Viewing the South Carolina Republican debate on November 12, 2011, made me proud to identify with Republicans. The debaters, who included Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Michelle Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Jon Huntsman and last, but not least, the eccentric, and somewhat out of place, Ron Paul, were civil and respectful toward one another. The debate focused mainly on foreign policy, including topics pertaining to terrorists, security and torture. The issue of whether waterboarding is or is not a form of torture was discussed.
A close relative, who is not by an means a conservative, told me he watched the South Carolina Republican debate last night, and that he thought it was a good debate. This speaks volumes in favor of the Republican nominees, who displayed perfect manners, even in the midst of situations less than perfect. For example, at the beginning of the debate, Scott Pelley mistakenly informed Mitt Romney that his 60 seconds had expired and that he could not finish his statement. Former Massachusetts governor and 2008 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney fought back in polite verbal terms when he asserted that he still had 30 remaining seconds. As it turned out, Mitt Romney actually did have 30 remaining seconds and was then allowed to finish his statement.
The debate was interesting and lively, and there were no dull moments of which to mention. A discussion about whether or not waterboarding constitutes terrorism offered interesting viewpoints from the various Republican debaters during the November 12 Republican debate held in South Carolina. Anyone, whether a Republican, Libertarian, Independent or Democrat, could not help noticing that these honorable contenders for the 2012 Presidential Election demonstrated that the security of America is best protected by conservative leaders.
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