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    Cain-Gingrich Debate

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Sun Nov 06, 2011 at 06:49:03 PM EST
    Tags: Herman Cain (Georgia), Newt Gingrich (Virginia), Texas Tea Party Patriots Network, Texas Patriots PAC, Lincoln-Douglas Debates, potential 2012 GOP presidential ticket (all tags)

    I don't know if anyone noticed this, but back on Saturday, Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich met at a Texas Tea Party Patriots PAC fundraiser ($150 to $200 per plate, I'm told) for a debate conducted in the spirit and style of the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates.  And before we go to the debate itself, let's first hear from Julie Turner, the president of the Texas Patriots PAC:

    Indeed, Ms. Turner, given that the mainstream media these days seems to be driven more by acrimony, conflict, and sound bites (and considers a two-minute statement to be a well-thought-out policy position), I really don't believe that we're learning a whole lot from an unnecessarily crowded debate stage with most of the candidates seeming to be more interested in beating up on each other or regurgitating prepared talking points than engaging in any actual substantive discussion.  Of course, as Mark Whittington of the Yahoo Contributor Network observed, that really annoyed the hell out of the mainstream media outlets (such as Politico, the New York Times, and the Washington Post), though I noticed that the Atlanta Journal-Constitution seemed to be okay with it.  Hot Air is even running a poll as to who won the debate.  (Another one is available here.)

    Me personally, I really don't think that President Obama could successfully compete in this format, nor do I think that any of the other republican candidates could do it.  Mr. Whittington also makes the case that we may actually be looking at the 2012 republican ticket right here, and I have no objection to that.  (For those of you thinking that Cain and Gingrich cannot appear on the same ticket, consider that Newt's been a resident of Virginia - both legally and actually - since 1998, so the 12th Amendment is satisfied.)

    The debate was carried live by C-SPAN (though with horrible audio).

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