Debate: Republicans Take It Easy on Romney, Bash Obama
(The New American) -- by Thomas R. Eddlem --
Seven Republican candidates for U.S. President agreed on vaguely defined economic issues in a debate at Manchester, New Hampshire's St. Anselm College June 13, and the GOP rivals failed to attack poll leader Mitt Romney.
"We're not that far apart on all the big issues," former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain said at the end of the debate, which was almost entirely devoid of specific numbers of what to cut and where to cut. Among the candidates who proposed cuts in spending to balance the budget, only Representative Ron Paul of Texas proposed any specific cuts (other than ObamaCare): "I argue the case that this money ought to be cut out of foreign welfare, and foreign militarism, and corporate welfare, and the military industrial complex. Then we might have enough money to tide people over."
All of the candidates declined to go into attack mode against presumed frontrunner, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who leads in most polls...
Paul has claimed in recent weeks that the American people are increasingly coming around to his point-of-view because of the economy. "The malinvestment in the bubbles are caused by the Federal Reserve and the government, and we keep propping it up," Paul argued during the debate. "It was predictable it would come. It's predictable it's lasted three years. And it's predictable, as long as we do what we're doing in Washington, it's going to last another 10 years." Paul's record on the economic predictions is uncanny, as he accurately diagnosed the housing and banking bubble as early as 2001 in speeches before the U.S. House of Representatives.
By way of contrast, Cain — a former Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis chairman — called the housing bubble a media fiction in 2005...
Representative Ron Paul also vigorously opposed the TARP bailout, while Mitt Romney and Herman Cain backed the TARP bank bailout bill along with then-Senator Obama.
The debate didn't discuss foreign relations until the final minutes of the event, and most of the Republicans talked about less foreign military involvement. "It's time to bring our troops home as soon as we possibly can," Romney replied to a question about the U.S. troop commitment in Afghanistan, adding, "consistent with the word that comes to our generals that we can hand the country over to the [Afghanistan] military in a way that they're able to defend themselves."
Representative Paul countered:
I wouldn't wait for my generals. I'm the commander in chief. I make the decisions. I tell the generals what to do. I'd bring them home as quickly as possible. And I would get them out of Iraq as well. And I wouldn't start a war in Libya. I'd quit bombing Yemen. And I'd quit bombing Pakistan....MORE...LINK