We’ll post the debate here in it’s entirety as soon as it’s available.
It was held at Oakland University in Michigan and moderators Maria Bartiromo and John Harwood (CNBC) were joined by Sharon Epperson, Steve Liesman, Rick Santelli, and Jim Cramer.
Participants: Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum
Before this debate started, Jim Cramer and CNBC decided to focus on two companies, General Motors and Domino’s Pizza. I’m guessing these choices were very deliberate. They chose General Motors because of Mitt’s criticism of the auto bailout that the democrats have tried to twist into a way to attack Mitt Romney. I’m sure Mitt welcomes any questions about the auto bailout because it gives him a chance to tell the voters the truth about his position and most will ultimately realize Mitt was right all along. Domino’s is a company that Mitt Romney and Bain Capital bought several years ago. This gives Mitt a fantastic chance to talk about how he and Bain helped Domino’s grow so much and how that experience will aid him in his mission to grow the U.S. economy. That, combined with Michigan being the state of Mitt’s birth and the state that Mitt’s father George Romney was a popular governor of for three terms, gives Mitt quite the home field advantage. CNBC is reporting that the students seem to be behind Mitt more than any other candidate.
UPDATE: An on-sight poll of students there at Oakland University gave Mitt the victory with 40% of the vote!
* Mitt Romney: Steady, steady, steady. The former Massachusetts governor was on friendly territory tonight with an economic-themed debate set in the state where he was born. The crowd was very much on his side — cheering virtually anything he said. And Romney was on his game too; his answer on housing versus jobs was that of a confident frontrunner. Romney, again, looked like the person on stage most ready to carry the Republican standard next year against President Obama. Plus, the utter debate collapse of Texas Gov. Rick Perry — the only other candidate with a demonstrated ability to raise tens of millions of dollars — will likely push some on-the-fence major donors Romney’s way.
Full Debate added below the fold
UPDATE by Jayde
Statement from Saul Anuzis: ROMNEY WILL REBUILD MICHIGAN ECONOMY
Boston, MA – Michigan Republican National Committeeman Saul Anuzis made the following statement on tonight’s economic debate in Rochester, Michigan:
“Mitt Romney won tonight’s debate by laying out how he will help Michigan and the rest of the country return to economic prosperity. I know that rebuilding the economy in Michigan and across our country will not be easy. We face economic difficulties our country has not seen for decades. Mitt Romney has shown throughout his life that he can turn around difficult situations by using commonsense conservative principles. Michigan is personal to Governor Romney – it is where he was born and raised – and I know that he will work his hardest to rebuild the state’s economy and bring back jobs.”
Statement from Former NH Governor John Sununu: MITT ROMNEY WILL RESTORE COUNTRY’S FISCAL AND ECONOMIC HEALTH
Boston, MA – Former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu made the following statement on tonight’s economic debate in Rochester, Michigan:
“Mitt Romney was the winner of tonight’s debate because it was again clear that he is the only candidate who has the capability to turn around our economy. On both economic and fiscal policy, Mitt Romney is the only candidate with the conservative record and plan to go toe-to-toe with President Obama next year and win in November. Unlike our current president, Mitt Romney actually knows how the economy works and how businesses grow and hire. This understanding of the economy will be key to reversing three years of failures and rebuilding our economy.”
Final Update: joemich4mitt put together a great write-up of Mitt’s rally in Michigan the day after the debate.