Saturday, November 5, 2011

Reactions to the Cain/Gingrich debate

Who won the Cain-Gingrich debate? - HotAir
The debate didn’t really use a Lincoln-Douglas model, and we ended up hearing from the moderators far too much, but both Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich delivered on their promise to give America a substantive debate on the biggest issues of this cycle. For 90 minutes, the two men discussed entitlement reform and associated issues, and even if the two only rarely disagreed, the format allowed for lengthy responses, nuanced proposals — and plenty of opportunity to hit Barack Obama’s performance as President....

Mostly, I think the voters won this debate. We finally had 90 minutes of substantive discussion of the real issues in entitlement reform, offered in positive terms from two of the men who want to lead this country. With media “moderators” out of the way, we put aside slogans and soundbites and the sniping that broadcast outlets love to provoke to write stories on the fluff rather than the issues.

This could set a standard for debates in the future, but only if Republican voters demand to see the other candidates in similar forum models.
Gingrich Wins Newt-Newt ‘Lincoln-Douglas’ Debate (and Tweet of the Night) - Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion

Cain And Gingrich Conduct Actual Debate: Mitt Romney Hardest Hit - The Other McCain