After a month of regenerating sanity from a hiatus in the GOP debate schedule, tonight we live blog a new and what may prove to be a very pivotal debate.

When we last left our candidates in a debate, Newt Gingrich was losing his mojo and Mitt Romney had awkwardly adopted an attack persona (like a Barbie doll, you can change his philosophical clothes at any time into whatever you want!).

Now, the Rick Santorum, “Onward Christian Soldiers” campaign has taken over the lead and Mitt Romney is on the verge of losing his home state of MI and any further claim to inevitability, let alone the nomination.

If Santorum comes out aggressively against Romney, will Romney stutter and chuckle/laugh his way out of danger or will he accelerate his descent in the polls?

In this reality-challenged GOP campaign season, Santorum, who espouses that Satan is attacking America, could take a huge step towards winning the GOP nomination for President if he can beat or come close to Romney in Michigan, generating momentum just a week before Super Tuesday.

You’re invited to join us tonight at 5:00 pm PST/8:00 pm EST for a live blog of this debate. You can watch it on CNN or on their website at http://www.cnn.com.

In the meantime, please feel free to post your thoughts, comments or updates about the GOP primary and this circus sideshow of candidates.

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KQµårk 死神
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Sounds like the Paul and Romney bromance continued last night. Riiiight remember Paul is suppose to be the only GOP candidate with integrity and conviction. Yet he continues to enable the phoniest politician on the planet. I have allot of things against Paul’s politics but his efforts to help Romney show the worst of the worst, he’s just a pol who doesn’t give a shyte about his own supporters who would be the last people to vote for the sham that is Romney. To attack every candidate but Romney from the right is true political cowardliness.

escribacat
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Did Obama win the debate again? My power went out again and stayed out for the rest of the evening (because of wind). Crazy weather here in Colorado.

funksands
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Anyone have any good data on how the “right direction / wrong direction” numbers play our in Congressional / Presidential elections?

The last 4 polls in Feb show:

Right Direction: 34% Wrong Direction: 60%

However in November it averaged:

Right Direction: 17% Wrong Direction: 75%

Has this poll ever meant anything?

SallyT
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Here is another source for facts on the debates mistakes. A couple are repeats of KQ’s list but there are also some new ones. Like:

“And how could Newt Gingrich have given the nation four balanced budgets when he was only in Congress for two of them?”

http://news.yahoo.com/fact-check-errant-claims-auto-bailout-taxes-023532052.html

KQµårk 死神
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Seven lies told during the GOP debate in AZ. Of course Mittens led the way with four of them.

http://www.politicususa.com/en/republican-debate-fact-check

Khirad
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I notice other than the military they didn’t even touch foreign policy.

My lord….

KillgoreTrout
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Except for the requisite saber rattling at Iran.

SallyT
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KQ, only 7? Okay, I know, they were doing the highlights. Thank you for the link! 😉

SallyT
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One of the many idiot statements tonight was from Santorum saying that more children are having children. The last I checked teenage pregnancies were way down. Yet, this idiot believes that a child becoming pregnant from rape should accept it as a gift from God. If this idiot is elected President, well for me, HELLO AUSTRALIA!

choicelady
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I’m headed to Canada.

SallyT
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Kes, I would go there with you but it is too cold for my old body.

MurphTheSurf3
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From wikipedia:
The teenage birth rate in the United States is the highest in the developed world, and the teenage abortion rate is also high.[2] The U.S. teenage pregnancy rate was at a high in the 1950s and has decreased since then, although there has been an increase in births out of wedlock.[16] The teenage pregnancy rate decreased significantly in the 1990s; this decline manifested across all racial groups, although teenagers of African-American and Hispanic descent retain a higher rate, in comparison to that of European-Americans and Asian-Americans. The Guttmacher Institute attributed about 25% of the decline to abstinence and 75% to the effective use of contraceptives.[17] However, in 2006 the teenage birth rate rose for the first time in fourteen years.[18] This could imply that teen pregnancy rates are also on the rise, however the rise could also be due to other sources: a possible decrease in the number of abortions or a decrease in the number of miscarriages, to name a few.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teenage_pregnancy#United_States

SallyT
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Sorry, Murph, I am reading the WebMD which shows different.

http://www.webmd.com/parenting/news/20110202/teen-birth-rate-is-declining

MurphTheSurf3
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Hmmmm. I wonder which is correct. The sources at wiki were strong ones. I wonder what cdc could tell us on this. I will look. I am sure you will do the same. Stats….grrrrrr! Not my strong suit.

SallyT
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Murph, it will tell you it is down but we are still the nation with the most. However, regardless, it doesn’t change the outcome of my comment and the idiot statements of Santorum.

Kalima
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To all of those I haven’t answered, I’m not being rude, I just can’t find the bloody comments. Mea culpa, muchly. 🙁

KQµårk 死神
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Like usual Romney had the whopper of the night when he lied about Romneycare making Catholic hospitals pay for the morning after pill with their HC programs. I was wondering how he was going to address that. I guess a flat out lie was better than defending the truth.

KillgoreTrout
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A bald faced lie, for sure. And the cretins in the audience bought it, hook, line and sinker.

foodchain
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foodchain

KT spelling error? Hook, line and stinker

KillgoreTrout
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Good one FC.