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Where's Rudy?

05/04/07 12:09AM

Is Guliani even in this deabte?  This "I was a Governor and therefore  I....." is very interesting.  Lots of credential flashing tonight.   That didn't happen much in the Democratic debate.  Here it has put Romney and Gilmore out front with more confidence.McCain is keeping up.  But Where is Rudy?? read more

Would the day Roe v. Wade is repealed be a good day for America?

05/04/07 12:06AM

(By msnbc's Tucker Carlson)Would the day Roe v. Wade is repealed be a good day for America? It’s a simple enough question, and all the candidates responded to it simply. Nine of them agreed it would be a good day. Giuliani’s response: “It’d be OK.”So the repeal of the single most controversial Supreme Court decision of the last 30 years is no big deal one way or another? read more

No breakthrough moments for Giuliani

05/03/07 11:54PM

(By msnbc's Joe Scarborough)Each presidential debate has its defining moments. So many Republicans are breaking through and speaking to their specific audiences. Tommy Thompson, Mike Huckabee, Jim Gilmore and Sam Brownback are having good moments. Mitt Romney looks like he owns the stage. But Rudy is having none of those breakthrough answers. Why? Who knows. But that leadership style we saw on the streets of New York after 9/11 is not translating on stage at the Reagan library. read more

McCain lookr most prepared

05/03/07 11:53PM

(From NBC's Chuck Todd)McCain looks to be the most prepared tonight... His answers are crisp and ready for air. It's the difference between doing this before and doing this for the first time. Ask Barack Obama, John Edwards and Hillary Clinton from last week. Obama wasn't ready for the format, Edwards and Clinton were. read more

Rudy's sole goal

05/03/07 11:46PM

(From NBC's Chuck Todd)Rudy's sole goal tonight: prove electability. Analyze every answer he's given and it's all been framed thru the prism of "electability." read more

Here's a fun game

05/03/07 11:42PM

(From NBC's Chuck Todd)Here's a fun game... Compare how many times the candidates mention Reagan vs. Lieberman...Brownback just made the first mention; it won't be the last.  read more

Romney off to a strong start

05/03/07 11:41PM

Moving to the halfway point of this Republican debate, it looks like Mitt Romney is trying his best to pull down the mantle of Ronald Reagan. He is off to a very strong start. The man who is best alligned to do that--John McCain is simply stumbling too much to strike voters as Reaganesque. He is clearly uncomfortable. Perhaps tomorrow, we'll find out why. Jim Gilmore and Mike Huckabee are off to strong starts as is Sam Brownback. Giuliani may have Reagan's leadership qualities but he seems to lack Reagan's optimism. But Mitt Romney has it in spades. He is clearly winning this debate. read more

Giuliani, McCain seem nervous

05/03/07 11:37PM

(By msnbc's Tucker Carlson)Both Giuliani and McCain seem nervous. Rudy, who may be the most fluent, natural speaker running for president, stumbles over his words at least twice in his first answer. He speaks too fast, rushing to squeeze every imaginable talking point – 9-11, Reagan’s legacy, the rebirth of New York City – into a single paragraph, if not sentence. McCain follows his pace. He explodes out of the box like a sprinter, then trips almost immediately. Weirdly, it’s Romney who seems most relaxed. He may not know who he is, but he’s good on stage. read more

Breakthrough moment for Romney

05/03/07 11:27PM

"He is going to pay and he is going to die."What a breakthrough moment for Mitt Romney, talking about Osama Bin Laden. John McCain followed by promising to follow Bin Laden to the gates of Hell. Mitt Romney is doing very well, as is Giuliani. John McCain is off to an tentative, uneven start. read more

From Scarborough's vantage point

05/03/07 10:44PM

From my vantage point, I'm looking at the stage to my right and the candidates to my left, waiting behind the curtain. Mitt Romney is looking relaxed, chatting with other candidates. Brownback, Gilmore and Duncab Hunter are also smiling as if there political futures are NOT hanging in the balance. They are. read more

Will Republicans campaign with Bush?

05/03/07 10:27PM

I wish Chris would ask all the Republicans on stage who among them is willing to take a pledge to campaign frequently with George Bush. Side-by-side with George Bush during the general election. We know they like the ghost of Reagan, but how are they going to deal with the reality of Bush? read more

Poor Mitt Romney

05/03/07 10:01PM

Poor Mitt Romney - actually he's anything but poor given the money he raised; he may never be commander in chief, but he's fundraiser in chief. Anyway, he has to flip on issues without the benefit of a safety net like 9/11 for Giuliani or McCain's national security record. In 1994, when he lost a senate race to Ted Kennedy, he said he was more strongly for gay rights than Kennedy was. Now he's against them. He said he was pro-choice; now he's pro-life. Kennedy was right during their debate: Romney isn't pro-choice -- he's "multiple choice." read more