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Friday, June 17, 2011

A brief evaluation of the first major GOP debate

With most of the key players in place, New Hampshire was the site of the first major GOP debate of the 2012 election cycle. Apart from the obvious failings of the network that sponsored it, and the reporter who asked the questions, the debate gave us an early glimpse into the qualities of those who are running for the Republican nomination for President.
Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of several key issues that are of vast importance to conservatives, on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest score. This evaluation tool was developed and used by this writer during the 2008 election cycle, and focuses on where the candidates stand on the following core issues: the economy, jobs, scope and size of government, the national debt, taxes, immigration, abortion, foreign policy, national defense, gun rights, and the war on terror.

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