BREAKING NEWS: FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY TOLD CONGRESS, ON SUNDAY MORNING, THAT THERE WILL BE NO CHANGES IN CONCLUSIONS REACHED IN JULY REGARDING HILLARY CLINTON’S EMAIL AND SERVER. IN A LETTER, COMEY SAID, “BASED ON OUR REVIEW, WE HAVE NOT CHANGED OUR CONCLUSIONS THAT WE EXPRESSED IN JULY,” ACCORDING TO CNN.
The fireworks which were expected last night during the Republican candidate’s final debate on CNN never materialized. There was a period a few moments in when Mitt Romney and front-runner Rick Santorum started to mix it up but it fizzled.
Two of last night’s four candidates used the forum to attempt to reverse the public’s views on women’s rights and healthcare; and one was unusually quiet. Only one out of the quartet remained constant in his views and behavior, drawing more applause from the audience for this than anyone else.
Santorum used every chance he could to soften his views on birth control and women’s rights. While he said that he still holds these views, he said he would do nothing to enforce his views on others if he were president. Yeah right, then why talk about it at all?
Romney attempted to cast off Republican attitudes that he is responsible for President Obama’s healthcare program; the truth is that parts of the law – including the mandate to carry insurance – are modeled after the Massachusetts healthcare law which Romney signed when he was governor. But instead of addressing the issues directly, Romney chose to blame Santorum!
Newt Gingrich was unusually quiet; gone was his sharp-edged criticism and rhetoric; and he was sullen. At one point he mouthed the words “good job” to Romney who was seated beside him. Don’t be surprised by this however. It’s not that Gingrich has found a new admiration for his rival; it’s more that his casino-mogul benefactor told him to back off from criticizing Romney if he wanted any more money to support his campaign.
One of the most interesting moments came toward the end of the debate when moderator John King asked each candidate to use one word to describe themselves. The candidates answered as follows:
Ron Paul said he was “consistent” which describes him perfectly. Like him or not, Ron Paul is who he is; he doesn’t pander or placate to get voters. To his credit, he answers questions directly no matter the consequences. An example came last night when John King asked Paul about a campaign ad and why he called Rick Santorum “a fake.”
Paul answered, “Because he’s a fake.”
Rick Santorum used the word “courage” to describe himself. Really? He admitted almost in the same breath that he “took one for the team” by consenting to vote for No Child Left Behind even though it violated his principles. Some courage!
Mitt Romney described himself as “resolute.” The only thing Romney has made up his mind about is that he wants to live in the White House!
And finally, Newt Gingrich said he was “cheerful.” On what planet? A look at any videos of himself would reveal to Newt that he is anything but cheerful!
- Republican Debate: Mitt Romney Seeks to Derail Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich Kind of Throws in Towel (thehollywoodgossip.com)
- LIVE: Mitt Romney And Rick Santorum Throw Down In GOP Debate (businessinsider.com)
- Santorum Takes His Lumps At GOP Debate (npr.org)
- Do Romney and Paul Have a Deal? (politicalwire.com)
- Santorum Uses GOP Debate to Snatch Defeat from Jaws of Victory (queerty.com)
- GOP Debate Reaction (politicalwire.com)
- Santorum on the defensive early in debate (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Romney to make Ron Paul his running mate? (gunnyg.wordpress.com)
- Nomination Excitations: Is It Walking Like A Duck? (thecampofthesaints.org)
- Prison Planet.com ” Has Ron Paul Formed a Political Alliance With Mitt Romney? (gunnyg.wordpress.com)
BREAKING NEWS: CNN is reporting that former President Clinton has been successful “brokering a deal” for the release of two American journalists held prisoner in North Korea. Kim Jong-il has agreed to give the two women “a special pardon,” according to CNN.
CNN is reporting that the House leadership has reached a compromise “deal” with fiscally conservative blue dog Democrats on health care reform, even though they agree that there will be no final vote on the measure “until Fall,” according to CNN.
The House is trying to achieve some modicum of success on the controversial health care measure before they leave for recess next week and face their voters at home. Meanwhile President Obama continues his town-hall meeting tour in his attempt to put people at ease about the legislation which, if passed, could cost taxpayers $2 trillion or more inside a decade.
At the same time, the president’s personal physician is saying that the current legislation will fail. Dr. David Scheiner, who was Obama’s personal physician for more than two decades, predicts that the legislation “is bound for failure,” according to Sam Stein of The Huffington Post. Obama’s doctor is a fan of a single-payer health care system which would end private health insurance and make the government the sole payer for all health care. His criticism, according to the Huff Post article, cites Obama’s “pragmatism” to the political reality that Americans with private health care would be unwilling to give up their policies in favor of government-run health-care.
Links to Huff Post article:
Read the current legislation for yourself:
1. House Energy & Commerce Committee Legislation: http://energycommerce.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1687&catid=156&Itemid=55
2. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions: http://help.senate.gov/
More Info on health-care reform legislation:
1. Kaiser Family Foundation Info: http://www.kff.org/
2. White House, President’s remarks to AARP: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Remarks-by-the-President-in-AARP-Tele-Town-Hall-on-Health-Care-Reform/
3. Wall Street Journal Q & A: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203609204574318132550338334.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
Remember when Colin Powell publically endorsed then-candidate Obama for president?
Who knows how much, or even if, Powell’s public statement of support helped get Obama elected, but it now appears that Powell, a Republican and former secretary of state for Bush, is having his doubts about Obama’s agenda.
In an excerpt from CNN’s “State of the Union” hosted by John King, Powell expressed concern about Obama’s spending telling King, “I never would have believed that we would have budgets that are running into the mult-trillions…and that we are amassing a huge, huge debt,” urging the President “to start really taking a very, very hard look at what the cost of all this is,” according to the NY Times and Washington Times.
Powell also expressed concern over Obama’s trend to super-size the Federal government.