Presidential Debate #2: Crowley Butts In, Backs Off, Luntz Focus Group Liked Romney

Taking a cue from the Biden playbook, Barack Obama pulls a face and acts like he’s going to spring from his chair as Mitt Romney makes a point at the presidential debate held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY on Oct 16, 2012. (photographer unknown)

The presidential debate action at Hempstead, New York, is in the can…

There were tense moments.

Pundits and politicians will be talking for days about the ‘terrorism’ Libya moment – the one where Obama water carrier moderator Candy CNN Crowley interrupted Mitt Romney to side with Obama by injecting her jaw-dropping version of fact-checker. Cutting off the Governor, she sided with the President on remarks he claimed he made in the Rose Garden the day after the attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Obama said he labeled the attacks as “terror” right away. After the Crowley butt-in, Obama then called from way back on his stool for Crowley to repeat her “fact” louder. Turns out, Obama and Crowley have nothing to crow about:

Democratic strategist Joe Trippi later said on FOX News that it looked like “the ref just threw the flag.”

After the debate, Crowley, who repeatedly cut Romney off, and when all was said and done, bequeathed Obama with 3 minutes and 14 seconds more speaking time than the Governor, tried to back off. She conceded that Romney was “right in the main.”

There’s so much I want to say about Ms. Crowley’s moderating, but I’ll constrain myself and just say she made a disgusting hash of it.

Someone else agrees with me:


After the debate, Frank Luntz (FOX News) conducted a focus group in Nevada of mostly former Obama voters. Romney impressed them. Here is Part 1:


Luntz began the discussion by asking participants for a word or phrase to describe Romney’s performance:

Forceful, presidential.”

Confident and realistic.”

Presidential.”

Presidential and enthusiastic.”

Our next president.”

Dynamo! Winner.”

Knowledgeable and sincere.”

Steady and articulate.”

Part 2 may be viewed here.

The 82 voters in the town hall setting were chosen by Gallup and Candy Crowley selected the questions. Romney walked into a stacked game but didn’t back down. Voters saw him as someone with strength, leadership, and a common-sense plan to move America forward. Obama was aggressive, pulled a few Biden-style faces, did a lot of bluffing, and threw in some blaming. He offered NO plan.

No wonder Independent swing-voters like Mitt Romney.

If you missed the fireworks, click here to watch the entire debate.

Sununu: Santorum, Gingrich “Grasping at Straws & Toys” – Sen. DeMint “Excited About Romney”

One of our favorite Romney guys, Former NH Governor John Sununu, spoke this morning to FOX News’ Martha MacCallum (America’s Newsroom). With the Santorum/Gingrich led media hoopla surrounding a Romney aide’s comment about Etch-a-Sketch, Sununu pulled no punches:


“Mitt Romney is talking about creating jobs and Santorum is waving kiddie toys in the air. It’s from the sublime to the ridiculous. ~ Fmr NH Gov John Sununu

We’ve now reached the silly stage of primary politics… With the gravity of the domestic and foreign threats America is facing, images of foolhardy Santorum and Gingrich pinching and twisting plastic toy knobs on the campaign trail, hoping to etch and sketch enough favor to hang on for another day, is pitiable.

Matt Benyon (Team Santorum) felt no shame putting this photo out for the world to see. March 22, 2012

Romney’s reaction to Etch-a-Sketch flap:






Regardless of frivolous and foolish antics from Romney’s opposition, conservative Senator and Tea Party leader Jim DeMint released a buzz-worthy memo today. Penning lines that are very easy to read between, Demint says it’s time for the GOP to make a decision… to go with Romney:

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. Jim DeMint, the South Carolina Republican and tea party favorite, said Thursday he was ‘excited’ about the possibility of Mitt Romney becoming the GOP presidential nominee.
[...]
“I can tell conservatives from my perspective is that, I’m not only comfortable with Romney, I’m excited about the possibility of him possibly being our nominee,” DeMint said. “Again, this is not a formal endorsement and I do not intend to do that right now but I just think we just need to look at where we are.”

DeMint’s comments came the same day Romney met with influential Republicans on Capitol Hill, including House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan. Like DeMint, Ryan has not publicly backed a candidate in the GOP race, but is considered a prized endorsement for the White House.

DeMint was impressed with Romney:

“His leadership skills, the fact that he hasn’t lived his life in Washington. There’s a lot to like there,” DeMint said.
[...]
“I don’t have any immediate plans to do an endorsement but I think we all need to look at this presidential primary and encourage the candidates to do a little self-reflection here — what’s good for our country,” he said. “The sooner we can make a decision, I think the sooner we can focus on the real problem which is Obama.”

(emphasis added) Read complete article here.

DeMint’s voice joins a growing chorus; Jeb Bush endorsed Romney yesterday, Frank Luntz, Dick Morris, Henry Barbour, Bob Dole, and Donald Trump say Romney is the one. Freedom Works says it will no longer oppose The Gov. Even Ed Rollins, former Bachmann/Huckabee campaign manager, says he’s grown bored with this drawn-out nomination process and it’s time to get in the huddle with with Mitt.

I wholeheartedly agree.

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Who Won the Fox News Google Republican Party of Florida Debate? FULL DEBATE VIDEO ADDED

Rick Perry tried to go after Mitt a few times, and I can’t wait to see the fact-checkers tare Gov. Perry’s baseless attacks apart. In fact, the first fact-check is in. As most of us knew, Rick Perry’s accusation that Mitt changed his position between the hardcover and paperback of “No Apology” has also been ruled “Mostly false” by Politifact. For a front-runner, Rick Perry sure does seem to be grasping at straws. If anyone would’ve asked Rick Perry which page he was talking about, he would’ve had nothing to say because he made up the attack he said. I loved it when Mitt said “Nice try” to Gov. Perry after one of this ridiculous attacks. I also have to give Sen. Santorum credit for pointing out how moderate/liberal Gov. Perry is on Immigration. It’s amazing that Gov. Perry is considered so conservative. He’s almost anarchist on some issues and very liberal on others. Our friends over at Evangelicals for Mitt ask “Why do People Think Perry is More Conservative than Mitt?” I’ll take Mitt Romney as the full spectrum conservative any day.

The Fix says “Romney is, without question, the best debater in this GOP field and this may well have been his best showing to date.” Next, Mitt is the only candidate to receive an A grade at The Page. I also like most of the analysis in the article titled “Perry Comes Out Swinging, Knocks Himself Out“. Race42012 has a post titled “Romney’s Very Good Night Or, The Night Rick Perry Lost the Nomination” that is worth a read.

Frank Luntz focus group picks Mitt Romney as the clear winner!

Saturday Night Live makes the obvious even more clear. Mitt Romney is the only choice for our next President. SNL has satirized President Obama now as well because he’s a failed leader. Watch the skit here for a chuckle.


The entire video of the debate:

MittRomney.com has put some video clips of debate highlights together and we’ve posted them after the fold as well. (more…)

Presidential Debate in Iowa: Glowing Reviews for Romney

Mitt Romney and Senator Chuck Grassley don aprons and man the grills at the infamous 'pork tent' at the Iowa State Fair. August 11, 2011

After eight GOP hopefuls spent two hours of their evening debating in Iowa last night, doing their best to impress voters, the day after reviews are bringing high praise for Mitt Romney.

In a post-debate interview last night, political pollster Frank Luntz said Newt Gingrich “won the battle’ but “Mitt Romney won the war.” Stating that Romney was ‘presidential’, Luntz also pointed out that Governor Romney’s specific ideas on the economy are exactly what voters want to hear.

John Gibson (former FOX News TV host, now FOX News radio host) proclaimed today “Admit it’s Mitt!”

Dick Morris tweeted last night that Gov Romney has a Reaganesque communciation style.

When asked about the debate this afternoon, moderator Chris Wallace (FOX News) replied that Mitt Romney entered the debate as the frontrunner and left the debate as the frontrunner.

Rush Limbaugh weighed in as evidenced in this re-tweet from Byron York (FOX News contributor/debate panelist):

Limbaugh: “There’s no doubt Romney won.”less than a minute ago via HootSuite Favorite Retweet Reply


From MittRomney.com

Mitt was honored to share the stage with his fellow Republicans to debate the issues that are important to the people of Iowa and all Americans.

Mitt clearly won the debate by remaining focused on his message of creating jobs and getting the economy back on track by reversing President Obama’s failed economic policies. His strong record of creating jobs in the private sector, and when he was Governor, makes him the best candidate to defeat President Obama and lead the country toward an economic recovery.



Iowa State Representative Renee Schulte offers her opinion on the Iowa GOP debate:

Tweet from Mitt this morning:

Thanks @ReneeSchulte for the video sharing your thoughts from last night’s debate http://t.co/FXGHShzless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply


Note: Unsurprisingly, prior to the debate last night, Democrats were poised to let the poison arrows fly. The GOP called them out and made an inferred reference to the Obama Scheme Team’s plan:

RNC Spokesperson Kirsten Kukowski tells Fox, “While the headlines scream about Obama’s failed economy, it’s no wonder Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the Democrats are desperately trying to change the conversation. The same president and party that prided themselves on changing the tone in politics are now resorting to negative attacks against Republicans because they don’t have any accomplishments of their own to tout. Just ask Team Obama – they laid out their negative attack strategy just this week.”

(italics added)

Schultz (D-FL), National Democrat Party Chair, rushed to the Iowa State Fair today (first time attending) to promote Obama’s liberal agenda. While stumping, she specifically mentioned Mitt and called on Iowans to reject the notion that Mitt Romney mentioned on ‘this very same stage’ – that corporations are people.

Schultz should spend a few moments watching this.

Glenn Beck cheered The Gov on his radio program this morning for the way he handled the liberal hecklers at the fair yesterday. Neil Cavuto gave kudos to Romney yesterday. They both voiced high praise for Romney’s remarks on social security tax caps, the manner in which successful Americans are vilified, and corporations.

UPDATE – More from Rush Limbaugh (H/t Frank)


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Luntz and Hannity Do Large ‘Focus Group’ on 2012 Prospects

frank luntz focus groupsLog this away in the interesting-but-not-scientific file…

On Wednesday Frank Luntz joined Sean Hannity for his show in Atlanta. Luntz asked the audience of several hundred people to cheer when he said the name of the person that they would want for the GOP 2012 nomination. The “voting” is done in the first two minutes of this video. Some of the crowd responses were very interesting to me…

Who received the loudest cheers?

Who under performed?

Who’s name was almost left off the list completely? :)

~Nate G.