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January 16, 2012 | By James Oliphant
We're down to the final five. With Jon Huntsman Jr.'s decision to go no further, the GOP presidential field has been pared down to front-runner Mitt Romney and four others desperate to find some way to slow his momentum. South Carolina remains the best hope for Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul or Rick Perry to pull off an upset. But to do it, they'll need to knock Romney off his game at Monday evening's debate in Myrtle Beach, S.C. There's risk involved. Gingrich and Perry have found that some conservatives haven't warmed to their attacks on Romney's work at Bain Capital.
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NEWS
September 7, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
In the two debates preceding Wednesday night's dust-up in Simi Valley, Mitt Romney had the luxury of being the man above the fray. While rivals such as Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty tore at each other, Romney stayed cool, removed. He didn't break a sweat. That could change in a big way at the Reagan Library. Romney is no longer the favorite - and can no longer approach his candidacy like a long-distance runner. Rick Perry's surge has forced the former Massachusetts governor to recalibrate his approach in multiple ways.
NEWS
January 23, 2012 | By Paul West and Seema Mehta
In a potentially pivotal GOP presidential debate, Newt Gingrich repeatedly found himself on the defensive Monday night, as Mitt Romney sharply assailed his record as House speaker and his work as a highly paid consultant to Freddie Mac, the federally backed mortgage giant. Romney, reeling from a double-digit loss to Gingrich two days earlier in South Carolina, improved on his halting performances in recent debates but didn't land a knockout blow. Gingrich, who brought debate crowds to their feet last week, was restrained and passed up several opportunities to attack Romney.
NEWS
July 20, 2011 | By James Oliphant
Six Republican presidential candidates participated in a tea-party sponsored debate on Twitter on Wednesday - and the results showed both the promise and the limits of the social medium. The format allowed the six, Reps. Michele Bachmann and Thaddeus McCotter, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, ex-Sen. Rick Santorum, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, and businessman Herman Cain, to interact directly with supporters and detractors - and allowed their respective messages to be relayed and retweeted across the ever-expanding platform.
NEWS
January 23, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
It took NBC debate moderator Brian Williams about 15 minutes to turn to Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, and when he did, he hinted at the question on the minds of most observers of the Republican presidential race: When will Paul drop out? “To say that there has only been three races and talk about not being electable, I think is a bit of a stretch,” Paul said. Paul finished in third place in the Iowa caucuses and second in the New Hampshire primary. But he placed last in South Carolina last weekend among a narrowed field of four candidates.
NEWS
January 8, 2012 | By Paul West and Seema Mehta
In the most contentious debate of the GOP presidential campaign, Mitt Romney got a long-anticipated pummeling from his Republican rivals Sunday morning, just two days ahead of the New Hampshire primary. The Republican front-runner had floated above the fray less than 12 hours earlier, in an another network debate. But when he joined the rest of the GOP contenders on NBC's “Meet the Press” for a rare morning confrontation, he found himself on the receiving end of a fusillade of attacks -- for his shape-shifting on issues, his political ambitions and his record as governor of next-door Massachusetts.
NEWS
December 10, 2011 | By Mark Z. Barabak and Paul West
With Newt Gingrich as their common target, the Republican presidential hopefuls piled on the new party front-runner in a lively debate Saturday night, jabbing him over his political consistency, the sturdiness of his character and the plausibility of his policy proposals. One after another, rivals portrayed the former House speaker - who looked on stern-faced - as an opportunist who changes his beliefs to suit the political times and his personal ambitions. "He's been on different positions, you know, on so many issues," said Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, voicing a theme picked up by others on the Drake University stage who each insisted he or she alone was the true conservative who could best take the fight to President Obama.
OPINION
April 18, 2008
Re "Debate dwells on Obama's past," April 17 Once again, it appears that the news media control the debate. For at least 50 minutes, both Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton were quizzed on some of their silly misstatements that have already been analyzed ad nauseam. Finally, I thought, we'd get a chance to hear their views on the issues most of us care about. Wrong again -- but this time I don't think we can blame the candidates. They had to go to war with the questions they were given.
OPINION
October 1, 2004
I'm a Republican, voted for George W. Bush in 2000, and now plan to vote for John Kerry this November. I was completely and utterly disappointed by Bush's performance in the debate. I've never seen such a sorry lack of forward thinking. Though I'm not a huge Kerry advocate, at least he sounded smart enough to do the job. Charles Parlapanides Los Angeles The Kerry message: "Whatever you can do, I can do better!" That's your plan, John? Jerry Mazenko Garden Grove After watching the first presidential debate, I find myself even more convinced that Kerry would be a more effective and responsible president than Bush.
OPINION
September 30, 2008
Re "Too close to call," editorial, Sept. 27 Your editorial concluded that Friday's debate "showed that John McCain is clear-eyed about the threats to America." You were apparently watching a different debate than I was. As Barack Obama correctly pointed out, McCain was wrong about the need to invade Iraq, wrong that U.S. troops would be greeted as liberators, wrong about the ease with which that invasion would be concluded and wrong about weapons of mass destruction. In what way, then, is McCain "clear-eyed" about the security threats this country faces?
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