Ron Paul and Mike Huckabee Steal No Camera from McCain, Romney at California Debate
January 31, 2008
(Long Island, N.Y.) Last nights Republican presidential debate in California seemed to showcase two out of four Republican candidates: Arizona Senator John McCain and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. The debate aired live on CNN from the Ronald Reagan presidential library, where Ronald Regan’s name was interjected quite often in the discussion. What wasn’t interjected into the discussion much at all, were views from both Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Texas Representative Ron Paul, neither of which were given many questions.
As John McCain and Mitt Romney fought vigorously over issues from flip flopping, to who more supported the surge and an aggressive he-said she-said over time-tables for withdrawal of troops from Iraq, Huckabee and Paul practically reached for the camera to acquire a minuet of attention.
After a back and forth quarrel between McCain and Romney over who was more conservative, Mike Huckabee said “I want to make sure that everyone understands that this isn’t a two man race, there’s another guy who would like to speak down hear on the far right of the stage. You want to talk conservative credentials? Let me get in on that” later adding “I’m going to make sure I get a little time here.”
Paul, who was directed less questions than all involved, and who seemed to be just skipped right over when questions were moving from right to left across the stage said “I would like to take one minute, since I didn’t get a chance to answer this discussion on conservative versus liberal”.
Moderator Anderson Cooper promised him he would have an opportunity later in the debate, but that chance never came.
Ron Paul was given only 5 questions, but his answers must strike like lighting or the camera is pulled in another direction. Mitt Romney was given 17 questions, John McCain was given 15 questions and Mike Huckabee was given 11 questions.
Overall Mitt Romney appeared aggressive and efficient at answering almost every question asked of him. He fended off multiple attacks from McCain, most of which gained him no shortage of cheers from those seated in the venue, but a new video of a radio interview with Mark Larsen of 1040 AM WWBA on the morning of 1/29/2008 has been released on YouTube which could have the former Massachusetts Governor cast in somewhat of a different light. The video has already received over 196,281 views.