Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Debate winner? iReporters can’t agree

Ron Paul, Rick Perry or Michele Bachmann? iReporters were all over the map when it came to deciding who they thought won CNN’s Tea Party Debate on Monday night.

 

18-year-old Anthony Gober from Noblesville, Indiana, thought Rep. Ron Paul won the debate because of his "attitude, unwavering support of the Constitution, and advocating for limited government. He has a huge grassroots support and it keeps growing.”

 

 

But for Nicholas Pegues of Memphis, Tennessee, the spotlight was on Rep. Michele Bachmann. “She speaks from her heart and this is what America needs as a leader,” he said of the Minnesota congresswoman.

 

Native Texan Egberto Willies, a registered Democrat, called Gov. Rick Perry the “outright” winner of the debate. He thinks former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney missed a golden opportunity to critique Perry’s stance on health care and the HPV vaccines. Despite it all, Willies thinks Perry’s charm and “the way he talks to people” will ultimately win him the GOP candidacy.

 

 

The Bachmann/Perry dynamic most stood out to Caleb Graves of Washington during the debate. He said he was surprised to see Perry crumble after candidates, like Bachmann, questioned him on some of the decisions he’s made as the governor of Texas.

 

Graves said Perry’s weak answers might pave the way for Romney to step up as the GOP frontrunner.

 

"I think Romney will re-arise as the likely nominee," he said. "I think it will be a very tight race between Obama and Romney, and a lot of it may have to do with who Romney - and Obama for that matter - picks as his running mate."

 

And for Valerie Lynne Nicholson of Greensboro, North Carolina, she heard a lot of loud voices at the debate, but says the more outspoken individuals weren’t necessarily the smarter nominees. She didn’t see a true winner.

 

Nicholson called out Bachmann for good rhetoric, but not her solutions. She thought Perry was handsome but she urged people to look at his record. Romney made some good points, but she felt he was weak in immigration and jobs. “I would really like to see the stage set without Romney and Perry center stage. Let's see Santorum and Huntsman or Cain and Gingrich take center stage,” she said.

 

What did you think of the Tea Party debate? Who do you think was the winner? Leave a comment or upload a video. We’d like to keep this political conversation going.

18 Comments
September 13, 2011
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I think that Michele Bachman did herself well when she replied to Rick Perry's concern about being bought out for $5,000. I find it offensive and wonder if it is legal that he took funding for what seemed to be a quid pro quo.

 

Anyway, I have an idea that all debates might want to adopt. Remember that debates are hundreds, maybe thousands, of years old.  I think that the debate forum has not adjusted to the new media technology and that perhaps an adjustment could be made. When the debates were/are one-on-one, participation is fairly equal. When you have, as you did last night, many more participants, some debaters don't get a fair shake, the current popular ones get the bulk of the attention, and thus, the bulk of the questions.

 

This is what I think can be done....

 

After the debate is over, allow all the debaters to respond to any and all questions that could have been asked to them also. Let them respond in print or on the sponsors web site. (great way to direct traffic to the web site, maybe someone else can/will pick up on this idea). I think that this would have to be done in a timely fashion so that public opinion can't be weighed. Perhaps having them whisked off to private but monitored rooms and given a hour to put pen to paper. This might give a more fair shake to all the candidates.

 

So that is it. I think, a simple idea way past its time.

If you agree, or disagree, post it.

 

 

September 13, 2011
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when ask the question of what they would do if someone had no insurance and got ill, who should pay for it. Michelle never answered the question. All she keeps saying is repell the health care bill. Why did'nt wolfe call her out on that...

September 13, 2011
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Ron Paul, He is the only one that can't be bought. I would like to see the debates go like this. It seems like the question from the commons are serious and not intended to start a fight like the media. and they need to start at one end and let everyone answer. the media have been instructed on who to cram down our throat and Im getting sick of it. we deserve better.

September 13, 2011
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when ask the question of what they would do if someone had no insurance and got ill, who should pay for it. Michelle never answered the question. All she keeps saying is repell the health care bill. Why did'nt wolfe call her out on that...

September 13, 2011
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So the Ron Paul supporter had a precise reason for supporting him and the other had the following: 1) Bachmann: speaks from the heart 2) Perry: the way he talks to people. If you can't even present a specific reason why you support a candidate, why would you even enter the political arena?

September 13, 2011
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I agree with that. I think every candiate should get to answer every question. It should go from one end to the other. That way we get to hear all points of view and not just the ones the media wants to show.

September 13, 2011
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This Tea Bagger town hall love fest was very revealing. I think the winner is definately Barak H. Obama.

September 13, 2011
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No definitely not. Just an FYI when you resort to name calling in a debate you have already lost.

September 13, 2011
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Ron Paul has won every last debate he has been in and when it comes time to debate The Dude in The White House he will school him too.

 

Don't be scared, be prepared vote for liberty and freedom in 2012!

September 13, 2011
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‎'The so-called debates between pundits they see on television or read in the newspapers carefully limit the range of debate to points of insignificance. The debate is always framed in terms of which kind of interventionist strategy our government should pursue. The possibility that we should avoid bleeding ourselves dry in endless foreign meddling is not raised. What kind of debate is it in which all sides agree that we need troops in 130 countries?'-Ron Paul

September 13, 2011
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Seems the media is making the choices for us, then telling us we like it. This debate like the last (MSNBC) was a joke. Thay all should have been the same questions and given the same amount of time. This, though promised did not happen in my opinion.

September 13, 2011
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"Asked"

September 13, 2011
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Ron Paul 2012.

September 13, 2011
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Ron Paul 2012! He needs more coverage that he is getting! I'd love to see Dr Paul speak more and get Romney and Perry out of the spot light....they're just pretty boys that the media picked for us to watch. Not interested in them at all....

September 13, 2011
Click to view anthony13124's profile

No it did not happen. This debate was much beter than MSNBC though.

September 13, 2011
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Pay attention to Jon Huntsman and Ron Paul. Listen to what Huntsman is saying and his way to help our country. He makes more sense than the others because he is knowledgeable, experienced, and practical. He doesn't go on off the wall tangents for nonsensical issues. If you listen, Huntsman is the clear winner. Perry is the phoniest of them all.

 

September 13, 2011
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Ron Paul all the way. He always speaks the truth, even if sometimes the truth hurts. That can't be said for any other politician that I can think of. People should visit his website for a clear view of what Santorum spun. ronpaul2012.com also put up something today, I believe, to further clarify. It's a good read - quick and to the point.

September 20, 2011
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