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Last night, FOX News held a debate (of sorts) between several Republican presidential candidates in South Carolina. Those in attendance were [Ron Paul], [Herman Cain], [Rick Santorum], [Tim Pawlenty] and [Gary Johnson].
Since I just don’t have the energy to do much more at this time, the following is made up of summarized highlights. Hopefully, I will be able to get more into it later on, but…
Pawlenty: Obama did good to get Osama, but he has been very weak in other areas of national security, such as being against enhanced interrogation techniques and waiting to work with the U.N. about Libya.
Santorum: Obama should have taken advantage of the demonstrations in Iran 18 months ago to topple the present regime. All that he has done right so far has been in following Bush’s lead.
Paul: We need to get out of Afghanistan now!
Cain: I don’t know enough to make an informed decision on Afghanistan at this time.
Johnson: We need to get out of Iraq and Afghanistan now, and stay out of Libya.
Santorum: The current version of Islam needs to change before we can work with Muslim countries.
Paul: A nation based upon freedom should not have secret prisons. We should want to do unto others as we would want them to do unto us.
Pawlenty: I support enhanced interrogation techniques under limited conditions.
Cain: Since the objective of radical Muslims is to kill us all, we should use any means necessary to stop them from doing so.
Johnson: I would eliminate the corporate income tax, do away with the federal minimum wage scale and stop extending unemployment benefits. The corporate income tax is a double tax, and people getting benefits won’t start getting serious about looking for work until their benefits run out.
Pawlenty: I am absolutely against the [NLRB] telling Boeing that they shouldn’t move jobs to South Carolina.
Cain: Obama is not doing enough to make us energy independent. Oil speculators would start speculating down if they believed we are serious about reducing our dependence on foreign sources of oil.
Pawlenty: The answer to the health care issue is not in Washington, D.C.
Santorum: I want to reform Medicare. To make it more privatized, and I support [Paul Ryan’s plan].
Paul: Tort law should be a state matter. I support a free market approach that would allow doctors to contract for third-party settlements.
Santorum: No raise of the national debt limit until Obamacare is repealed. Obamacare enslaves us.
Paul: Cut the budget by 50%. We need to get rid of the Federal Reserve System and the Department of Homeland Security, as well as stop our international militarism. A default on our debts is no big deal because we have already defaulted three times before.
Cain: Abolish the IRS and have a [fair tax] of 23%. This would replace the federal income tax and payroll taxes.
Johnson: Medicare and Medicaid should be cut in half and turned over to the states via block grants.
Cain: Arizona was only trying to protect itself by implementing its new immigration law. We need to clean up the immigration bureaucracy.
Santorum: English should be made the national language, and we are not doing anyone any favors by not teaching English to immigrants.
Johnson: We should make it easier for an immigrant to work here, and I am in favor of amnesty for illegals because of it being next to impossible to get a work visa.
Cain: Before intervening in any international conflict, a clear objective that defines the strategy should be in place.
Pawlenty: We should have sent in Special Forces personnel to take out Kadafi, and we should have instituted a no-fly zone on March 7th of this year.
Santorum: We need to stop tolerating bad behavior by Pakistan.
Paul: Israel shouldn’t have to ask us for permission to do what they need to do. We need to stop all foreign aid to the Middle East.
Johnson: I am against placing tariffs on China or anyone else.
Paul: The federal government should get out of the marriage business. Maybe the states, but the federal government shouldn’t tell the states what to do.
Cain: Obama telling the Department of Justice to stop defending the [Defense of Marriage Act] is telling them to not uphold the law.
Johnson: Abortions should be legal until the point where a fetus is viable. Public funds should not be used to pay for abortions.
Pawlenty: I support stem cell research as long as adult stem cells are used.
Santorum: Republicans shouldn’t call a truce on moral issues in order to make them more electable.
Cain: A free market should determine who gets jobs—not the government!
Paul: The union wage is an artificial wage maintained by the government though the NLRB, which is unconstitutional. The [Interstate Commerce Clause] should be there to facilitate and allow people to move their business back and forth, and not inhibit business decisions.
Pawlenty: There should be room to teach [intelligent design] in our classrooms, but the decision should be left for the local schools and the parents—not the federal and state governments.
Pawlenty: [Cap and Trade] is a bad idea.
Santorum: More women are finding it more gratifying to work outside of the home due to radical feminism.
Paul: Illegal drugs, such as heroine, and prostitution should be legalized. Government needs to stay away from our personal habits.
Johnson: Marijuana should be legalized and taxed. One half of what we spend on law enforcement goes to enforcing the prohibition of it—not use-related incidents.
Cain: I would make a good president because I am a problem-solver.
Paul: Obama’s biggest liability is the economy. People vote with their bellies.
Cain: One right decision doth not a great president make. Gas prices will continue to go up.
Pawlenty: We can’t restore the promise of America unless we have a president who will keep his promises to Americans. Obama didn’t keep his promise to cut the deficit in half.
Santorum: I can beat Obama because I have beaten three incumbent Democrats before.
Johnson: We are on the verge of financial collapse unless we balance the federal budget. Only Republicans are capable of doing so.
Paul: The big issue today is the budget and the deficit. We approach them in Washington as an accounting problem when it is a philosophical one. The role of government ought to be to protect our civil liberties, provide a free market and a strong national defense, which means brings our troops home and restoring a sound money system in this country.
Cain: We need real economic growth, a real energy independence plan, real national security clarity and we are only going to get that with real leadership—not more positionship.
Pawlenty: America’s best days are not behind us. We need to restore American common sense to Washington.
Santorum: I’ve got the arrows in my back from the mainstream media to prove that I had led on social issues.
Johnson: I promised to bring a common sense business approach to New Mexico as governor, and that is what I promise to do in Washington as president.
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