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Full Video: Herman Cain Newt Gingrich Debate

Ed Morrisey summarizes:

The debate didn’t really use a Lincoln-Douglas model, and we ended up hearing from the moderators far too much, but both Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich delivered on their promise to give America a substantive debate on the biggest issues of this cycle. For 90 minutes, the two men discussed entitlement reform and associated issues, and even if the two only rarely disagreed, the format allowed for lengthy responses, nuanced proposals — and plenty of opportunity to hit Barack Obama’s performance as President.

Who won? It’s pretty clear that Gingrich had the better of this debate. He had better command of both the issues and the facts, offered plenty of corroborative studies and resources, and managed to make all of it accessible to the average voter. Cain did well at times, but twice had to ask Newt to handle questions first, which isn’t exactly a confidence builder. Cain seemed confused about the difference between defined-benefit and premium-support approaches on Medicare, getting confused between pension plans and health care later on the same point. While Cain discussed philosophical approaches to these issues confidently, Gingrich had actual data at the ready, and the difference was telling.


  1. An hour and a half debate on budgetary and entitlement reform without gotchya questions, snide comments or personal attacks. The press was banished and Gingrich and Cain were given as much time as they wished to discuss in detail their specific reforms. Both men ran with the format and gave the audience 90 minutes of substance – fearlessly taking on every Washington sacred cow. What a refreshing change!

    Cain and Gingrich would do themselves and the country a service by doing one of these debates each week at different Tea Party events around the country and speak directly to the people about ideas and substance concerning the full spectrum of policy.

  2. How about this:
    (trying not to scream in all-caps) IN 2011 YOU MAKE YOUR DAMN MICROPHONES WORK FFS!

    For some reason this seems to happen constantly in 2011, crappy audio, mics don’t work, grainy video.

    WOw.. WOW that is absolutely inexcusable. NO EXCUSE for that at all. SHAME on them

  3. Beautiful!!!! Educational!!!!! Enlightening!!!!

    I Just wish this is easy to be forwarded to an e-mail so it will be sent out to a lot of people.

    Thank you.

  4. Throw the MONEY CHANGERS out of our temples ( house and senate). Return this country to the people. Support HERMAN CAIN and THE FAIR TAX.
    I like Neut as VP, but believe that Mr CAIN will be the best for this country.
    Neut is part of the old establishment and still wants lobbies and political action comities around passing out money to SECOND CLASS LAWMAKERS who pass BAD LAWS.

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