WATCH GOP DEBATE WITH DICK

By Dick Morris on September 7, 2011

Dear Friend,

During the GOP debate tonight (MSNBC 8-10 PM ET), I will be at DickMorris.com commenting on each answer. You’ll watch the debate through my eyes as I evaluate each response, thrust and parry. Together, we’ll assess how the candidates are doing as the Republican race finally takes shape.

Tonight’s contest will either bring Perry down to size or cement his status as front runner. It will give Michele Bachmann a chance to come in from the cold and escape attempts to marginalize her. It will afford Romney a chance to reclaim the lead based on his solid and extremely detailed jobs program he released today.

And it is the last real chance for Herman Cain, Rick Santorum, or Newt to break through into the first tier.

So come to DickMorris.com and watch the debate with me!

See you tonight!

Dick

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des of the aisle on board.

Thus, I think the best bet is Mitt Romney. It feels as if he is a few steps ahead of everyone else and it could very well be due to the 2008 experience. He was challenged a lot, he was asked a good number of questions. He held his own, always well poised. Looked relax. Knew his answers without dragging them out too long. The one thing that disappointed me was his not mentioning the 150 page plan that he posted a couple of days ago. He should have promoted it better and told people to check it out online. Either he just didn’t get to it, or he is keeping it for another debate.

I have not read much of his plan, mostly skimmed through it, but it looks attractive and real. It is something that was definitely worked on, numbers were crunched and what not. I am sure it may have some overly optimistic parts, but i doubt even Obama can come up with a 10 page plan himself on the economy. He’d have Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and the rest of the gang write a 10,000 page plan on the economy.

So, I think Romney should have stressed it more. I also think he did not do as well on the Romneycare bit. He did okay, but didn’t nail it down as he should have, or as he did in an interview with Sean Hannity.

Still, he looked confident and not worried about it at all. I also like his class act move in not taking a cheap shot at Rick Perry in the final ten minutes or so about Rick Perry’s move on cervical cancer vaccination. Romney could have taken a shot at him, but he remained classy and helped Perry out too. A good man does that, or one with Machiavellian intentions!

I say Romney and Perry the winners. Perry CAN beat Obama, but at a greater risk in losing to Obama. Romney can beat Obama and liberals should fear him because the economy will be on everyone’s mind and Obama has literally nothing to show for it other than “well, we saved jobs rather than losing them”. Come on Obama….you’re a sports guy yourself, you know that you’d have a very good team if it keeps the score at zero on the defensive side of things, but you can’t either either if you don’t score points.

Romney presents himself as smart, experienced, good pedigree, knowledgeable, calm, diplomatic…… independents will be attracted to that and Republicans will accept that because they want Obama out of office.

Go MITT!!!

  • HotnArizona on September 8, 2011 12:17 pm

    Great analysis Dick, and I absolutely agree with everything you said. It’s interesting that some of the posts took exception with your comments regarding Perry. The ‘Ponzi’ comment, while losely accurate, is not going to be acceptable to independents and right leaning voters from the left. What they will actually ‘hear’ is that he wants to abolish Social Security entirely….whether true or not. Seniors and those nearing retirement will not take the comments as helpful or positive.

    In regards to Romney, I felt he handled the criticisms commendably and with a sense of humor and particularly left Perry looking anemic and flat footed when he defended his record by making the comparisons between Massachusettes and Texas.

    Gingrich increased his stature ten fold in my opinion, and helped solidfy and unite the party along common ground and goals. He seemed very presidential and took command of every question and provided thoughtful and insightful answers.

    Ron Paul….was simply speaking Ron Paul. Some ideas are worthwhile but frankly unelectable, due to his random, sometimes illogical, outside the box thinking and nonsensical metaphors.

    Herman Cain made some excellent points and his ideas regarding the current tax code (9,9,9)as pathway to revamping the tax code was original as well as his mantra regarding adopting some of the ideas for copying the Chilean Retirement model were brilliant.

    While I agree that there’s lots of time left in the campaign, and also that many viewpoints are better than fewer, I believe it’s time for a couple of the candidates to leave the debates to those that actually have an opportunity to win the nomination. Otherwise these debates get deluted and the time allotted to the likes of candidates like Huntsman are simply a fultile exercise and waste of the electorates time.

  • classysinger on September 9, 2011 12:29 pm

    If Michele lost a little luster, it wasn’t due to her lack of effort. The debate was controlled by the MSNBC moderators probably to focus on Romney and Perry. She was ignored two or three times when she tried to engage in the discussion on a few topics. She rallied in the latter part of the debate as much as was possible. She was quick to point out the fact that Obama Care was not going to easily be overturned through Executive Orders which Romney and Perry didn’t do which gave her the credibility of being honest and realistic about Obama Care. She also pin pointed Iran’s sponsorship of all the major terrorist groups in the Middle East and their development of nuclear weapons. She also alluded to what would need to be addressed with the current status of illegals in this country. If given more opportunities, which frankly the liberal press didn’t want to give her because she could be a posing threat, she was purposefully overlooked by design. I think we will see more from her in the future after the initial infatuation with Perry dwindles.

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