Who Won the Nevada CNN Debate?

Check back soon for highlights of the debate, debate reaction, and the debate in it’s entirety once it’s available.

I don’t know if the candidates, CNN, or simply not having Jon Huntsman on stage contributed to the overall improved quality of the debate or maybe a mixture of the three. Whatever it was, this was the most intellectually stimulating debate of the year so far. Every time I leaned over to talk to someone watching the debate, I had to stop because the candidates were talking about another interesting issue. There a too many memorable moments in the debate to point all of them out, but I would like to highlight the ways in which Herman Cain defended his 9-9-9 plan and the way Gov. Romney defended his record as Governor of Massachusetts. Both candidates were hit several times, but Gov. Romney clearly persuaded the majority of the crowd by the end of the debate while Herman Cain seemed to lose a little momentum. I can’t wait to see how the polls look after this debate.

Also, just like last time Perry went on the attack, I can’t wait for the fact-checkers to expose the lies Perry keeps trying to shove down our throats.

Who do you think won the debate?

Having one less candidate on stage was interesting. Any chance we won’t see Jon Huntsman in any more debates or do you think his little boycott ploy will actually help him?

Las Vegas Republican debate: Winners and losers

Update by Jayde – The Corner (National Review Online)
By Seth Leibsohn
Oct 18, 2011

To use his own colloquialism, there is no question but that Mitt Romney won this debate. And he showed something new as well — serious chops in quick sparring and debating skill one on one. He was quick and effective against Herman Cain on the state-tax issue, Rick Perry on several issues (most effectively, at the end, judging someone on their past), and Newt Gingrich on the issue of the health-care mandate’s origins. It was a stellar performance. I am yet to be convinced he’s the inevitable nominee but one cannot gainsay his debating skills, especially compared with the others.

Rick Perry did not overcome his debating-skills deficit. He came out of the box in his opening statement with a negative jab that seemed wrong for the moment and went downhill from there. One simply cannot look uninterested at best and throw jabs that don’t land at worst, especially when it is clear the strategy is to debate (and campaign) negatively.

Press ReleaseFormer New Hampshire Governor and U.S. Senator Judd Gregg on tonight’s debate in Las Vegas:

“Mitt Romney showed again tonight why he is Republicans’ best candidate to defeat President Obama and turn around our failing economy. Whether it is his economic know-how or plan to create jobs, Mitt Romney stands head-and-shoulders above the rest of the field. In November 2012, Republicans will need a candidate with the record, vision, and capability to go up against President Obama – Mitt Romney displayed that once again tonight.”

Press ReleasePinal County (Ariz.) Sheriff Paul Babeu on tonight’s debate:
Romney Will Secure The Border

“Mitt Romney was the clear winner of tonight’s debate because he again showed that he is the only candidate committed to implementing policies that will secure our border. While some candidates support the magnets that draw illegal immigrants into our country, Mitt Romney will put a stop to incentives for illegal immigrants to cross our border. Governor Romney stands with all of us who believe that we can and must secure our border — that’s why I’m proud to stand with him and support him as our next president.”

CNN/WRLC Republican Presidential Debate (FULL VIDEO 10-18-11)

UPDATE: GOP12 gives Mitt the highest grade of the night as well!

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23 Responses to Who Won the Nevada CNN Debate?

  1. Opie says:

    Ron Paul is like the mule in the Kentucky derby — so far behind he thinks he is winning.

  2. Lena Kins says:

    I am rooting for Romney. I hope Cain will be the VP. Man-a -live these 2 could put this country in the right direction. I was hopeful for Romney/Palin, but she opt out. I would even be happy to see Romney/Trump. I think Obama should start packing his belongings at the WH, because Cain will get the votes that Obama got in 2008.

  3. Abc123 says:

    Great performance mitt even under pressure from your opponents.

  4. Marilyn says:

    I also think that Herman Cain would make an excellent VP. The two Rick’s came off as total p-ricks and/or pit bulls, very distasteful and unappealing. What did they think this debate was? A radio talk show confrontation occasion? Total turn off.

  5. Melissa hausam says:

    Personally, all the so called “front runners” in tonight’s debate were combative, and boastful without merit, and did not add one new topic that makes me see ANY positive chang in 2012!
    The only one that had a real plan for change was Dr. Ron Paul, who got very little debate time, and is basically treated like he is invisible to this race!

    Don’t trust Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan! See that as more government taking more money, and that is a terrible slippery slope and a terrible added tax burden on “taxpayers”! So, again, the illegals who have jobs, don’t pay taxes, will once again, have a much larger incentive to flee to this country and keep Americans out of work.

    Listen up people! Less Government controlling us,
    Ron Paul is the only one!

  6. Marilyn says:

    RE: From talkingpointsmemo
    Mitt Romney finally makes a (potentially big) gaffe

    Romney’s been unflappable up until now and he turned in a mostly solid performance on Tuesday. But he also showed for the first time that he can be forced off his game with enough pressure. Under attack from Perry over reports that he used a landscaping service that employed undocumented workers, Romney let slip a phrase that will likely come back to haunt him. “We went to the company and we said, look, you can’t have any illegals working on our property,” Romney said. “I’m running for office, for Pete’s sake, we can’t have illegals.”

    I have absolutely no problem with this. I find it to be refreshingly honest and forthright, like when Reagan said, “Hey, I’m paying for this mic”.

    How is it “not principled” to care about appearances and to care about one’s future prospects? It’s pragmatic and it’s principled and it actually shows integrity.

  7. Marilyn says:

    From American Thinker
    RE: My problem is that for all Romney’s admirable qualities, the president must be a visionary, not just a picker-upper. He sets the course of the country and points it in a certain direction. Running for president, Barack Obama proclaimed his intention of radically transforming America. He has gone a long way toward keeping his promise and done a lot of damage. He has steered the country onto the road to socialist hell, and if his “accomplishments” are not undone, America will find itself in mortal peril.

    Actually, he does have the “vision thing”. He has it went he speaks about China and when he speaks about not decreasing our military spending. Mitt Romney is going to make a great president.

  8. abm says:


    Opie, I assume you are an intelligent person and are just making a joke. If you are paying attention. you will find that Ron Paul polls consistently in the the top 3 or 4 of the candidates after each debate, he even wins some of them. He is not as far behind as the MSM will lead you to believe. Ask yourself why he is being treated in this manner by the MSM and you will become a critical thinker and many things will be revealed to you…..

  9. Teri Jordan says:

    I am so tired of you and Rick Perry bickering during the debates…….this is not how we are going to get rid of Obama…..If you two don’t stop….. I will not vote for either one of you. You sound like school yard bullies.

  10. D.Ferreira says:

    More of the same crap…
    First of all, Perry is owned by the banks.
    Second, Cain is a firm believer in the Federal Reserve.
    They are both part of the problem.
    If you think, for one second, they are in this race for the people you’re sorely mistaken.
    Read his books, listen to his message, look at his voting record. You’ll think Romney is the best candidate after that.

  11. Marilyn says:

    From The Weekly Standard by Jeffrey H Anderson

    What I want to know is this, why are these people ok to call Romney a liar when they are lying about him being a liar? Here is what Mr. Anderson had to say:

    “Both in Massachusetts and under Obamacare, however, essentially everyone — not just 7 or 10 percent of residents — is forced to buy government-approved health insurance under penalty of law. Moreover, those who already have insurance risk losing their preexisting insurance, face the certain prospect of losing some of their liberty as the government takes over an increased portion of their lives, and have to contend with even faster rising health costs — which we have seen in Massachusetts and which the Medicare chief actuary predicts we’ll see under Obamacare.”

  12. Bernice says:

    Romney just keeps on keeping on and I think he will do that as President. Would like to see Herman Cain as VP with Romney. What goes on in Massachusetts is up to the people in Massachusetts, but not necessarily right for the rest of the nation. States have rights apart from the nation. It’s just a no brainer! In Iowa, every child who lives under the poverty line gets medical care. Iowans have decided that we want that for our Iowa children and can afford it. It may not be right for another state! Romney is my choice. He is clear thinking, knows what he is talking about, and has had the experience to turn our nation around. We just need to get rid of Obama and his socialistic thinking. Even my friends who voted for Obama don’t want him in again. My response to them when they complain is the classic Herman Cain line: “How’s that going for you?” They don’t like it but they know it’s true!

  13. Seiko Tanner says:

    Ryan! Everything you said here doesn’t make sense to us! Getting donations is not clime and Ran Paul is getting the money also so this is not something we need to debate and Ron Paul is Not Republicans then why he is in the Republican party? He is out and his supporter are very weird and strange !! They came to our Church in the last campaign in 2008 and put the CD or DVD to put down other candidate !! YES, they trespassed into our private church and put all the flyers on our cars while we are having a meeting! Watch Ron Paul weird followers !
    Ryan, why don’t you discuss about what Ron Paul does instead of where all the money will come from!? Wasted time!! Ron Paul is lefty !! Get out on our way!!

  14. Ryan says:

    Seiko… First of all Ron Paul is a republican. He grew up in a republican household and has been one his whole life. A “libertarian” is a major part of republican school of thought. Second calling Ron Paul lefty is just so far from the truth. He consistently votes for smaller gov’t.. that statement simply holds no water.

    Most importantly: The report I read said that Mitt received 7.4 million from Wall street businesses. The report also said Ron Paul received 288,000. There is no comparison. Rick Perry raised roughly 22 million with 22,000 donors. Ron Paul raised 8 million with 100,000 donors!!!

    That should say a lot!

  15. Ryan says:

    Also I got 8 likes so obviously some people think what I’m saying makes sense.

  16. cappy says:

    obama is americas GRAVEDIGGER he has buried us in debt and unemplooyment!

  17. Jim Tills says:

    Mitt Romney is so clear and correct in his comments as to what the founders of our Nation intended regarding the religious faith of potential leaders that is becomes obvious where real bigotry exists. Introducing fundamental error or as stated “the Religion Question” into the National Debate is a serious flaw promulgated by the Perry Campaign and will undoubtedly backfire against him.

    Last night’s debate left no doubt as to Romney’s ability to answer the numerous attacks, petty as they really are, in a reasoned manner. While we can all realize that small things mean a lot, when contrasting his miniscule so-called faults against the huge issues facing us for which Romney is eminently qualified to handle, the attacks are infantile and superficial. It is my hope that the harrange and attention on the thin things of virtually no major importance leveled against him will not distract the great body of Americans from realizing he is the most competent and best qualified to confront the thick things of monumental importance our Nation is facing and will continue to face in the immediately near future.

  18. Ernie says:

    We the people, need someone who knows business and how corp. America works.
    I think Mitt is the man for the job. I like Bachman also because she’s focused on the
    issues and she’s very smart.
    The timing is right for Mitt. He’s the strongest the GOP has right now and he has the
    answers to turn things around.
    The GOP has to stop the childish crap in the debates, focus on the issues, and knock
    Chairman Mao Obama out of the White House before he sinks the whole country.

  19. Karla Stryker-Currier says:

    Romney president, Cain Vice-President. Great Ticket.

  20. stan says:

    I’m sorry but that was the poorest job of moderating by a professional. If Mitt didn’t have to be debater and referee at the same time he wouldn’t have any cons.

  21. cappy says:

    just remember how long it took the U.K. to recover from clement atlee in case you forgot maybe just google him.

  22. cappy says:

    @Karla Stryker-Currier
    yes yes yes cain romney romenycain win win for AMERICA !

  23. Bloodshy says:

    @Teri Jordan

    I understand the frustration, but get real about it. The first harsh attacks in any debate were Perry attacking Romney. The first attack ads by any Republican against a fellow Republican were Perry attack ads against Romney–and the Washington Post fact-checked them and found them full of lies. In this last debate Perry moved away from substance and stooped to name calling: “hypocrite,” “liar,” etc.

    Romney has kept it pretty clean. He’s strong and willing to hit back hard when he needs to, but he avoids personal insults and answers with substance. Rick Perry has been the entire cause of bickering and negativity in this nomination process. Being frustrated is understandable, but focus your annoyance at the appropriate source.