The debate will air in just a few minutes (4pm EST) on CNBC and will run for two hours. As previously mentioned, this is Fred Thompson‘s first debate. If you don’t get CNBC or can’t get to a TV, you can view it online live at CNBC or Click on Detroit.
“Your Money Your Vote” will be reaired later tonight on MSNBC.
Update: 45 minutes in and Fred Thompson is still awake! He’s beating the expectations so far!
Update 2: 1 hour 20 minutes in and Fred Thompson is still awake! He did get the first question after the break, so maybe he was getting a little groggy. And he mentioned something about eating one’s seed corn or something. This is getting really exciting. The debate goes on.
Update 3: Apparently CNBC/WSJ are going to give it to McCain for the win. They liked his joke about wanting 0% interest rates. Fiscal conservatives always like a good belly laugh.
Update 4: Read on for my objective impressions of the candidates and the debate. You won’t want to miss it!
Psycheout’s Objective and Impartial Debate Review
Brownback was soft spoken but right on target as always. Although it’s impossible to disagree him on the issue, people seem to have a hard time getting excited about him. And it doesn’t help that the media does its best to ignore him. The media prefers to focus on the phony conservatives. I wonder why? Sam’s not a flashy celebrity and he doesn’t do magic tricks. Oh well, Presidenting isn’t show business, but campaigning is.
Brownback and Biden are the only politicians actually trying to find a political solution for Iraq before Jan 2009. They’re holding a bipartisan summit on the three state solution on Friday and were supported by the Senate 75-23 as well as by the Iraqi President. I salute them for that. All Americans should.
Hunter sounded good, he’s a shoe-in for Sec Def. He’s a great social conservative, but his strength lies in military and defense issues.
Huckabee sounded all right, when he wasn’t trying to act macho (out of character for Huck), but he is a tax and spend liberal on fiscal policy. So no good.
Tancredo sounded like he’s about to bow out. Illegals, illegals, illegals. If he were half as interested in other issues he might be a decent candidate. But he isn’t so he’s not. He’s going to run for his congressional seat again. You can count on it.
Thompson was completely boring and disappointing. The moderators kept going to him first after a break to keep him from falling asleep. They really kissed his backside at the end, too. Sickening. Aw shucks, Fred, go back to lobbying and acting, please. Mittens had a good prepared barb for Fred!, but it was so phoney. Yuck.
Romney was slick and slippery and really creeped me out. A Republican version of Bill Clinton aka Slick Willie. I wouldn’t trust Willard as far as I could throw him. It’s really sad that Republicans fall for his act. He’s stood on every side of every issue. I could never vote for Mittens.
Giuliani, what a conceited boor. I can’t stand the guy. He’s a pro-abort, gun grabbing authoritarian who can’t be trusted with Supreme Court nominations. But he’s somehow “electable” according to CW. Bzzzzt. No way, Rudy.
McCain didn’t seem overly angry and cranky and actually sounded pretty reasonable for a washed up politician. CNBC seemed to declare him the winner. Bully for him. Next.
Ron Paul (Doctor No) sounded like a crazy person again. Hey, that’s because he is! I’m always waiting for him to say “Who am I? Why am I here?” He’s good on domestic policy, but his naive isolationist foreign policy positions are completely nuts and would endanger our country if implemented. And his truther and white power fanbase is omega annoying. Naturally his online fanboys spammed the poll. Ron Paul with 75%? For that performance? Don’t make me laugh.
John Cox…glad he wasn’t there.
Chris Matthews was surprisingly restrained. They should keep him on that medication for his Softball show on MSDNC.
Actually one of the more interesting questions posed to the candidates was if they would support the GOP nominee whoever it was.
Ron Paul and Tom Tancredo basically said no, if their values weren’t represented (implication: nay on Giuliani and Romney). They said what a lot of social conservatives are thinking and believe me, they will sit it out if the nominee is not pro-life.
Romney and Giuliani basically answered “Yes (because it’s going to be me, heh heh).” Jerks.