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Last night, the four remaining contenders in the 2012 GOP presidential primary contest reconvened in Mesa, Arizona, for a CNN-sponsored televised debate -- the first in nearly a month. Sparks flew, blows were traded, and iReporters agreed: No matter your politics, there was plenty to talk about.
Byron Thomas, a student at the University of South Carolina, was thoroughly impressed by the positions and talking points offered by former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, particularly on birth control and family values. "I'm tired of TV shows supporting teen sex and that every girl has to go on birth control, just because it's like required that everyone have sex before marriage," he said. "I'm a strong believer in family values and states’ rights."
Frequent iReport commentator Adriana Maxwell of Atlanta, Georgia, called it the "season finale of the Republican debate," likening the lengthy debate cycle and nonstop media coverage to reality television. In her opinion, none of last night's debaters came away as a clear winner.
"They get caught up in rabbit-hole conversations like earmarks, the policies, the procedures," she said. "I think they talk in circles because one individual believes, 'Hey I got him on this.' I don't think anyone finds that interesting. I don't think that illuminates anyone."
Other iReporters, like Earl Mann, Jr. of Maryland, believe that the national political discourse suffers for only having two major parties represented on the national stage. Mann says that a viable third party movement would not only challenge the Republicans and Democrats in the 2012 election, but that it could be wildly successful in doing so.
"With three parties, every proposal must take in consideration of support from one of the other two parties to pass," he said. "It builds into the process the need to compromise."
If you're ready to join in spirited discussion with one of the smartest political communities around, then look no further: The great debate awaits on iReport.
The republicrats and the demicans are two sides of the same coin. The real power lies in the federal reserve, the banking cartels, and a handful of trans-national corporations. Look who the major donors are to all the candidates besides Ron Paul(The media has done it's best to silence him and his ideas). Get out and look for truth. You won't find it on CNN or Fox. I suggest the ideas of Deek Jackson. Reject the current system and always vote third party!
Ron Paul is 80% common sense but 20% crazy as hell
Captaintrav: A lot of people voting third party this year is the only way the Republican/tea partiers can take power and drag this country back to the 40's and 50's. Stand up for human rights including women's reproductive rights, and taking care of our nations many problems rather than sabotaging Obama and the Democrats' efforts to solve those problems just so you can "make Obama a one-term president" - Republican Senate Minority leader - Mitch McConnell.
The gop is a MESS. Not one of these actors can do the job. Each one serves his OWN purpose rather than the direct needs of this country. Paul wants to dismanle the government, not improve and streamline it. Newt wants a COLONY ON THE MOON (while this world convulses in economic and political turmoil). Mitt simply will NEVER understand the average Americans life due to his Golden Spoon upbringing. Mitts lack of COMMON SENSE killed his dog when he strapped the dog onto his car roof then drove hundreds of miles. Santorum is stuck in 1948, and actually believes what he says. Ricky is the MOST dangerous of the lot.
the 7 mental dwarfs are down to 4. I do agree about not voting 3rd party this time because of the idiots in the
TEA PARTY. They are a real group of mental midgets.