The Arizona GOP Debate

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Susan Page, USA Today Washington bureau chief, discusses the highlights from last night's GOP debate in Arizona ahead of the Michigan primary.


Susan Page

Comments [12]


Wait.... Did you say there were FOUR candidates debating? I could almost swear only 3 were referred to in the segment.

Feb. 25 2012 01:36 PM

Has Fox hosted/moderated any of the GOP debates? If not, it would be fascinating to see how different it would be.
In all the GOP debates so far, the real "bad guy," in the eyes of everyone there, is the media. Never is an opportunity missed to insult "the elite media." So dumb. So, let's bite---Fox can moderate.

Feb. 23 2012 01:18 PM

...gotta luvs that Dan Savage.

Feb. 23 2012 12:59 PM

i didn't know thats what santoum means. thats SO funny! and fitting

Feb. 23 2012 11:43 AM

So far, all I've learned from Survivor GOP 2012 (aka the 20 GOP debates) is that the GOP base puts how they FEEL way above facts or honesty. In other words, nothing new. They claim to be anti-Keynesian or post-Keynesian but their economic thinking is more pre-Smith. They all engage in 'sic hoc ergo propter hoc' or more particularly, 'after Obama was elected, therefore because Obama was elected...' which any english teacher will tell you is a fallacy.

I know one thing...It is far more likely that we can spend our way back to prosperity than we can cut our way back to prosperity. A surplus - if we live long enough to achieve it again - shouldn't be squandered in the way the Bushies did. Let us all not be so greedy next time.

The only cure for having borrowed more than you can easily pay back is to grow the economy so that the borrowed amount doesn't seem that large any more...We did it after the Civil War, the Great Depression and the stagflastion of the late 70's. Can we do it again? Not without increased buying power in the middle tiers which means higher incomes for the middle and bottom. The rigged system of taxes and income distribution that we have now in place is what is blocking the recovery.

Feb. 23 2012 11:34 AM
Burtnor from Manhattan

Andrea -- PLEASE stop quoting PolitiFact, which has zero credibility.

Feb. 23 2012 10:37 AM
The Truth from Becky

The republican debates are so asinine, I don't know how they can get behind either of those clowns...they have all said that each other is not worthy! Interesting.

Feb. 23 2012 10:29 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Ok, so why didn't Romney advocate for the major banks to into "bankruptcy"?

Feb. 23 2012 10:22 AM
amalgam from NYC by day, NJ by night

I'm sure this primary will season and strengthen Romney (who will likely win). But unlike the 2008 Democratic primary, which this Republican primary is often compared, Obama-Clinton did not have to contend with an incumbent lying in wait, as Romney (or another nominee) must face. Much more difficult for the Repubs as compared to Dems 4 years ago.

Feb. 23 2012 10:15 AM

GOP always wants a big spending government. It’s good for big business and the “free market”

Feb. 23 2012 10:12 AM

Has anyone Googled "santoum"?

Feb. 23 2012 10:11 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Ugh, dump these Keystone cops.

Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana!!!!

Rebuilding one of the lowest ranked states.....and no history as a pandering community agitator like our president.

Feb. 23 2012 10:10 AM

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