To start, my pre-debate thoughts were focused mainly on Herman Cain. Would he be under the scope as much as I’m lead to believe? Is he really the new frontrunner? Has he become the topic of conversation because he’s the non-politician? Also, what color will Michele Bachmann be wearing? Will Rick Santorum have more than two chances to speak? Will Rick Perry speak about a plan of action? What will be the most used word of this debate?
Well, let’s answer some of these questions, shall we?
Bachmann paired a shade of ivory with black. Santorum had somewhere around seven opportunities to make a valid point. (That doesn’t mean he was affective, though.) Perry didn’t have an more details on his plans for us. Shocking. And the most used word? Taxes. Followed by jobs, economy, and border.
Now about this whole Herman Cain deal.
I keep hearing that Cain is the up and comer, that he’s being paid more attention to, and we need to keep an eye on him. Clearly, his “9-9-9” plan is under more scrutiny than it was. And why? Because he has a plan! Sure, it may have its issues to be argued about (and they are, as was shown in the first 30 minutes of the debate), but it’s more than Rick Perry has to say at the moment.
But to be honest, I was expecting Cain to turn head a little more. Not that he didn’t have a good debate. He had a nice apple to oranges comparison. However, he wasn’t in the spotlight or caught up in a fiery back and forth nearly as much as the former Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney.
For the first time during his campaign, Romney got fired up, and in a quarrel with Rick Perry. We knew it was coming. It was just a matter of time. The quarrel came about from the topic of immigration. Perry brought up the issue of Romney hiring illegals for yard work. Romney explained the issue after he got to make a couple of jabs about his previously failed debates and his un-presidential qualities.
Take a look: http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2011/10/18/seg-romney-perry-illegal-immigration.cnn
This was not the only instance where Romney struggled to speak. Santorum put up a fight as well. These candidates may be trying to bring Romney down, but they might be helping his campaign. Why? Well, Romney has been presented as this very put together, non-emotional type of candidate. While that has its benefits, he’s been leaving us with very little personality. (Something Herman Cain has going for him.) So seeing Romney have a little more spark and sass in his comments is really quite refreshing.
After the conclusion of the debate, some people gave their insight on who they felt stood out. Some said Romney, some said Cain. Some even talked about Perry’s strong defenses. Different answers and perspectives of all kinds. So where are all these different perspectives coming from? Our own knowledge of the candidates and the race? How is the media affecting our views? Something to think about.
Quote of the day: “You have a problem with allowing someone to finish speaking. And I suggest that if you want to become president of the United States, you have got to let both people speak. So first, let me speak.”