Final Thoughts from CNN’s National Security Debate (with Mark Warner)
Last night, Hoosier Access hosted a live blog of the CNN National Security debate. Below are the final thoughts from both Mark Warner and myself.
Mark Warner’s Thoughts:
Rob Burgess’ Thoughts:
Going into last night’s debate, I predicted that both Governor Rick Perry and Governor Mitt Romney would do well but not as well as Speaker Newt Gingrich. I also predicted that Representative Bachmann, Representative Paul, Senator Santorum, Ambassador Huntsman and Mr. Cain would remind all of us why none of them were going to actually be the Republican Party’s Nominee for President.
Once the debated started, I am pleased to say that I was presently surprised. I found myself agreeing at least once with everyone on stage (everyone that is except Bachmann, Paul and Santorum). However, as Mark summarized, Romney, Perry and Gingrich stole the show. I believe that with Gingrich’s experience not only as Speaker of the House but also as a member of the Gang of Eight, he was extremely qualified to speak on the matters of National Security and Foreign Policy. Experience goes a long way in the office of President of the United States. Romney’s eloquence stemmed from the fact that he has be perfecting his positions and arguments on these issues since he did not become the Nominee in 2007 and he has (at least in my opinion) become more informed on these issues. Perry was impressive because he made several commitments with time frames that would lead to securing America’s interests.
I want to take a moment to thank those of you who logged onto the live blog. At one point, we had 13 live readers. Those who participated in posting comments brought some interesting aspects to the event. Once again, thank you to all who participated.
All in all, I think that Speaker Gingrich won the debate. As far as whose camp I am in? I am still undecided. While Gingrich has impressed me the last two weeks, I know that he has baggage that he is going to have to deal with sooner rather than later. Yet, his experience and bi-partisan work in the past would benefit him in a General Election. All in all, I am still left hoping for a candidate like Mitch Daniels.
Last night’s debate was informative and for the most part, successful. Mark and I enjoyed moderating the live blog and we both agree that it is something that we will do again soon here on Hoosier Access.