September 7, 2011
Reactions to the
NBC News/Politico Debate at Reagan Library
MITT ROMNEY WINS REAGAN LIBRARY DEBATE
– Romney for President Communications Director Gail Gitcho issued
the following statement following tonight’s debate:
Romney won tonight’s debate because he demonstrated that he is the only
candidate in the race who can return the country to economic
prosperity. Career politicians got us into the mess and
it will take someone with experience in the real economy to get us out.
Mitt Romney has laid out the boldest, most sweeping jobs plan ever
offered by a presidential candidate, which includes 59 proposals to
spur economic growth and 10 specific actions that he will take on his
first day in office. Mitt Romney also once again affirmed his
commitment to fixing and protecting Social Security for current and
HUNTSMAN SHOWS HE'S THE ONLY
CANDIDATE WITH SERIOUS SOLUTIONS PREPARED TO DEFEAT BARACK OBAMA
he's the serious leader with the experience, vision and plan to restore
Huntsman Campaign Manager Matt David released the following
statement immediately following the NBC News-Politico Debate at the
"This evening, Governor Huntsman spoke directly and truthfully to
the American people about his vision for our nation’s future.
"He detailed specific and comprehensive solutions to revive our
flailing economy – a plan described last week as “the most pro-growth
proposal ever offered” by a candidate, and which is unique among the
GOP field in that it’s built on the author’s proven record of success.
"Gov. Huntsman contrasted his record in Utah -- historic tax reform,
free-market healthcare reform, and number one in job creation -- with
those of his opponents. In doing so, he distinguished himself as the
only candidate with a record of creating jobs, in business and as
governor; the only candidate with foreign policy expertise, who is
qualified to represent America’s strength and ideals on the global
stage; and the candidate with crossover appeal who can defeat President
"These are serious times, and Jon Huntsman is the serious leader that
STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR
GARY JOHNSON REGARDING THE NBC/POLITICO/Reagan Foundation Debate:
Republicans and Independents were looking for new ideas and decisive
plans in the debate, they were disappointed. That's what happens when
the media decides, six months before the first ballots are cast, who
should be allowed on the stage. Much of the debate was about the
records of the governors running for president. Where was the
who vetoed 750 bills to control the size of government? Much was
about job creation -- or lack thereof -- in those governors' states.
Where was the governor whose state had more job creation than any
them? And where was the governor who polls show to be the most
regarded in the state he governed? I suspect voters would like to
from the one governor among them all who actually did the things that
need to be done today to right America's ship.
is much to debate in this country today, and within the Republican
party. But we didn't see or hear a debate tonight. We saw
business-as-usual wrapped in a bunch of different packages."
America Working Again
Strong Performance in Reagan Presidential Debate
VALLEY, Calif. – Texas Gov. Rick Perry tonight declared to the American
people his unshakeable commitment to get America working again as the
next president of the United States. He shared his record of success in
Texas as well as his plans to turn the country’s economy around during
the Reagan Centennial GOP Candidates Debate at the Ronald Reagan
Presidential Library and Museum.
“I am pleased to have been able to introduce my conservative philosophy
and pro-jobs record to the American people watching this important
debate,” said Gov. Rick Perry. “We must not allow four more years of
the current administration’s devastating economic policies. What I’ve
accomplished in one state, I pledge to do for the entire country – to
create a job-friendly environment, protect our border and citizens,
provide essential services – and then get government out of the way.”
During the debate, Gov. Perry highlighted his record of successfully
creating a job-friendly environment in Texas, which continues to lead
the nation in job creation. As governor, Perry has worked hard to keep
taxes low, maintain a predictable regulatory environment, prevent
frivolous lawsuits, and prioritize public education, all aimed at
creating America’s top economy and job-producing state.
Texas has created more than one million net new jobs under Gov. Perry
and is home to approximately 40 percent of all net new jobs in America
since June 2009. Gov. Perry is a proven fiscal conservative,
cut taxes, signed six balanced budgets, and led Texas to become
America’s top job-creating state. He is the only Texas governor since
World War II to cut state general revenue spending.
Of all the candidates, including President Obama, Gov. Perry has the
best record of job creation and has fought to defend and strengthen
measures that have maintained a competitive economy, even during a
national recession. Gov. Perry’s record exceeds other candidates’
rhetoric when it comes to job creation.
“I have a simple yet proven strategy, and I will get America working
again as the next president of the United States. I will take decisive
action to foster an environment for job creation and turn this great
nation back into the land of opportunity.”
For information setting the record straight about various statements
made during the debate, please visit: http://www.rickperry.org/reagan-debate-recap/
or follow @PerryTruthTeam on Twitter.
Cain Touts Economic Plan and Job Creation
Experience in Reagan Library Debate
(Simi Valley, CA)- Republican
presidential candidate Herman Cain touted
his economic plan and more than 40 years of job creation experience
during the NBC/ Politico Debate tonight at the Ronald Reagan
Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.
On the Economy
During his first question regarding the crippled economic condition of
America, Cain explained his "9-9-9" economic plan that would establish
a 9 percent tax on personal income, a 9 percent tax on corporate income
and a 9 percent tax on sales.
"If 10 percent is good enough for God, then 9 percent is good enough
for government," Cain said.
The plan would also eliminate taxes on repatriated profits, payroll,
estates and capital gains and their dividends. For more information
about the plan, click here
On Health Care
During his second question regarding the constitutionality of
Obamacare's individual mandate, Cain outlined his role in the defeat of
President Clinton's attempt at a government overhaul of the health care
industry, also known as "Hillarycare." In 1994, Newsweek
named Cain the primary "saboteur" of the proposal after Cain challenged
President Clinton on the effects on businesses and their employees
should the legislation pass. Click here to see the exchange that defeated
"The individual mandate is absolutely unconstitutional," Cain said,
responding to both Obamacare and Governor Romney's health care law of
On Social Security
During a discussion between Governor Perry and Governor Romney on
reforming or eliminating Social Security, Cain interjected about the
need for "solutions" instead of "rhetoric," voicing support for
Chilean-style personalization accounts that would help America "move
from an entitlement society to an empowerment society."
On the Role of the Federal Government
During his third question, Cain responded to Rep. Eric Cantor's
view that the federal government should not provide disaster relief
without concurrent spending cuts, saying that he believes there is
"enough money to go around... you can find the concurrent spending cuts
in order to be able to do that."
"There is a responsible way for the federal government to do the things
that it should do," Cain explained. "Running organizations like the
TSA... no. Having the federal government responsible for trying to
micromanage Medicare? No. Trying to micromanage education? No. The
federal government is not good micromanaging anything. This is why I
believe in empowering the states to do more and limit what the federal
government does in regards to those kinds of programs."
During his fourth question, Cain addressed the need for meaningful
immigration reform, citing his four-point plan to:
1. Secure the border with "boots on the ground, technology and a fence."
2. Promote the existing path to citizenship by ending bureaucratic red
3. Enforce existing immigration laws.
4. Empower the states to do "what the federal government hasn't done,
can't do and won't do."
On the Tax Code
During his fifth question, Cain responded to the major
corporations currently exempt from income taxes through preferential
language in the tax code, saying:
"This is why I proposed my '9-9-9 plan.' The government needs to get
out of the business of picking winners and losers. The government needs
to get out of the business of trying to figure out who gets a tax break
here, who gets a tax break there. When you go to '9-9-9,' it levels the
playing field for all businesses. What a novel idea! And the government
won't be in the business of trying to determine who's going to be able
to make money and pay no taxes."
Cain continued by criticizing President Obama's so-called "economic
"This recession is the worst recession since the Great Depression. If
the recovery that this administration claims would just tie for last
place, we would have another 6 million jobs. If it would tie for the
recovery that took place in the 80s under President Reagan, we'd have
12 million more jobs out there, which would be music to the ears of the
14 million people looking for jobs. The President simply does not
understand that the business sector is the engine for economic growth."
About the Debate
During the 1 hour and 45 minute debate, Cain received a total of five
questions for less than six minutes of speaking time. Following the
debate, he will appear on "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren" on
the FOX News Channel at 10:20 p.m. EDT.
Leadership at GOP Presidential Debate
Simi Valley, Calif.
After only 60 days in the 2012
presidential race and a solid victory at 2011 Iowa Straw Poll, Michele
demonstrated again in tonight's GOP Presidential debate that she has
the vision, the experience, and the leadership to serve as President of
great nation, and is not beholden to anyone but the American people to
move the United States forward in the right direction. But she believes
on the wrong path, and the country cannot afford another four years of
President Obama's massive spending packages, strangling regulations and
Having listened to the concerns of countless voters, business owners
and local leaders regarding the harshest mandate - Obamacare, Bachmann
led off tonight's debate with their sentiments by stating, "As I go
the country and speak to small business people - men and woman,
Obamacare is leading them to not create jobs. We know that from the
Congressional Budget Office, but I know it firsthand from speaking to
people. And Obamacare is clearly leading to job-killing regulations not
She continued by stating it will take a strong leader that
will spearhead the effort to repeal mandates, "I was the very first
member of Congress to introduce the bill to actually repeal Obamacare.
is the issue of 2012, together with jobs. It must be gone now and, as
President of the United States, I will not rest until I repeal
On the topic of energy and job creation, Bachmann was quick to note
that energy production
is one of the greatest opportunities for job creation that we have in
the United States.
just learned today that if the federal government would pull back on
all the regulatory restrictions on American energy production we could
see 1.2 million jobs created in the United States," Bachmann commented.
"We could also see creation of over 50 percent more in American
energy production and we could also see $800 billion more in revenue
coming into the United States government."
Bachmann closed out the debate by affirming she is the strong leader
the country needs during these uncertain times –
not more speeches and Washington politics; "Tomorrow night when the
nation tunes into the President I'm afraid that we won't be seeing
solutions. I'm afraid that what we'll be seeing is temporary gimmicks
and more of the same that we have seen before. We have to have a
a core sense of conviction that's going to fight on these issues."
SANTORUM TAKES ON PERRY FOR PUTTING GOVERNMENT RIGHTS OVER PARENTS'
Santorum Shows He is the Only
Full Spectrum Conservative to Take on Obama With Another Strong Debate
Simi Valley, CA -
Tonight in California, former Senator and current Republican
Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum (R-PA) proved he's the one
conservative who can win the nomination for President and defeat Barack
Hogan Gidley, National Communications Director said,
"Some of these candidates claim conservatism but have a track record of
instituting government takeovers of our lives. Senator
he is not afraid to engage other Republicans directly when they are
wrong on the major issues shaping this country like government
mandates, national security and entitlement reform."
ON PERRY'S GARDASIL MANDATE IN TEXAS:
"You (Perry) want to talk about state's rights, how about parent's
rights? I'm offended."
"Parental rights trump states' rights."
"Instead of people being 'able to opt out' how about allowing people
said, "Rick Santorum was the only candidate on stage who can highlight
a record of conservative results. Three years ago, we tried a candidate
who was long on showmanship and short on leadership. It's time to
listen to the only candidate who has a record on social moral and
cultural issues, entitlement reform and national security - not to
mention the only one on that stage who's defeated Democrat incumbents."
Santorum also said:
ON THE ECONOMY:
"Cut the tax on manufacturers who manufacture in America from 35% to
"Allow repatriation at a rate of 5% instead of the current 35% and that
will infuse 1.2 trillion dollars into our economy."
ON ENTITLEMENT REFORM:
"When I was in the Senate, we transformed the Welfare reform system not
to save money but to save people's lives."
aren't going to fall for the same empty promises in we did in the 80's
saying if you do this, we'll do this. No more. We are going
the border first this time, period.
ON NATIONAL DEFENSE:
on this stage, are for isolationism but I believe that's a wrong path
for this country. We can be the force for good around the world."
Sept. 8, 2011 12:38 a.m.
Here's What They're
Tweeting About Newt's Performance at the NBC
(MN College Republicans): Last quote by @newtgingrich was amazing.
Obama IS focusing on class warfare NOT job creation. #ReaganDebate
(Radio Host & co-founder of St. Louis
Tea Party): THANK YOU NEWT. "We are all for defeating Obama."
(Laura Ingraham): Gingrich the
best so far. Total FACE on the media!
: Gingrich recognizes The Reagan
Rule and receives biggest applause of evening at the 28 minute mark.
: Gingrich strong response on
energy and harvesting Alaska. Crowd suddenly wakes up again.
(Co-Founder, Smart Girl Politics):
The ladies on the #SGP chat admire Newt for being a team player.
: Newt and school choice is a
big winner on #SGP chat. #reagandebate
(Editor, Daily Caller): Newt goes
Presidential by playing as a team. Classy. Reaganesque.
(Policy Chairman, YRNF): I am going
to say now that when it comes to debating @newtgingrich basically owns.
: I always enjoy watching
@newtgingrich in a debate. He has a vast reservoir of knowledge and
that's a fact. #ReaganDebate
(Reporter, Huffington Post): Big
applause for Gingrich calling for English to be official language of
has perfomed VERY well tonight. Refuses to equate raising revenues with
raising taxes. Talking about drilling more oil in Alaska.
(CBS News): Audience seems to really like Newt Gingrich... don't
there's anything he's said tonight that didn't get some applause
(author, columnist): Gingrich offers
specific solutions. That is his strength: specifics. Always is.
(NH Reporter): Great answer there
from @newtgingrich , one of the top applause lines of the night on
(Associate Editor, NewsBusters): I know this will anger
haters but he comes across as the most informed & knowledgeable
candidate by far.
(Phil Kerpen, VP Americans for
Prosperity): Newt won the debate.
Contact: Michelle Selesky
Viguerie: The Winner of the GOP Presidential Debate Was Texas Governor
MANASSAS, Va., Sept. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Richard
A. Viguerie, Chairman of ConservativeHQ.com, issued the following
statement regarding the outcome of the Republican presidential debate
at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California:
"No one knocked Rick Perry off his perch.
"There are two principal tests a candidate must pass to become the
Republican nominee in 2012.
the candidate must be seen to be a conservative. Second, the
must convince Republican primary voters that he or she can beat
"When Governor Perry announced his candidacy, I said he was the only
candidate who met both tests.
were eight candidates on the stage. To win the debate, one of the
other GOP contenders had to meet those two tests--be seen as a
conservative and show he or she can beat Obama. And the person
show he or she can do those two things better than Rick Perry.
of the candidates had their moments and each showed they had a
constituency, but none of the other candidates scaled that tall
mountain and knocked Perry out of the front runner's role."
TO EDITORS: Richard A. Viguerie pioneered political direct mail
has been called "one of the creators of the modern conservative
movement" (The Nation) and one of the "conservatives of the
century"(Washington Times). He is the author of Conservatives
and Other Big Government Republicans
Hijacked the Conservative Cause.
Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz on the GOP Presidential Debate
Washington, D.C. – Following
the Republican presidential debate tonight, DNC
Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:
you’re a middle class family looking for opportunity the GOP field once
again offered no solutions tonight. There was not a single
proposal to create jobs, not a single plan to increase opportunity for
the middle class and not a single new idea to get our economy moving
the American people saw tonight was all of the Republican candidates
reaffirming their allegiance to the extreme ideology of the Tea
Party. On issue after issue, Tea Party beliefs are taking
hold of the
Republican Party as they continually put the well-being of
corporations, big oil, and special interests ahead of middle class
Romney, Rick Perry, and the rest of the candidates on
advocating for policies that protect tax cuts for corporations, special
interests and the wealthiest Americans who bankroll their campaigns all
while shifting more and more burdens onto working and middle class
Americans. The Republican candidates all support draconian cuts to
infrastructure, research and development, education and health care
that would halt economic growth and cost millions of Americans their
jobs. The Republican Party has pushed these policies before and it led
our country to the brink of a second Great Depression.
not what the American people need. Americans are looking
Republicans to offer answers - but all the country got tonight was
of the same with a flavor of Tea."
Sept. 8, 2011 1:42 p.m.
Republicans Unite at Reagan Library with
Focus on Jobs
DC) - Log Cabin Republicans statement on the Republican presidential
debate held last night at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
tired of President Obama's failed leadership tuned in to the GOP debate
looking for an alternative to the gimmicks and empty rhetoric they will
hear in tonight's speech before Congress. They were not disappointed,"
said R. Clarke Cooper, Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director. "While
the candidates onstage represent a broad cross-section of the
Republican family, all were united in the belief that our government is
spending beyond its means and making too many promises it can't keep.
Despite our differences, Republicans today are united in our mission to
send Barack Obama back to Chicago and get our country back on the right
Cooper continues, "Several of the candidates acquitted
themselves well in the debate, such as Governor Huntsman's declaration
of independence from documents like the National Organization for
Marriage's anti-federalist marriage pledge. Log Cabin Republicans urge
all candidates to be relentless in their focus on the Obama's greatest
weaknesses - jobs and the economy. Divisive special interest pledges
like NOM's only distract from that message and turn off the voters we
need to be including to win the White House."
Debate On MSNBC Draws 5.4 Million Viewers
Delivers Highest Rated Republican Debate in 2011
New York – September 8, 2011
– The Republican Presidential Debate that aired on MSNBC last night
drew 5.4 million viewers, soundly out-rating both FNC and CNN in total
viewers and the key adult demographic, with 5,411,000 in total viewers
and 1,728,000 viewers in the A25-54 demo, according to program data
from Nielsen Media Research. Below are ratings highlights from the
MSNBC GOP Debate on Sept. 7, 2011.
- The GOP Debate on
MSNBC delivered 1,728,000 A25-54 and 5,411,000 Total Viewers from
8-949p. MSNBC out-rated the GOP Debate that ran on FNC last month
(8/11/11) among both Adults 25-54 and Total Viewers. Of the 4
Republican Debates that have occurred thus far, MSNBC's is the highest
rated to-date, including 2 Debates on Fox News Channel
Prime (8-11p) averaged 1,370,000 ranking #1 for the night. This is the
strongest MSNBC prime delivery since Election Day 2008 (11/4/08). Among
Total Viewers MSNBC Prime averaged 4,356,000 also ranking #1 for the
night and the best since the 2008 Election.
- Following the debate, analysis with the MSNBC team delivered
817,000 in the A25-54 ranking #1 in the slot
- MSNBC debate analysis delivered 2,719,000 in overall viewers also
ranking #1 in the slot
of a sharp exchange between the Romney and Perry campaigns
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