.  Almost every action he took made it harder for entrepreneurs to build businesses, for banks to make loans, for businesses to hire, and to build more capital.

What needs to be done — there are really seven things that come to mind.  One is to make sure our corporate tax rates are competitive with other nations.  Number two is to make sure that our regulations and bureaucracy works not just for the bureaucrats in Washington, but for the businesses that are trying to grow.

Number three is to have trade policies that work for us, not just for our opponents.  Number four is to have an energy policy that gets us energy secure.  Number five is to have the rule of law.  Six, great institutions that build human capital, because capitalism is also about people, not just capital and physical goods.  And number seven is to have a government that doesn’t spend more money than it takes in.  And I’ll do it. (APPLAUSE)

BAIER:  You — Governor Romney, you mentioned leadership on the economy.  You are the front-runner in this GOP field, yet when it came to weighing in on the debt ceiling deal in Congress, something that had a major impact on the economy, many on this stage say you were missing in action.  Some columnists even said you were in the “Mittness Protection Program.”  (LAUGHTER)

Then just hours before the House voted, you released a statement saying you could not support the bill.  Is that leadership?

ROMNEY:  You know, this is a critical issue, which is, how big is the government going to be?  Back in the days of John F. Kennedy, the federal government took up, along with the state and local governments, 27 percent of the economy.  Today, government consumes 37 percent of the economy.  We’re inches away from no longer having a free economy.

And so this is a critical issue.  And, therefore, well before the debate got pushed along, I signed a pledge saying I would not raise the debt ceiling unless we had “cut, cap and balance.”  And that is the view I took on June 30th, and I reiterated that throughout the process, and, frankly, all the way to the very end.

BAIER:  Just so everyone knows, when candidates go over the allotted time, they’ve agreed to this system.  That’s what you hear, the bell.  And we’ll try to not ring the bell that much.  It’s not the doorbell.

So to be clear — and just to be clear here — you echoed Congresswoman Bachmann and Congressman Paul in being against that final compromise deal.  So to phrase it another way, if you were president, you would have vetoed that bill?

ROMNEY:  Look, I’m not going to eat Barack Obama’s dog food, all right?  What he served up was not what I would have done if I’d had been president of the United States.  If — if I’d have — if I’d have been…

BAIER:  I know, but that bill was the deal on the table, Governor.

ROMNEY:  If I’d have been — well, I’m not — I’m not president now, though I’d like to have been.  If I were president, what I would have done is cut federal spending, capped federal spending as a percentage of the total economy, and then worked for a balanced budget amendment.  If we do that, then we can rein back the scale of government.  And that’s the right thing to do.  And that’s what I said is the — and June 30th.

BAIER:  OK.

Congressman Paul, as you know, when Standard & Poor’s downgraded the country’s credit rating last week, one of the reasons S&P listed was because of partisan gridlock in Washington.  Congressman, what specific things would you do as president to increase growth, calm the markets, create jobs that could pass through a divided Congress?

PAUL:  Well, they didn’t downgrade it mainly because they couldn’t come to a conclusion.  They couldn’t come to a conclusion because they didn’t know what was going on.  The country’s bankrupt, and nobody wanted to admit it.  And when you’re bankrupt, you can’t keep spending.

And all these proposed cuts weren’t cuts at all.  What you have to do is restore sound money.  You have to understand why you have a business cycle, why you have booms and busts.  If you don’t do that, there’s no way you can solve these problems.

And the booms and busts comes from a failed monetary system that — the interest rates that are way lower than — than they should be encourages malinvestment and debt.  And to get out of that, all this other tinkering, you cannot do that unless you liquidate debt.  You don’t bail out the people that are bankrupt and dump the debt on the people.  That is what’s happened.

So you have to allow liquidation of debt, eliminate the malinvestment.  Then you go back and you can get growth again by having a better tax structure, lower taxes, invite capital back into this country, get a lot less regulations.  And under those conditions, you can have growth again.

BAIER:  And you can get it through a divided Congress?

PAUL:  Well… (LAUGHTER)

The divided Congress will exist for a long time to come.  Yes, you would have to get it through a — you’d have to get it through a divided Congress.  But the one thing is, if you approach it constitutionally and if you approach it on the principles of liberty, you can bring people together.

If we have to cut, maybe we wouldn’t be so — so determined that you can’t cut one nickel out of the militarism around the world.  Neither the Democrats or the Republicans want to cut that.  So if you want to cut, you have to put the militarism on the table, as well. (APPLAUSE)

BAIER:  Mr. Cain — Mr. Cain, we — we know you have a four-point economic plan.  But one specific thing, what one specific thing would President Cain do first to restart the economic engine?  And, again, with the caveat:  That one thing would have to get through a divided Congress.

CAIN:  Make the tax rates permanent.  That’s one of — of the four-point plans, because the business sector is the economic engine.  You have the group that’s talking about spending.  You have the group that’s talking about cutting.  I represent growth.  And it starts with the business sector putting fuel in the engine.

In addition to that one thing that you asked me to identify, we must have a maximum tax rate for corporations and individuals of 25 percent, take the capital gains tax rate to zero, take the tax on repatriated profits to zero, make them permanent, and — and then certainty back into this economy.  And I believe we can turn it around.  And one other thing.  We don’t have an option to wait longer than 90 days.  It is imperative that we get this economy going in 90 days with the next president of the United States of America.

BAIER:  Governor Huntsman, you told the “New Hampshire Union Leader”
recently you intend to convene a “council of business leaders” to figure without is needed to improve our economy.

Governor, you have essentially been running for president for three months now.  We checked your Web site.  We were unable to find a detailed plan.

In the middle of an economic crisis, shouldn’t you already have a pretty detailed plan by now?

HUNTSMAN:  The plan you will find on our Web site, it is coming.  We have been in the race only for a month and a half.  But here’s what I intend to do.

I intend to do exactly what I did as governor of the state of Utah. We took a good state and we made it number one in this country in terms of job creation.  If you want to know what I’m going to do, I’m going to do exactly what I did as governor.

It’s called leadership.  It’s called looking at how the free market system works.  It’s creating a competitive environment that speaks to growth.

We cut taxes historically. We didn’t just cut them, we cut them historically.

We created the most business-friendly environment in the entire country.  We were the best-managed state in the country.  We maintained a AAA bond rating.  All of the things this country so desperately needs.

When you look at me and you ask, what is that guy going to do?  Look at what I did as governor.  That is exactly what I’m going to do, and it’s exactly what this country needs right now.

BAIER:  Speaker Gingrich, some people on this stage have run big companies, some have turned around companies, some managed payrolls.  What makes you more qualified than anyone else on this stage to create jobs and grow the economy?

GINGRICH:  You know, you’ve been asking about divided government.  This coming Saturday is the 30th anniversary of Ronald Reagan signing the Kemp-Roth tax cut which was done with divided government.  I was part of that effort in the House when the Democrats were in control.

He did it by going to the American people with clarity, creating a sense of urgency, bringing pressure to bear on the Democratic congressmen, and building a bipartisan majority.  That tax cut lead to seven years of growth, which in our current economy would be the equivalent of adding 25 million jobs, $4.4 trillion a year to the economy and $800 billion in new federal revenue.

A decade later, as Speaker of the House, we had divided government.  We negotiated with Bill Clinton.  He vetoed welfare reform twice.  We passed it three times.  He signed it the third time, the largest entitlement reform of your lifetime.

We passed the first tax cut in 16 years, the largest capital gains tax cut in history.  Unemployment dropped to 4.2 percent.  How would the country feel today at 4.2 percent unemployment?

That’s my credential.

BAIER:  Governor Pawlenty, you say your economic plan with tax cuts and spending caps would grow the economy by an average rate of five percent a year for 10 years, a rate that have never been achieved in 10 years in a row.

With the last two quarters averaging less than one percent growth — and even some Republican budget analysts, very skeptical, openly skeptical of that plan — is your proposal just pie in the sky?

PAWLENTY:  Well, the United States of America needs a growth target, and it needs to be an aggressive and bold growth target.  I don’t want the United States’ growth target to be anemic or lag like Barack Obama’s.

So, is the bar high?  Yes.  But do we need that growth to get out of
this hole?  You bet.   And I hope people will go to our Web site and
read that whole plan, because it’s the most specific, comprehensive plan of any candidate in this race.

But, Bret, there’s another question here.  Where is Barack Obama on these issues?

You can’t find his plans on some of the most pressing financial issues of our country.  For example, where is Barack Obama’s plan on Social Security reform, Medicare reform, Medicaid reform?  In fact, I’ll offer a prize tonight to anybody in this auditorium or anyone watching on television: if you can find Barack Obama’s specific plan on any of those items, I will come to your house and cook you dinner.    (LAUGHTER) (APPLAUSE)

BAIER:  What do you think of that?

PAWLENTY:  Or, if you prefer, I’ll come to your house and mow your land.  But in case Mitt wins, I’m limited to one acre. One acre.

BAIER:  Oh. (LAUGHTER)

BAIER:  Governor any response?

ROMNEY:  That’s just fine.

BAIER:  OK.  Senator Santorum, nothing about your lawn, but Governor Pawlenty says America can quickly grow five percent a year for 10 years, with the right mix of policies. Is he right?

SANTORUM:  America has unbounded potential.  And I think putting a limit on that potential, we’ve grown at faster rates than that.

For me, it’s been a focus on one thing as I’ve traveled to now 68 counties in….

Mitt Romney listens to Michele Bachmann 8-11-11 during Ames Debate on Fox News Channel

….the state of Iowa, 50 in the last 14 days, working and meeting with the people of Iowa.  And I’ve been talking to them about
what we’re going to do to grow the manufacturing sector of this economy.

When I grew up in Butler, Pennsylvania, a little steel town, 21 percent of the people of this country worked in manufacturing.  It is now nine.  If you want to know where the middle of America went, it went to China, it went to Malaysia, it went to Indonesia.  We need to bring it back.

I put together a four-point plan to do it, including energy — producing more energy, because of course manufacturers use more energy than just about everybody else in the business world.  But the big thing I proposed is to take the corporate rate which makes us uncompetitive, particularly in exporting goods, take the corporate rate and cut it to zero for manufacturers.

You want to create opportunity for businesses in manufacturing to grow, cut that tax to zero.  Our jobs will come back.(APPLAUSE)

BAIER:  Turning the economy around is the topic we’ve received the most e-mails, the most Facebook messages, the most tweets about.  Of course, it’s topping all of the polls.  So finding specific solutions to the country’s economic ills will be a recurring theme throughout the debate tonight.

Now to my colleague Chris Wallace with the next round of questions.

WALLACE:  Thank you, Bret.  Good evening candidates. Governor Pawlenty and Congresswoman Bachmann, as you both know there’s an expression Minnesota nice.  And some people believe that both of you have tested it in recent weeks.

Governor Pawlenty, you say  that Representative Bachmann has no accomplishments in congress.  You have questioned her ability to serve as president because of her history of migraines.  Question governor, is she unqualified or is she just beating you in the polls?

PAWLENTY:  Well, Chris to correct you, I have not questioned Congresswoman Bachmann’s migraine headaches.  I don’t think that is an issue.  The only headache I hear about on the campaign trail is the headache Barack Obama has given the people of this country with his lousy leadership and this lousy economy. (APPLAUSE)

PAWLENTY:  Now as to Congresswoman Bachmann’s record.  Look, she has done wonderful things in her life, absolutely wonderful things, but it is an indisputable fact that in congress her record of accomplishment and results is nonexistent.  That’s not going to be good enough for our candidate for president of the United States, that is not going to be good enough for the president of the United States to serve in that capacity.  The American people are going to expect and demand more.  And in fact we need somebody who can contrast with Barack Obama on results.

If you go to my record in Minnesota you will see government spending went from historic highs to historic lows.  We appointed conservative justices, transformed the court in a conservative direction, we did health care reform the right way — no mandates individually, no government take-overs and more.  That’s the kind of record we’re going to need to contrast and beat Barack Obama.

WALLACE:  Congresswoman Bachmann, I’m going to ask you in a moment your own question about Governor Pawlenty.  But I want to give you an opportunity to respond to his comments.  You have 30 seconds.  One, that you have no record of accomplishments in congress, and two that there’s something missing in your resume because you do not have executive experience.

BACHMANN:  Well, thank you for asking the question. I would say governor, when you were governor in Minnesota you implemented cap and trade in our state and you praised the unconstitutional individual mandates and called for requiring all people in our state to purchase health insurance that the government would mandate.

Third, you said the era of small government was over.  That sounds more like Barack Obama, if you know me.  During my time in…(APPLAUSE)

BACHMANN:  …during my time in the United States Congress I have fought all of these unconstitutional measures as well as Barack Obama. And I led against increasing the debt ceiling the last two months.

WALLACE:  I just wanted to pick up, and in fact you anticipated the question I was going to ask you.  And then I’m going to give you a chance to respond, governor.

Congresswoman Bachmann, isn’t that about the worst thing you can say about a fellow Republican in this campaign, that he reminds you of Barack  Obama?

BACHMANN:  The policies that the governor advocated for were cap and trade.  He praised and wanted to require Minnesotans to purchase the unconstitutional individual mandate in health care.  And he said the era of small government is over.  I have a very consistent record of fighting very hard against Barack Obama and his unconstitutional measures in congress.  I’m very proud of that record.  That is what qualifies me, as a fighter and representative of the people, to go to Washington, D.C. and to the White House.

People are looking for a champion.  They want someone who has been fighting. When it came to health care, I brought tens of thousands of Americans to Washington to fight the unconstitutional individual mandates.  I didn’t praise it.  When it came to cap and trade, I fought it with everything that was in me, including I introduced the Lightbulb Freedom of Choice Act so people could all purchase the lightbulb of their choice.

I also believe in big government is hurting the United States.  We need to have small government.

WALLACE:  And I’m sure you have been waiting for the opportunity.
Governor Pawlenty, 30 seconds to respond.

PAWLENTY:  Well, I’m really surprised that Congresswoman Bachmann would say those things.  That’s not the kinds of things she said when I was governor of the state of Minnesota.  And moreover, she’s got a record of misstating and making false statements.  And that’s another example of that list.

She says that she’s fighting for these things. She fought for less government spending, we got a lot more. She led the effort against ObamaCare, we got ObamaCare. She led the effort against TARP, we got TARP. She said she’s got a titanium spine. It’s not her spine we’re worried about, it’s her record of results.

If that’s your view of effective leadership with results, please stop, because you’re killing us.

WALLACE:  I… (MURMURS FROM AUDIENCE)

WALLACE:  Wait, wait, wait, wait. (MURMURS FROM AUDIENCE)

WALLACE:  Congresswoman Bachmann, 30 seconds to response.

BACHMANN:  Thank you so much.  I was at the tip of the spear fighting against the implementation of ObamaCare in the United States Congress.  Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barack Obama ran Congress, but I gave them a run for their money.

Again, on cap and trade, I was there from the very beginning, giving Speaker Pelosi a run for her money.  That’s why I was Speaker Pelosi about her number one target to defeat last year, because I was effectively taking them on on nearly every argument they put forward. I fought…(BELL SOUNDS)

BACHMANN:  — when others ran, I fought.  And I led against increasing the deficit. (MURMURS FROM AUDIENCE)

WALLACE:  OK, let’s — let’s move to our panelists, if we could, so we can get more questions in. Thank you.

WALLACE:  I — I see six other candidates there.  I’m going to go to Governor Romney.

You’re campaigning as the man who can fix the economy.  Let’s look at your record, sir.

As head of Bain Capital, you acquired American Pad & Paper.  Two U.S. plants were closed and 385 jobs were cut.  Later, you bought Dade International.  Almost 2,000 workers were laid off or relocated.  And when you were governor, Massachusetts ranked 47th of the 50 states in job growth.

Question, you are going to be the jobs president?

ROMNEY:  Absolutely, Chris.

Let me — let me tell you how the real economy works.

When I was at Bain Capital, we invested in about 100 different companies.  Not all of them worked.  I know there are some people in Washington that doesn’t understand how the free economy works.  They think if you invest in a business, it’s always going to go well.  And they don’t always go well.

But I’m very proud of the fact that I learned about how you can be successful with an enterprise, why we lose jobs, how we gain jobs and overall, in those 100 businesses we invested in, tens of thousands of jobs, net-net, were created.

I understand how the economy works.  Herman Cain and I are the two on the stage here who’ve actually worked in the real economy.  If people want to send to Washington someone who spent their entire career in government, they can choose a lot of folks.  But if they want to choose somebody who understands how the private sector works, they’re going to have to choose one of us, because we’ve been in it during our career.

And, by the way, as the governor of Massachusetts, when I came in, jobs were being lost month after month after month.  We turned that around.  We were able to add jobs, balance our budget and get Massachusetts back on track.  And, by the way, our unemployment was below the federal level three of the four years I was in office.

BAIER:  Chris will continue his round of questions on this round.

And coming up, the issue of illegal immigration, the battle over health care. Please go to FoxNews.com/politics to check out the live blogging on tonight’s debate. We’ll be right back from Ames, Iowa after a short break.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

MATT STRAWN, CHAIRMAN OF IOWA GOP:  Hi, I’m Matt Strawn, chairman of the Iowa GOP.  And thank you for joining us for tonight’s debate.

As the son and grandson of Iowa farmers, I, like many Iowans, was raised to appreciate the values of hard work, thrift, and personal responsibility.  Iowans understand a return to these same values is necessary to get our nation back on track.

From meeting candidates in our coffee shops to our farm fields, the Iowa caucuses provide everyday, hardworking Americans an opportunity to personally question presidential candidates on their principles and solutions for meeting the challenges facing our great nation.  That process continues tonight, as our Republican candidates share their vision with Iowans and all Americans at a time when our fellow citizens are seeking strong and bold leadership.

So, again, thank you for joining us, and thank you for being part of the first-in-the-nation caucus process.

BAIER:  Welcome back to the Stephens Auditorium on the campus of Iowa State University and the first Republican debate in the Hawkeye State.  Now back to another fiery round of questions from Chris Wallace.

WALLACE:  Thank you.  Speaker Gingrich, one of the ways that we judge a candidate is the campaign they run.  In June, almost your entire national campaign staff resigned, along with your staff here in Iowa.  They said that you were undisciplined in campaigning and fundraising, and at last report, you’re a million dollars in debt.  How do you respond to people who say that your campaign has been a mess so far?

GINGRICH:  Well, let me say, first of all, Chris, that I took seriously Bret’s injunction to put aside the talking points, and I wish you would put aside the gotcha questions. (APPLAUSE)

Like — like Ronald Reagan, who had 13 senior staff resign the morning of the New Hampshire primary and whose new campaign manager laid off 100 people because he had no money, because the consultants had spent it, like John McCain, who had to go and run an inexpensive campaign because the consultants spent it, I intend to run on ideas.

Congress should come back Monday.  They should repeal the Dodd-Frank bill.  They should repeal Sarbanes-Oxley.  They should repeal Obamacare.  They should institute Lean Six Sigma across the entire federal government, a hard idea for Washington reporters to cover, but an important idea, because it’s the key to American manufacturing success.

GINGRICH:  I’d love to see the rest of tonight’s debate asking us about what we would do to lead an America whose president has failed to lead, instead of playing Mickey Mouse games. (APPLAUSE)

WALLACE:  Speaker Gingrich, if you think questions about your records are Mickey Mouse, I’m sorry.  I think those are questions that a lot of people want to hear answers to, and you’re responsible for your record, sir.  (BOOING)

GINGRICH:  Well, if I get a rebuttal…

WALLACE:  Pardon?

GINGRICH:  I think that there’s too much attention paid by the press corps about the campaign minutia and not enough paid by the press corps to the basic ideas that distinguish us from Barack Obama.(APPLAUSE)

WALLACE:  Governor Huntsman — Governor Huntsman, at the risk of raising Speaker Gingrich’s ire, I’m going to ask you about your record, sir.  You supported a stimulus package in 2009.  In fact, you said the Obama stimulus package was not big enough.  As governor, you signed onto a regional cap-and-trade market.  You endorsed civil unions for same-sex couples.  And you served as President Obama’s ambassador to China.  Some people have suggested that maybe you’re running for president in the wrong party.

HUNTSMAN:  Chris, let me just say, I’m proud of my service to this country.  If you love your country, you serve her.  During a time of war, during a time of economic hardship, when asked to serve your country in a sensitive position where you can actually bring a background to help your nation, I’m the kind of person who’s going to stand up and do it, and I’ll take that philosophy to my grave.

In terms of the stimulus you talked about, it was failed.  And let me tell you what I talked about with respect to the stimulus.  I talked about the need for more tax cuts in the stimulus.  We didn’t have enough of it.  And why did I talk about the need for tax cuts for business?
Because we had done it in the state of Utah.

We had done historic tax cuts.  We created a flat tax in the state of Utah, exactly what needs to happen in this country.  We got the economy moving.  We became the number-one job creator in this nation and the best managed state.  That’s exactly what needs to happen in this nation.  I am running on my record, and I am proud to run on my record.

WALLACE:  Mr. Cain…(APPLAUSE)

Mr. Cain, you have a compelling personal story and a strong record as a businessman, but you also have a growing list of questionable statements in this campaign, and I want to ask you about those, if I may, sir.

You said that communities have the right to ban Muslims from building mosques, before you later apologized.  You have stated that you do not have a firm plan yet as to what you would do in Afghanistan until you talk to the generals.  You at one point in the campaign didn’t know about the so-called Palestinian right of return during a big debate about the Mideast peace issues.

How do you reassure people that you know enough to be president of the United States, sir?

CAIN:  You want me to answer all of those in one minute, Chris?  Pick one.  I know more about the Palestinian — the right of return issue now…(CROSSTALK)

CAIN:  … than I did then, and — but I know about it.  I’ve been documented.

The first point that you raised, about saying that communities have a right to ban mosques, no, that’s not exactly what I said.  Unfortunately, the people who helped you put that together have misquoted me.  I have gone on record, and I put it in a press release that’s available at my office that simply says that if anyone misunderstood my intent, I apologize for that.  But never will I apologize for saying that Sharia law does not belong in the courts of the United States of America.

Now, relative to Afghanistan…(APPLAUSE)

Relative to Afghanistan, since we did this last, I have learned more about Afghanistan.  And you may recall that one of the things that I always stress:  Make sure you’re working on the right problem.  We don’t have one problem in Afghanistan.  We have three problems to deal with.  I now have a better understanding of it.  And if I get an opportunity to rebuttal, I’ll tell you what those three are.  (LAUGHTER)

WALLACE:  You’re going to get asked about Afghanistan, sir. Bret?

BAIER:  Now we turn to Susan Ferrechio with the Washington Examiner.  She has the next round of questions for the candidates.  The topic: illegal immigration.  Susan?

FERRECHIO:  OK, we’ll start with Governor Huntsman.  You said that we need to bill a fence to secure our borders, but then we need to deal with the millions of illegal immigrants already here in the country. You said, quote, “There’s got to be an alternative to sending them back.  That’s unrealistic.”

Governor Huntsman, are you proposing citizenship for illegal aliens?

HUNTSMAN:  Listen, I’m — I am a conservative problem-solver.  I am pro-life, I’m pro-Second Amendment, I’m pro-growth on economics, and I’m here to tell you that, when elected president, the thing we need to do most on illegal immigration — because there has been zero leadership in Washington.  And with zero leadership in Washington, we’ve created this patchwork of solutions in all — in a lot of the states, which makes for a very complex and confusing environment.

When elected president, I’m simply going to prove to the American people that we can secure the border.  That’s what they want done.  And I’m not going to talk about anything else until we get it done.  Secure the border.

Eighteen hundred miles, we’ve got a third of it done, between fencing and technology and National Guard boots on the ground.  We can finish.  And I will talk to the four border state governors and get verification from them that, in fact, we’ve secured the border.

And once that is done, then we can move on.  But this discussion has zero in the way of any intellectual credibility until such time as we secure the border.  (APPLAUSE)

FERRECHIO:  OK. Governor Romney, turning to you, in 2008, you said you favored allowing American companies to hire more skilled foreign workers.  With the unemployment rate now at 9.1 percent, do you still think that employers need to import more foreign labor?

ROMNEY:  Well, of course not.  We’re not looking to bring people in and — in jobs that can be done by Americans.  But at the same time, we want to make sure that America is a home and welcome to the best and brightest in the world.

If someone comes here and gets a PhD in — in physics, that’s the person I’d like to staple a green card to their — to their diploma, rather than saying to them to go home.

Instead, we let people come across our border illegally or stay here and overstay their visa.  They get to stay in the country.  I want the best and brightest to be metered into the country based upon the needs of our employment sector and create jobs by bringing technology and innovation that comes from people around the world.

Look, we — we are a nation of immigrants.  We love legal immigration.  But for legal immigration to work, we have to secure the border, and we also have to crack down on employers that hire people who are here illegally.

I like legal immigration.  I’d have the number of visas that we give to people here that come here legally, determined in part by the needs of our employment community.  But we have to secure our border and crack down on those that bring folks here and hire here illegally.

FERRECHIO:  OK. Turning to you now, Mr. Cain.

When President Obama joked about protecting the borders with alligators and a moat, not only did you embrace the idea, you upped the ante with “a 20-foot barbed wire electrified fence.”  Were you serious?

CAIN:  America has got to learn how to take a joke.(LAUGHTER)

But let me — allow me to give you my real solution to the immigration problem.  I happen to believe that is four problems.

Yes, we must secure the border with whatever means necessary. Secondly, enforce the laws that are there.  Thirdly, promote the path to citizenship that’s already there. We have a path to citizenship for illegal aliens.  It’s called legal immigration.

And then, fourth, I happen to agree with empowering the states and allow them to deal with that issue.  If we work on the right problem, we will be able to solve it.

And in the case of immigration, we’ve got four problems that we need to work on simultaneously.  It turns out that America can be a nation with high fences and wide open doors.  That’s what built this nation.  So we can have high fences and wide open doors, all at the same time.  (APPLAUSE)

FERRECHIO:  All right.  Thank you.

Speaker Gingrich, you recently told Univision that you’re looking at the idea of having citizen boards choose which illegal immigrants can stay in the country and which would have to go.  Who decides the memberships of these boards, and how would they work?

GINGRICH:  I think it’s very important to go back and look at how the Selective Service Commission worked in World War II, because it was local, practical decision-making, and people genuinely thought it was fair and it was reasonable.  But let me go back to your earlier question to Herman.

I thought the president’s speech in El Paso where he talked about moats and alligators was the perfect symbol of his failure as a leader. He failed to get any immigration reform through when he controlled the Senate and he controlled us (ph).  He could ram through Obamacare, but he couldn’t deal with immigration.

Now he has the Republicans in the House in charge, and he descends to a level of attack which I think is very sad for a president of the United States on an issue like this.  We ought to control the border.
And I agree with Governor Huntsman, we can control the border.

I would be prepared to take as many people from Homeland Security’s bureaucracy in Washington and move them to Texas, Arizona and New Mexico, as are needed, to control the border.  (APPLAUSE)

GINGRICH:  We should have English as the official language of government.  And we should have a method for distinguishing between people who have lived here a long time and people who have come very recently.

FERRECHIO:  OK. Congressman Paul, you are opposed to a system that requires employers to verify the immigration status of their workers.  Why would you want to eliminate one more tool to help curb illegal immigration?

PAUL:  I don’t like putting the burden on our businessmen to be the policemen.  That means he has to be policing activity.

And I also resent the fact that illegals come into this country, and they do have problems, but if a church helps them and feeds them, we don’t blame the church, or at least we shouldn’t in a free society.  But I have a strong position on immigration.  I don’t think that we should give amnesty and they become voters. But I do think we should deal with our borders.

But one way that I would suggest that we could do it is pay less attention to the borders between Afghanistan and Iraq and Pakistan and bring our troops home and deal with the border.  But why do we pay more attention to the borders overseas and less attention to the borders here at home?

We now have a mess on the borders, and it has a lot more to do with it than just immigration, because we’re financing some of this militarism against the drug dealers on the borders right now to the tune of over $1 billion.  And there is a mess down there, but it’s much bigger than just the immigration problem.

But I do not believe in giving entitlements to illegal immigrants at all.  And there should be no mandates on the states to make them do it.  (APPLAUSE)

BAIER:  As I said, we’ll be returning to topic number one, the economy, throughout the debate. Byron York has the next round of questions.

YORK:  Thank you, Bret. We’re going to start with Governor Romney.

Governor, in 2005, when you were the governor of Massachusetts, you successfully appealed to Standard & Poor’s to upgrade your state’s credit rating.  You said you used a combination of spending cuts and new revenues to put Massachusetts on a more sound financial footing.  You even approvingly cited a tax increase passed by the Democratic state legislature.

YORK: Doesn’t this show that sometimes raising taxes is necessary?

ROMNEY:  No.  I don’t believe in raising taxes. And as governor I cut taxes 19 times and didn’t raise taxes.  Let’s step back and talk about the first part what you said.  I was fortunate enough to be a governor that got an increase in the credit rating in my state.  At the same time we got a president who got a decrease in the credit rating of our nation.  And that’s because our president simply doesn’t understand how to lead and how to grow an economy.

I was very proud of the fact that Republicans and Democrats worked together in Massachusetts to cut spending.  I came in, we had a huge deficit.  I went to the legislature and I said I want expanded powers to unilaterally be able to cut spending not just slow the rate of growth but to cut spending and they gave it to me and I did.  We cut spending.

Every single year I was governor we balanced the budget.  And by the end of my term we had put in place over a two billion dollar rainy day fund.  That kind of leadership is what allowed us to get a credit upgrade from Standard & Poor’s.  And that’s the leadership we finally need in the White House.

YORK:  We’re going to go to Governor Pawlenty next.  Governor you say you balanced every budget without tax increases as governor of Minnesota, but in 2005 you levied a new tax on cigarettes, which you called a health impact fee.  You said you had to compromise with a Democratic legislature to to end government shutdown.

But doesn’t that show that when leaders are faced with big deficits, they sometimes have to raise taxes?

PAWLENTY:  No.  As I said before, I have got the best record of financial management, or one of them, of any governor in the country.  The CATO institute gave only four governors in America their highest grade, an “A” grade.  I was one of those governors.  The other aren’t running.  The other three aren’t even thinking about running.

As to the circumstance that you mentioned, I had the first government shutdown in 150 years.  We did put together a package, but I balanced the budget every time in Minnesota that I was governor.  In fact, my last budget ended June 30 of this year with a surplus.

I did agree to the cigarette fee.  I regretted that.  As it turns out the courts later held it to be a fee.  But nonetheless, it was an increase in revenues. It turns out we had a new budget forecast a few months later.  And we didn’t even need it.

But my record of leadership in Minnesota, cutting spending from historic highs to historic lows, balancing the budget every time, doing health care reform the right way.  Again, stands in contrast to Barack Obama.  He should cancel his Cape Cod vacation, call the congress back into session and get to work on this.

Barack Obama is missing in action.  He should have the kind of leadership I had when I was governor of the state.

YORK:  Thank you, governor.  Next we’re going to go to Representative Bachmann.  This is a question also about that cigarette tax increase.  You were in the Minnesota state legislature at the time.
And you said you opposed the tax, but in the end, you voted for it.  Now you promise never to raise taxes.  Why would you compromise then, but not now?

BACHMANN:  That’s right.  I was very vocal against that tax.  And I fought against that tax.  The problem is, when the deal was put together, Governor Pawlenty cut a deal with the special interest groups and he put in the same bill, a vote to increase the cigarette tax as well as the vote that would take away protections from the unborn.

And I made a decision, I believe in the sanctity of human life.  And I believe you can get money wrong, but you can’t get life wrong.  And that’s why I came down on that decision that I made.(APPLAUSE)

YORK:  Governor Pawlenty, do you have a response — 30 seconds — to that?

PAWLENTY:  Yeah, what is wrong in the answer is the answer. Congresswoman Bachmann didn’t vote for that bill because of a stripping away of pro-life protection, she voted for it and is now creating that as the excuse.

But nonetheless, she speaks of leading these efforts in Washington and Minnesota, leading and failing is not the objective.  Leading and getting results is the objective.  I’ve got the best record of results as any candidate in this race.

YORK:  All right.  Thank you.  We’re going to go to Senator Santorum. OK, yes you can.

BACHMANN:  In the — this is exactly what I’m trying to illustrate.  We need to have a president of the United States who stands firm on their convictions. This is what I have demonstrated for everyday that I have been in congress.  I have a consistent record of standing on my convictions.  I didn’t cut deals with special interests where you put the pro-life issues together with tax increase issues. That’s a fundamental.  It’s a nonnegotiable. And when we come to a nonnegotiable, we must stand.  And I stand.  (APPLAUSE)

YORK:  Governor we’re going to come back around.

PAWLENTY:  Just very quickly.

Her answer is illogical.  Her answer is illogical.  If there were two bad things in the bill — a tax increase and we’re hypothetically stripping away pro-life protections, which we weren’t, then it is a double reason to vote against it. She voted for it.

BACHMANN:  I need to respond to that.

YORK:  OK.  We have other people here.

BACHMANN:  I need to respond to that, because — I need to respond to that.

YORK:  I understand. I understand.  You have the next question.  You have the next question, senator. I promise. (APPLAUSE)

(UNKNOWN):  Congresswoman Bachmann, 15 seconds, OK?

BACHMANN:  This is what I want to say.  If a person — if a member casts a vote one way, they would be increasing the cigarette tax.  If they cast a vote another way, they would not be voting for the pro-life protection.  It was a choice.  The governor put us in that box and I chose to protect human life.

BAIER:  OK, we’ll come back around later. Byron?

YORK:  All right, next we’re going to Senator Santorum…

(UNKNOWN):  yes, we are.(APPLAUSE)

SANTORUM:  And I told you when I traveled around Iowa, you would see me in your city, in your hometown, but you probably wouldn’t see much of me on television.  So it’s totally true tonight.(LAUGHTER)

YORK:  Well, Senator, here you are. The deficit cutting super committee is now getting to work.
Democrats will demand that savings come from a combination of spending cuts and tax increases, maybe $3 in cuts for every $1 in higher taxes. Is there any ratio of cuts to taxes that you would accept?
Three to one? Four to one? Or even 10 to one?

SANTORUM:  No.  The answer is no, because that’s not the problem.  The problem is that we have spending that has exploded.  Government has averaged 18 percent of GDP as — as a percentage of the overall economy that government eats up.  And we’re now at almost 25 percent. Revenues are down about 2 or 3 percent.

So if you look at where the problem is, the president is in spending, not taxes.  And we’ll get those taxes up if we grow the economy.  I put forward the plan to grow the economy and I’ve provided leadership in the past to get bipartisan things done.

You know, I — I sympathize with Michele Bachmann, who stands up and says, I’m going to stand firm on these things.  You need to stand firm on these things.  But you can’t stand and say you give me everything I want or I’ll vote no.  You have to find the principles, like I did on welfare reform.  I said three things — to cut a federal entitlement, to end it, the three things we wanted to accomplish, end a federal entitlement, which we did.  We wanted to require work, which we did.  And we wanted to put a time limit on welfare.

We did those three things.  We compromised on everything else.  I didn’t get everything I wanted, but I got the core of what I wanted and we transformed welfare.  You need leaders, you need people who are good at leadership, not showmanship.(RINGS BELL)

YORK:  But just confirming, Senator, you would not negotiate on raising taxes?

SANTORUM:  Absolutely not, because it’s not the problem.  And the Democrats know it’s not the problem.  This is where leadership comes in.  You go to the American public and you lay out the facts.  I’ve been traveling around Iowa and I lay out the facts to people and they nod their heads, and they say, yes, this makes sense.

We need to get the economy growing.  That doesn’t mean taking more money out of it, that means — making — that means creating energy jobs, creating manufacturing jobs.  And my plan will do that.

BAIER:  Well, I’m going to ask a question to everyone here on the stage.  Say you had a deal, a real spending cuts deal, 10 to one, as — as Byron said, spending cuts to tax increases.Speaker, you’re already shocking your head.

But who on this stage would walk away from that deal? Can you raise your hand if you feel so strongly about not raising taxes, you’d walk away on the 10 to one deal?(APPLAUSE)

BAIER:  Mr. Speaker, why are you shaking your head?

GINGRICH:  I — I think this…

BAIER:  Is that not an important question?

GINGRICH:  Look, I think this super committee is about as dumb an idea as Washington has come up with in my lifetime. (APPLAUSE)

GINGRICH:  I mean if you look (ph) for a second, I mean I used to run the House of Representatives.  I have some general notion of these things.  The idea that 523 senators and congressmen are going to sit around for four months while 12 brilliant people, mostly picked for political reasons, are going to sit in some room and brilliantly come up with a trillion dollars or force us to choose between gutting our military and accepting a tax increase is irrational.  This is — they’re going to walk in just before Thanksgiving and say, all right, we can shoot you in the head or cut off your right leg, which do you prefer? (LAUGHTER)

GINGRICH:  What they ought to do is scrap the committee right now, recognize it’s a dumb idea, go back to regular legislative business, assign every subcommittee the task of finding savings, do it out in the open through regular legislative order and get rid of this secret phony business. (LAUGHTER)

BAIER:  OK.  Just making sure everyone at home and everyone here knows that they all raised their hands.  They’re all saying that they feel so strongly about not raising taxes that a 10 to one deal, they would walk away from.  Confirming that.

Now to Chris Wallace with a round of questions on health care.

WALLACE:  Governor Pawlenty, you admit that you muffed a question in the last debate about Governor Romney’s health care plan, so I’m going to give you another chance.

You’ve said that the president’s plan and the Romney plan are so similar that you called them both ObamneyCare.  And you also said this:
“I don’t think you can prosecute the political case against President Obama if you are a co-conspirator.”

Could you please tell Governor Romney, who’s two down from you, what he and President Obama have conspired to do?

PAWLENTY:  Yeah, I don’t want to miss that chance again, Chris. (LAUGHTER)

Yeah, Mitt, look, Obamacare was patterned after Mitt’s plan in Massachusetts. And for Mitt or anyone else to say that there aren’t substantial similarities or they’re not essentially the same plan, it just isn’t credible.  So that’s why I called it Obamneycare, and I think that’s a fair label, and I’m happy to call it that again tonight.

But that’s not the only similarity between Governor Romney’s record and President Obama’s record.  Again, if we’re going to take him on, we have to contrast with him on other important issues.  For example, in spending, I’ve got the best spending record.  I took Minnesota’s historic spending from highs to lows.  Mitt ran up spending in his watch as governor 40-plus percent over his n four years.  That’s not going to contrast very well with the president.

In the area of judicial selections, the Boston Globe said that two out of three or so of Mitt’s judicial selections, judge selections were either pro-choice, Democrat, or liberal.  I appointed conservatives, strict constructionists to my supreme court.  So we’re going to have to take it to Barack Obama, and we’re going to have to show contrast, not similarities.

WALLACE:  Governor Romney, I’m going to ask you a question about health care, but I’d like to give you 30 seconds to respond to the criticism of other parts of your record.

ROMNEY:  I think I like Tim’s answer at the last debate better. (LAUGHTER)

There are some similarities between what we did in Massachusetts and what President Obama did, but there are some big differences.  And one is, I believe in the 10th Amendment of the Constitution.  And that says that powers not specifically granted to the federal government are reserved by the states and the people.

We put together a plan that was right for Massachusetts.  The president took the power of the people and the states away from them and put in place a one-size-fits-all plan.  It’s bad law.  It’s bad constitutional law.  It’s bad medicine.  And if I’m president of the United States, on my first day, I’ll direct the secretary of HHS to grant a waiver from Obamacare to all 50 states.  (APPLAUSE)

WALLACE:  But, Governor — and this is — this is your one-minute question.  Do you think that government at any level has the right to make someone buy a good or service just because they are a U.S. resident?  Where do you find that authority, that mandating authority, government making an individual buy a good or service in the Constitution?

ROMNEY:  Chris, you’re — you’re asking me, what do we think we should do about Obamacare?  And the answer is…

WALLACE:  No, I’m asking you…

ROMNEY:  And the answer is — the answer is, I think you have to repeal Obamacare, and I will, and I’ll put in place a plan that allows states to craft their own programs to make those programs work.

WALLACE:  But, sir, I’m asking you where you find that authority in the Constitution.

ROMNEY:  And let — and let me tell you — where do I find it in the constitution?  Are you familiar with the Massachusetts constitution?  I am.  And the Massachusetts constitution allows states, for instance, to say that our kids have to go to school.  It has that power.  The question is, is that a good idea or bad idea?  And I understand different people come to different conclusions.

What we did in our state was this.  We said, look, we’re finding people that can afford insurance, health insurance, that are going to the hospital and getting the state to pay for them.  Taxpayers are picking up hundreds of millions of dollars of costs from people who are free riders.

We said, you know what?  We’re going to insist that those people who can afford to pay for themselves do so.  We believe in personal responsibility.  And if the people aren’t willing to do that, then they’re going to help the government pay for them.  That was our conclusion.

The right answer for every state is to determine what’s right for those states and not to impose Obamacare on the nation.  That’s why I’ll repeal it.  (APPLAUSE)

WALLACE:  Congresswoman Bachmann, you are a big believer in the 10th Amendment and the idea of granting power to the states.  So let me ask you:  Does that make any difference whether mandatory health insurance is being imposed by a state or by the federal government?

BACHMANN:  No, I don’t believe that it does.  I think that the government is without authority to compel a citizen to purchase a product or a service against their will, because effectively when the federal government does that, what they’re doing is they are saying to the individual, they are going to set the price of what that product is.

If the federal government can force American citizens or if a state can force their citizens to purchase health insurance, there is nothing that the state cannot do.  This is clearly an unconstitutional action, whether it’s done at the federal level or whether it’s the state level.

And I will not rest, as the president of the United States, until we repeal Obamacare.  And as the nominee of the Republican Party, I also will not rest until I can also elect an additional 13 senators who agree with me so we’ll have a filibuster-proof Senate and we can actually repeal Obamacare. (APPLAUSE)

WALLACE:  Congressman Paul, you are a constitutional expert, and you talk a lot about the Constitution.  What do you think of this argument, that the state has a constitutional right to make someone buy a good or service just because they’re a resident, not because they’re driving and need a driver’s license, but just the fact that they are a resident?

PAUL:  No, the way I would understand the Constitution, the federal government can’t go in and prohibit the states from doing bad things.  And I would consider that a very bad thing, but you don’t send in a federal police force because they’re doing it and throw them in a court.  So they do have that leeway under our Constitution.

But we have big trouble in this medical care problem.  And we have drifted so far from any of our care being delivered by the marketplace.  And once you get the government involved — and both parties have done it.  They’ve developed a bit of a medical care delivery system based on corporatism.  The corporations are doing quite well, whether it’s Obama or under the Republicans.

The drug companies do well.  The insurance companies do well.  The organized medicine do well.  The management companies do well.  The patient and the doctors suffer.  There’s a wedge.  Every time you have the government get in here with these regulations, and have these mandates, there’s a wedge driven in between the doctor and the patient.

We have to get the people more control of their care, and that’s why these medical savings accounts could at least introduce the notion of market delivery of medical care.  (APPLAUSE)

WALLACE:  Senator Santorum — Senator Santorum, I see you wanting to jump in.  Your thoughts about Romneycare?

SANTORUM:  Well, first, I was the first author of medical savings accounts back in 1992 with John Kasich in the House, but this is — this is a very important argument here.  This is the 10th Amendment run amok.  Michele Bachmann says that she would go in and fight health care being imposed by states, mandatory health, but she wouldn’t fight go in and fight marriage being imposed by the states, that would be OK.

We have Ron Paul saying, oh, what the states want to do — whatever the states want to do under the 10th Amendment’s fine.  So if the states want to pass polygamy, that’s fine.  If the states want to impose sterilization, that’s fine.

No, our country is based on moral laws, ladies and gentlemen.  There are things the states can’t do.  Abraham Lincoln said the states do not have the right to do wrong.

I respect the 10th Amendment, but we are a nation that has values.  We are a nation that was built on a moral enterprise, and states don’t have the right to tramp over those because of the 10th Amendment.  (APPLAUSE)

BAIER:  When we come back — we’re going to take a short break — we’re going to talk about a couple of people who are not here tonight, also, national security, foreign policy, the war on terror, and a bit later, social issues, fired-up crowd here.  Check out foxnews.com and vote in our online poll.  We’ll be right back after this break.

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BAIER:  Welcome back to the Stephens Auditorium on the campus of Iowa State University.  Our next round is a lightning round, really quick, before we get into foreign policy and national security.  Are we actually missing a candidate on the stage?  We are.

(UNKNOWN):  She’ll be right back.

BAIER:  She’ll be right back, Congresswoman Bachmann.  There she is.  That’s OK.   OK. There we go.

Texas Governor Rick Perry obviously is not here tonight.  He’s giving a speech on Saturday in South Carolina.  We’re told he’s getting into this race, but he’s not answering questions tonight.  He’s not taking part in the straw poll on Saturday.

So, is he outsmarting you — 30 seconds — Congressman Paul?

PAUL:  Maybe he didn’t want to face up to the challenge, for all we know.(APPLAUSE)

BAIER:  Are you worried about this strategy?

PAUL:  Oh, no.  I’m very pleased that he’s coming in, because he represents the status quo.  And I feel like I’m sort of separated from the other candidates with my strong belief in liberty and limited government and different foreign policy, and wanting to deal with the Fed.  So he’ll just gather all their votes. (APPLAUSE)

BAIER:  OK. Mr. Cain, what about Texas Governor Perry?

CAIN:  Welcome to the contest.  From my perspective, it doesn’t bother us or my campaign.  That’s just one more politician, and that makes this business problem solver stand out that much more.(APPLAUSE)

BAIER:  Governor Huntsman, your thoughts?

HUNTSMAN:  We all need prayers, and I hope he offers a whole lot for everybody here on this stage.

But you know what?  Aside from that, we also need jobs in this country.  And I hope that if he does get in this race, he broadens and expands this dialogue about job creation.

The people in this nation know that President Obama has had two-and-a-half years to get it right on the most important issue we face, expanding the economy and creating jobs.  He’s fundamentally failed us.  So anyone who is going to expand this group a little bit, and brings a little savvy on the subject, I think is a net plus.

BAIER:  Former governor Sarah Palin is here in Iowa this week as well.  She’s not in this race yet either. Congresswoman Bachmann, is she stealing your thunder?

BACHMANN:  I like Sarah Palin a lot.  We are very good friends. And I think there’s room in the race for Governor Perry, Sarah Palin, or even, Bret, you, too, if you want to throw your hat into the race.

BAIER:  I think I’ll be out of this one. (LAUGHTER)

BAIER:  Speaker Gingrich, any thoughts on either of those?

GINGRICH:  Well, I want to act (ph) on what Congresswoman Bachmann just said.  You know, Mayor Giuliani has every right to run, and I think he’s talking to some folks about it.  Governor Perry has a great record of job creation in Texas, and I think he’s a very formidable person.
Governor Palin has a nationwide audience.

And I know it’s a shock sometimes to political folks, but the first delegates are chosen in January.  People have lots of time to come and play.

Now, they are missing this great opportunity to be with you guys and have all the fun that we’re having here tonight, but, you know, that’s their prerogative.  And I would like forward to anybody who wants to run for office.  That’s what America is all about.

BAIER:  I’ll split this next round with Chris Wallace.  The topic, foreign policy and national security.

Governor Pawlenty, another five U.S. soldiers were killed today in Afghanistan after the single biggest loss, that helicopter crash over the weekend, last weekend.  Almost 10 years after 9/11, after the killing of Osama bin Laden, with casualties mounting there, costs adding up, many people calling the government there corrupt, is it still worth it?

PAWLENTY:  Well, first of all, Bret, let’s just stop and pause and reflect upon the loss of life, the five brave members of the military that you mentioned, as well as the 30 that were lost about a week ago, and all the others who have been lost or wounded in that conflict.  We owe them not just our words of thanks and appreciation, but to their families, our thoughts and prayers.

We wouldn’t have the country we have without those brave men and women.  We owe them our all.  Not just with our words, but with our deeds.  (APPLAUSE)

PAWLENTY:  But as to Afghanistan, we were justified in the invasion.  It was 10 years ago.  People killed Americans.  We needed to go there, find them, bring them to justice or kill them.  But in terms of where we are now, 10 years removed, I was last there last summer with Governor Perry by the way, And met with General Petraeus.  He thought would it take two years from last summer to have an orderly and successful wind down of our mission in Afghanistan, at least in terms of significant troop withdrawal.

President Obama has accelerated that faster than either General Mullen or General Petraeus recommended.  I would have accepted their recommendations and drawn them down a little slower.

BAIER:  So it is still worth it?

SANTORUM:  It is still worth it.  But we are going to have to have a successful draw down not one ording to Barack Obama’s campaign calendar next year.

BAIER:  Governor Romney in June 2009 you argued that America’s willingness to fight wars of liberation, quote, “nurture democracy and human rights all over the world,” was what made America, quote, “the hope of the earth.”  Basically a full embrace of George W. Bush’s freedom agenda.

Yet last debate about Afghanistan you said this, quote, “we’ve learned that our troops shouldn’t go off and try to fight a war of independence for another nation.”

Those two statements are dramatically different.  Have your views changed?

ROMNEY:  No, I have the same view.  And it’s this which is that we have helped the people of Afghanistan establish freedom from the Taliban.  But now we are at a point where they are going to have to earn and keep that freedom themselves.  This is not something we are going to do forever.  We’ve been there 10 years.  We’ve been training the Afghan troops.

Sometime within the next two years, we are going to draw down our troop strength and reach a point where the Afghan military is able to preserve the sovereignty of their own nation from the teary of the Taliban.  That has to happen.

It’s time for the troops of Afghanistan to take on that responsibility according to, as I said in that last debate, according to the time table established and communicated by the generals in the field.

And those generals recommended to President Obama that we should not start drawing our troops down until after the fighting season in 2012. He took a political decision to draw them down faster than that.  That is wrong.  We should follow the recommendation of the generals and we should now look for the people of Afghanistan to pick up their fight and preserve that liberty that has been so dearly won.

BAIER:  Speaker Gingrich, as President Obama was deciding what to do in Libya, you were asked what you would do.  You said, quote, “exercise a no-fly zone this evening, communicate to the Libyan military that Gadhafi was gone, and that sooner they switched sides the more likely they were to survive.”

After the president launched military action a few days later you said, quote, “I would not have intervened.  I think there were other ways to affect Gadhafi.” Are you certain about the way forward in Libya and where it stands now?

GINGRICH:  Let me suggest — this is a good example of a gotcha question.

BAIER:  No, it is not.

GINGRICH:  No, yes it is.  No, go back previous to Greta Van Susteren two weeks earlier, when I said what we should do go in covertly, use Egyptian and other allies not use American forces.

BAIER:  But Mr. Speaker, you said these two things.

GINGRICH:  That’s right.  I said that thing specifically after the president that day announced gloriously to the world as president of the United States that Gadhafi has to go.  And I said if the president of the United States is serious about Gadhafi going, this is what we should do.

The following interview came after the same president said, well, I didn’t really mean go meant go, I meant go meant maybe we should have a humanitarian intervention.  Now, the fact that I was commenting on Fox about a president who changes his opinion every other day ought to be covered by a Fox commentator using all the things I said, not handpicking the ones that fit your premise.

BAIER:  Mr. Speaker the question was are you now certain the way forward in Libya?

GINGRICH:  I have a red light, but if I’m allowed to answer.

BAIER:  You’re allowed to.

GINGRICH:  I talked recently to General Abizad (ph) who is probably the most knowledgeable senior general who speaks fluent Arabic who said to me we have a bigger strategic deficit than our fiscal deficit.  I think we need to rethink everything in the region.

I think we need to rethink Afghanistan, we need to rethink Iraq and I think we need to recognize that right now Iran is on offense and our troops are in danger everywhere in that region.  And I think we need a very serious national debate about it.

BAIER:  Governor Huntsman, you were former ambassador to China for the Obama administration.  Last week a top cyber security firm detailed new instances of cyber espionage, hacking into U.S. computers.  Experts said, qoute, all signs point to China.  Would you as president consider cyber attacks acts of war?

HUNTSMAN:  Absolutely. This is the new war field, cyber intrusion is.  What we need in this country is to use this issue as not only an economic development tool, but also a national security tool.  We need early warning capabilities and we need safeguards and we need counter measures.

Not only have government institutions been hacked into, but private individuals have been hacked too.  It’s gone beyond the pale.

Listen, this is also part of a dialogue that has not taken place with the Chinese.  We need a strategic dialogue at the highest levels between the United States and China.  That is not happening.

This is a relationship, the United States and China, we are both on the world stage.  As far as you can see into the 21st century, we are going to have to deal with the Chinese.  We better get it right.

I understand this relationship.  I’ve been at it for 30 years.  I think it would be great thing to have a president of the United States who knew something about China.

BAIER:  I’ll turn to my colleague, Chris Wallace.

WALLACE:  Governor Pawlenty, you say we have to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons.  You also recently said that Syrian President Assad must go.  Would you rely on the same idea of international sanctions that President Obama has been using?  Or would you be more forward-leaning in possibly using military action?

PAWLENTY:  Well, first of all, Chris, we need to use a increasing number of tools and measures.  As to Iran, I believe we should undertake every plausible step to deny their intentions and their plans to get a nuclear weapon.  That will include sanctions.  That will include some of the good work that you saw with some of the scientists on their way to work in Iran.  That will see — see some of the good work that you saw with the computer virus.  But in the end, we should take every plausible step to deny that intention.

As to Syria, Bashar al-Assad is mowing down and killing his people, up to 2,000 right now.  And the president of the United States, Barack Obama, will not say he should go.  Until recently, he and Hillary Clinton suggested that Bashar Assad was a reformer.  He’s not a reformer; he’s a killer.

This is another example of naive foreign policy by this president. And worse yet, he sticks his thumb in the eye of our best friends around the world, that we should stand with.  For example, Israel, he repeatedly sticks his thumb in Israel’s eye.  We should stand shoulder to shoulder with Israel.  There should be no daylight between us and the nation of Israel.  They’re one of our best friends in the world.  (APPLAUSE)

WALLACE:  Congressman Paul — Congressman Paul, you say that President Obama is not too soft on Iran, you say that he is too tough on Iran.  I want to put up some of your statements.  “Sanctions are not diplomacy,” you say.  “They are a precursor to war and an embarrassment to a country that pays lip service to free trade.”  As for Iran’s nuclear ambitions, you wrote this:  “One can understand why they might want to become nuclear capable, if only to defend themselves and to be treated more respectfull

Is that your policy towards Iran?

PAUL:  Well, even our own CIA gives me this information, that they have no evidence that they’re working on a weapon.  Just think of what we went through in the Cold War.  When I was in the Air Force, after I was drafted in the Air Force, all through the ’60s, we were — we were standing up against the Soviets.  They had like 30,000 nuclear weapons with intercontinental missiles.

Just think of the agitation and the worrying of a country that might get a nuclear weapon some day.  And just think of how many nuclear weapons surround Iran.  The Chinese are there.  The Indians are there.  The Pakistanis are there.  The Israelis are there.  The United States is there.  All these countries — China has nuclear weapons.

Why wouldn’t it be natural that they might want a weapon?  There’d be — internationally, they’d be given more respect.  Why should we write people off?  There was — you know, in the ’50s, we at least talked to them.  At least our leaders and Reagan talked to the Soviets.
What’s so terribly bad about this?

And people — countries that you put sanctions on, you are more likely to fight them.  I say a policy of peace is free trade.  Stay out of their internal business.  Don’t get involved in these wars.  And just bring our troops home.(APPLAUSE)

WALLACE:  Congressman Paul — Congressman Paul, I want to just give you 15 seconds.  I want to just make sure I understand.  So your policy towards Iran is, if they want to develop a nuclear weapon, that’s their right, no sanctions, no effort to stop them?

PAUL:  No, I think that — I think that thing — that makes it much worse.  Why would that be so strange, if the Soviets and the Chinese have nuclear weapons?  We tolerated the Soviets; we didn’t attack them.
And they were a much greater danger — they were the greatest danger to us in — our whole history.  You don’t go to war against them.

I mean, this whole idea of sanctions, all these pretend free traders, they’re the ones who put on these trade sanctions.  This is why we still don’t have trade relationships with Cuba.  It’s about time we talked to Cuba and stopped fighting these wars that are about 30 or 40 years old.  (APPLAUSE)

WALLACE:  Mr. Cain…

SANTORUM:  Just –…

WALLACE:  Senator Santorum, I got a question for you…

SANTORUM:  Well, as the author of the Iran Freedom Support Act, which he is criticizing, because I authored it when I was in the United States sanction — Senate, when it actually imposed sanctions on Iran because of their nuclear program — Iran is not Iceland, Ron.

Iran is a country that has been at war with us since 1979.  Iran is a country that has killed more American men and women in uniform in Iraq and Afghanistan than the Iraqis and the Afghanistans have — Afghanistan has had.  The — the Iranians…(CROSSTALK)

WALLACE:  Quiet, please.

SANTORUM:  The Iranians — the Iranians are — are the existential threat to the state of Israel.  You ask — you ask the Israelis, what keeps them up at night?  It’s the Iranians funding of Hamas and Hezbollah and the support of Syria…

WALLACE:  Thirty seconds…

SANTORUM:  … and the reason — hold on.  Let me finish.

WALLACE:  No. There are rules here, sir.

SANTORUM:  Yeah, I know there are rules.  And you guys have been giving these guys a lot of time and not a whole lot of time to me, so let me answer the question.

BAIER:  You have a question — you have a question coming.  Congressman Paul?

PAUL:  OK, the senator — the senator is wrong on his history.  We’ve been at war in — in — in Iran for a lot longer than ’79.  We started it in 1953 when we sent in a coup, installed the shah, and the reaction — the blowback came in 1979.  It’s been going on and on because we just plain don’t mind our own business.  That’s our problem. (APPLAUSE)

WALLACE:  Mr. Cain — Mr. Cain, you told Bill O’Reilly in June — and I want to put it up — the way you stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon is for us to get serious about real energy independent — a real energy-independent strategy.  Do you really think that more domestic oil production in this country is going to convince the mullahs in Tehran not to pursue a nuclear weapon?

CAIN:  I believe that our energy strategy is directly related to national security, as well as stopping Iran in their efforts.  The head of Iran, Ahmadinejad, has said that he wants to wipe Israel off of the face of the Earth.  I take that seriously.  He has also said — he has also said that he’s not going to listen to the United States, Britain, or anybody else in their attempts to do what they want to do.

That being said, there’s more to foreign policy than bombs and bullets.  There’s bombs and bullets and economics.

If we go serious about maximizing all of our energy resources in this country, we can become a player on the world market.  As the price of oil goes down, it puts an economic squeeze on Iran.  This is why I believe we should have a serious energy-independent strategy in order to be able to be a player on the world market.  That’s what I meant by using our energy resources, not just oil, but all of our resources to become energy independent.  (APPLAUSE)

WALLACE:  Congresswoman Bachmann, I want to switch to another angle of the war on terror, though if you want to weigh in on Iran, feel free.  We — you say that we don’t win the war on terror by closing Guantanamo and reading Miranda rights to terrorists.  Congressman Paul says terrorism suspects — suspects have committed a crime and are due — should be given due process in civilian courts.  Could you please tell Congressman Paul why he’s wrong?

BACHMANN:  Well, because, simply, terrorists who commit acts against United States citizens, people who are from foreign countries who do that, do not have any right on our — under our Constitution to Miranda rights.

We’ve also seen that Guantanamo Bay has yielded significant information.  In fact, we’ve learned that that led to the capture and the killing of bin Laden.

This is a tool that we need to have in order to be able to prostitute the new type of war, the new type of warfare, and the new type of terrorists that this country is dealing with.

Regarding Iran, Iran is the central issue in the Middle East and their capacity to become a nuclear power.  They’re one of the four state sponsors of terror in the world.

I sit on the House Select Committee on Intelligence.  I can’t reveal classified information, but I can say this:  As president of the United States, I will do everything to make sure that Iran does not become a nuclear power.

WALLACE:  Thirty seconds, Congressman Paul.

PAUL:  Well, I think she turns our rule of law on its head. She says that the terrorists don’t deserve protection under our courts, but, therefore, a judgment has to be made. They’re ruled a terrorist.  Who rules them a terrorist?  I thought our courts recognized that you had to be tried.

And we’ve — we’ve done this.  And we’ve brought individuals back from Pakistan and other places.  We’ve given them a trial in this country, over 300, or at least — near 300, we tried and put them in prison.

So this idea that we — we have to turn it on its head and reject the rule of law, we already are at the point where this administration — please let me finish — half a second — this administration — this administration… (BOOING) … this administration already has accepted the principle that, when you assume somebody is a terrorist, they can be targeted for assassination, even American citizens.  That affects all of us eventually.  You don’t want to translate our rule of law into a rule of mob rule.  (APPLAUSE)

WALLACE:  Senator Santorum — Senator Santorum, I want to pick up on this debate.  You say Attorney General Holder must be under the influence.  And, in fact, you’ve suggested, perhaps, smoking mushrooms to want to try terrorists in civilian court.

Are you also suggesting that Congressman Paul is under the influence?

SANTORUM:  Well, any…(LAUGHTER)

SANTORUM:  — anyone — anyone that suggests that Iran is not a threat to this country or is not a threat to stability in the Middle East is obviously not seeing the world very clearly.  He sees it exactly the way that Barack Obama sees it, that he has to go — we have to go around and apologize for the fact that we’ve gone out and exerted our influence to create freedom around the world.

I don’t apologize for that.  I don’t apologize for the Iranian people being free for a long time and now they’re under a — under a mullacracy that — that tramples the rights of women, tramples the rights of gays, tramples the rights of people all — all throughout their society and it’s the greatest supporter of terrorism in the Middle East and around the world and is setting up training camps and is working with Venezuela and other countries in our — south of our border to threaten us.

This is — the — Iran is a country that must be confronted.  I was in front of the — I was in front of this curve.  I authored the Iran Freedom and Support Act back in 19 — excuse me, 2004.  It was blocked by Joe Biden, nonetheless, and Barack Obama once.  We got it passed.  And I can tell you, if Rick Santorum and when Rick Santorum is president, Iran will not get a nuclear weapon because the world as we know it… (RINGS BELL)

SANTORUM:  — will be no more.

WALLACE:  Conger — Congressman Paul, 30 seconds.

PAUL:  You’ve heard the war propaganda that is liable to lure — lead us into the sixth war.  And I worry about that position.  Iran is a threat because they have some militants there.  But believe me, they’re all around the world and they’re…(CROSSTALK)

PAUL:  Excuse me. They’re — they’re all around the world and they’re not a whole lot different than others.  Iran does not have an air force that can come here.  They don’t have — they can’t even make enough gasoline for themselves.  And here we are building this case up…

SANTORUM:  (INAUDIBLE).

PAUL:  Please.  Please.  They’re building up this case like, just like we did in Iraq — build up the war propaganda.  There was no al Qaeda in Iraq.(RINGS BELL)

PAUL:  And they had nuclear weapons and we had to go in.  I’m sure you supported that war, as well.   (CROSSTALK)

WALLACE:  OK…

PAUL:  It’s time we quit this.  It’s time — it’s trillions of dollars we’re spending on these wars. (APPLAUSE)  (BOOS)

BAIER:  When we come back…(BOOS) — when we come back, we’ll try to get a hold of things — social issues.  That should be fun.  And the most prescient — pressing issues right now, getting America back to work, after this break.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

BAIER:  Welcome back to Ames, Iowa, and the first Republican presidential debate in the Hawkeye State.  A fiery debate, at that. Now to Byron York from “The Washington Examiner.”

YORK:  Thank you, Bret.

We’re going to talk about social issues now.  We’re going to start with Speaker Gingrich.

Speaker Gingrich, you’ve said you would impose a loyalty test for Muslims to serve in your administration.  You said, “We did this in dealing with the Nazis, and we did this in dealing with the communists.”

Are you really comparing American Muslims to Nazis?  And what specific loyalty test would you require them to take?

GINGRICH:  Well, actually, I didn’t describe it as applied to Muslims.  I described it as applied to everybody.

Now, we had, after all, a Catholic head of counterespionage for the FBI who turned out to be a Soviet spy.  We’ve had a Cuban-American refugee who turned out to be a major Cuban spy for over 20 years on behalf of Castro.

My point was, there is nothing illegitimate about seeking to make sure that people are loyal to the United States if they work for the government of the United States.  And I was responding to this insane moment where “The New York Times” attempted bomber, the guy who built the car bomb from Pakistan, was asked by the judge, who said to him, “But you swore an oath of loyalty to the United States.”  And he said to the judge, “I am your enemy.  I lied.”  (LAUGHTER)

GINGRICH:  And the judge seemed mystified at the idea that somebody would have lied.  And my point is, we now know, for example, from the Venona papers and others there really were communist spies.  And I would suggest to you we need security provisions across the board to ensure that those Americans and the American government are loyal to the United States.  (APPLAUSE)

YORK:  All right.  Thank you, Speaker Gingrich.  Next, we’re going to go to Mr. Cain.

Mr. Cain, you recently said this about Governor Romney’s Mormon faith: “It doesn’t bother me, but I do know it’s an issue with a lot of Southerners.”  Could you tell us what it is about Mormonism that Southerners find objectionable?

CAIN:  Well, I did make that statement, and it does not bother me. But because I live in Atlanta, Georgia, have been back in my hometown for 10 years, I listen to what people say.

What they basically say is that they are not real clear about how his Mormon religion relates to the majority of the people’s Protestant, Christian religion in the South.  That was the point that I was trying to make.  It was not a dispersion whatsoever on his religion.  I was simply saying what others have told me about not being clear in understanding his religion.  That’s what it was.

YORK:  Mr. Cain, if I could ask one follow-up, you have already apologized for remarks you made about Islam.  Is your focus on other people’s religions hurting your campaign?

CAIN:  It is not hurting my campaign, Byron, because my focus is not on other people’s religion.  Let me repeat myself and be real clear.

I believe in the First Amendment to the Constitution.  I believe that the government does not have a right to impose religion on people.  But when you’re talking about some of these sensitive issues, I think we owe it to ourselves to make sure people are committed to the Constitution of the United States of America first.  (APPLAUSE)

YORK:  All right.  Thank you, Mr. Cain. Next, we’re going to go to Representative Bachmann.

In 2006, when you were running for Congress, you described a moment in your life when your husband said you should study for a degree in tax law.  You said you hated the idea.  And then you explained, “But the Lord said, ‘Be submissive.  Wives, you are to be submissive to your husbands.'”   As president, would you be submissive to your husband?

BACHMANN:  Thank you for that question, Byron.

YORK:  You’re welcome.

BACHMANN:  Marcus and I will be married for 33 years this September 10th.  I’m in love with him.  I’m so proud of him.  And both he and I — what submission means to us, if that’s what your question is, it means respect.

I respect my husband.  He’s a wonderful, godly man, and a great father.  And he respects me as his wife.  That’s how we operate our marriage.  We respect each other.  We love each other.

And I’ve been so grateful that we’ve been able to build a home together.  We have five wonderful children and 23 foster children.  We’ve built a business together and a life together  And I’m very proud of him. (APPLAUSE)

YORK:  Thank you Ms. Bachmann. Now we’re going to ask a few questions about gay marriage starting with Governor Romney.  When the Massachusetts supreme court legalized gay marriage in 2003, you accused the justices of assuming for themselves the powers that should belong to the state legislature.

Now that the New York state legislature has legalized gay marriage, do you believe state lawmakers have the right to make same-sex marriage legal in their states?

ROMNEY:  I’d far prefer having the representers people make that decision than justices.  But I believe the issue of marriage should be decided at the federal level.

You might wonder why is that?  Why wouldn’t you just let each state make their own decision?  And the reason is because people move from state to state of course in a society like ours, they have children.  As to go to different states, if one state recognizes a marriage and the other does not, what’s the right of that child?  What kind of divorce proceeding potential would there be in a state that didn’t recognize a marriage in the first place?

There are — marriage is a status.  It’s not an activity that goes on within the walls of a state.  And a result our marriage status relationship should be constant across the country.

I believe we should have a federal amendment in the constitution that defines marriage as a relationship between a man and woman, because I believe the ideal place to raise a child is in a home with a mom and a dad.

YORK:  All right.  Thank you, governor. Next we’ll go to Governor Huntsman.

Recently, a Des Moines Register poll found that 58 percent of likely caucus goers, Republican caucus goers here in Iowa, consider support of civilian unions a deal killer for a candidate.  You support civil unions.  Why are you right and most other candidates along with most GOP caucus goers, why are they wrong?

HUNTSMAN:  I’m running on my record.  I’m proud to run on my record.  Some people run from their record, I’m running on my record.  I believe in traditional marriage first and foremost.  I’ve been married 28 years.  I have seven terrific kids to show for it.

But I also believe in civil unions.  Because I think this nation can do a better job when it comes to equality.  And I think this nation can do a better job when it comes to reciprocal beneficiary rights.  And I believe that this is something that ought to be discussed among the various states.

I don’t have any problem with states having this discussion.  But as for me, I support civil unions. (APPLAUSE)

BAIER:  So, the question was, why are they wrong?

HUNTSMAN:  Why are they wrong?  They are not wrong.  All I’m saying is this ought to be an issue that takes place at the local level of government, that’s where these decisions ought to be made.  And as for those who were polled, everybody can come to this with their own point of view.

I believe in traditional marriage.  But I also believe that subordinate to that we haven’t done an adequate job when it comes to equality.  That is just my personal belief.  Everyone is entitled to their personal belief too.

YORK:  All right.  Thank you. Governor.

Next question is for Representative Paul.  You’ve often said you believe defining marriage is a job that should be left to the states.  Recently Senator Santorum asked if a state wanted to allow polygamy, would that be okay too?  What is your answer to that?

PAUL:  That is sort of like asking the question if the states wanted to legalize slavery or something like that.  That so past reality that no state is going to do that.

But on the issue of marriage, I think marriage should be between a single man and a single woman.  And the federal government shouldn’t be involved.

I want less government involvement.  I don’t want the federal government having a marriage police.  I want the states to deal with it if they need to, if they need to.

But if you didn’t need the states — really, why do we have to have a license to get married?  Why don’t we just go to the church?  What other individuals do, why can’t we permit them to do whatever they call it that is their problem not mine.  Just so nobody else forces their definition of marriage on you.  That is what we have to prevent.

So I would say less government would be better if you have to have regulations let the state governments do it. (APPLAUSE)

YORK:  All right.Senator Santorum?  You’re looking incredulous.  Response?

SANTORUM:  Well, it sounds to me like Representative Paul would actually say polygamous marriages are OK.  If the state has the right to do it, they have the right to do it.  It is not beyond reality, Ron, it is exactly what’s being offered in other states right now.  And it’s being litigated in our courts right now, which is exactly how gay marriage came about as we see here in state of Iowa where seven justices forced gay marriages on the people of Iowa.

I was the only one on this panel who came to Iowa last year and made sure that those three justices were defeated.  I campaigned and worked to make sure those justices were defeated, because we can’t have…(APPLAUSE)

(UNKNOWN):  You can finish, senator.

SANTORUM:  We can’t have 50 marriage laws.  This was the approach that the left took on abortion, which is to pick a few states, pick a few courts and then go to the Supreme Court and say equal protection, you can’t have different state laws then you will have nine people up at the Supreme Court deciding what marriage is in this country.

You have to fight in each state.  And there’s where I disagree with Rick Perry, I disagree with Michele Bachmann.  I will come to the states and fight to make sure this strategy of picking off a state here and there does not be successful in transforming marriage.

BAIER:  Congresswoman Bachmann, quickly?

BACHMANN:  Thank you.  I support the federal marriage amendment, because I believe that we will see this issue at the Supreme Court someday.  And as president, I will not nominate activist judges who legislate from the bench.  I also want to say, when I was in Minnesota, I was the chief author of the constitutional amendment to define marriage as one man, one woman.  I have an absolutely unblemished record when it comes to this issue of man-woman marriage.

YORK:  All right, our next question — thank you, Representative Bachmann — our next question is for Senator Santorum.  In June, you said, quote, “I believe that any doctor who performs an abortion should be criminally charged for doing so.”  You would allow no exceptions for cases of rape and incest.  Polls have long shown that large majorities of Americans support at least some exceptions for abortion.  Are your views too much, even for many conservatives to support?

SANTORUM:  You know, the Supreme Court of the United States on a recent case said that a man who committed rape could not be killed, could not be subject to the death penalty, yet the child conceived as a result of that rape could be.  That to me sounds like a country that doesn’t have its morals correct.  That child did nothing wrong.  That child is…(APPLAUSE)

That child is an innocent victim.  To be victimized twice would be a horrible thing.  It is an innocent human life.  It is genetically human from the moment of conception.  And it is a human life.

And we in America should be big enough to try to surround ourselves and help women in those terrible situations who’ve been traumatized already.  To put them through another trauma of an abortion I think is– is too much to ask.  And so I would — I would absolutely stand and say that one violence is enough.

YORK:  Thank you, Senator.  (APPLAUSE)

Our next question is to Governor Pawlenty.  Governor Pawlenty, you often cite an article in National Review saying you may be the strongest pro-life candidate in the race.  What’s your opinion on what Senator Santorum said about exceptions?  And isn’t he more pro-life than you are?

PAWLENTY:  Well, National Review I think is a respected publication from a conservative and Republican perspective, and they did an online article that said, based on results, not rhetoric, but based on results, that I’m perhaps the most pro-life candidate in this race.

And the reasons for that are these:  Number one, when I was in Minnesota as governor, I proposed and signed into law the Women’s Right to Know bill.  I proposed and signed into law the positive alternatives to abortion bill.  I proposed and signed into law the fetal pain bill and more.  And our abortion rate in Minnesota has dropped dramatically, in fact, now at historic lows.

In terms of my personal views, the only exception I can really reconcile or justify is the life of the mother.  And I would sign that bill if it came in that form to me as president or as governor.  But if another bill came with other exceptions that substantially advanced the pro-life cause, I’d sign that bill, too, because I want to make progress to limit and ultimately end abortions in this country.
And I want to move the pro-life cause forward.  And I have.  And that’s why that publication said that perhaps I’m the most pro-life person on this stage, based on results, not just rhetoric.

YORK:  One brief follow-up.  Do you support criminal charges for doctors who perform abortions?

PAWLENTY:  I think there should be absolutely consequences for doctors who perform abortions, when — if it’s illegal and when it’s illegal, and the possibility of criminal sanctions or severe civil sanctions.  I don’t think the woman involved should be criminally sanctioned.  BAIER:  As promised, back now to the economy.  Susan Ferrechio with another round of questions.  Susan?

FERRECHIO:  Turning to you, Governor Romney, you’ve suggested replacing government jobless benefits with individual unemployment savings accounts.  Jobless benefits for millions of Americans are about to expire in just a few months.  If you were president right now, would you extend them?

ROMNEY:  We got a lot of people out of work.  We got a president that has a entirely failed economic policy and, frankly, doesn’t know what to do to get this economy going again.  Surely we’re going to help those people who can’t find other ways to care for themselves.

But the most important thing we’re talking about tonight is making sure that President Obama is replaced by someone who knows how to get this economy going again.  That’s what this debate is really about.  And that’s what the American people want to understand.

Unemployment benefits, I think they’ve gone on a long, long, long time.  We have to find ways to reduce our spending on a lot of the anti-poverty programs and unemployment programs.  But I would far rather see a reform of our unemployment system, to allow people to have a personal account which they’re able to draw from as opposed to having endless unemployment benefits.

So, again, let’s reform the system, make the system work better by giving people responsibility for their own employment opportunities and having that account, rather than doling out year after year more money from an unemployment system.FERRECHIO:  Just a quick follow.  So would you sign a bill to extend unemployment insurance if you were president right now?

ROMNEY:  If I were president right now, I would go to Congress with a new system for unemployment, which would have specific accounts from which people could withdraw their own funds.  And I would not put in place a continuation of the current plan.

FERRECHIO:  Thank you.  Governor Huntsman, you’ve touted your job-creating abilities as Utah’s chief executive, but let’s talk about your time in the private sector.  You said that you helped create thousands of jobs as vice chairman of the board of the Huntsman Corporation.  But of the 12,000 workers employed by the company, almost 10,000 were hired in China and India and other places outside the U.S.

Isn’t it accurate to say that, as far as your time in the private sector, you’ve got more experience creating jobs overseas?

HUNTSMAN:  I’m very proud of my experience in the private sector. Huntsman Corporation is a terrific company.  It’s a wonderful example of a family entrepreneurial success story.  Created jobs, to be sure, left communities a whole lot better than they found them, created a wonderful Huntsman Cancer Institute.

But let me tell you the real problem of what we’re up against.  If you want to build a facility in the United States, you can’t because of the EPA’s regulatory reign of terror.  If we want to strengthen our core in this country, which we must do, the percentage of our GDP that is from manufacturing is down to 10 percent or 11 percent.  When I was born, it was 25 percent.  It used to mean something when you read “Made in America.”

We don’t make things anymore in this country.  We need to start making things in this country.  And in order to do that, we need serious regulatory reform, not just repealing Obamacare, but ending the EPA’s regulatory reign of terror.  We need to create a more competitive environment that speaks to real tax reform, that allows our entrepreneurs and businesses to step up and get it done and expand our economic base and create jobs.

I’m very grateful for what Huntsman Corporation has done.  It’s a global company.  The chemical industry is a global industry, and you’ve got to supply customers overseas.  But let’s fix our core in this nation.  Let’s get back on our feet.  People are hurting, they’re scared, and they’re concerned.

FERRECHIO:  Thank you.  Congresswoman Bachmann, turning to you, you voted against the debt ceiling increase deal and you voted against the Republicans’ “cut, cap and balance” bill.  You insisted the country was not at risk of default.  If you had your way, the debt ceiling would not have been raised.  What do you say to analysts who insist that Americans’ investments, their 401(k)s, their college funds would have been far worse off today?

BACHMANN:  It — it was very important that we not raise the debt ceiling, because — consider what happened.  The Congress gave Barack Obama a blank check for $2.4 trillion.  What did the American people get in return?  $21 billion in illusory cuts.

So from the time I’ve been in Congress, we’ve gone from $8.67 trillion in debt to now almost double, to $16.7 trillion.  This is madness.  I’ve been all across Iowa.  People are almost unanimous:  Do not raise the debt ceiling.  That was the right thing to do.  The worst thing that you can do is continue to borrow money and spend money that we don’t have.

BAIER:  So, I’m sorry, the — what do you say to the analysts who say that the markets would have fallen through the basement?

BACHMANN:  I think the — I think the analysts — I think we just heard from Standard & Poor’s.  When they dropped — when they dropped our credit rating, what they said is, we don’t have an ability to repay our debt.  That’s what the final word was from them.

I was proved right in my position:  We should not have raised the debt ceiling.  And instead, we should have cut government spending, which was not done.  And then we needed to get — get our spending priorities in order.

BAIER:  Mr. Cain, do you agree with that?

CAIN:  I did not agree with raising the debt ceiling, because the solution that they came up with does not solve the problem, as Representative Bachmann talks about.

The way to deal with it is pay those things that need to be paid and then make the tough choices of cutting the other things, agency by agency, program by program, based upon performance metrics.  We didn’t need to raise the debt ceiling, but there was an easy way out, and the problem still has not been solved.  And Standard & Poor’s has sent a message.

FERRECHIO:  Mr. Cain, I’ve got another question for you.  You — you say that we can boost job creation by eliminating the tax on companies that bring back overseas profits to the U.S.  But when we tried a tax break like this in 2004, companies didn’t create jobs.  They just paid bigger dividends to their shareholders.  Why would it work this time?

CAIN:  It’ll work this time for a number of reasons, because I think you’re only looking at a small piece of it.  Remember, it is a combination of things that I indicated.  If you just pick out one thing and try just to do that, no, that is not comprehensive.

When I talked about lowering the top corporate and personal tax rays to 25%, also taking capital gains rates to zero as well as suspending taxes on the repatriated profits.  And here’s the big one, make them permanent.  Uncertainty is what is killing this company.

Now if a company were to decide that they want to take some of that money and pay a bigger dividend, so what, it is their money.  The people receiving the dividends might be happy with that.  Maybe that is the right thing to do.

So I’m not concerned — I am not concerned about what they will do with that money if it is allowed to come back.  I’m more concerned, bring it back so they will have an incentive to make some growth decisions.

I don’t know one company that sits around the board room and talk about how we are going to standstill.  It is about growth.  And that’s what I’m about, growth in jobs and the economy.(APPLAUSE)

QUESTION:  Speaker Gingrich, you say the unemployment problem in America has been made worse by the policies of the Federal Reserve.  You call for auditing the Fed and stripping it of its banking powers.  But Congressman Paul thinks the Fed needs to be abolished to create lasting prosperity.  Why is the Fed worth saving?

GINGRICH:  Well, I think that having some kind of central bank is an important part of how you deal with monetary policy in the modern world.  But I would say to you that having Chairman Bernanke deal with hundreds of billions of dollars, some estimates as much as $16 trillion in secret is profoundly against a free society.

The feds should be totally audited.  It should be out in public.  Their decision documents from ’08 — ’07, ’08 and ’09 should be public.  We should now who they bailed out and why they bailed them out.  And who they didn’t bail out.

And I think that it is a scandal that the Federal Reserve is secret.  And I think, frankly, their monetary policy since the late 90s has been a major factor in the bubble that has been created and a major factor in the economic pain we’re now going through.

So the fed is certainly — going back as Reagan did to sound money is certainly a key part of how you get back to prosperity.  And the Fed is the primary villain in failing to have a sound money policy.(APPLAUSE)

QUESTION:  Congressman Paul, if I could follow up with you, is Speaker Gingrich wrong to want to save the Fed?

PAUL:  Not exactly.  Because my position isn’t that I’d closed the door down immediately, you can phase it out.  But there are some other things that we could do in a transition phase.

For instance, and I’m delighted that mainstream is catching up with this, these days, for auditing the Fed.  This is great.(APPLAUSE)

PAUL:  But I made a suggestion, which is a series of suggestions. And there’s been quite a few who have supported me on this.  We owe the Fed $1.6 trillion in treasury bills.  Where’d they get the money to buy it?  They created it out of thin air.  So we pay them interest.

Now that’s on our books.  So we literally, with legislation, could wipe $1.6 trillion off that is not a solution to the monetary problem or our spending problems, but it would give you a year to work this out.  And wouldn’t have had that — any of that debate going on.  Those were all scare tactics to try to scare people into doing things. But that is one thing that we could do.

But eventually we have to deal with the fed, because the Fed creates the business cycle.  If you don’t understand the business cycle, you don’t know why we have recessions, the sooner we learn that the better. (APPLAUSE)

QUESTION:  Thank you. Senator Santorum, I’ve got one for you.  You said that you were, quote, the Tea Party before there was a Tea Party.  But a top Tea Party goal, particularly in Iowa, is to revert back to the gold standard, something you oppose.  How do you consider yourself in line with the Tea Party without agreeing on this major issue?

SANTORUM: Well first off, I didn’t say that the Washington Post said it.  I simply commented on what they said.  I don’t take the claim, the Tea Party organization is flat and it should stay that way.  It should support ideas not candidates.  And people who stand up and say they lead it, well, I think most of the Tea Party people think their leadership is among the people not anybody is a member of congress or anywhere else.

What I’ve said is that I agree with Newt.  I think there’s some reforms we can do at the Fed.  And I agree we need to audit the Fed. Disagree with most of what Ron Paul said.  Just because he’s mostly wrong, doesn’t mean he’s always wrong.(BOOING)

SANTORUM:  I appreciate his contribution in that regard.

I want to talk about, because I didn’t get a chance to comment on this debt ceiling.  But Congressman Paul and Congresswoman Bachmann both in the congress, and they had an opportunity to lead.  They’re asking you have them lead this country, and they couldn’t lead the congress to do something responsible in making sure that we didn’t have the fiasco that we have in place now.

We should have balanced the budget.  The balanced budget amendment should have been the focus from the beginning.  To suggest that we never need to raise the debt ceiling, that — that is, again, showmanship, not leadership.  Of course we have to raise the debt ceiling at some point.

We have — we have — we’re borrowing 42 cents of every dollar, 42 cents of every dollar.  You’re going to cut 42 cents of every dollar?  Just to remind you, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, defense, and interest on the debt is 60 percent.  That means cut everything else and something of those.  That’s showmanship, not leadership.  (APPLAUSE)

BAIER:  When we come back, some closing remarks from the candidates, and maybe a wild card or two.  We’ll see.  Stay tuned.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

BAIER:  Welcome back to the campus of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.  Very quickly, during the commercial break, realized I needed to give Congresswoman Bachmann 15 seconds to respond, since you were mentioned there.  Congresswoman?

BACHMANN:  The thinking that says that we have to continue to raise the debt ceiling and spend money that we don’t have is the wrong premise.  The American people are asking for a very different, bold vision.  And I was the leading voice against raising the debt ceiling.

That’s what the American people want us to do:  have our balanced budgets and also have our spending priorities in order.  That was the right thing to do.

BAIER:  Governor Huntsman, this week, the Obama administration announced that they would grant waivers to some failing public school systems that couldn’t meet the standard of the No Child Left Behind program.  If you were president, would you return to full enforcement of this Bush-era law?

HUNTSMAN:  No Child Left Behind hasn’t worked for this country.  It ought to be done away with.  We need to take education to the local level, where parents and local elected officials can determine the destiny of these schools.  Nobody wants their schools to succeed more than local elected officials and their parents.

We need choice.  We need vouchers.  We need more technology in the classroom.

But let me just say, on the default, while I can, just for a moment.  I’m the only one on this stage who stood up for a deal, for the Boehner deal, against this nation defaulting.  I know I’m a little different than everybody else in that regard.

We are 25 percent of the world’s GDP.  We are the largest financial services sector by far in this entire world.  And the thought that people would just let this nation default when we could have a deal that at least gets things going on cuts, raising the ceiling, gets us toward entitlement reform, gets us toward a balanced budget amendment.  I thought Speaker Boehner should be complimented for what he did.  This nation should never default.  (APPLAUSE)

BAIER:  Mr. Cain, let me just ask you the education question.  If you were president, would you return to the full enforcement of the No Child Left Behind law?

CAIN:  No.  I believe in education starting at the local.  No Child Left Behind had some faults.  I don’t believe in unfunded mandates.  I believe that the federal government should be out of the business of trying to micromanage the education of our children.  (APPLAUSE)

BAIER:  Thank you Mr. Cain.  And your answer had some special lighting there.  Sorry about that.  We had some special lighting in that part.

Time for now some closing comments.  Each candidate has 30 seconds to close.  Let’s begin with Senator Santorum.

SANTORUM:  Thank you very much.  I want to thank the people of Iowa.  My family and I, Karen and the kids, came here three weeks ago.  We’ve spent three great weeks here in Iowa enjoying — enjoying the time and been to 51 cities in 15 days, been to 68 counties — not as many as Chuck Grassley, but almost.

And we keep working very, very hard, because as you’ve seen here tonight, national media may not pay a lot of attention to us, but we pay a lot of attention to the people of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.  And we’re going to be out in your communities.

We’re going to be working very hard to earn your trust, so you can kick the tires and you can see what kind of president you want, someone who has leadership, proven leadership, and can get things done in Washington, D.C., and been a consistent conservative, and guys who can beat incumbent Democrats, three of them, three incumbent Democrats.  That’s better than anybody else on this panel.

BAIER:  Mr. Cain?

CAIN:  It is clear from the discussion tonight that America needs a leader and a uniter.  I represent growth.  All the issues that we talk about, if we don’t get this economic engine moving by putting fuel in the engine, all of the rest of it won’t matter.

A poet once said, life can be a challenge, life can seem impossible, but it’s never easy when there’s so much on the line.  We have a lot on the line.  Send Washington a message, and send a business problem-solver to Washington, D.C. (APPLAUSE)

BAIER:  Congressman Paul?

PAUL:  I’ve been in politics for 35 years. My cause has been the cause of liberty. And I am convinced that liberty does not come from our government, but it comes from our creator.

And — and our goal should be peace and prosperity.  It is under the principles of liberty that you have the greatest chance of achieving peace and prosperity.  That is why I am so down on these wars that is costing us trillions of dollars, why we have to reform the monetary system, why we need honest money, a gold standard and not paper money out of the Federal Reserve system.

But also, we need to change the environment for our businesses.  We need to get — lower the regulations, and — and the taxes, and have private property rights and contract rights.  Then we can achieve peace and real prosperity.  (APPLAUSE)

BAIER:  Governor Romney?

ROMNEY:  This country is in economic crisis.  I think the people of this country understand that.  And we have, unfortunately, as the leader of this country a man who is out of his depth and who doesn’t understand what is needed to do to get this economy going again.  He just doesn’t understand how the economy works, because he hasn’t lived in the real economy.

I think in order to create jobs, it’s helpful to have had a job. And I fundamentally believe…  (LAUGHTER)  … that what we need in this country is someone who’s willing to go to work, who believes in America, who believes in free enterprise, who believes in capitalism, who believes in opportunity and freedom.  I am that person.  I love this country.  And I will do everything in my power to strengthen our economy and keep America the hope of the Earth.  Thank you.  I’d love your help.

BAIER:  Congresswoman Bachmann?

BACHMANN:  Well, the good news is, two years — two days from now, here in Ames, Iowa, all of us have a chance to send a message to Washington, D.C., about what we think about Barack Obama and his presidency.  He got started here in Iowa.  And now Iowa can bring that presidency effectively to a close.

I want to do that as president of the United States.  And I’m inviting everyone to come to the straw poll, and let’s send a message to Washington that they can’t miss.  (APPLAUSE)

BAIER:  Governor Pawlenty?

PAWLENTY:  God has greatly blessed America, but with great blessing comes responsibility.  And if we don’t fiercely protect our most precious blessing, freedom, we may lose it forever.

Now is the time for effective, tested, conservative leadership.  I am that leader for America.  And I will make sure, when I’m president, that America’s brightest, strongest, and best days are ahead.  Good night.  Thank you.  And may God continue to bless the United States of America.

BAIER:  Governor Huntsman?

HUNTSMAN:  I’m running for president of the United States because I love this country.  This nation is hurting, it is scared, and it is bankrupt.  We have a cancer growing in this country called debt, and we must deal realistically with it.

We’re about to hand down for the first time in the history of the greatest nation that ever was, the United States of America, to the next generation less good, less productive, less competitive than the country we got.  Barack Obama won in 2008 on hope.  I’m going to win in 2012 on solutions. May God bless America.  Thank you so very much.

BAIER:  Speaker Gingrich?

GINGRICH:  Well, let me, first of all, thank Fox and the Washington Examiner, and let me thank the people of Iowa for hosting this tonight.  I think in many ways this was a very important next step in the national conversation.

But I want to remind everyone that the presidential election is 15 months away.  We are in a crisis now.  And I would hope everybody watching us around the country would call their congressmen and their senators now and say, “Go back to Washington, repeal Dodd-Frank, repeal Sarbanes-Oxley, repeal Obamacare.  This summer, start saving American families from the pain they’re in, because we have real problems, and we need real leadership now.” (APPLAUSE)

BAIER:  Thank you all.  Thank you all.

That is it tonight.  Please go to foxnews.com, cast your vote on this debate.  Our thanks to the candidates.  (CROSSTALK)

BAIER:  Thank you. And thank you to their staffs and to our debate partners, of course, Washington Examiner, the Iowa Republican Party, and to all of the great people here at the Stephens Auditorium — even him — on the campus of Iowa State University, and of course, to the wonderful people here in Iowa.  They could not have been more hospitable.

You know, there’s a big straw poll here Saturday. Stay tuned to Fox News Channel, America’s election headquarters, all the way through to the general election and the inauguration.  All the candidates, please note: Our next debate is September 22nd in Orlando, Florida.  We will see you there.

Thanks for watching tonight.  Good night.    ####

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Campaign Recap August 8, 2011: Texas Gov. Rick Perry Leads Prayer Rally Prior to Decision to Run for the Republican Presidential Nomination

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

Texas Gov. Rick Perry prays at the rally.

STATS & POLLS

Republican Presidential Candidates: Primaries 2012 — NYT

Democratic Nominee 2012: President Barack Obama’s Official Reelection Campaign Website — BarackObama.com

Republican National Committee

Democratic National Committee

  • Gallup Poll: Election 2012 — Track GOP Contender’s Images Week by Week — Generic Ballot Gallup
  • Gallup: Presidential Job Approval Gallup
  • Gallup Daily: Obama Job Approval: Each result is based on a three-day rolling average Gallup
  • Poll Watch: Polls and Related Articles From The New York Times NYT
  • Romney’s shaky front-runner perch: In the coming week, a debate and a straw poll in Iowa could sort out the still-unsettled GOP field. Mitt Romney has staked a claim as the Republican Party’s front-runner for 2012, but key events in Iowa this week could shake up his status…. – LAT, 8-8-11

POLITICAL QUOTES & SPEECHES

Mitt Romney: Speeches & News — Full Text & Transcripts mittromney.com

Rick Perry: Speeches & News — Full Text & Transcripts rickperry.org

Ron Paul: Speeches & News — Full Text & Transcripts ronpaul2012.com

Herman Cain: Speeches & News — Full Text & Transcripts hermancain.com

Michele Bachmann: Speeches & News — Full Text & Transcripts michelebachmann.com

Newt Gingrich: Speeches & News — Full Text & Transcripts newt.org

Jon Huntsman: Speeches & News — Full Text & Transcripts jon2012.com

Tim Pawlenty: Speeches & News — Full Text & Transcripts timpawlenty.com

Rick Santorum: Speeches & News — Full Text & Transcripts ricksantorum.com

Lord, you are the source of every good thing. You are our only hope, and we stand before you today in awe of your power and in gratitude for your blessings and humility for our sins. Father, our heart breaks for America. We see discord at home. We see fear in the marketplace. We see anger in the halls of government, and as a nation we have forgotten who made us, who protects us, who blesses us, and for that we cry out for your forgiveness.” — Rick Perry, the Republican governor of Texas

“Any bobblehead can stand up here and give you the words like Barack Obama did — dupe the Democrats in Iowa to catapult him on his way to the presidency — but we don’t need any more speeches. What we need is results….
The proof will be in the pudding. And I think you’ll see our campaign moving up from back of the pack to closer to front of the pack.” — Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota, on “Fox News Sunday”

“I call on the president to seek the immediate resignation of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and to submit a plan with a list of cuts to balance the budget this year, turn our economy around and put Americans back to work.” — Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota

“America’s creditworthiness just became the latest casualty in President Obama’s failed record of leadership.” — Former Massachusetts governor and GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney

“What we should be talking about is downgrading Barack Obama from president of the United States. We need to have a president who understands what it means to put our full faith and credit in the American people.” — Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, campaigning Saturday in Grinnell, Iowa

“This president has destroyed the credit rating of the United States through … his inability to control government spending.” — Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., called for Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s ouster, told a Fox News interviewer

“America’s creditworthiness just became the latest casualty in President Obama’s failed record of leadership on the economy. Standard & Poor’s rating downgrade is a deeply troubling indicator of our country’s decline under President Obama. His failed policies have led to high unemployment, skyrocketing deficits, and now, the unprecedented loss of our nation’s prized AAA credit rating. The only way things will get better is with new leadership in the White House.” — Mitt Romney

“Out-of-control spending and a lack of leadership in Washington have resulted in President Obama presiding over the first downgrade of the United States credit rating in our history. For far too long we have let reckless government spending go unchecked, and the cancerous debt afflicting our nation has spread.” — Jon Huntsman

IN FOCUS: TEXAS GOV. RICK PERRY HELMS HOUSTON DAY OF PRAYER RALLY

“Father, our heart breaks for America. We see discord at home. We see fear in the marketplace. We see anger in the halls of government and, as a nation, we have forgotten who made us, who protects us, who blesses us.” – Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a possible White House candidate, speaking to 30,000 people at a prayer rally.

“Lord, you are the source of every good thing. You are our only hope and we stand before you today in awe of your power and in gratitude for your blessings, and humility for our sins. Father, our heart breaks for America. We see discord at home. We see fear in the marketplace. We see anger in the halls of government, and as a nation we have forgotten who made us, who protects us, who blesses us and for that we cry out for your forgiveness.” — Gov. Rick Perry of Texas

    • Perry Leads Prayer Rally for ‘Nation in Crisis’: Standing on a stage surrounded by thousands of fellow Christians on Saturday morning, Gov. Rick Perry called on Jesus to bless and guide the nation’s military and political leaders and “those who cannot see the light in the midst of all the darkness.”
      “Lord, you are the source of every good thing,” Mr. Perry said, as he bowed his head, closed his eyes and leaned into a microphone at Reliant Stadium here. “You are our only hope, and we stand before you today in awe of your power and in gratitude for your blessings, and humility for our sins. Father, our heart breaks for America. We see discord at home. We see fear in the marketplace. We see anger in the halls of government, and as a nation we have forgotten who made us, who protects us, who blesses us, and for that we cry out for your forgiveness.”
      In a 13-minute address, Mr. Perry read several passages from the Bible during a prayer rally that he sponsored here. Thousands of people stood or kneeled in the aisles or on the concrete floor in front of the stage, some wiping away tears and some shouting, “Amen!”
      Mr. Perry, a lifelong Methodist who regularly attends an evangelical megachurch near his home in West Austin, has been speaking and preaching in sanctuaries throughout Texas since he was state agricultural commissioner in the 1990s. Organizers for the event, called The Response: A Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis, estimated that more than 30,000 people were at Reliant Stadium when Mr. Perry spoke. The seating capacity is 71,500, and tens of thousands of seats in the upper decks were empty.
      The prayer rally was seen as one of the biggest tests of Mr. Perry’s political career, coming as he nears a decision on whether he will seek the Republican nomination for president… – NYT, 8-6-11

“We pray for our nation’s leaders, Lord, for parents, for pastors, for the generals, for governors, that you would inspire them in these difficult times.” — Gov. Rick Perry

    • Perry to evangelicals: I’m one of you: Texas Gov. Rick Perry sent a strong message to the nation’s evangelicals Saturday: he is a member of the important constituency for Republicans that he soon may call upon to help him secure the GOP presidential nomination.
      The state’s longest serving governor hosted what he called a national day of prayer, an event at Reliant Stadium that drew roughly 30,000 people and that was broadcast on cable Christian channels and the Internet nationwide, including in at least 1,000 churches…. – AP, 8-7-11
    • “He has the best record in the field on jobs, and doesn’t have to get off message beefing up bona fides on social issues, since they are firmly established.” — Mary Matalin, a former adviser during both Bush presidencies.
    • Prayer Rally Draws Thousands in Houston: Standing on a stage surrounded by more than 30,000 Christians on Saturday morning, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas called on Jesus Christ to bless and guide the nation’s military and political leaders and “those who cannot see the light in the midst of all the darkness,” in a brief but rousing sermon-style spiritual address at the controversial prayer rally that he sponsored at the same time that he is weighing whether to run for president…. – NYT, 8-6-11

A Rick Perry Primer: Everything You Need to Know About the Texas Governor ABC News, 8-6-11

  • Texas Gov. Perry’s day of prayer: Thousands gathered in Houston for a day of prayer at a Christian-revival event organized by Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), to pray for an America he described as “in crisis.” Texas Gov. Rick Perry bows his head in prayer at “The Response,” a call to prayer … – WaPo, 8-6-11
  • Gov. Rick Perry leads Christians in prayer at Texas rally: A crowd of more than 30000 cheers the likely Republican presidential candidate; protesters decry the anti-gay philosophy of the sponsoring group…. – LAT, 8-6-11
  • Rick Perrys presidential pulpit: Rick Perry has yet to announce a presidential run, but he’s made clear that his Christian faith will define it if he does…. – Politico, 8-6-11
  • Perry mixes political script with Scripture: Turning a Houston football stadium into a Texas-sized mega-church, Gov. Rick Perry took a political leap of faith just as he is contemplating a run for president. The potential GOP contender delivered a script laced with Scripture… – CNN, 8-6-11

THE HEADLINES….

    • Voters Want a Change Politicians Can’t Deliver: The bad news for President Obama and incumbents in both parties is that voters expect a return to the postwar economic conditions that cannot be repeated…. – NYT, 8-8-11
    • Republicans Jostle for Position as Important Week Begins in Iowa: Candidates are increasingly turning on one another as they try to overcome their own weaknesses and capitalize on President Obama’s vulnerabilities…. – NYT, 8-7-11

“He’s hiding on these issues. He’s ducking on these issues. He should be leading. We can’t find him. … We shouldn’t have to play ‘come out, come out, wherever you are’ with this president.” — Tim Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor, said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday” while campaigning in Iowa

“He has the potential to appeal to both the economic conservatives and social conservatives. The economic conservatives are somewhat up for grabs. I really think it comes down to what does Perry do. I think there is the potential for him to change the race.” — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, a Republican who is unaligned in the race, said of Perry

“Perry can come here and legitimately go after the economic message and, if he does, Romney’s in trouble. Perry can build a sense of momentum, starting in Iowa, that he’s the jobs candidate. He’s got a perfect opportunity.” — Iowa Republican Doug Gross, who was a top Romney supporter in 2008 but is unaligned this year

“If he does run, his message will be about the economy, jobs and how messed up Washington is. And he will talk specifically about his philosophy of governance and how to allow the private sector to create jobs and what Texas has done.” — David Carney, Gov. Rick Perry’s senior political consultant

    • Iowa focal point for potential shifts in GOP race: A nationally televised debate, a test vote in Iowa and a candidacy by Texas Gov. Rick Perry — should he decide to seek the GOP nomination as many insiders, activists and party leaders expect — could shake up the Republican presidential race in the coming days.
      The entire field of Republican candidates planned to participate in Thursday’s debate in Iowa — the first that will include former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman — and most were staying in the leadoff caucus state for a straw poll two days later when GOP activists will indicate their presidential preferences for the first time. Perry planned to be elsewhere, but his likely candidacy was looming large in Iowa and across the nation…. – AP, 8-7-11
    • Obama Team Now Focuses on Tough Re-Election Campaign: Despite the advantages of incumbency and the absence so far of a strong opponent, President Obama’s re-election is far from assured, analysts say…. – NYT, 8-7-11
    • A First Lady Who Has Avoided the Spotlight Now Faces an Even Bigger One: Anita Perry is not only an admirable first lady of Texas, associates say, but has the characteristics to shine in a larger role, should her husband’s possible presidential run cast her in one…. – NYT, 8-5-11
    • Governor Perry Pushes Adult Stem Cell Therapy: The governor, a potential Republican presidential candidate, underwent the therapy for his back, and is now helping lay the groundwork for its commercialization…. – NYT, 8-5-11
    • G.O.P. Looks to Rebuild Bush Fund-Raising Machine: No Republican presidential candidate has yet shown the broad appeal that drew the party’s donor establishment to George W. Bush’s first run…. – NYT, 8-4-11
    • Debt Talk Over, Republicans Head to Iowa: For the 2012 presidential candidates, the fun gets under way in earnest this weekend…. – NYT, 8-4-11
    • Obama, on Verge of 50, Returns to Fund-Raising: President Obama attended a $35,800 a plate fund-raiser in Chicago on the eve of his birthday, with Jennifer Hudson and Herbie Hancock in attendance…. – NYT, 8-4-11
    • Huntsman Steps Up Critiques of Rivals: Once declining to attack his rivals, Jon M. Huntsman Jr. criticized both President Obama and Mitt Romney for their handling of the debt ceiling fight as he toured New Hampshire…. – NYT, 8-3-11
    • Republicans Seeking Election Remain Unsure About Embracing Tea Party: Despite the success of Tea Party lawmakers in the debt debate, Republican candidates in 2012 are still unsure about moving too far from the center…. – NYT, 8-3-11
    • Obama hits campaign trail with Chicago fundraisers: Trying to make up for lost time, President Barack Obama plunged back into his re-election campaign Wednesday, urging supporters not to be discouraged by the frustrating debt negotiations that consumed Washington and kept him from raising money for his 2012 bid… – AP, 8-3-11

“We’re going to raise significantly less in the third quarter than we did in the second quarter. We will not be able to replace all of these events just because of his busy schedule. We always knew that he had his job and we had to do this around his schedule, and the truth is we just have to deal with canceling a month’s worth of events.” — Jim Messina, Obama’s campaign manager

    • Obama returns to Chicago to resume fundraising: Trying to make up lost time, President Barack Obama plunged back into the search for money for his re-election campaign Wednesday with a coast-to-coast series of parties marking his 50th birthday after he was forced to cancel fundraisers because of the debt-ceiling crisis.
      Lowering expectations, Obama’s campaign said it would raise tens of millions of dollars less this summer than it did last spring because it had to scrap 10 fundraisers headlined by Obama and others in California, New York and elsewhere and now faces a sluggish time of the year to raise campaign cash…. – AP, 8-3-11
    • Texas Gov. Perry’s day of prayer shadows 2012 bid: “”One thing Republicans are going to demand this election is a candidate who can beat Barack Obama,” said Alex Castellanos, a Republican strategist who has worked for Perry opponents but is now unaligned. “The election is all about him. … – AP, 8-3-11
    • 3 MSNBC hosts predict winner of presidential race: Lawrence O’Donnell, host of “The Last Word,” flatly predicted the re-election of President Barack Obama. Rachel Maddow also named Obama, attributing her pick to a thus-far weak Republican field. But “Hardball” host Chris Matthews waffled … – AP, 8-2-11

“While this framework is not my preferred outcome, it is a positive step toward cutting our nation’s crippling debt. Because the legislation promises cuts commensurate with the debt-ceiling increase, forces a vote on a much-needed federal balanced budget amendment and provides the only avenue to avoid default, I encourage members of Congress to vote for this legislation.” — Jon Huntsman

  • Conservatives warn 2012 field on debt deal: Conservatives are warning of lasting political consequences as the Republican presidential field offers conflicting positions on the debt-ceiling compromise…. – AP, 8-2-11
  • Among G.O.P. Hopefuls, Only Huntsman Supports Budget Deal: Jon M. Huntsman Jr. stood alone among the candidates in not embracing Tea Party sentiment…. – NYT, 8-2-11
  • Romney opposes debt deal: Mitt Romney said Monday he opposes the compromise to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, becoming the second Republican presidential contender to oppose a deal backed by President Barack Obama and congressional leaders in both parties. … The former Massachusetts governor says the compromise, backed by President Barack Obama and congressional leaders in both parties, opens the door to higher taxes and defense cuts. Romney opposes anything other than the House Republican “cut, cap& balance”…. – AP, 8-1-11
  • Gay marriage: awkward issue for some GOP hopefuls: Obama, though still not ready to endorse gay marriage, says he’s “evolving” on the issue and is supporting a bill that would extend federal recognition to same-sex couples who marry in the six states that allow it…. – AP, 8-1-11
  • Herman Cain wins straw poll of conservatives in Denver: Cain spoke to the Western Conservative Summit moments before the poll Sunday and drew the crowd to its feet with his life story and biting criticisms of President Barack Obama. With 508 people voting, 48 percent chose Cain as their favored presidential candidate… – AP, 7-31-11
  • Dem group raises $5M to counter Republican ads: An outside group founded this spring by two former Obama White House advisers has raked in millions in donations since April, relying in part on top-flight fundraisers and labor unions to counter GOP-leaning ads critical of the president and congressional Democrats…. – AP, 7-31-11
  • Niceness aside, Huntsman finds fault with rivals: But now, as Huntsman struggles against better-known opponents, he is both subtly and directly criticizing GOP front-runner Mitt Romney as well as the Democrat who named him US ambassador to China just a few years ago, President Barack Obama. … – AP, 7-31-11
  • Perry backs a constitutional limit on marriage: Perry said the stimulus and job creation efforts of President Barack Obama haven’t worked. “I think we poured about $4 trillion down that rat hole and government has not created a job,” he said…. – AP, 7-31-11

CAMPAIGN 2012: ANALYSTS &S HISTORIANS COMMENTS

  • Politico Arena: Daily Debate with Policymakers, Opinionshapers & Academics Politico
  • Larry Sabato: Predictions Grow of 2012 Obama Defeat: The long thread of bad economic reports, unemployment growth, and ineffective government spending is undermining President Obama’s efforts to build a path to re-election, according to political analysts.
    “If the economy doesn’t pick up soon, Obama’s once-bright prospects for re-election could be history, along with his White House tenure—assuming, of course, Republicans nominate a mainstream candidate that can appeal to swing voters and appears to be a credible possible occupant of the Oval Office,” said the University of Virginia’s Larry Sabato. Said a former Reagan aide, “when it rains, it pours. It is tremendously hard to get your positives up when they have been pounded into the toilet. And it takes a very long time, something he doesn’t have.”
    “If a challenge to President Obama arises at all, we would expect it to be minor. But it is difficult to say precisely how angry liberals are at what they regard as a ‘cave-in’ to the Republicans on the debt deal—after a similar Republican-leaning agreement on the Bush tax cuts last December. On the one hand, the left might fear inadvertently helping the rising Tea Party, and once again give Obama the benefit of the doubt. On the other hand, Sanders’ view might prevail, reminding Obama that the left has somewhere else to go, at least for the nomination contest,” Sabato wrote in his weekly column…. – US News, 8-4-11

Political Buzz US Economy in Crisis August 7, 2011: Asian Markets Sink — Reactions to S&P, Standand & Poor’s Downgrade of US Credit Rating from AAA to AA+

POLITICAL BUZZ

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.

OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 112TH CONGRESS:

THE HEADLINES….

 

G7 says committed to ensure liquidity, support markets: The Group of Seven nations is committed to taking coordinated action to ensure liquidity and to support financial market functioning, financial stability and economic growth, G7 finance ministers and central bank governors said in a statement…. – Reuters, 8-7-11

“These actions, together with continuing fiscal discipline efforts will enable long-term fiscal sustainability. No change in fundamentals warrants the recent financial tensions faced by Spain and Italy. We welcome the additional policy measures announced by Italy and Spain to strengthen fiscal discipline and underpin the recovery in economic activity and job creation.” — G7 Statement

“It takes awhile. Our concerns are centered on the political side and on the fiscal side. It would take a stabilization of the debt as a share of the economy and eventual decline, and it would take, I think, more ability to reach consensus in Washington than what we’re observing now.” — John B. Chambers, the managing director of Standard & Poor’s

“Raising taxes is what ‘balanced plan’ means, that is plain to every American by now. The administration wants to raise taxes so they can permanently implant a larger level of spending. They have increased domestic discretionary spending 24 percent in two years. This is unthinkable. So we’ve got a problem — we’ve got to bring that spending down, not increase the burden on the private sector.” — Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee

“One has to find understandable their pessimism about our inability to come together on the most important issue facing our country, which is how do we create jobs. We need a balanced approach and the extremism, the Tea Party obstructionism here in Washington, is keeping us from restoring that balanced approach America has always used of investing in the future, investing in job creation, and also being fiscally responsible at the same time.” — Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland, the chairman of the Democratic Governors Association on the ABC program “This Week”

“Republicans are having to respond to this very, very strident group that is pulling them away and believes that compromise is a dirty word. That is a prescription for failure.” — David Axelrod, Obama’s longtime political adviser on the CBS program “Face the Nation”

“The Tea Party hasn’t destroyed Washington — Washington was destroyed before the Tea Party got there. The hope is that the Tea Party and middle-of-the-road people can find common ground to turn this country around before we become Greece. I hope we can.”
“People are not creating jobs in this country because they think Howard Dean is going to raise their taxes. If you want to create jobs, don’t raise anyone’s taxes. Try to lower spending like the Tea Party and other people up here want.” — Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina

“I think the Standard & Poor’s downgrade is a good thing because I think it underlines the fact that you cannot get out of this without raising revenues. You cannot get out of this without raising revenues. It is impossible, and the vast majority of the American people want us to raise revenues — particularly on all those gazillionaires the Republican tax cuts mostly benefit.” — Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee

“Clearly, I’m not very surprised by this downgrade. We more or less saw this coming because we’re on the wrong fiscal path. We’ll find out tomorrow what kind of spike in rates we’re going to get. But, obviously, not only does it hurt the federal government in its ability to close the deficits, but it hurts people. You know, car loans, home loans, all these things are going to go up. And so, it’s because Washington has not gotten its fiscal house in order. To me, this is more vindications of our action.” — Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, the Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee on “Fox News Sunday”

“I think it’s really — it’ll sound strange for me to say it — an outrageous move. The government can pay its debts. It’s legally obligated to do so. It’s got the wherewithal to do it. In a larger sense about the economy, I think the U.S. economy is in a perilous state. This recovery has been the worst from a severe recession since the Great Depression, but I am surprised S.& P. would play politics. The U.S. government can pay the interest and principle on the bonds.” — Steve Forbes, the chief executive of the company that publishes Forbes magazine and a former Republican presidential candidate on the CNN program “State of the Nation”

Candidates Give Obama an F for AA+ Rating: The Republican presidential candidates on Saturday seized on the first-ever downgrade of the nation’s credit rating as a new line of criticism against President Obama, suggesting that ultimate responsibility rested in the Oval Office even though the rating agency, Standard & Poor’s, cited the overall political gridlock in Washington as a major cause for its decision…. – NYT, 8-6-11

“It happened on your watch, Mr. President. You were AWOL. You were missing in action…. I’m calling on the president of the United States to come back to the White House, address the American people before the markets open on Monday and give us his positive plan for putting the ratings back up to the AAA rating…. Last night, we had our day of reckoning. Eventually it hits the fan…. “The responsibility is of those in Washington, D.C., who put the deal together. But the real problem in all of this is that President Obama has failed to give leadership on this issue.” Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota representative and Tea Party caucus leader

“What we should be talking about is downgrading Barack Obama from president of the United States.” — Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota campaigned in Grinnell on Saturday

    • At a glance: The US credit downgrade: Markets around the world are set to react Monday to the downgrade of the U.S. credit rating Friday. A look at the downgrade, why it happened and what it means:
      WHAT HAPPENED:
      Credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s lowered the U.S. government’s credit rating for the first time Friday, from the top AAA rating to AA+. That affects long-term debt, which means government securities that have terms of more than one year.
      WHY THE DEBT WAS DOWNGRADED:
      S&P blamed political deadlock in Washington that threatens to keep the country from dealing effectively with its debt.
      WHAT IT MEANS FOR THE GOVERNMENT:
      In theory, a lower credit rating should lead to higher interest rates for U.S. debt. Buyers of government securities can demand higher rates because the lower rating means they are taking on more risk. In reality, Treasury bonds will still be considered among the safest and most liquid investments in the world, and any rise in rates is likely to be muted…. – AP, 8-7-11
    • Asian stock markets sink after US credit downgrade: Asian stocks nose-dived Monday as the first-ever downgrade of the U.S. government’s credit rating jolted the global financial system, reinforcing fears of a rapid slowdown in economic growth.
      Oil prices extended recent sharp losses, trading below $84 a barrel on expectations that weaker global growth will crimp demand for crude. The dollar was lower against the yen and the euro.
      Among the major Asian markets, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng tumbled 4 percent to 20,100.20 and South Korea’s Kospi crumpled 6.7 percent to 1,814.100. Japan’s Nikkei 225 stock average dropped 2.5 percent to 9,067.88.
      Futures pointed to losses on Wall Street when it opens Monday. Dow futures were off 258 points, or 2.3 percent, at 11,144 and broader S&P 500 futures shed 28.8 points, or 2.4 percent, to 1,169.00.
      “It’s not Armaggedon, but it feels like it,” said Hong Kong-based analyst Francis Lun, adding that he foresees the territory’s Hang Seng index to sink below 19,000 — a decline of a further 5 percent — before making any kind of comeback…. – AP, 8-8-11
    • Asian stocks slide after US debt downgrade: Asian stocks fell on Monday after last week’s historic downgrade of the United States’ credit rating, which compounded concerns over the world’s biggest economy as well as the global outlook.
      The falls were echoed by big losses in oil while gold surged to another record as investors moved out of risky assets…. – AP, 8-8-11
    • Geithner says he will stay at Treasury: Timothy Geithner has told President Barack Obama that he will remain on the job as Treasury secretary, ending speculation he would leave the administration…. – AP, 8-7-11
    • U.S. Stock Futures Fall on S&P Downgrade: U.S. stock futures declined, following the biggest weekly drop in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index since 2008, amid concern that a downgrade of the nation’s credit rating by S&P may worsen an economic slowdown.
      S&P 500 futures expiring in September declined 2.1 percent to 1,172.3 at 7:03 a.m. in Tokyo. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures lost 253 points, or 2.2 percent, to 11,149.
      The downgrade threatens to extend a rout in U.S. stocks that wiped out $1.94 trillion in market value and erased the S&P 500’s gain for the year. S&P lowered the U.S. long-term rating one level to AA+ after markets closed on Aug. 5 while keeping the outlook at “negative” as the ratings company becomes less confident Congress will end Bush-era tax cuts or tackle entitlements…. – Businessweek, 8-7-11

“This is a problem that has to be addressed by the full spectrum of political parties. You’ve got a position here where the debt is on a rising share if you measure it against GDP. The plan that has been put forward and we think will be adopted gets you part of the way there but it doesn’t get you all the way there. And we don’t see in the next few years a consensus forming that will get you the rest of the way.” — John Chambers, chairman of Standard & Poor’s sovereign debt committee

  • S&P’s Chambers Says U.S. Debt Problems Need Bipartisan Solution: U.S. lawmakers need to come together as they did for a 1980s overhaul of Social Security and compromise on the medium-term consolidation of the country’s fiscal position, said John Chambers, chairman of Standard & Poor’s sovereign debt committee…. – Bloomberg, 8-7-11
  • G7 gives first sign ready to battle crisis: Political and financial leaders gave their first sign of readiness to battle a debt crisis gone global when the European Central Bank signaled on Sunday it would start buying Italian and Spanish debt, a critical move to quell a bond rout that has rocked financial markets.
    The European Central Bank decision would be aimed at calming markets grown increasingly doubtful about Europe’s ability to deal with its debt issues, a strikingly parallel concern to that which led ratings agency Standard & Poor’s to knock U.S. debt down from “risk free” AAA status to AA-plus.
    Meanwhile, finance chiefs from Group of Seven industrial nations were to confer by telephone late on Sunday– and possibly issue a statement afterward — to try to soothe anxious investors after a week in which $2.5 trillion of market value was wiped out…. – Reuters, 8-7-11
  • Dollar Weakens to Record Versus Franc as S&P Lowers U.S. Rating: The dollar dropped to a record low against the Swiss franc and fell for a second day versus the yen after Standard & Poor’s downgrade of the U.S. added to concern the fiscal health of the world’s biggest economy is slipping.
    The greenback weakened against the euro before the Federal Reserve meets tomorrow on monetary policy after S&P cut the U.S. one level on Aug. 5. The euro also advanced after the European Central Bank signaled it’s ready to start buying Italian and Spanish bonds to curb the region’s debt crisis. The yen gained against most major peers as Asian shares slid for a fifth day, supporting demand for Japan’s currency as a refuge…. – Bloomberg, 8-8-11
  • U.S. 10-Year Treasury Yield Retraces Decline: Benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury bonds retraced early losses Monday to rise above Friday’s closing levels, despite the unprecedented downgrade by Standard & Poor’s of its rating on U.S. government debt.
    Analysts said a pledge early Monday from the Group of Seven industrialized nations to prevent market volatility, along with concerns about the euro-zone debt crisis and the possibility of a global economic downturn, was keeping demand for Treasurys strong…. – WSJ, 8-8-11
  • What the Move on U.S. Credit Means for Everyday Investors: The move by Standard & Poor’s to cut the U.S. credit rating to double-A-plus added more uncertainty to global markets already buffeted by concerns over debt crises and slowing economic growth. Here are answers to some of the most important questions facing investors…. – WSJ. 8-7-11
  • How to Get That AAA Rating Back: Reagan inherited economic problems and fixed them. Obama’s strategy is to blame Bush and Standard & Poor’s…. – WSJ, 8-7-11
  • S&P executive: 1 in 3 chance of future downgrade: A top political adviser to President Barack Obama blamed the downgrade of the U.S. credit rating on tea party Republicans, whom he said were unwilling to compromise on how to reduce the federal debt.
    Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod told CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that the decision by the Standard & Poor’s credit agency to downgrade the U.S. from AAA to AA+ for the first time was strongly influenced by weeks of standoff between Democrats and Republicans over the debt…. – AP, 8-7-11
  • Greenspan sees stock market drop after downgrade: Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan says he expects the stock market slide to continue in the wake of a decision by credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s to downgrade the U.S. credit rating.
    Appearing Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Greenspan said markets will take time to bottom out and that he expects a negative reaction on Monday to the S&P action…. – AP, 8-7-11
  • Kerry, McCain say bipartisan work needed post-S&P downgrade, differ on who to blame: Two senators and former presidential candidates say Standard & Poor’s decision to downgrade the U.S. credit rating speaks to the need for more bipartisan compromise — but they also say the blame lay with the other party.
    John Kerry was the Democratic nominee for president in 2004, and John McCain was the Republican nominee in 2008.
    Appearing Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Kerry called S&P’s decision a “tea party downgrade.” The Massachusetts Democrat says he believes that tea party supporters in the House are holding up progress.
    McCain says he too would like to see more cooperation, but the Arizona Republican says President Barack Obama is at fault. McCain says the president failed to lead and did not present a clear plan during the debt-ceiling debate…. – AP, 8-7-11

Full Text US Economy in Crisis August 6, 2011: Republican GOP Candidates React to S&P’s Downgrade of US Credit Rating from AAA to AA+

POLITICAL SPEECHES & DOCUMENTS

OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 112TH CONGRESS:

QUOTES

GOP candidates react to credit rating downgrade

Source: USA Today, 8-6-11
JON HUNTSMAN

“Out-of-control spending and a lack of leadership in Washington have resulted in President Obama presiding over the first downgrade of the United States credit rating in our history.

“For far too long we have let reckless government spending go unchecked and the cancerous debt afflicting our nation has spread.

“We need new leadership in Washington committed to fiscal responsibility, a balanced budget, and job-friendly policies to get America working again.”

MICHELE BACHMANN

“Tonight’s decision by S&P to downgrade our credit rating to AA+ is a historically significant and serious event for the United States. The United States has had a AAA credit rating since 1917.

“That rating has endured the great depression, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the terrorist attacks on 9/11. This president has destroyed the credit rating of the United States through his failed economic policies and his inability to control government spending by raising the debt ceiling.

“We were warned by all of the credit agencies that a failure to deal with our debt would lead to a downgrade in our credit rating, but instead he submitted a budget that had a $1.5 trillion deficit and then requested a $2.4 trillion blank check. President Obama is destroying the foundations of the U.S. economy one beam at a time.

“I call on the president to seek the immediate resignation of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and to submit a plan with list of cuts to balance the budget this year, turn our economy around and put Americans back to work.”

NEWT GINGRICH

“The Obama disaster continues,” he said in a Twitter message at 8:54 p.m. “Highest food stamp level and lowest credit rating in history in the same 24 hours.”

MITT ROMNEY

“America’s creditworthiness just became the latest casualty in President Obama’s failed record of leadership on the economy.

“Standard & Poor’s rating downgrade is a deeply troubling indicator of our country’s decline under President Obama.

“His failed policies have led to high unemployment, skyrocketing deficits, and now, the unprecedented loss of our nation’s prized AAA credit rating. Today, President Obama promised that ‘things will get better.’

“But it has become increasingly clear that the only way things will get better is with new leadership in the White House.”

HERMAN CAIN

“On Tuesday, April 19, 2011, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner promised that America faced ‘no risk’ of a credit downgrading. Less than six months later, he is proven shamefully wrong. As I have feared for months, the S&P has chosen to downgrade America’s credit rating from AAA, which we have always enjoyed, to AA+.

“Perhaps this is because the Obama Administration and Congressional Democrats never once demonstrated a willingness to propose its own ideas for meaningful spending cuts, something credit agencies signaled were necessary to redeem America’s financial standing in the world.

“As a corporate executive, I’ve rescued companies from the brink of bankruptcy and returned them to profitability. That involved balancing budgets or even creating them in the first place, something that the Democratic leadership in Congress hasn’t done for 828 days. If I couldn’t run companies without budgets, how can the government?

“I also had to make tough budgetary cuts to save companies. Leadership is about doing what’s right, even when it’s difficult. But somehow, that sort of idea was never floated among those within the Obama Administration.

“Now, Americans are fearful for their retirements and for their children’s educational savings. This is a country known for dreamers and innovators, for thinkers and doers. And now, we are a nation living in fear.

“This is a sad day for America. Such a rating is unfitting of the greatest and most prosperous nation the world has ever known. And such a weak leader is, as well.”

RON PAUL

“We have just learned that for the first time in our history, the United States’ top credit rating has been downgraded by credit rating agency S&P.

“We were told by proponents of increasing the debt ceiling that a credit downgrade would come if we didn’t raise the limit, but the opposite was true.

“The ratings agencies had been warning us for some time that it is imperative upon the U.S. government to get its fiscal house in order and tackle its debt and deficit problem by taking serious steps.

“Unfortunately, the game in Washington has been one of partisan blaming and bipartisan out-of-control spending.

“America has been dealing with this severe economic crisis for years because the Washington establishment failed to focus on the true issues at hand: a declining dollar and out-of-control spending.

“Last November, millions of frustrated Americans let it be known that they wanted our debt crisis solved and our spending problem to end. They sent a group of new lawmakers to Washington to end business as usual.

“But the old crowd of elites still refuses to budge on doing everything it takes to get us out of this hole they’ve dug. Instead of real substantial budget cuts, we get minor or ‘fake’ cuts and budget tricks that may or may not happen far off into the future. We get a Congress that abdicates its responsibility to an unconstitutional ‘Super Congress’ with the power to make things worse than they already are.

“The American people realize that our nation can no longer afford to stay on this same path of reckless spending and follow the status quo of Washington. They will not tolerate any further ineffective stimulus schemes that do nothing to help our economy and actually do the opposite to the tune of trillions of dollars in money being spent and printed, and millions of people remaining unemployed and without much economic stability or security.

“If Washington refuses to take heed, there is little cause for optimism.

“Growing inflation, rising gasoline and food prices, and trillion-dollar budget deficits will all soon seem like minor issues if our nation does not immediately change our monetary and spending policies.

“We must take bold actions to reduce out-of-control government spending, and get the federal government out of the way of small business and entrepreneurs so that they can start hiring again.

“If elected President, I pledge to veto any unbalanced budget and to balance the federal budget in the first year of my term. I will fight to reduce taxes and remove unconstitutional regulations so that businesses can hire, Americans can get back to work, and our economy can truly recover.”

RICK SANTORUM

“If this downgrade holds, then it’s another example in a long line of examples of the President’s failure of leadership. Is anyone surprised at this point? There are 14 million people out of work and looking to the White House for answers – but they are receiving nothing but a blank stare.

“The markets are scared and the credit downgrade has happened because the President and this Congress continue to address the symptoms and not the disease.

“This nation is spending more money than it takes in and the world knows it – now, it’s time to show the world that the United States has the fortitude and resolve to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment to stop out of control spending and shrink the scope of government once and for all. The deal the President cut with Congress was supposed to avoid this downgrade but all it did was once again kick the can down the road.

“President Obama and his Administration have been a failure.

“I understand the US Treasury is going back to Standard and Poors to say that a two trillion dollar mathematical error by S&P contributed to the downgrade. So, in addition to blaming President Bush for all of its problems, now the White House is blaming S&P – but this happened on the President’s watch – and he has to deal with it. I guess President Obama is left to cling to the ‘hope’ that a mathematical error caused this. Is that the “hope” the President was talking about?

“Folks, an AA rating should be so far in our rear view mirror that no mathematical error should affect it.

“Tonight, I’m saddened for the millions out of work – but I’m hopeful that I will replace Barack Obama as President and get this country and its economy moving again.”

TIM PAWLENTY

“This is a sad moment for the United States, but it’s a reflection that our country is in trouble. President Obama is inept when it comes to creating the conditions or job creation and economic growth. It’s time for a new direction and a new President.”

“The S&P downgrade blemishes our free Republic’s revolutionary experiment in liberty and self-government; consequently, it heartens tyrants and terrorists.

THADDEUS MCCOTTER

“We must reject recriminations, and unite to squarely face and fully conquer the fiscal challenge that threatens our prosperity and security.

“For as this downgrade underscores, only by restructuring big government into citizen-government will we keep our nation the world’s leading economy and affirm American exceptionalism throughout the 21st Century.”

Full Text July 20, 2011: Herman Cain & Michele Bachmann Winners of First Ever Republican Presidential Twitter Debate (Transcript)

POLITICAL SPEECHES & DOCUMENTS

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2012: FIRST EVER REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL TWITTER DEBATE

Full Text Transcript: Presidential Twitter Debate, 140townhall.com

  • GOP candidates debate on Twitter: What could they say in 140 characters?: Herman Cain got 4,500 retweets and Michele Bachmann got the most @ references. Does that make them the winners of the first Twitter-based debate, held among six Republican candidates?…. – CS Monitor, 7-20-11
  • Republicans Gather (Virtually) for Twitter Debate: A handful of Republican Presidential candidates took to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon and came up with 140-character answers to a wide range of questions during the first debate to be held on Twitter for the 2012 contest.
    Sponsored by theteaparty.net on a new platform, 140TownHall.com, the candidates made their opening statements in Twitter-size bites and then answered questions from S.E. Cupp, a conservative commentator, including several inquiries from Twitter users.
    While some argue that politicians can avoid tackling tough policy questions when they only have 140 characters to explain their positions, others say the strict limit forcing brevity and eliminates opportunities to obfuscate their messages…. – NYT, 7-20-11
  • Republican presidential field participates in first-ever Twitter debate: Six Republican presidential hopefuls are participating in the first presidential debate conducted through Twitter, outlining their agendas 140 characters at a time.
    Wednesday’s debate is sponsored by TheTeaParty.net and allows people to submit questions to the presidential candidates through the popular social media service.
    The online forum includes former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, Michigan Rep. Thaddeus McCotter and Georgia businessman Herman Cain.
    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and Texas Rep. Ron Paul declined to participate…. – AP, WaPo, 7-20-11

FULL TEXT OF REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL TWITTER DEBATE

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secupp S.E. Cupp (Follow)
Welcome all to the first ever Twitter Pres debate! I want to thank the candidates for participating in this historic moment. @140townhall
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secupp S.E. Cupp (Follow)
It’s an honor to be your moderator today. We’ll begin with opening statements. @TeamBachmann, please take the floor. @140townhall
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TeamBachmann Michele Bachmann (Follow)
.@140townhall TY for this forum.  I’m running 4 POTUS 2 bring the voice of the people back to DC.  That voice requires fundamental changes.
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TeamBachmann Michele Bachmann (Follow)
.@140townhall Fundamental change in how we spend #taxpayer $, & return to constitutional principles of ltd govt and personal responsibility
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.@140townhall Obama failed. With ur help we can return the people’s voice to the WH, restore fiscal sanity, & make Obama a 1 term president.
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Thank you @TeamBachmann. @newtgingrich, please go ahead with your opening statement. @140townhall
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As conservatives we know replacing a Dem w/ a Repub is not enough to return America back to job creation and balanced budgets. @140townhall
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newtgingrich Newt Gingrich (Follow)
If I am elected the next time a president says the era of big govt is over…he’ll mean it. My intro vidhttp://t.co/sus1ifk@140townhallhall
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Thank you @newtgingrich. Next up, @ThadMcCotter, please go ahead with your opening statement. @140townhall
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.@140townhall Our American Dream is endangered. America’s dismantling. Abroad, our troops fight terrorists & tyrants; Iran goes nuclear;
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.@140townhall& communist China claims the 21st Century. At home, R 14 mil unemployed; 30+ mil underemployed; inflation up; real wages down.
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.@140townhall Big Gov’t & Big Biz claim they are bigger than We, the People. And we wonder if we matter anymore. You matter more than ever!
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THEHermanCain Herman Cain (Follow)
@140townhall It’s great to join you all in this debate of ideas. Tea Partiers & all conservatives deserve to hear what our candidates think.
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THEHermanCain Herman Cain (Follow)
@140townhall My 40-year record as a job creator & a solutions-oriented leader makes me a unique & qualified candidate to be America’s CEO.
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THEHermanCain Herman Cain (Follow)
@140townhall I appreciate the opportunity to communicate directly with the citizens’ movement. Thanks Rusty & S.E. for moderating this event
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@140townhall Great to be w @thetea Party_net. I am running for pres because Obamacare threatens the soul of America – God given liberty.
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Thank you @THEHermanCain. Next up, @RickSantorum please go ahead with your opening statement. @140townhall
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RickSantorum Rick Santorum (Follow)
.@140townhall In 2008 Americans voted for a pres they thought they could be in, I will be a president who believes in you, the people
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secupp S.E. Cupp (Follow)
Thank you @RickSantorum. Now @GovGaryJohnson, please finish us up with your opening statement. @140townhall
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RickSantorum Rick Santorum (Follow)
.@140townhall and i have a record in DC to back it up. please watch: http://t.co/UyocVV3
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GovGaryJohnson Gov Gary Johnson (Follow)
I’m Gary Johnson former two-term Republican governor of New Mexico. @140townhall
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GovGaryJohnson Gov Gary Johnson (Follow)
In office I vetoed 750 bills, cut taxes 14 times & left the state with a $1 billion budget surplus: http://t.co/JXQEeSG @140townhall
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GovGaryJohnson Gov Gary Johnson (Follow)
To learn more about me watch my YouTube video “Who is Gary Johnson�http://t.co/4YC0jQrjQr & vishttp://t.co/4YC0jQrj@140townhallHall
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secupp S.E. Cupp (Follow)
Thanks, candidates. And apologies for slow updates. The site has (happily) been inundated. That concludes opening statements. @140townhall
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secupp S.E. Cupp (Follow)
Now, our general questions. This is to all of you. You’ll have 5 minutes to respond. @140townhall
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secupp S.E. Cupp (Follow)
Question 1: As president, how will you avoid continually raising the debt ceiling? @140townhall
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newtgingrich Newt Gingrich (Follow)
We don’t need Obama’s “balanced approach” (code for raise taxes). We need a balanced @140townhalltownhall
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RickSantorum Rick Santorum (Follow)
.@140townhall Pass the Balanced Budget Amendment and work for its ratification across the country!
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GovGaryJohnson Gov Gary Johnson (Follow)
By not incurring more debt! I’d submit 2 Congress a balanced budget in 2013, & veto any appropriation that exceeds that budget@140townhallll
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THEHermanCain Herman Cain (Follow)
@140townhall As President, I would focus on restructuring entitlement programs instead of reshuffling them.
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TeamBachmann Michele Bachmann (Follow)
.@140townhall Only way to avoid future increases is fund. change the way we spend. We must #cutcapbalance and repeal Obamacare.
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ThadMcCotter Thaddeus McCotter (Follow)
.@140townhall cut, cap & balance is the immediate solution to prevent a recurrence of the debt mess. The long term solution is not to simply
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TeamBachmann Michele Bachmann (Follow)
.@140townhall As then Sen. Obama said in ’06, raising #debtceiling is a failure of leadership. Need real spending reform not empty promises.
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TeamBachmann Michele Bachmann (Follow)
.@140townhall Lesson of ’82 and ’90 is promised #spending cuts never last while higher taxes persist.  No more biz as usual.  No debt hike.
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newtgingrich Newt Gingrich (Follow)
When you balance the budget there is no need to raise the debt ceiling. I am the only candidate who has balanced the budget. @140townhall
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THEHermanCain Herman Cain (Follow)
@140townhall I support personalization accounts as an alternative for younger works to invest in. It worked in Chile and Galveston, Texas.
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THEHermanCain Herman Cain (Follow)
@140townhall I would make targeted cuts to federal spending with vertical & horizontal cuts across many programs, as I did in business.
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RickSantorum Rick Santorum (Follow)
.@140townhall DC doesn’t work we need to impose discipline on politicians who want to buy their reelection with your $. BBA is the only way
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ThadMcCotter Thaddeus McCotter (Follow)
.@140townhall restructure Big Gov’t into self-gov’t 4 the 21st Century. All else is 2 but parley amidst the ruins of the Welfare State.
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newtgingrich Newt Gingrich (Follow)
Balance budget again by growing economy, cutting spending and reforming govt. That’s how we did it before. We CAN do it again@140townhallll
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secupp S.E. Cupp (Follow)
Follow up: So, you all support balancing the budget! But what entitlements would you go after? @140townhall
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RickSantorum Rick Santorum (Follow)
.@140townhall I am the only candidate that wrote & helped pass a bill (welfare) that actually ended a fed entitlement w D votes. Leadership!
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GovGaryJohnson Gov Gary Johnson (Follow)
@140townhall Medicaid and Medicare and reforming Social Security
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newtgingrich Newt Gingrich (Follow)
Block grant Medicaid and send it back to the states as Cong. Paul Ryan suggested. @140townhall
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TeamBachmann Michele Bachmann (Follow)
.@140townhall #Obamacare, the largest entitlement and spending program in our country’s history
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RickSantorum Rick Santorum (Follow)
.@140townhall I was the1st cand to embrace the Ryan plan w/o exception.Send Medicaid,Food Stamps & other means tested entitlements 2 states.
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secupp S.E. Cupp (Follow)
That’s five minutes. On to the next general question. @140townhall
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newtgingrich Newt Gingrich (Follow)
Also, as recent videos show, fraud in Medicaid and Medicare are rampant. We should stop paying the crooks. @140townhall
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THEHermanCain Herman Cain (Follow)
@140townhall I would focus on major entitlement reform. This would focus on programs similar to Social Security.
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RickSantorum Rick Santorum (Follow)
.@140townhall And of course repeal Obamacare before it does even more damage to our economy and our freedom
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secupp S.E. Cupp (Follow)
Question 2: How do you weigh the cost of fighting the war on terror against the exploding debt crisis? @140townhall
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TeamBachmann Michele Bachmann (Follow)
.@140townhall I support DOD efficiency but defense spending did not cause our budget crisis & we must maintain our military strength.
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THEHermanCain Herman Cain (Follow)
@140townhall National security and protecting our borders from foreign invaders is something we as a nation really can’t put a price on.
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newtgingrich Newt Gingrich (Follow)
Exploding debt crisis b/c of exploding politician spending in Washington, not b/c of national security @140townhall
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GovGaryJohnson Gov Gary Johnson (Follow)
@140townhall The debt is the greatest threat to national security we face today.
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ThadMcCotter Thaddeus McCotter (Follow)
.@140townhall I reject the premise of the question,4 it’s a corollary 2 the Left’s inane “peace dividend” trope of the 90s. The current fisc
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TeamBachmann Michele Bachmann (Follow)
.@140townhall Our security requires a strong defense and wise leadership. I will preserve our #military strength while using it judiciously.
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THEHermanCain Herman Cain (Follow)
@140townhall Mounting deficit spending is a concern, but this spending is necessary for all Americans to enjoy our freedoms and liberties.
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GovGaryJohnson Gov Gary Johnson (Follow)
@140townhall Besides, we do not need 60-100k troops in Afghan and Iraq to protect ourselves. Nor do we need nation-building.
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newtgingrich Newt Gingrich (Follow)
We spend less on defense today as % of GDP than at any time since Pearl Harbor @140townhall
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THEHermanCain Herman Cain (Follow)
@140townhall As president, I’d support any cuts to wasteful spending in the military, but nothing more. Military is key to US safety.
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TeamBachmann Michele Bachmann (Follow)
.@140townhall We must reserve #military force for situations where we’ve been attacked, are threatened, or have vital interests at stake.
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RickSantorum Rick Santorum (Follow)
.@140townhall The 1st priority of the fed govt is to keep Am safe. I would not cut def – freeze it, cut waste & plow savings back into Def.
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ThadMcCotter Thaddeus McCotter (Follow)
.@140townhall implosion was caused by welfare state spending on favored constituencies, not by our army securing liberty. Where there’s no
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newtgingrich Newt Gingrich (Follow)
Controlling the border and defending America are job 1 under the Constitution. @140townhall
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secupp S.E. Cupp (Follow)
Quick follow up: Would any of you have gone into Libya? @140townhall
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RickSantorum Rick Santorum (Follow)
.@140townhall We need to focus our military on OUR nat. security not UN or humanitarian efforts, the first being to defend our borders
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TeamBachmann Michele Bachmann (Follow)
.@140townhall No. There is no vital US interest in #Libya. Worse, we might be aiding terrorist groups by supporting the Libyan opposition.
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ThadMcCotter Thaddeus McCotter (Follow)
.@140townhall security,there’s no prosperity.But peril,appeasement &servility are not our fate.Liberty,security & prosperity are our future.
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GovGaryJohnson Gov Gary Johnson (Follow)
@140townhall Absolutely not.
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THEHermanCain Herman Cain (Follow)
@140townhall I’ve said many times before that US intervention in Lybia is inappropriate and wrong. The US does not belong in this war.
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THEHermanCain Herman Cain (Follow)
@140townhall Pres. Obama did not make it clear what our mission was in Libya, what the American interests were or what victory looks like.
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newtgingrich Newt Gingrich (Follow)
Not with conventional forces. @140townhall
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THEHermanCain Herman Cain (Follow)
@140townhall we cannot risk our treasury or national treasures (brave men & women in uniform) without knowing those answers.
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ThadMcCotter Thaddeus McCotter (Follow)
.@140townhall The Admin. shouldn’t have commenced its ill-defined Libya mission; however once committed,we can’t abruptly withdraw & further
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RickSantorum Rick Santorum (Follow)
.@140townhall I would not go anywhere unless our nat security was at stake. It seems clear that was not the case.
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ThadMcCotter Thaddeus McCotter (Follow)
.@140townhall harm our diminishing cred in the world. Now, in solely a support role 2 prevent further involvement – no US boots on ground
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secupp S.E. Cupp (Follow)
Great. That’s 5 minutes. Question 3: Can a president create jobs without expanding the role of the federal government? @140townhall
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GovGaryJohnson Gov Gary Johnson (Follow)
@140townhall Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya – Get out now!
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ThadMcCotter Thaddeus McCotter (Follow)
.@140townhall Unlike the incumbent, we know a Pres only “creates jobs” in the bloated & imploding pub. sector. Thus, we must restructure Big
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THEHermanCain Herman Cain (Follow)
@140townhall The opposite is necessary: the president must make the government smaller and reduce regulations on businesses.
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RickSantorum Rick Santorum (Follow)
.@140townhall the federal govt kills jobs!
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ThadMcCotter Thaddeus McCotter (Follow)
.@140townhall Gov’t into self-gov’t 2 match our consumer driven-econ; restructure the failed Wall St. bailout banks; pass tax & regulatory
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newtgingrich Newt Gingrich (Follow)
My Jobs and Prosperity Plan: No tax increase, 100% expensing, reduce business tax to 12.5%, eliminate cap gains & death tax @140townhall
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GovGaryJohnson Gov Gary Johnson (Follow)
@140townhall As I proved in NM, govt creates jobs by reducing its role, not expanding it. Get govt out of the way.
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THEHermanCain Herman Cain (Follow)
@140townhall Government doesn’t create jobs. Businesses create jobs. Government needs to get out the way.
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newtgingrich Newt Gingrich (Follow)
(cont.) Audit & reform Fed Reserve; repeal Dodd-Frank, Sarbanes Oxley, Comm Reinvestment Act; break up Freddie and Fannie @140townhall
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ThadMcCotter Thaddeus McCotter (Follow)
.@140townhall reform; enact an all of the above energy plan; & enforce our trade rights against unfair foreign competition, ie. comst China
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TeamBachmann Michele Bachmann (Follow)
.@140townhall Yes 3 priorities. Attract #jobs by cutting job creator #taxes. Keep $ in pvt sector by reducing govt #spend. Simplify tax code
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newtgingrich Newt Gingrich (Follow)
(cont.) Repeal & replace Obamacare and fully develop American energy. These would all create jobs by REDUCING govt. @140townhall
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TeamBachmann Michele Bachmann (Follow)
.@140townhall 4 small biz: repeal the death tax, increase access to capital by repealing Frank-Dodd, & repeal #Obamacare to reduce HC costs.
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THEHermanCain Herman Cain (Follow)
@140townhall Lower top corp. and personal tax rates to a MAX 25%. And most importantly, make them permanent! Uncertainty kills the economy.
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RickSantorum Rick Santorum (Follow)
.@140townhall We don’t need more programs & bureaucrats telling business how to operate.I believe in free people to grow r economy not govt.
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TeamBachmann Michele Bachmann (Follow)
.@140townhall Govt overregulation is the single biggest #jobs killer. The 3 biggest offenders are the EPA, #Obamacare, & Frank-Dodd.
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GovGaryJohnson Gov Gary Johnson (Follow)
@140townhall Gov’t can create certainty. Something that is completly lacking at the moment.
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RickSantorum Rick Santorum (Follow)
.@140townhall i proposed gettting Am making things again. A 0% corp tax rate on all manufacturing, cut regulations and drill for oil and gas
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GovGaryJohnson Gov Gary Johnson (Follow)
@140townhall Eliminate the cooperate income tax completely and adopt what is being called the Fair Tax: a one time federal consumption tax.
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secupp S.E. Cupp (Follow)
Question 4: As Pres, if you could enact any policy to fix the economy w/o congressional approval what would it be? Be specific. @140townhall
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TeamBachmann Michele Bachmann (Follow)
.@140townhall Repeal Obamacare. It’s estimated to cost 800,000 jobs, is a small biz killer, and unconstitutional.
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TeamBachmann Michele Bachmann (Follow)
.@140townhall I will not rest until Obamacare is repealed. You can take it to the bank.
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TeamBachmann Michele Bachmann (Follow)
.@140townhall We need the govt to get out of the way and increase incentives for competition in the private markets.
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RickSantorum Rick Santorum (Follow)
.@140townhall Refuse to spend the money to implement Obamacare
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GovGaryJohnson Gov Gary Johnson (Follow)
@140townhall Change regulatory & enforcement policies that are preventing common-sense energy dev. Millions of jobs would be created.
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newtgingrich Newt Gingrich (Follow)
I wouldn’t even if I could b/c congressional passage offers legitimacy of the consent of the governed to the law.@140townhallll
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GovGaryJohnson Gov Gary Johnson (Follow)
@140townhall Many other regulatory approaches can be changed as well to create certainty for the private sector.
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THEHermanCain Herman Cain (Follow)
@140townhall As President, I would reduce the regulatory authority of executive agencies in order to ease burdens on businesses.
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newtgingrich Newt Gingrich (Follow)
Big impact can be made with executive orders though. I would stop EPA from regulating carbon & abolish all White House Czars. @140townhall
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RickSantorum Rick Santorum (Follow)
.@140townhall I would freeze all Obama regulations in process and overturn any antibusiness executive order
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THEHermanCain Herman Cain (Follow)
@140townhall I would limit the EPA, Department of Energy and other executive agencies from getting in the way of businesses.
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GovGaryJohnson Gov Gary Johnson (Follow)
@140townhall As Gov. of NM I had the best jobs record of anyone candidate, but didn’t claim to creating one job. Govt does not create jobs.
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RickSantorum Rick Santorum (Follow)
.@140townhall I would tell the businesses around the world America is open for business and you have a president who wants you here!
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ThadMcCotter Thaddeus McCotter (Follow)
@140townhall A Prez must not infringe upon the Constitutionally prescribed pwrs of the separate,equal branch o gov,be it the Congress or the
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secupp S.E. Cupp (Follow)
Thanks. Here comes the final general question, and then it’s on to individual questions from the public. @140townhall
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THEHermanCain Herman Cain (Follow)
@140townhall A President Cain would lower the regulations that the government puts on businesses and cut through all possible bureaucracy.
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secupp S.E. Cupp (Follow)
Question 5: What role do you think the Tea Party will play in the 2012 elections? @140townhall
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ThadMcCotter Thaddeus McCotter (Follow)
.@140townhall judiciary.2 rectify where this Prez has done so, his successor must end any & all attempts to enact cap/trade legislation thru
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TeamBachmann Michele Bachmann (Follow)
.@140townhall As chair of the House #TEAPARTY Caucus, I know how positive an influence the TParty has been. They’ve held congress 2 account.
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ThadMcCotter Thaddeus McCotter (Follow)
.@140townhall the bureaucracy;2 undermine DOMA thru Justice’s arbitrary decision not 2 defend it; & 2 use taxpayers’ $ for foreign abortions
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TeamBachmann Michele Bachmann (Follow)
.@140townhall Despite media misrepresentations the #TEAPARTY represents all Americans; disaffected Dems, independents, libertarians, and GOP
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RickSantorum Rick Santorum (Follow)
.@140townhall Hopefully as great as they did on the last election. Defending the constitution and limted govt. Thank you!!
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ThadMcCotter Thaddeus McCotter (Follow)
.@140townhall The Tea Party’s role remains 2 be determined – not by its members – but by the GOP’s actions. If they honor the Tea Party’s
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TeamBachmann Michele Bachmann (Follow)
.@140townhall The #TEAPARTY will lead the fight 2 restore limited govt, repeal Obamacare, lower #spending & cut #taxes.
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newtgingrich Newt Gingrich (Follow)
Tea Party will help prevent Republicans from making same mistakes of 2004 and 2006 & help elect conservative democrats. @140townhall
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THEHermanCain Herman Cain (Follow)
@140townhall The Tea Party plays a large role in 2012 elections from the presidency to congress. It’s a powerful voice in the conversation.
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ThadMcCotter Thaddeus McCotter (Follow)
.@140townhall 2010 support by fighting 4 self-govt, liberty, prosperity & security,the TP will be a critical component of the GOP’s victory
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newtgingrich Newt Gingrich (Follow)
Most important role for tea party not in elections, but in developing local solutions as we move power out of Washington. @140townhall
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THEHermanCain Herman Cain (Follow)
@140townhall It also plays a role in checking the powers within the Republican party and keeping us to our word on issues of the day.
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GovGaryJohnson Gov Gary Johnson (Follow)
@140townhall By giving voice to millions of Americans who are not satisfied with the traditional parties.
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ThadMcCotter Thaddeus McCotter (Follow)
.@140townhall coalition. If they do not, the TP could become a 3rd party, thereby cementing the Left’s electoral victories 4 years 2 come.
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THEHermanCain Herman Cain (Follow)
@140townhall The Tea Party is as strong as ever because folks are concerned, if not fearful, about our move from Constitutional gov’t.
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GovGaryJohnson Gov Gary Johnson (Follow)
@140townhall And insuring that republicans who are nominated will be part of the solution, not the problem.
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newtgingrich Newt Gingrich (Follow)
Permanently ending age of big govt will be hard work and require a team effort between federal, state & local govt. @140townhall
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RickSantorum Rick Santorum (Follow)
.@140townhall The Tea Party is now the backbone of the conservative movement. It will help elect a principled conservative leader for 2012.
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secupp S.E. Cupp (Follow)
Thanks, candidates. Now, it’s on to individual questions from the public. @140townhall
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secupp S.E. Cupp (Follow)
First to you, @newtgingrich from @WhitneyNeal: Many say Obama doesn’t have a plan to deal with the debt. What’s YOUR plan? @140townhall
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secupp S.E. Cupp (Follow)
To you @RickSantorum from @David_Bossie. What would be your first executive order after the disastrous Obama presidency? @140townhall
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RickSantorum Rick Santorum (Follow)
.@140townhall To suspend all spending on the implementation of Obamacare
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newtgingrich Newt Gingrich (Follow)
Control spending. Put Americans back to work. Get back to a balanced budget as we did when I was Speaker. @140townhall @WhitneyNeal
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secupp S.E. Cupp (Follow)
For you @TeamBachmann from @ljordan. Why isn’t anyone talking about the 47% of Americans that don’t pay taxes? @140townhall
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newtgingrich Newt Gingrich (Follow)
.@Strong_America believes their program will save $500bil a year in federal spending. @140townhall @WhitneyNeal
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secupp S.E. Cupp (Follow)
To you @ThadMcCotter from @TalktoRusy. Do you believe Obama is anti-Israel? @140townhall
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TeamBachmann Michele Bachmann (Follow)
.@140townhall I am. Simple. Fair. Flat. Everyone should pay something.
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secupp S.E. Cupp (Follow)
For you @THEHermanCain from @Dr_Straker: Do you have a plan to replace Obamacare, not just repeal it? @140townhall
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ThadMcCotter Thaddeus McCotter (Follow)
.@140townhall His motivations are not the issue. The impact of his policies, both proposed and pursued, have strained our relationship w/
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newtgingrich Newt Gingrich (Follow)
Fed govt pays at least $150bil a year to crooks. Any sound modern system would save at least $130bil/year. @140townhall @WhitneyNeal
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secupp S.E. Cupp (Follow)
And to you @GovGaryJohnson from @StopBigLabor: Do you support NLRB recent actions against Boeing in SC? @140townhall
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THEHermanCain Herman Cain (Follow)
@140townhall I wou promote a healthcare plan that would focus on controlling costs, and it would certainly allow individuals to choose Drs.
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ThadMcCotter Thaddeus McCotter (Follow)
.@140townhall our dear ally, strategic partner, and fellow free nation Israel. Further, his failure to whole heartedly support freedom
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THEHermanCain Herman Cain (Follow)
@140townhall A the private sector would be key in a Herman Cain healthcare plan. Governmental regulation is not the way.
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GovGaryJohnson Gov Gary Johnson (Follow)
@140townhall Absolutely not. For as obsessed as the admin appears to be w/ creating jobs this is one more example of fewer jobs.
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ThadMcCotter Thaddeus McCotter (Follow)
.@140townhall movements in Iran & Syria 2 topple the regimes haven’t enhanced US or Israeli security or the hopes 4 peace.
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secupp S.E. Cupp (Follow)
Thanks, candidates for answering public questions. Please now tweet your closing statements whenever ready. @140townhall
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GovGaryJohnson Gov Gary Johnson (Follow)
@140townhall 1st, Thx for this debate. 2nd, 2012 is an opportunity for GOP 2 show we’re the party who’ll get our fiscal house in order…
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THEHermanCain Herman Cain (Follow)
@140townhall We as a country have plenty to do before we can be on the right track again, and discussing our ideas moves us forward.
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TeamBachmann Michele Bachmann (Follow)
.@140townhall I ask 4 ur vote as I try 2 return ur voice to DC.  If elected POTUS, I will represent u w/a titanium spine no matter the cost.
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THEHermanCain Herman Cain (Follow)
@140townhall Check out wwww.hermancain.com. Learn about my story, my proven record of job creation and my ideas to take back our government!
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GovGaryJohnson Gov Gary Johnson (Follow)
@140townhall And actually reduce govt. Not just it’s cost, but its intrusion into our daily lives, our businesses, and our opportunities.
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TeamBachmann Michele Bachmann (Follow)
.@140townhall  TY again for this debate. I’m humbled by the support of many fellow citizens and encouraged that America’s best days r ahead.
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ThadMcCotter Thaddeus McCotter (Follow)
.@140townhall Amidst these trials, we will strengthen freedom 4 future gens, b/c we Americans r at our best when challenged. We will rebuild
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newtgingrich Newt Gingrich (Follow)
Thanks again @140townhall. Earlier I asked you to be “with me,” not “for me” b/c the presidency alone cannot solve America’s challenges.
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THEHermanCain Herman Cain (Follow)
@140townhall The 2012 election will be a good year for the GOP, and I hope I can count on your support. We are America–God bless.
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ThadMcCotter Thaddeus McCotter (Follow)
.@140townhall an America that works&inspire the world w/ what free people can achieve.4 our exceptional America’s strength&salvation remains
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newtgingrich Newt Gingrich (Follow)
Returning America back to job creation, balanced budgets & limited govt will be a team effort. Join that team at Newt.org. @140townhall
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GovGaryJohnson Gov Gary Johnson (Follow)
.@140townhall What America needs and wants, is 4 govt to get out of the way, stop spending $ we don’t have, & let us B free to prosper.
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TeamBachmann Michele Bachmann (Follow)
.@140townhall In spite of the enormous challenges we face, I have faith that w/real leadership we will secure the promise for our future.
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secupp S.E. Cupp (Follow)
It was an honor to be your moderator today at this historic event. @140townhall
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ThadMcCotter Thaddeus McCotter (Follow)
.@140townhall the grace of God and the virtuous genius of her sovereign citizens – It remains you. And we start now! http://t.co/OcQlPqJ
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RickSantorum Rick Santorum (Follow)
.@140townhall Thank you for this opportunity & 4 fghting for Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness. I wish the other candidates were here
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newtgingrich Newt Gingrich (Follow)
If u have more questions, join my Google+ Hangout @ 8pm ET tonight. Leave a comment on my latest G+ post to participate @140townhall
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Political Buzz June 13, 2011: Michele Bachmann Wins Second Republican Debate & Officially Announces Presidential Bid

POLITICAL BUZZ

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.

Cheryl Senter for The New York Times

Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty and Herman Cain at the debate

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2012….

  • Live Blogging the G.O.P. Debate in New HampshireNYT, 6-13-11
  • Live blogging GOP presidential debate in New Hampshire: We are live blogging tonight’s GOP presidential debate in New Hampshire, being held at Saint Anselm College. Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum are participating.
    The two-hour debate is sponsored by CNN, WMUR and The Union Leader. CNN’s John King is the moderator…. – USA Today, 6-13
  • Factbox: Republican White House contenders in 2012Reuters, 6-13-11
  • Fact Checking the Republican Debate: As they debated the economic downturn and health care, the Republican candidates who faced off Monday night in New Hampshire sometimes let spin run ahead of the facts…. – NYT, 6-13-11
  • The top five takeaways from the GOP debate: After two hours of talk and lots of interruptions from a moderator, here are the five things you need to know from tonight’s GOP debate:
    1. Bottom line: This debate was about Barack Obama: There was a lot of speculation going in that the candidates would start slugging it out with one another to break out of the pack. Not tonight. It was Republicans United vs. Obama. Here’s a sample of what they said about the President: “He’s failed at a time when the American people counted on him to create jobs and get the economy growing.” (Mitt Romney) “The Obama administration is an anti-jobs, anti-business, anti-American energy destructive force.” (Newt Gingrich) “Just make no mistake about it. I want to announce tonight. President Obama is a one-term president.” (Michele Bachmann)
    2. Mitt Romney maintains his status
    3. Tim Pawlenty blinked
    4. America, Meet Michele Bachmann
    5. The other candidates did what they could –
    CBS News, 6-13-11
  • E.J. Dionne Jr: GOP debate winner: Michele Bachmann: I didn’t expect to think that Michele Bachmann would be the big winner of tonight’s Republican debate in New Hampshire, but that seemed the obvious conclusion. She was at ease and forceful without looking at all crazy or out-of-control. It’s a sign of how far to the right the Republican Party has moved that she didn’t stand out for her extreme views. On this stage, suggesting we should just rid ourselves of the Environmental Protection Agency seemed par for the course.
    Mitt Romney did not lose anything tonight, which means that, since he leads in the polls in New Hampshire, he is a kind of winner. And on substance, his forceful defense of religious liberty was actually a high point. I agree with a view that is becoming widespread on the web – Chris Cillizza and Jennifer Rubin made this point in their winner-and-losers wrap-ups – that it was strange or timid for Tim Pawlenty not to be willing to back up his Sunday attack on “Obamneycare” with any force tonight. Either you want to take that fight on or you don’t…. – WaPo, 6-13-11
  • Bachmann stands out in CNN debate: During tonight’s presidential candidate debate, CNN moderator John King posed a series of “this or that” questions to the candidates. These “Coke or Pepsi,” type questions were light moments in a debate that also presented voters with a lot of “this or that” choices among the candidates….
    Overall: It comes down to Romney or Bachmann. He’s still the front-runner and didn’t hurt himself. That’s enough for some to declare him the winner. But Bachmann had far more to gain from this debate in introducing herself to voters and she took full advantage of the chance. She’s the winner. – Des Moines Register, 6-13-11
  • The Mitt and Michele Show: Romney showed front-runner status, while Bachmann proved she belonged on stage. Mark McKinnon on why they shone-and the rest of the debaters flopped Monday night.
    The two clear winners in the GOP debate hosted Monday night in New Hampshire were former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota. Political debates are all about expectations. Mitt Romney had more than anyone to lose. Michele Bachmann had more than anyone to gain. Romney deftly fended off attacks particularly on health care, and Bachmann proved she’s smart and credible, and has every right to be on the stage…. – The Daily Beast, 6-13-11
  • Republican presidential candidates attend first debate: The leading contenders for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination appeared together onstage for the first time Monday. But they used the debate to train their fire on President Obama rather than to define their differences.
    Given opportunities to critique one another’s stances, the seven competitors repeatedly deflected the questions during the first hour to attacks on the president….
    The biggest surprise of the evening was the announcement by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) that she has filed the paperwork to begin her campaign. She had previously indicated that she would not make a formal announcement until later this month.
    The debate, held at St. Anselm College, was officially the second of the primary campaign season. But only five candidates showed up last month in South Carolina, and with the exception of Pawlenty, they were all long-shots.
    Monday’s forum included nearly all the leading candidates. But most of them remain largely unknown nationally, a factor that could explain their reluctance to go at one another. At this early stage, they are introducing themselves to a nationwide audience, and testing their competitors’ strengths and vulnerabilities.
    It is a Republican field unlike any other in generations, in which none of the contenders has been able to establish himself or herself as an overwhelming favorite. In the normal order of things, Romney would hold that poll position, by virtue of his organization, his fundraising network and the exposure he received from his 2008 run for the nomination…. – WaPo, 6-13-11
  • 7 in G.O.P. Square Off, 7 Months From First Vote: Opening a new phase in a race that is unusually unsettled for a party once famous for its discipline, seven Republican presidential candidates met Monday night in their highest profile opportunity yet to begin drawing distinctions among themselves even as they united to press the attack against President Obama.
    With the economy wavering and conservatives energized, Republicans see an opportunity to capitalize on the sense that the nation is on the wrong track. But with seven months remaining before the first votes of the nominating contest are cast, the candidates sought to show that they were both electable and ideologically acceptable to primary voters.
    The spotlight was trained squarely on Mitt Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, whose appearance here amounted to his debut on the stage four years after losing his first bid for the party’s nomination. He sought to press his business credentials, arguing that he was the strongest nominee to promote a message of economic revival and job creation, but he worked to deflect conservative criticism over the state health care plan he signed that resembles the national one signed into law by Mr. Obama…. – NYT, 6-13-11
  • U.S. Republicans blast Obama, not each other: The Republican White House contenders focused their attacks on President Barack Obama and refrained from attacking each other on Monday in their first major debate of the 2012 nominating race.
    The Republicans criticized Obama as a failure on the economy and attacked his healthcare overhaul as a gross government intrusion, but sidestepped numerous chances to hit their party rivals in the face-to-face encounter.
    “This president has failed, and he’s failed at a time when the American people counted on him to create jobs and get the economy growing,” said former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who leads the Republican pack in opinion polls…. – Reuters, 6-13-11
  • GOP contenders to meet in New Hampshire debate Republican voters get a chance to compare Romney with six rivals: It’s a coming-out party of sorts for the apparent Republican frontrunner, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, who will be participating in his first debate of this campaign season (several candidates debated in South Carolina in May).
    Romney will have his first chance to spar onstage with his rivals, former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, ex-Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain, and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, the only woman in the race and a champion of the Tea Party movement.
    Former ambassador to China and Utah governor Jon Huntsman is not taking part in the debate, but is expected to formally announce his candidacy within days…. – MSNBC, 6-13-11
  • Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney: “This president has failed. And he’s failed at a time when the American people counted on him to create jobs and get the economy growing. And instead of doing that, he delegated the stimulus to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, and then he did what he wanted to do: card-check, cap-and-trade, Obamacare, re-regulation.”
  • Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty: “This president is a declinist. He views America as one of equals around the world. We’re not the same as Portugal; we’re not the same as Argentina. And this idea that we can’t have 5 percent growth in America is hogwash.”
  • Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann: “Unlike how the media has tried to wrongly and grossly portray the Tea Party, the Tea Party is really made up of disaffected Democrats, independents, people who’ve never been political a day in their life, people who are libertarians, Republicans — it’s a wide swathe of America coming together.”
  • Former pizza executive Herman Cain: “This economy is stalled. It’s like a train on the tracks with no engine and the administration has simply been putting all of this money in the caboose. We need an engine called the private sector.”

    Michele Bachmann Announces Candidacy for President: Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota interrupted her answer to a question at a Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire to announce that she had filed papers on Monday to formally declare her candidacy for the Republican nomination for president.

  • Michele Bachmann enters presidential race: Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, an outspoken Republican with close ties to the tea party, announced Monday that she is running for president, a candidacy that could further shake up a volatile fight for the GOP nomination.
    The first female contender to enter the 2012 race, Bachmann announced her bid during a Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire. The third-term Minnesota congresswoman has been leaning heavily toward a run over the past few months, visiting early primary states, raising money and railing against President Barack Obama.
    “We cannot risk giving President Obama four more years to dismantle our nation. We must act now,” Bachmann said in a fundraising letter sent within an hour of her entrance. “That’s why I’ve made the decision to get in this race.”
    She brings high energy, charisma and proven fundraising ability to the race to nominate a Republican challenger to Obama. She also is known for unyielding stances, biting commentary and high-profile gaffes.
    Bachmann is attempting the rare leap from the U.S. House to the presidency…. – AP, 6-13-11
  • Bachmann confirms presidential candidacy: U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann ended any doubt that she is running for president, saying during Monday night’s CNN GOP presidential debate that she has filed for the 2012 race.
    “I filed … my paperwork to seek the office of the presidency of the United States today, and I’ll very soon be making my formal announcement,” Bachmann said shortly after the start of the debate in Manchester, New Hampshire.
    Bachmann, of Minnesota, became the seventh Republican — and the only woman — to confirm her candidacy. She was the only one of the debate’s seven participants who hadn’t formally declared before the start of Monday’s event at Saint Anselm College’s Sullivan Arena.
    Her campaign also posted a YouTube video in which she announced she was running. “This is the first day of taking our country back,” Bachmann said in the video.
    A third-term congresswoman, Bachmann is a favorite of the conservative Tea Party movement, founder of the 50-member House Tea Party Caucus and fiery critic of the Obama administration…. – CNN, 6-13-11
  • Michele Bachmann uses GOP debate to announce presidential candidacy: Rep. Michele Bachmann used the first major presidential debate of the 2012 campaign to announce that she is formally running for president.
    For Bachmann, the conservative from Minnesota, the announcement was expected, but the timing of it was not. She had been expected to declare later in the month in Iowa.
    But early in the debate in Manchester, N.H., live on CNN, Bachmann said that she had filed her paperwork Monday with the Federal Election Commission to launch a presidential fundraising committee.
    She said she would soon make a public announcement. CNN’s John King, a bit flustered, quickly pushed Bachmann to return to addressing the debate topic at hand.
    Bachmann, 55, has served in the House since 2007. A former tax attorney, she’s popular among “tea party” activists. At present, she is the only woman in the GOP field.
    She also appeals to social conservatives. The mother of five, she has also served as foster parent to 23 other children…. – LAT, 6-13-11

Political Buzz June 13, 2011: Republican Presidential Candidates Debate in New Hampshire

POLITICAL BUZZ

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.

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2012….

Cheryl Senter for The New York Times

Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty and Herman Cain at the debate

View Photo Gallery —  Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul face-off in the first 2012 presidential debate.

  • Live Blogging the G.O.P. Debate in New HampshireNYT, 6-13-11
  • Live blogging GOP presidential debate in New Hampshire: We are live blogging tonight’s GOP presidential debate in New Hampshire, being held at Saint Anselm College. Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum are participating.
    The two-hour debate is sponsored by CNN, WMUR and The Union Leader. CNN’s John King is the moderator…. – USA Today, 6-13
  • Factbox: Republican White House contenders in 2012Reuters, 6-13-11
  • Fact Checking the Republican Debate: As they debated the economic downturn and health care, the Republican candidates who faced off Monday night in New Hampshire sometimes let spin run ahead of the facts…. – NYT, 6-13-11
  • Republican presidential candidates attend first debate: The leading contenders for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination appeared together onstage for the first time Monday. But they used the debate to train their fire on President Obama rather than to define their differences.
    Given opportunities to critique one another’s stances, the seven competitors repeatedly deflected the questions during the first hour to attacks on the president….
    The biggest surprise of the evening was the announcement by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) that she has filed the paperwork to begin her campaign. She had previously indicated that she would not make a formal announcement until later this month.
    The debate, held at St. Anselm College, was officially the second of the primary campaign season. But only five candidates showed up last month in South Carolina, and with the exception of Pawlenty, they were all long-shots.
    Monday’s forum included nearly all the leading candidates. But most of them remain largely unknown nationally, a factor that could explain their reluctance to go at one another. At this early stage, they are introducing themselves to a nationwide audience, and testing their competitors’ strengths and vulnerabilities.
    It is a Republican field unlike any other in generations, in which none of the contenders has been able to establish himself or herself as an overwhelming favorite. In the normal order of things, Romney would hold that poll position, by virtue of his organization, his fundraising network and the exposure he received from his 2008 run for the nomination…. – WaPo, 6-13-11
  • 7 in G.O.P. Square Off, 7 Months From First Vote: Opening a new phase in a race that is unusually unsettled for a party once famous for its discipline, seven Republican presidential candidates met Monday night in their highest profile opportunity yet to begin drawing distinctions among themselves even as they united to press the attack against President Obama.
    With the economy wavering and conservatives energized, Republicans see an opportunity to capitalize on the sense that the nation is on the wrong track. But with seven months remaining before the first votes of the nominating contest are cast, the candidates sought to show that they were both electable and ideologically acceptable to primary voters.
    The spotlight was trained squarely on Mitt Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, whose appearance here amounted to his debut on the stage four years after losing his first bid for the party’s nomination. He sought to press his business credentials, arguing that he was the strongest nominee to promote a message of economic revival and job creation, but he worked to deflect conservative criticism over the state health care plan he signed that resembles the national one signed into law by Mr. Obama…. – NYT, 6-13-11
  • U.S. Republicans blast Obama, not each other: The Republican White House contenders focused their attacks on President Barack Obama and refrained from attacking each other on Monday in their first major debate of the 2012 nominating race.
    The Republicans criticized Obama as a failure on the economy and attacked his healthcare overhaul as a gross government intrusion, but sidestepped numerous chances to hit their party rivals in the face-to-face encounter.
    “This president has failed, and he’s failed at a time when the American people counted on him to create jobs and get the economy growing,” said former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who leads the Republican pack in opinion polls…. – Reuters, 6-13-11
  • GOP contenders to meet in New Hampshire debate Republican voters get a chance to compare Romney with six rivals: It’s a coming-out party of sorts for the apparent Republican frontrunner, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, who will be participating in his first debate of this campaign season (several candidates debated in South Carolina in May).
    Romney will have his first chance to spar onstage with his rivals, former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, ex-Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain, and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, the only woman in the race and a champion of the Tea Party movement.
    Former ambassador to China and Utah governor Jon Huntsman is not taking part in the debate, but is expected to formally announce his candidacy within days…. – MSNBC, 6-13-11
  • Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney: “This president has failed. And he’s failed at a time when the American people counted on him to create jobs and get the economy growing. And instead of doing that, he delegated the stimulus to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, and then he did what he wanted to do: card-check, cap-and-trade, Obamacare, re-regulation.”
  • Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty: “This president is a declinist. He views America as one of equals around the world. We’re not the same as Portugal; we’re not the same as Argentina. And this idea that we can’t have 5 percent growth in America is hogwash.”
  • Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann: “Unlike how the media has tried to wrongly and grossly portray the Tea Party, the Tea Party is really made up of disaffected Democrats, independents, people who’ve never been political a day in their life, people who are libertarians, Republicans — it’s a wide swathe of America coming together.”
  • Former pizza executive Herman Cain: “This economy is stalled. It’s like a train on the tracks with no engine and the administration has simply been putting all of this money in the caboose. We need an engine called the private sector.”

Political Buzz May 23, 2011: Republican Tim Pawlenty Announces He is Running for President

POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS

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.

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2012….

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty spoke at a town hall meeting in Des Moines, Iowa Monday, his first campaign appearance since announcing his bid for the Republican nomination.Charlie Neibergall/Associated PressFormer Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty spoke at a town hall meeting in Des Moines, Iowa Monday, his first campaign appearance since announcing his bid for the Republican nomination.
  • Pawlenty Officially Declares Candidacy for President: Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota formally opened his bid for the Republican presidential nomination on Monday with a sharp critique of President Obama’s policies, leadership and character, presenting himself as a candidate who could unify his fractious party and win back the White House.
    “It’s time for a new approach,” Mr. Pawlenty said. “It’s time for America’s president – and anyone who wants to be president – to look you in the eye and tell you the truth.”
    One day after Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana said he would not join the Republican race, Mr. Pawlenty used his announcement here as an opportunity to seize the spotlight in a Republican presidential campaign that is among the most wide open in decades. He sought to persuade donors and party leaders, who had been urging Mr. Daniels to run, to join his effort to win the nomination…. – NYT, 5-23-11
  • Pawlenty Announces Candidacy a Day Early: On the eve of his own planned campaign announcement, Tim Pawlenty released an Internet video declaring that he is running for president because he — unlike President Obama — has the courage to face America’s challenges.
    In another slickly produced video that has become a hallmark of his campaign, Mr. Pawlenty, the former Republican governor of Minnesota, confirmed Sunday night that he would officially begin his bid for his party’s nomination in Iowa on Monday.
    “That’s where I am going to begin a campaign that tells the American people the truth,” Mr. Pawlenty says in the two-minute video, mincing no words about his intentions. “I’m Tim Pawlenty, and I’m running for president of the United States.”… – NYT, 5-22-11
  • Pawlenty to Announce 2012 Run on Monday: Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota who has been exploring a presidential candidacy for months, will formally announce his intention to join the Republican field on Monday during a visit to Iowa, an adviser said.
    Mr. Pawlenty will open a weeklong campaign swing that includes stops in Florida, Washington, New York and New Hampshire. He is expected to present new policy ideas, introduce himself to voters and raise money, aides said, as he works to secure commitments from donors before the second fund-raising quarter ends on June 30.
    The decision to start his tour in Iowa underscores the importance of the state that will open the nominating context early next year with the caucuses. His strategy relies on a strong showing in Iowa, which he hopes will catapult him into the other early-voting states…. – NYT, 5-20-11

Political Highlights February 28, 2011: Governors & Tea Party Meet — Obama Congress Budget Showdown; Threat of Government Shutdown — Wisconsin’s Gov. Walker & Union Wars — Unrest in the Middle East & Libya

POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS

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.

OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 112TH CONGRESS:

President Obama and a bipartisan group of governors in the State Dining Room
The President tells Governors that from infrastructure to the health reform law, he wants to give them “the flexibility that you need to find your own innovative ways forward.”

STATS & POLLS

  • Almost Six in Ten Americans Give President Obama Negative Job Rating Almost nine in ten give Congress negative ratings: Going into these battles, almost three in five Americans (58%) have a negative opinion of the job the President is doing while 42% have a positive opinion of it. This is slightly down from last month when 44% of U.S. adults gave the job the President was doing positive marks and 56% gave it negative ratings…. – PRNewswire, 2-28-11
  • Gallup poll: Obama’s approval ratings fell across U.S. in 2010: The Gallup survey says President Obama’s approval rating is above 50% in a dozen states, and in 10 states his approval rating is lower than 40%…. – LAT, 2-23-11

REVOLUTIONS IN THE MIDDLE EAST: LIBYA IN TURMOIL

Ed Ou for The New York Times

Egyptian protesters taped a flag on the front doors of the Libyan Embassy in Cairo on Sunday.