Last night, Republican presidential candidates once again met up to debate this issues. This time, the contest was backed by the Tea Party, broadcast on CNN, and the candidates, as usual, tried to one up each other.

The attention was, again, focused on the two supposed front runners, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, but Congresswoman Michelle Bachman was set on making her presence known and perhaps chipping away at Perry’s supporters, many of whom were once apart of Bachman’s Tea Party base.

Throughout the debate, the GOP candidates took shots at President Obama’s handling of the economy, the wars in Iraq and Afganistan, and the health care bill. But one of the most astounding moments of the night came when CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked Texas Congressman Ron Paul about his views on health care.

Blitzer asked Paul a hypothetical question about an uninsured 30-year-old who needed life-saving treatment. Paul, who is a libertarian, said that the man would be responsible for his own choices and subsequent treatment. Blitzer went onto press Paul, asking him, “Are you saying that society should just let him die?” Paul didn’t give a definite answer, but an audience member shouted out and enthusiastic “Yeah,” while a few others broke out in applause.

This scene reminded me of the uncomfortable moment in the last Republican debate when Rick Perry received a raucous applause over the mention that he had presided over 234 executions, more than any other governor in history. The apparent bloodlust some GOP voters have (but who will, ironically,  tout their pro-life stance) is troubling.

The election is over 14-months away, and it’s clear the candidates have already come out swinging. Although we may want to ignore the coming debates, it’s imporant to pay attention to the issues in order to make an informed vote next fall.

Did you watch the Tea Party debate? What were your thoughts? 

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  • African Mami

    I’ve always detested the term TEA party! Tea is a highly regarded drink back home that brings people together. It is a drink that you offer your guests, relax and chill to. It is not a divisive drink as has been exhibited by these folks.

    So what am I trying to say, they should change the name to CRACK parties! That’s what they are smoking!

  • I watched the debate and while watching I got the eery feeling that Rick Perry would become the candidate in the general election which positively scares me.

    the ideological differences on the handling of economy, health care, states rights, etc. I can understand. However it is his pro-war, pro-conservatism on social issues that bothers me.

    In the end this election will not be about the issue that really matters which is getting the economy back together. this election is going to be made about the Affordable Care Act also known as “Obamacare” abortion, gay marriage, and a myriad of other social issues.

    rick perry touts his job creation in Texas but he doesn’t have an actual plan to recreate such job creation (or job stealing from other states) throughout the country. additionally his climate of business friendly deregulation has been done in the country since the 80’s and clearly it has not helped.

    the GOP talks about tax increases under Obama when taxes are at some of the lowest points they’ve ever been. facts will quickly debunk the economic arguments. However because social issues are a matter of personal opinion and choice they will dominate a conversation when the facts have been thrown by the wayside.

    • whilome

      I actually had a nightmare last night about him winning Republican primary. It was one of those “last dreams of the night” ones where you wake up half-sleep and unsure if it was real. To have such a palpable sense of dread of a sitting governor makes me glad I don’t live in Texas.

  • LemonNLime

    I can see where Ron Paul is coming from, he believes in a true free market and an extremely limited role of government so his answer makes since. According the Fridman that would be the best way for an successful government and market to work. But even the free market has some winners a losers so much of it depends on whether you believe in equal opportunity or equal outcome.

    I, however, would except nothing else from a group of people that yell and complain about government regulation in everything but then turn right around and advocate the government regulating who can marry and what I can do with my uterus. These people are idiots.

  • How scary is that? Smh…

  • babywipes1980

    He didn’t say “let him die.” Someone in the audience did.