CBS Republican Presidential Debate November 12, 2011 (South Carolina, GOP, Romney, Cain, Perry, Ron Paul, Bachmann, Gingrich, Santorum, Graham, DeMint)
We just had yet another worthless GOP debate three days ago, but tonight there's yet another one. This time CBS News will be the one asking the weak questions at a debate at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. It's set to kick off at 8pm Eastern.
This debate will focus on national security and foreign policy, and one or more questions will be asked by Sens. Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham. If CBS were actually interested in hashing out the best policies, they'd have people whose policies are opposite those on stage quiz them. Having people on the same basic side ask questions is more akin to a Soviet-style debate.
Feel free to leave comments below before, during or after the debate. This post will be updated after a transcript becomes available.
Suggested reading: the links in the list of candidates above, debates, and most importantly of all the alternative to bogus political debates. That plan would ensure that the presidential candidates promote vetted policies with only known side-effects. All the debates so far simply allow candidates to give their stock speeches without being challenged on the flaws in their plans.
UPDATE: CBS has a transcript here. They don't appear to have put it all on one page, you'll have to scroll through 17 pages.
UPDATE 2: Ron Paul's campaign manager John Tate says:
"90 seconds. That’s how much of the first hour of tonight’s GOP debate was given to Ron Paul. 90 measly seconds out of 3,600 seconds. The remaining 3,510 seconds were spent with the other major candidates:
*Declaring their desire to start wars in Iran, Pakistan, and Syria;
*Rehashing their support for torture;
*Agreeing that President Obama has the right to unilaterally assassinate an American citizen without a court conviction;
*Explaining their plans to continue nation-building, policing, and occupying countries across the globe...."