I honestly enjoyed the debate in Charleston, South Carolina last night. Even though we have seen so many debates, the questions all start to sound the same, it was an interesting evening of exchanges. Much of the discussion centered around the tenure of Mitt Romney at Bain Capital and I’ll have to say, I was impressed by the fact that he stuck to his guns. At one point, he said he would not apologize for being successful. He even promised to release his tax returns, although I do not see the significance of doing so. As long as there is not a question of wrongdoing, I see no reason for any of the candidates to release their tax returns.
I normally do not rate debate performances of any of the candidates, simply because any rating I give would probably tend to be more subjective than objective. However, I will rate two clear instances during last night’s debate that I felt were significant. As much as I dislike Newt Gingrich, he won the debate. He did so with his blistering exchange with John King on the opening question. The minute he went off on King, I told my wife the debate was over. Please understand, I am not defending or supporting Gingrich and his apparent inability to stay faithful to his first two wives. What I am supporting is his answer to this gotcha question from John King, and to his answer to ABC for running the interview. He has every right to be angry when the elite media has refused to apply the same scrutiny to Barack Obama.
Now, on to Ron Paul and his exchange with John King and Rick Santorum on the subject of abortion. In a blatant attempt to exclude the only doctor, a OBGYN to be exact, from the conversation about abortion, King tried to skip over Dr. Paul and move to another line of questioning. As you can see in the video, that didn’t sit well with the crowd and he had to relent and allow Paul to answer the question. He had no choice. Personally, I think it was one of the best answers of the night, especially on the subject of abortion. I was unable to find a video of that exchange alone, so please fast forward to the 15:35 mark to get to the abortion question.
At the risk of sounding like I am trying to push Ron Paul on my readers, I think he owned that question. In spite of what Rick Santorum would like to believe, Ron Paul is pro-life, and in his answer, he clearly laid out how Roe v. Wade could be overturned by the states, instead of waiting to change it through the federal court system. For those of you who insist this is a federal and not a state issue, how is that working out for us? How many years have we been trying to get a court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade? Could it be that Dr. Paul is correct, that we should take another approach?
I have no idea how the dynamics of the race have changed or will change over the course of the past few days. Rick Perry’s sudden withdrawal, plus New Gingrich’s solid debate performances, are bound to have an effect on the outcome of the race. Ron Paul is moving up in the polls, although not as much as I would like to see, but I believe last night’s debate should have helped him. We will see what happens in the South Carolina primary on Saturday.