Tea Party Debate Live Blog

Five things to watch in Monday’s tea-infused GOP debate

If the duel between Rick Perry and Mitt Romney during last week’s Republican presidential debate at the Reagan Library in California wasn’t enough to signify that the nation has entered a faster and more furious stage of the race, then the simple fact that yet another debate will be held tonight, five days after the last, should hammer that home.

The candidates have barely had time to campaign (or raise money) in between the two events.

This evening’s contest will be held some 2,500 miles away from the Reagan one—in Tampa. The wrinkle this time is that it will be co-sponsored by the Tea Party Express, an advocacy group affiliated with the small-government movement.

As part of the format, the participants will take questions from CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, along with questions from members of the audience and “tea party” groups across the country. While that may not move the combatants off their talking points, it may provide a different flavor to the event.

Here are some story lines to watch during the debate, which will be broadcast live from the Florida State Fairgrounds on CNN.

1. Will Perry try to walk back his remarks on Social Security?

2. Will Romney try to court the tea party vote?

3. Can Bachmann get a word in edgewise?

4. Can Huntsman (and others) stay relevant?

5. Will the GOP risk alienating moderate voters?

Y’all are are your own. I’ll be getting drunk and watching the Raiders-Broncos game. Have fun.

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73 Responses to Tea Party Debate Live Blog

  1. DeniseVB says:

    What a nice surprise 🙂 After the Digby post I started thinking…..if CNN’s dating the Tea Party for this event, doesn’t it prove the TP is pretty mainstream? And not the eVIL RaCIST haTER WinGNUT group being portrayed in cheetoland? Or the Cocktail Party righties?

    Should be good 🙂

  2. ralphb says:

    Couldn’t care less about the debate but the key question for me is can Bachmann get a word in edgewise. I’ll also enjoy reading Ron Paul’s responses, if he gets any questions.

    Raiders-Broncos will get my attention this evening.

  3. myiq2xu says:

    Is it just me, or does Romney look like Gumby minus the green skin?

  4. myiq2xu says:

    Newtie is always good for a couple one-liners

    • WMCB says:

      Best description I have ever heard of Newt: Newt is a brilliant brain, encased inside a much larger, stupider brain.

  5. DeniseVB says:

    Gloves are off. Moving to fast for my second martini, need water 😛

    Got to keep up with this audience 😉

  6. myiq2xu says:

    They should have put Perry and Romney at opposite ends.

  7. WMCB says:

    Huntsman needs to exfoliate much better before he does the spray tan.

  8. yttik says:

    Grumpy doesn’t want to watch the debate. He said, “no, I just had a cup of coffee.” Oddly enough, that makes sense to me.

  9. WMCB says:

    AOS always has snarky commentary on their liveblog. I like this one:

    Take Mitt’s hair, Newts brain, Perry’s pistol and give them to Cain

  10. DeniseVB says:

    Who are we going to vote off the island? Too many candidates, and another sucky debate venue. I still like them all better than BO….

  11. votermom says:

    I am not watching the debate, but give me a holler if they start talking about Crony Capitalism. I mean, this is supposed to be the Tea Party debate, right?

  12. ralphb says:

    Tea Partiers cheer for trying Bernanke for treason?

    from hotair live blog, WTF?

  13. The debates is on in the background. Can’t tell the difference between Huntsman and Romney just listening to their voices. They have to say MA or UT, then I know.

  14. ralphb says:

    first crony capitalism hit from Bachmann on Gardisil? hotair live blog says she won the point.

  15. yttik says:

    I don’t have to chose one of these people, do I ?! Oh. Gawd.

    Okay, Romney is out. Can’t stand the man and all the used cars he’s selling.

    Perry is out, too. He said he was wrong on the mandated HPV vaccine issue and should never have abused his executive power and bypassed his congress. Than he said the first thing he’d do as Prez is…..bypass congress and issue an executive order to throw out Obamacare. So which are you Perry, a liar a slow learner?

  16. ralphb says:

    rumpfshaker Heehee RT @CalebHowe: An unsecure border is better than an insecure one. I can’t stand a border that keeps asking if it looks fat.

  17. ralphb says:

    allahpundit RT @philipaklein: Unexpected: Huntsman accuses Perry of treason.

  18. catarina says:

    cheez when is it over already?

  19. ralphb says:

    fusionaddict @EdMorrissey Paul appears to be on meth, Huntsman is on pot.

    allahpundit RT @jpodhoretz: Shorter Perry on foreign policy: If there ain’t no Texas analogy, I got nothin to say.

  20. ralphb says:

    KatiePavlich CAIN WINS: “I would bring a sense of humor to the White House because America is too uptight”

    That may be the best answer I’ve seen blogged yet.

  21. Think Ron Paul in arguing against American exceptionalism in foreign policy just aligned himself rhetorically with Al Qaeda. Wild man.

  22. myiq2xu says:

    Sorry, I was listening to Huntsman and fell asleep.

    What did I miss?

  23. myiq2xu says:

    Tuck Rule Tommy just threw a 99 2/3 yd TD pass.

  24. ralphb says:

    DrewMTips Hmmmm RT: @JimPethokoukis: RT @saeverley: Palin accused Rick Perry of crony capitalism on @gretawire just now.

  25. ralphb says:

    IMAO_ Instead of being angry at him, we should ask ourselves what did we do to cause Ron Paul.

  26. yttik says:

    I really think Perry got pounded in this debate. It was kind of fascinating.

    • He seems kind of slow, but it might be the drawl, or maybe his version of nth dimensional chess. The election is a long ways off. He and Newt seem most human to me, if you can set aside all the issues which is hard to do. Everyone else seems pretty robotic, even Huntsman surprisingly.

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