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GOP Debate Underway

Before we start, a quick note. This is NOT meant to be a transcript of the debate so please don't take it as one. We'll be typing right along as the candidates talk and doing our best to document the highlights and lowlights. But consider this excerpts not a transcript.

GOP presidential hopefuls stand at their podiums Thursday night at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California (Reuters)

Let's get to it...

The first question for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) went right to the heart of the matter -- What do you need to win the war in Iraq?

McCain, who spoke haltingly at first and seemed a bit nervous, largely stuck to his campaign script. "We have a new general...We have a new strategy...That strategy can succeed."

McCain did not resist criticizing the past policies of the Bush Administration toward Iraq, however. He said the war was "terribly mismanaged," adding: "We now have to fix a lot of mistakes."

Former Gov. Mitt Romney invoked former President Ronald Reagan when asked about why the next American president should not bow to public opinion polls showing that the American people have soured on the war. "Ronald Reagan was a president of strength," said Romney.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 3, 2007; 8:12 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Interestingly, a number of the candidates avoided the hard question of homeland security, diverting the answer with:..: "The real question is......". My opinion; The usual BS.
McCain in my view too flip with some answers while Rudy G was more to the point; Protect Americans and do whatever it takes to get it done. As for his views on abortion, I see them far less important that protecting the homeland against an religiously driven enemy that is bent on killing Americans.

Posted by: Fred Nyulassy | May 16, 2007 1:32 PM | Report abuse

US President Tim Kalemkarian, US Senate Tim Kalemkarian, US House Tim Kalemkarian: best major candidate.

Posted by: anonymous | May 4, 2007 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Alison:........The republicans canidates were..... doing only what they were taught to do by their party...."Runin the time out on the clock"....He,He,He.

Posted by: 0_freeman_0 | May 3, 2007 9:49 PM | Report abuse

tazmodious :.....I must totally agree with you there,...To me they seen to be doing nothing other than wasting air time on these clowns. All seem soo delusional about the direction of our country,,,and more to the reality of creating more wars with yet more failed policy..............
In the end nothing changed my conclusion......They remain liars and warmongers.

Posted by: 0_freeman_0 | May 3, 2007 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Man, the republicans are being thrown the same fluffy questions over and over. It's mostly about proving whether or not they are pro life. It seems the republican party and the republican people are afraid to deal with the issues in Iraq and Afghanistan. How lame.

Posted by: tazmodious | May 3, 2007 8:58 PM | Report abuse

I thought Guiliani's first answer was a tad bizarre -- jumped from one topic to the next without tying them together, and just spoke in platitudes instead of concrete opinions.

Posted by: Alison | May 3, 2007 8:21 PM | Report abuse

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