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January 26th, 2012
04:05 PM ET

The most important debate?

Ahead of Thursday's debate in Jacksonville, political blogger Nate Silver joins Brooke to discuss the GOP race.  Silver explains why he thinks this debate could be the most important of the entire campaign.

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  1. David Thelen

    Perhaps we should work backwards to solve our US economic, full employment Rubik’s cube.
    1) full employment = Balanced budget.
    2) full housing market recovery = full employment.
    3) reduce per-capita credit cards debt + student loans debt = full housing market recovery.
    4) reduce regressive taxes (gas,sales,payroll) = reduce per-capita credit cards debt.
    5) reduce college tuition = reduce student loans debt.
    Do these Rubik’s cube steps create a full employment, US economic recovery? You be the judge.
    Florida has high sales and gas taxes. Since everything you buy, like groceries, are trucked in. These diesel fuel taxes are added in. Have you noticed grocery prices lately! People are simply paying for necessities with their credit cards.
    Mr. Gingrich has mentioned that full employment will result in a balanced budget that happened in the 1990s. Full employment will mean fewer people collecting food stamps, welfare, energy assistance, etc. Plus it will mean more revenues collected from payroll taxes, federal income taxes, etc. Just google the unemployment rate vs balanced budgets that happened in the 1990s…
    We must revisit how regressive taxes are having on our economy. Then make the required changes from this study.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  2. karla Taylor

    I hope somebody will get this. The only reason Gingrich said he might not debate any more if the audience doesn't participate is because when he says something he wants the audience to applause, because he thinks everything that comes out of his mouth is brilliant. He is such an arrogant scum bag. Too bad there are so many stupid people who are taken in by him.

    January 26, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
  3. Tim Slater

    It is obvious that Newt Gingrich was the ONLY candidate LISTENING to local issues that also affect the nation but CNN did not even pick up on it. Local issues such as the port may need to be deepened. A nuclear carrier group to Mayport so that we do not have a potential Pearl Harbor in Virginia. Ideas to reinvigorate the Space Coast rather than lose our talented engineers to other countries.
    Other candidates chose to avoid new ideas or say they "would fire" someone for bringing them up. I respect Speaker Gingrich for having the courage to start the discussion. Those are ideas that I want to hear about. Conversely a five year old can say CUT CUT CUT.
    CNN coverage would rather talk about obsolete issues as if they were influenced by the Romney money chest. I am very disappointed and will be tuning into a different channel.

    January 27, 2012 at 9:04 am |
  4. Tamara

    In watching the clips from last night's debate I'm upset at the continual running of Newt's attack on Romney's "shares" in Fannie Mae. You play it over and over again, which indicates to the public it's true. You don't play Romney's reply which explains to people that Newt's financial portfolio contains similar investments. I am a liberal Democrat and won't be voting for any of these guys. But, I do expect the news source that I follow most to be balanced in their reporting. Focus on the issues that concern the public, please? And balance your bytes, please? The last two debates you've hosted have not revealed as much about the candidates as it has about the press. And you aren't looking so good just now.

    January 27, 2012 at 10:16 am |
  5. clemen

    I can't believe America allows a presidential canidate to make racist comments during a debate. Gingrich should be automatically disqualified from running for any political office because he makes racist comments abouts blacks in every debate. Thursday he mentioned black kids should clean toilets to make money. I can't believe any christian person would stand behind this man....Hell will be filled with a lot of racist people, I can tell you that much.

    January 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm |

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