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article imageOp-Ed: A Debate Among Winners

By John Dewar Gleissner     Sep 7, 2011 in Politics
Simi Valley - The Republican debate on Sept. 7, 2011 displayed an astonishing degree of agreement among the candidates concerning the economic issues facing the United States.
Simi Valley, California -- The Republican debate on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 was a debate among winners. The pundits immediately afterwards wanted to belittle the performance, but in a way, the candidates collectively improved their status as national leaders. Only one will win the Republican nomination for president, of course, while another might receive the vice-presidential nominee. Although several of the candidates are already looking weaker in the upcoming primaries, a collegial spirit among the Republican candidates defied media attempts to create division and controversy. The candidates articulated an astonishing degree of agreement on the serious economic issues facing the country.
Rick Perry received more attention due to his frontrunner and newcomer status. Perry called Social Security a Ponzi scheme, which the pundits were quick to criticize, but the Ponzi-like aspects of Social Security justify derision in light of an astronomical national debt. Perry’s jab at Romney over job creation ended on a humorous note. Mitt Romney put in a nearly flawless performance – one Freudian slip excepted – and had very good responses to all of the predictable criticisms of his record. Romney looked organized and prepared by announcing his long list of solutions for getting the economy back on track. Michele Bachmann may not have reversed her slide, but her position as an enthusiastic and principled advocate for the religious right was undiminished. Herman Cain once again was the supreme straight-shooter, very refreshing in his direct and concise diagnosis of problems and solutions. Jon Huntsman was impressive as we learn more about him and his record in Utah, especially when he trumped Perry’s job creation record. Newt Gingrich defended the entire Republican fold by chastising a questioner for trying to create a division among the candidates. Rick Santorum will probably not get the nomination, but would make an excellent cabinet secretary or other high government official in Washington. Ron Paul stuck to his consistent libertarian principles, taking a jab at his Texas rival’s Republican credentials.
Each of the debaters proved their qualifications to serve at the national level, whether in the White House or Cabinet. The main differences among the candidates revolved around their previous records and how those records would sit with the Republican electorate. But few of those track records will tell against the nominee in the general election. The left-leaning media who critiqued the debate only wound up with a glorified rhetorical debate about what name to slap on Social Security funding problems – as if entitlement spending should never be called a bad name. The MSNBC pundits ignored the most prominent theme of the entire night: All of the candidates united in vociferous criticism of a weakened President Obama and his inability to move an economically struggling nation forward.
Don't be surprised to see Rick Perry and Mitt Romney on the same winning ticket and half of the Republican candidates at the recent debate in their Cabinet.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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