Liveblogging-Livetweeting the CNN Presidential Debate (But Really Testing out the Twitter Interface)

(Twitterscript from last night’s CNN Florida Presidential debate).
18 minutes ago » Andrew Morse
If we put a base on the moon, won’t the nuclear waste dumps explode and send it hurtling out of orbit?
18 minutes ago » Andrew Morse
But no one asked the really big question…
18 minutes ago » Andrew Morse
And we’re done.
19 minutes ago » Andrew Morse
Santorum set-piece — Says he’s different from the other candidates, then criticizes Obama’s SOTU.
19 minutes ago » Andrew Morse
Wolf upset that people aren’t directly answering his marginally silly Q.
20 minutes ago » Andrew Morse
Although I have to say that Newt delivers a set-piece as well as anyone can.
20 minutes ago » Andrew Morse
Gingrich: I’ve paricipated in the two largest Republican sweeps in modern time. Set-piece on freedom versus dependence.
21 minutes ago » Andrew Morse
Romney then goes into a closing set-piece.
22 minutes ago » Andrew Morse
Romney: This will be a critical time. Will we become a social welfare state? We need dramatic and fundamental change…
23 minutes ago » Patrick Laverty
In RI people say “signs don’t vote”. Hey Ron Paul, polls don’t vote either.
23 minutes ago » Andrew Morse
Paul: My freedom message appeals to a lot of people. Mentions “tolerance”. My foreign policy will be better than Obama’s
24 minutes ago » Andrew Morse
Last Q: Why are you the 1 person likely to beat Obama?
24 minutes ago » Patrick Laverty
Overall, Santorum seems most comfortable. Every answer sounds like sermonizing.
28 minutes ago » Andrew Morse
Santorum also references God-given rights, similar reasoning as Romney but in better detail.
29 minutes ago » Andrew Morse
Gingrich: A Prez faces big enough decisions that justify seeking a higher power.
30 minutes ago » Andrew Morse
Paul: It wouldn’t, only my oath office would. Romney references the basic ideas of the founders.
32 minutes ago » Patrick Laverty
Romney would seek the guidance of Providence?
32 minutes ago » Andrew Morse
Q about how your religious beliefs would impact your job as Prez.
32 minutes ago » Andrew Morse
Even Wolf thought the Puerto Rico Q was a bad one. He has Santorum answer, and then moves on.
33 minutes ago » Patrick Laverty
No truth to the rumor that if Puerto Rico is added as a state, Rhode Island gets kicked out.
34 minutes ago » Andrew Morse
And also about Puerto Rican statehood.
35 minutes ago » Andrew Morse
Q from audience: Why aren’t you considering the governor of Puerto Rico as a VP candidate.


36 minutes ago » Andrew Morse
Gingrich would move U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem
37 minutes ago » Andrew Morse
Wolf brings up Gingrich “invented people” comment. Gingrich stands behind it.
37 minutes ago » Patrick Laverty
Romney gives maybe the least sympathetic statement to an audience question.
37 minutes ago » Andrew Morse
Romney: Obama threw Isreal under the bus, by talking about ’67 borders.
38 minutes ago » Andrew Morse
Romney: While Palestine is led by people who want to eliminate Israel, American should be 100% committed to its ally Isreal.
39 minutes ago » Andrew Morse
Q about Palestine and Israel.
40 minutes ago » Andrew Morse
Gingrich: If Pres Obama can support an Arab spring, why can’t he support a Cuban spring?
40 minutes ago » Patrick Laverty
Wolf to Romney “What about Ron Paul’s policy?” Romney “I’m talking about Obama right now”. Swats away like a fly.
41 minutes ago » Andrew Morse
Romney expands the Q worldwide, and says he won’t show the weakness to authoritarian govts that Obama has shown.
41 minutes ago » Andrew Morse
Romney: Latin America has been ignored by Obama. We need more economic agreements…
42 minutes ago » Andrew Morse
Paul, more seriously, I’d ask him what we could do to improve relations. Sanctions hurt the people and strengthen governments.
43 minutes ago » Andrew Morse
Over to Paul, what would you say to Raoul Castro? Paul: I’d ask him what he called about.
44 minutes ago » Andrew Morse
Santorum says we shouldn’t reward the center of the cancer.
45 minutes ago » Andrew Morse
Santorum opposes liberalizing relations. Points out spread of authoritarian-left govts in Latin America…
45 minutes ago » Andrew Morse
Q on Cuba policy.
46 minutes ago » Andrew Morse
And Romney says he’s always voted for an R, whenever there’s an R on the ballot.
46 minutes ago » Andrew Morse
Romney apparently once said “I don’t want to go back to the Reagan-Bush era”. He says he’s become more conservative since then.
47 minutes ago » Andrew Morse
Gingrich blames the “Romney attack machine” for hilighting some of his tensions with Reagan.
47 minutes ago » Andrew Morse
Romney reviews his resume, including the Olympics (I think the tie-in is about him not being politically active in the Reagan years).
48 minutes ago » Andrew Morse
Q to Romney about who is the heir to the Reagan tradition.
49 minutes ago » Patrick Laverty
Amazing that Newt doesn’t answer, “Anyone would be better than Michelle Obama.” I thought he was going there.
52 minutes ago » Andrew Morse
Er, that’s the question that is stupid, not the potential first-ladies.
54 minutes ago » Andrew Morse
I am boycotting any livetweeting of the stupid first-lady question.
54 minutes ago » Patrick Laverty
Would President Gingrich’s wife be referred to as the Third Lady?
58 minutes ago » Patrick Laverty
Clearly, someone is thinking of Rubio as a VP possibility.
59 minutes ago » Andrew Morse
Newt says he has a bigger role for Rubio than the cabinet in mind.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Santorum is asked first, so he gets to say Marco Rubio.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Q about which Hispanic Americans would you have join your adiminstration
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Which in Paul’s case amounts to saying I’ll cut everything else to pay for huge Social Security and Medicare entitlements.
1 hour ago » Patrick Laverty
Did Newt just endorse Ron Paul?
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Paul rambles through an answer, and winds up with I’ll cut 1 trillion dollars.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Romney: I will point out what Obama did is wrong. Santorum: Your mandate is no different from Pres. Obama’s mandate.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
And Santorum is right to point it out.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Romney is falling into his “with good managment, you can make socialism work” mode.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Romney defends mandate, as a way to share costs. This is not going to play well with the base.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Santorum attacks Romney, for supporting a state purchase mandate, but opposing a Federal mandate.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Good exchange on healthcare is occurring right now. I will try to backfill in the next day or two.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
@plaverty24 Your tweets should be going straight to @AnchorRising now.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Romney: Newt is pandering state-by-state, based on industries located there (space industry in Fla).
1 hour ago » Patrick Laverty
I’ve heard of politicians promising you the moon, but this is ridiculous.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Romney: In my business, I’d fire someone who proposed spending billions of dollars to go to the moon.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Newt: We don’t want to be nation that got to the moon first, then fell behind forever after that.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Newt: Invokes Kennedy/man on the moon inspiration example. Effort should be about 90% private…
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Wolf asks about Newt’s proposal for granting the moon statehood, if I understood the Q right.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Paul: Doesn’t like government-private partnerships for space exploration. And healthcare is more important than going to the moon.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Paul: Only legitimate govt involvment in space is for defense.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Santorum: We need more people involved, but with the current budget woes, the government options are limited.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Santorum: America is a frontier nation. We need to inspire. Space defense must be considered.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Gingrich: Change incentives, to accelerate the development of space.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Newt: Is NASA in it’s current form the best vechicle for space exploration? They don’t even have an operational launch vehicle right now.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Romney: Moonbase is really expensive, and I’ll bring in really smart people to work on space policy.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Question about spaceflight policy. Wolf adds Gingrich’s moonbase plan.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Wolf asks if all of the candidates will release their medical records. The question is a total waste of debate time.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Paul makes light of the question in various ways
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Wolf asks Paul about his age and health.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Paul on taxes: Wants to repeal 16th amendment, wants fewer taxes than in the Reagan years, no welfare or warfare
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Santorum explains his position on a capital gains tax.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Wolf to Santorum: Polls say people want to raise taxes to pay off debt. What’s wrong with that.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Blitzer decrees a truce on the tax-return issues, then asks a question about Romney’s taxes under Gingrich plans.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Romney: And my taxes plus charitable contributions were about 40%.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Gingrich: Explain your Swiss bank accounts. Romney: It’s invested for me in a blind trust and capialism is good.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Romney: Wouldn’t it be nice if people [Gingrich] wouldn’t make accusations that they’re not willing to defend here.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Gingrich: “I’m with him [Romney]. This is a nonsense question”. Blitzer: You made this an issue with your statements.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Oh, no. Next question is tax returns.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Santorum says Gingrich and Romney should stop with the petty stuff. They both made money legitimately using their skills and experience
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Blitzer asks Ron Paul if Romney and Gingrich should sell the investments in housing. Paul says he’s not interested in the question (cheers)
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Gingrich goes substantive, finally: He’d break up Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into smaller units.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Newt says comparing my investments to his is like comparing a tiny mouse to a giant elephant.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Romney: …and you have similar invetments too [Newt]. Crowd cheers…
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Romney: My investments are in a blind-trust, and in mutual funds and other such instruments…
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Gingrich accuses Romney of having investments in companies carrying out foreclosures.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Romney takes a dig at GIngrich, then moves to a more substantive answer.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Question about housing, from Wolf Blitzer.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Santorum brings up Honduras, accuses Obama admin of siding with leftists against the people of Hounduras, and elsewhere in Latin America.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Paul: And we should have “friendship” and trade with Cuba.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Ron Paul: I would encourage free trade, but we don’t have an obligation to dictate forms of government to the rest of the world.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
Q from the audience: How would engage with Latin America, to promote democracy and markets.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
The bad news is that I wasn’t able to capture the Romney/Gingrich exchange on immigration, as I got it set up.
1 hour ago » Andrew Morse
The good news is that I have the Twitter-@AnchorRising liveblog interface marginally working…

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Monique
Editor
9 years ago

Healthcare coverage: Romney calls for Andrew’s plan to shift the tax deduction from the corporation to the individual!

Patrick
Patrick
9 years ago

Andrew Morse for Secretary of Health and Human Services!

Monique
Editor
9 years ago

Second!

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