Rough transcript of the NBC debate, plus my general opinions
The transcript is rough to say the least, I was just trying to capture the essence of each question and answer. My opinion on this debate is that it is not worth watching after the fact, it was boring. The moderators were really pushing the question of "what pain Americans will have to feel in this age of austerity..." Maybe one such question would have been fine, but it went on and on. Similar statements can be made about gay rights. This topic got substantial air time, and the questions amounted to nothing. This question was put to Romney, "when was the last time you stood up for gay rights." Really? This is an election debate question? A professional news broadcasting company allowed this to be aired? The Facebook questions I saw scrolling across the bottom of the screen had better substance. On that note, I can only recall 3 questions actually coming from Facebook. One was "is it un-American to feel relieved when receiving government assistance" another was "who knows more about the economy, Grover Norquist or Warren Buffet?" and the last one was "how will the candidates get the House and Senate to work with them." These questions have the clear appearance of being cherry picked. Basically they say, "you make Americans feel bad, you believe a tax reform nut over a sensationally successful investor, and you guys are too divisive." Huh, yeah I guess that is how the media portrays conservatives. The final note is that Huntsman and Perry could have skipped this debate all together, they were called on so rarely. I stick to my guns that Huntsman doesn't have leadership presence, and Romney is good at sidestepping questions with pretty speeches.