CNN Republican Debate First Half October 22, 2011
We did a google-search for the live feed and find it on live.CNN.com
Wolf Blitzer walks in at 4:46pmPT and greets the audience, preps them.
"Just now it is just us, in this beautiful DAR Constitution Hall, Daughter of American Revolution."
"We are live from Washington DC, for the Republican foreign policy debate", Wolf; followed by a montage of video of presidents in war events, including Obama, Carter, Bush Sr, and Reagan, "Tear down this wall".
Video introducing, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman, Rick Santorum; with their foreign affairs credibilities.
To applause, Wolf takes over in the large hall, camera panning the upper deck, including Callista Gingrich on the balcony front row. Some of Heritage Foundation will question them. Contenders walk in to applause, walking past Wolf and saying: Jon Huntsman, "Thank you"; Michele Bachmann, "Good to see you, Wolf"; Newt Gingrich"(nod)"; Herman Cain "Love you", Mitt Romney, "Hello"; Rick Perry, "All right"; Ron Paul, "(nod)"; Rick Santorum "(thumbs up)".
A young man sings the national anthem, pretty good, could have been better.
The podium seems low in front of every candidate, and Mitt Romney is writing rapidly. Self-introductions: Rick Santorum, foreign policy is #1, Obama bad; Ron Paul; Rick Perry introduced Anita Perry, we are here ask for your vote; Mitt Romney, yes, Mitt is my first name. I'll use every ounce of my being to keep America safe (only applause so far); Newt Gingrich, Father spent 20 years in infantry, worked with Heritage over 30 years. Survival of United States (applause); Michele Bachmann, my Father served in the Air Force, I served on Armed Forces Committee, We love our youth and we want to get you home as soon as we can ((most applause); Jon Huntsman also introduces his wife and tells of living overseas.
Ed Meese asks, "At least 42 terrorist attacks have been thwarted since 9/11; should we not give law enforcement tools like Patriot Act."
Newt Gingrich: Desperately recognize the difference between law enforcement and war combatants. Build an honest understanding we are all in danger. To be clear, strengthen the Patriot Act. The Gov't should have many more tools to save our lives.
Ron Paul: The Patriot Act is unpatriotic. Look at Timothy McVeigh. Our Founders were clear: don't sacrifice liberty in the future for security today. You can have safety without losing personal freedom.
Newt Gingrich: Timothy McVeigh succeeded. (pause to let it sink in.) Etc.
Michele Bachmann: I'm with the American people and the Commander-in-Chief. Technology is completely different. Phones are not wired into walls. Barack Obama has turned over interrogation to the ACLU. The underwear bomber was given Miranda Rights 45 minutes later.
Jon Huntsman: Be very careful protecting personal liberties, not like China. We are a nation of values. Find balance. We cannot secure the homeland out of DC. We partner with states and local governments.
New question: TSA pat-downs.
Romney: We can get better over time; technology, and people of low risk. Coming back, Newt Gingrich was right. There are those accused to crime and those coming at us in war. When war is waged domestically, defend ourselves against treason. [Applause}
Rick Perry: With TSA, privatize and get rid of those unions. I agree with most here on the Patriot Act. We also need to collect intelligence around the world. This Adm has failed.
Santorum: We should be like Israel and find the bomber, not just the bomb.
[Ron Paul weighs in with 'nuttiness'.]
Herman Cain on religious profiling: We can do better with TSA, targeted identification. Privatization. We can refine Patriot Act and not throw out the baby with the bath water. We should identify and kill them first.
Wolf continues to probe about patting down the Muslims.
Herman Cain: Let's ask the professionals; they can figure it out.
[Appears very relaxed, after calling Wolf, "Blitz". Blitz calls him 'Cain'.] Laughter.
Huntsman: We need a coherent policy and leadership. Etc. [Talks about Pakistan and a few other nations.] We don't need 100,000 troops in Afghanistan.
Bachmann: They are a terrorist training ground, an unstable nation. 15 nuclear sites are 'penatratable'. Chinese influence them. A nation that lies doesn't need our $$. They do share al Qaeda information, but we need to demand more. It is ultimately about helping USA. Obama's policy of 'keeping our fingers crossed' isn't the best policy.
Perry: Do not send them a penny. Engage with companies, rather than writing a blank check. Make them prove themselves.
Bachmann: With due respect, highly naïve. Weapons could come to NYC, we need a presence.
Perry: Absolutely, I never said to not have a presence. Just no $$. China is there, create a trade zone. Work with all nations there.
Bachmann inserts her leadership to quickly say, "We are not just sending blank checks, but also material."
Is money well spent?
Romney: We can't just write off Pakistan, 1/6 of the region. [Details] We need a handoff in Afghanistan.
[Huntsman, of course, disagrees and says we have killed UBL, etc.] Camera goes to Romney who is looking down at his notes. "We should leave tomorrow"; "Did you hear what I just said." Mitt looks to Wolf and talks about the plan of commanders on the ground. "Do not put at peril the great sacrifice." [Huntsman is not looking presidential even though he has some points.] [[Romney has the last wise word and points out the mistake Huntsman makes.]]
Newt Gingrich seems the adult in the room. This is the heart of the American dilemma. We were told that killing UBL drove world opinion to a new low. Well, it should have. Put the military in charge for real to get it done. Get out of the way and we will kill people you were not willing to go after.
Rick Santorum: I agree with Ron Paul [gasps] Tell them, and get out.
[Camera goes to Newt Gingrich who is giving him the grim look.]
Break, with Wolf Blitzer inviting us to send a question via CNN.com
Facebook or Twitter, even though we all know every question is pre-scripted.
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