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I had a blast at the Republican party debate the other night. I had the chance to speak to:
Elton Gallegly, just for a few seconds ( House of Representatives CA-24)
Glen Becerra ( Simi Valley City Council )
Paul Miller ( Mayor of Simi Valley )
Barbra Williamson ( Simi Valley City Council )
Audra Strickland ( Member of the Assembly )
Tony Strickland ( Fmr. Assembly Member, Mitt Romney supporter, and State Senate candidate) Tony, thanks for the kind words.
Timm Herdt ( Reporter for the Ventura County Star)
Anderson Cooper ( CNN Moderator )
Tom McClintock ( State Senator CA-19 )
Mark Van Dam ( Moorpark City Council)
Keith Millhouse ( Moorpark City Council)
...and many other interesting people.
I had Tom McClintock sign an amendment from the Bill of Rights. Guess what amendment and why if you can.
Anderson Cooper signed my 1st amendment and I had Elton Gallegly sign Article I ( right below Dennis Hastert).
As far as the debates went I was entertained. Here are my thoughts on the individual candidates:
Mike Huckabee: I get it. He won Iowa + Chuck Norris backs him. But he also thinks environmentalism has harmed the country. Why is he still in the race? Oh yeah, I forgot he is hoping to split the vote with Mitt Romney so McCain gets the nomination and picks him as VP to appease the activist right wing of the party.
Ron Paul: Please keep this guy in the debates. Regardless of his performance at the polls the entertainment value demands he stays in future events. Ron Paul doesn't say the same 3 talking points over and over ( Foot Soldier in the Reagan Revolution, 9/11, or Washington is broken).
Mitt Romney: If Law and Order needs a President as an actor I suggest Fred Thompson help him out. Mitt Romney I think won the debate. I don't know if it will change many minds but he seemed cool under pressure, dignified, and prepared for the debates. Although it was funny when Mitt Romney denied his own quote just to have it read verbatim back to him:
VANDEHEI: Governor Romney, I interviewed you in New Hampshire a couple of weeks ago and we talked a little bit about illegal immigration. You've taken a very hard stance against illegal immigration. You said at the time that you felt that there's, for a lot of illegal immigrants who are here, under your plan, we could deport many of them within 90 days. How could that happen? How could we do it that quickly?
ROMNEY: I think you may be confusing me with somebody else, but perhaps not. Let me tell you what my plan is.
VANDEHEI: At the time -- I can just give you the quote if you like. You said that "many of those could be deported immediately," but that would allow slower deportation process for those with thought as quickly as 90 days.
Also, did anyone else notice Mitt Romney said that Ronald Reagan was not only wrong to sign the 1986 Amnesty Bill but Reagan would admit he was wrong?
Romney might have won the talking part of the debate but with Arnold, Rudy, and Mrs. Reagan ( if the reports that she privately backs McCain are true) all supporting McCain I think his message of momentum gave him the clear advantage.
In addition, Barbra Williamson is now backing him. Maybe other elected officials will come around before next Tuesday? C'mon folks supporting him once he has already won is not going to be courageous. Feel free to post your support here so you can show you supported him before he won.
John McCain: I think John McCain comes across as authentic but his debate performance was lacking. He seems cranky, quick to throw in a sharp elbow, and no where near as refined as Romney. I don't think voters will trust McCain on most issues besides war but that might be all he needs. Hillary and especially Barack will take advantage of his poor debating skills if given the chance.
Between Romney and McCain I would vote for McCain because he has the moral authority to command our troops in a way that Mitt Romney could not.
Outside of the Reagan Library I saw many supporters for Barack Obama, Mike Huckabee, and Mitt Romney, but the most supporters were there for Ron Paul. I was driving so I didn't get a great view though. Feel free to add your report if I missed something in this section.
Thanks to the Reagan Library staff for including me. It was a blast.
So, what was your take on the events?