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Brody File Analysis of GOP Debate in Sioux City, Iowa

The Brody File provides the following analysis after the GOP debate in Sioux City Iowa.

Michele Bachmann:
The clear winner. She brought the fight to Newt Gingrich and her Iowa rival Ron Paul. She finally said what she has needed to say from the very beginning, which is that she’s a “serious candidate” and that she does have her facts right. This has been the narrative for some in the media about her so she fought back against that.

She has really stepped up her game even more in the last few weeks. It won’t surprise me if she wins the caucus or places top three for sure. Watch out. Bachmann is right near the top tier and she’s peaking at the right time. National polls may be misleading.

Mitt Romney:
Solid. Never got tripped up and his “pretty please” line about Obama and the U.S. spy drone in Iran was nifty. He kept his comments positive and about the POTUS. While the debates have helped Gingrich rise, these debates have also shown Americans that Romney is capable, steady and a cool customer, important attributes for a Commander-In-Chief.

Newt Gingrich:
Steady but not stellar. He hit it out of the park on judges and the keystone pipeline but is going to need to go deeper in the electability argument than just saying he will crush Obama in the debates. Bachmann really stood up to him on the life issue and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

She dinged him pretty good but the good news for Gingrich is that he didn’t get mean. He kept his cool and rebutted the charges. With everyone and their aunt running negative ads about Gingrich in Iowa, he’s going to suffer some in the polls. Can he hang on? It’s an open question.

Rick Santorum:
Why is this guy not a top tier candidate? His policy knowledge is top notch and he’s articulate. Clearly it has to do with the fact that he is somehow not emotionally connecting to people. He can be too serious at times, which is unfortunate because Santorum is a likeable guy. His passion on the issues comes across as someone who likes a little angry up there at times.

Anyhow, Santorum is working hard in Iowa so we’ll see. I can tell you this if the nomination doesn’t work out, he’s setting himself nicely for a cabinet position.

Rick Perry:
The Tim Tebow line will resonate with evangelicals. It was clever. Other than that he disappeared for long stretches though his passion for a part time Congress played well. A solid performance but right now Perry needs spectacular.

Ron Paul:
Let’s be clear. On economic issues, Ron Paul has been ahead of the curve for years and debate questions on that topic are in his wheelhouse. He hits them out of the park. The problem is his liberal foreign policy just WILL NOT fly in Republican circles.

Ron Paul fans may not want to hear that but the truth of the matter is a Republican candidate (Paul or anyone else) cannot get elected with those type of foreign policy positions. So when he got tangled up with Bachmann on Iran, it’s a losing proposition for him.

Jon Huntsman:
The key question: Should he just stay in New Hampshire and not attend these debates? The guy oozes moderate, which isn’t playing well in this GOP cycle. Nothing against Huntsman because his answers are always well thought out and articulate. But there’s no there there, if you know what I’m saying.

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Comments on this post

# RE: Brody File Analysis of GOP Debate in Sioux City, Iowa

I agree with you comments. I enjoyed the debate.
When is someone going to ask them about China?
Left by KellieC on Dec 16, 2011 3:50 PM

# RE: Brody File Analysis of GOP Debate in Sioux City, Iowa

I disagree about Bachmann. I appreciate her passion and obvious knowledge on issues, but she often interrupts other candidates, does not stop when her time is up, and is annoying in this matter. She comes across as desperate. I cannot see a man voting for her.
Left by Fritzie on Dec 16, 2011 7:32 PM

# RE: Brody File Analysis of GOP Debate in Sioux City, Iowa

Bachman's attack dog persona the other night and wrong facts,probably took any chance she of winning away. Even S.C. (TP country) isn't supporting her. She'll be joining Herman and Sarah on the sideline very soon. Hope she endorses Paul.
Left by Popi on Dec 17, 2011 7:58 AM

# RE: Brody File Analysis of GOP Debate in Sioux City, Iowa

And in less than one year, we will be having twice the fun discussing and arguing about who will head the Republican and Democratic tickets to succede President Obama when he finishes his second term in 2017
Left by Popi on Dec 17, 2011 8:02 AM

# RE: Brody File Analysis of GOP Debate in Sioux City, Iowa

In a manhood-me­asuring contest among these tonkatoys, the winner is clear: BachMAN!
Left by Popi on Dec 17, 2011 8:15 AM

# RE: Brody File Analysis of GOP Debate in Sioux City, Iowa

people hate paul because he isnt a pawn for the jewish lobby that is trying to force the us into another war against iran for the benefit of israel. ron paul is israel biggest nightmare, an end to the us taxpayer gravy train

Left by Popi on Dec 17, 2011 12:27 PM

# RE: Brody File Analysis of GOP Debate in Sioux City, Iowa

David- I couldn't disagree more with much of your analysis. Romney- definately swiped with the fact that he issued gay marriage licenses from his governor's office (not solid- looked guilty); Perry's Tebow comment was the least of his good moments. Tops was his strong resolve to make sure any AG under him knew what was going on in his agency or be canned. THIS is what I'm looking for- a real 'take charge' attitude like Eisenhower and Reagan had. Ditto his border comments and The Monroe Doctrine. Can't believe you overlooked that. As for Newt- he's a spender and she's The Adultress. No passage of time will correct that- only true repentance (None evident in either of them) and still he should not be in leadership again. Jaded. He's all mouth and 'no cattle'.Thanks for your time.
Left by closefam on Dec 18, 2011 1:14 AM

# RE: Brody File Analysis of GOP Debate in Sioux City, Iowa

You are misrepresenting Ron Paul horribly. I'm a Christian and I personally don't want to add Iran and Syria to our countries "Hit list". Life is sacred even if they are a different color or religion. You should be ashamed for yourself for looking favorably at War-mongers like Santorum, Bachmann, and Perry.
Left by Nieuws on Dec 22, 2011 8:42 PM