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October, 9th 2007

The debate starts

– Liz Mair

... and Fred just stumbled on the word "recession," which he seems to have forgotten. But, he has leapt into talking about excessive spending, which I appreciate. Sadly, he doesn't seem to be doing much of a good job at explaining why so many people think that we're headed into a recession.

Oh-- Romney thinks it's everyone's duty to solve the problem of large numbers of home foreclosures in Michigan, including the government's. He is giving a lot of good Michigan-specific chat, though, and I expect that will play well.

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And Romney just pulled the protectionist line about embedded tax breaks (sounds a lot like "let's penalize the foreigners" to me).

And Rudy's on to bashing Democrats. And introducing his disgruntlement at the Yankees result into the debate, too. Good stuff.

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Ron Paul's talking gold standard, which no one except for him and five other people get. However, I still think he's doing a better job of explaining why 2/3 think we're heading into a recession than Fred did. Oh-- and he's managed to bring it all back to foreign policy. Whoopee!!

Paul just got a big round of applause, too!

McCain's talking jobs, and getting on to health care and Social Security. Smart stuff, but McCain sounds a little shaky. He's on to pork, as well, and what the President should veto-- good stuff-- and how stupid it is that we want to take care of kids while getting people to smoke. I am not sure that him saying that the tax system is fair is a good idea, though-- Michigan strikes me as a little more economically populist than Arizona.

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Huckabee's talking fair tax. I still think this is a bit of a foil to distract from his weak economic record, but he makes it sound good. Huckabee is doing a good job of tapping into angst about the economy, too, which-- although this is playing on CNBC and I wouldn't expect that constituency to dig Huckabee-- seems like something that's going to work well with the immediate audience.

Hunter's complaining about the Chinese again. I don't disagree with him about the threat, but I do disagree with him about the tariffs.

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