Posts Tagged ‘Debate’

Wonder what you would find if you frisked the last GOP gubernatorial debate that occurred last night at Oakland University in Auburn Hills, Michigan?

Answer: Republican candidates explaining their stance on issues ranging from immigration and jobs to right-to-work.

Well Michiganders… We have 2 weeks and 6 days left until we are able to vote for which Republican candidate (or Democrat) we want to lead our state into prosperity. The Detroit Free Press reports:

On stage were Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, Attorney General Mike Cox, U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra and state Sen. Tom George. None threw a knockout punch at Oakland University in Auburn Hills; each hit familiar themes.

Bouchard emphasized an economic recovery that keeps Michigan’s children in the state.

Cox reminded TV viewers of his endorsements (Right to Life and Michigan Chamber of Commerce) and that he was a Marine and prosecutor.

Hoekstra offered his experience with a west Michigan furniture maker to tout his understanding of the issues.

George said the others aren’t realistic in suggesting deep tax cuts as revenues have shrunk.

I agree with the Detroit Free Press’ assessment that there wasn’t any knockout punches thrown in last night’s debate, but we were reminded of which candidate exceeds the rest: Mike Bouchard.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know some of you will comment on this post just to point out my bias, but there is a reason why I have endorsed him to be Michigan’s next governor. Last night, Mike Bouchard seemed like the only candidate that is ready to lead our great state of Michigan into prosperity. He was absolutely flawless during the debate as he stayed poised, articulate, and laid out his plan that will fix Lansing and get Michigan back to work. On top of all that, he has been a small business owner, leader in the state legislature under Governor Engler during Michigan’s roaring 90’s, and now manages the largest sheriff’s office in the state. Like he said during the debate last night: There’s A LOT of new-comers entering the state legislature after the November election due to term-limits, and our state cannot handle another governor who needs on-the-job training. Mike Bouchard is clearly the only candidate who has the experience and backbone needed to fix our great state!

As for the other candidates in last night’s debate:

State Senator Tom George was back to his typical “we must have a constitutional convention” the entire time, which I don’t entirely disagree with. Unfortunately, it will cause special interests groups to flood into the process and cost our state $40-50 million dollars. In other words, that’s crucial money the state of Michigan doesn’t have. Overall, he was energetic and made some good points on a few of the key-issues, but he will just get ignored.

Mike Cox basically repeated himself the entire time. At the beginning of every question he would thank the debate moderator, remind the crowd that he was endorsed by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, and then plugged his website at the end of each question. In my opinion, it seemed like he lacked the knowledge and substance to answer the tough questions thrown his way. Not to mention, Tom George just went to town and picked apart the many flaws found in Cox’s Putting Michigan Back to Work plan. In the end, Mike Cox showed his true colors when he didn’t know the difference between a “tax-cut” and a “tax-credit”. Looking around at the crowd after he said it, I was clearly not the only one who was absolutely shocked and astonished by his remarks. Overall, he has been a good Attorney General, but he’s definitely not fit for governor. Sorry.

Personally, I kind of like Pete Hoekstra but once again he came off like he was a deer stuck in the headlights and displayed NO enthusiasm at all while answering the questions. Not to mention, he did jump off subject time-to-time and addressed some federal government issues which left me scratching my head. In the end, Hoekstra is definitely the “establishment” candidate and if he received the Republican nomination I would be worried about whether or not he could keep the Republican momentum going into November. After all, Michigan’s last two GOP candidates that ran against Governor Granholm were dry and unenthusiastic and we do not want to make the same mistake.

As for Rick Snyder… Well, he decided not to show up and instead held town hall meetings in Grand Rapids and Grand Ledge. It’s a strategy that his campaign chose to go with after participating in the Detroit Regional Chamber debate on Mackinac Island in early June. Personally, I find it odd that he could not take one day off during his two-month long town hall tour to show Michigan that he can stand his ground with the rest of the field. If a candidate cannot support his plan during a simple debate, how can he expect to know how to wrangle with state government in order to put a struggling state on the path towards prosperity and economic growth? …And please don’t give me the quick one-liner “sound bite” that he was once a CEO. Remember, he disagrees with “sound bites and fireworks”.

Overall, it was a good debate and I had a great time attending.

*UPDATE* July 14, 2010 – 12:50 pm.

Click here to watch last night’s debate.


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GOP Gubernatorial Debate.

Wonder what you would find if you frisked the first Michigan Republican Gubernatorial Candidates Debate?

Answer: Great discourse about cutting Michigan’s budget and taxes mixed with some political fireworks.

The State News reports:

The early focus of the debate was fostering a better business climate in Michigan, which Bouchard said revolved around lowering and simplifying taxes for citizens and companies.

“Our taxpayers, our citizens have left,” Bouchard said. “We cannot ask them for more because they cannot give it. We’re sending them across the border every time we ask.”

Cox, the Michigan Attorney General since 2002, said the state needs to expand tax breaks similar to the system devised in 2008 to bring more film businesses to Michigan.


When the debate shifted to the recently passed health care legislation and its impact on Michigan, the candidates found a common ground.

Hoekstra, a vocal opponent in Washington, D.C., said “Obamacare” needed to be scrapped.

Cox, who championed his lawsuit against the federal government challenging the constitutionality of a federal health care mandate, said he would “undo the lack of focus on cost.”

Snyder also agreed that health care needs to be reformed, but added he’s not sure if suing the federal government is the best course of action.


The debate often shifted back to Michigan’s economy, which all agreed needed an emphasis on building more jobs and encouraging college graduates to stay in the state.

“When I graduated, I knew there’d be a quality job waiting for me,” said Bouchard, an MSU alumnus.
“That is not the case today. Every day these problems aren’t fixed, another family, another child leaves this state, and that’s not acceptable. I will fix that. This must be about the next generation and not the next election.”

Overall, I thought it was an informative first debate and I had a great attending the event. Unfortunately, I was unable to find the debate posted on the internet, but I will keep looking and hopefully I will have it up on the blog for you within the near future.

Here’s my opinion on who won last night’s debate:

  • Winner: Mike Bouchard – You could tell that he was well-versed on the issues, because he did not slip up, mumble, or stutter once throughout the intense debate. Also, he was able to relate to the viewers and quickly propose solutions – stemming from his past experience – that will eventually rebuild Michigan.
  • 2nd: Tom George – He came into the debate as the underdog and I must admit that I underestimated him. When the moderator listed off the first question, he quickly jumped to his points using a lot of enthusiasm that made the other candidates seem quiet. Overall, he did a great job, but all his talks about having a Michigan Constitutional Convention tuned me out.
  • 3rd: Pete Hoekstra/Rick Snyder – Going into the debate, I thought Hoekstra was going to do a great job, but he came across – in my opinion – as a so-so candidate. Perhaps it was just the debate setting, but he seemed dual and appeared to be a deer in the highlights as he gathered his thoughts at certain points during the debate. As for Snyder, I got really annoyed with his repetitive “career politicians” tagline. Granted, it was great to start off with that argument, but it got odd pretty quickly. Although he’s a successful businessman, it takes an experienced knowledge in government to work with both parties in order to get legislation passed. Also, the last two Republican candidates Michigan had running for governor against Jennifer Granholm were successful businessmen. Part of me cautiously asks: If Snyder wins the Republican Primary, will a third time be the charm?
  • 4th: Mike CoxUnfortunately there is something about Mike Cox that just radiates a negative vibe. He started off the debate doing quite well, but his constant reference back to his “62 page plan” got old. Personally, when I am at a debate, I want to get a sense of what each candidate is about. I do not want to go read a book online – using my free time – to find out if I ‘like’ a candidate or not. Overall, it was the constant attacks on the other candidates during the second half of the debate that put Cox into last place. Blogger evidence: Let’s not tear down the Republican Party before the primaries, because the Democrats will try to do plenty of that this fall.

Great debate! I cannot wait until the next one!

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked the Fairchild Theatre on the campus of Michigan State University on April 21, 2010 at 7pm?

Answer: The first Michigan Republican Gubernatorial Candidates Debate!

…And you know your’s truly – Mac from FriskAliberal.com – will be there!

The Detroit News reports:

Five GOP candidates for governor — Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, Attorney General Mike Cox, state Sen. Tom George of Kalamazoo, U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra of Holland and Ann Arbor businessman Rick Snyder — will participate.

“This is a critical election and it is important residents across the state have a clear understanding of the vision and ideas each candidate has as they prepare to vote in August and November,” said Ron Weiser, chair of the Michigan Republican Party.

The candidates will respond to questions from a panel of reporters.

According to a document I received from the Michigan GOP, the debate will begin at 7pm and run to 8pm. It will also be broadcast live on WLNS (Lansing CBS affiliate). The moderators for the debate will be Dave Ackerly (from WLNS) and Kathy Barks Hoffman (from the Associated Press).

REMINDER: The debate is a ticketed event, and you must have a ticket for admission to the Theatre. If you didn’t receive your ticket in advance, you may pick it up at the MRP Ticket Will Call located in the lobby of the Theatre. Tickets are not transferable.

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Diane Feinstein (D-CA).

Wonder what you would find if you frisked Diane Feinstein during a 1990 debate for California Governor?

Answer: Is that writing on her palm I see?

It appears Sarah Palin is not the only one who writes keywords on her hand. Twenty years ago, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) was caught on video with some notes jotted down on the palm of her hand during a televised debate, haha.

What’s the difference between the two? Well, Sarah Palin was simply giving a speech and Feinstein’s notes were in violation of the debate rules:

It’s also very incriminating to note that, unlike Palin’s use of the notes in the palm of her hand, Feinstein’s use of them in her televised debate actually constituted a violation of the debate rules in purely technical terms as candidates weren’t allowed to bring notes in any form to the podium! When asked about her violation, good ol’ Dianne did what all mature, rational, clear-thinking Democrats do: She childishly snapped, “I’m not going to show you,” hid her guilty hand behind her back, and then walked away.

Of course we will not hear anything about this story from NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, or any other liberal mainstream media outlets.

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SNL goes after Obama.

Wonder what you would find if you frisked Saturday Night Live’s portrayal of Chinese President Hu Jintao?

Answer: He sure doesn’t enjoy Obama’s spending spree.


Maybe Saturday Night Live is starting to get the hang of it? Lets hope so because we all know they could use some better ratings. The only thing that is missing right now is CNN’s fact check of a comedy skit, but than again… the day is not over with yet, haha.

Best quote from the skit:

I am noticing that each of your plans to save money involves spending even more money.

Yeah… It’s funny how that one works and I still find it quite baffling to this day, but I’m glad SNL pointed it out.

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Steven Shannon's epic failure.

Steven Shannon's epic failure.

Wonder what you would find if you frisked Steve Shannon (D), Virginia’s Attorney General, during a local debate?

Answer: He doesn’t understand the office he’s running for.

Haha. Ouch! Steve Shannon went down faster than gravity!

Make sure you watch this video. During the debate, the candidates were allowed to ask each other one question. This is the question Ken Cuccinelli had for his Democratic opponent:

Name the divisions of the Commonwealth Attorney General’s office and describe what each division does.

BOOM! Steve Shannon goes down stuttering. Haha, it is hilarious watching him try and wiggle his way out of not understanding the office he’s running for. Not to mention, his lack of competence about the job he’s asking constituents to elect him to.

Although the debate was entertaining, watch the second half of the video where one of Steve Shannon’s staffers tries to destroy the film (using the camera flash) documenting his reactions to questions from reporters about his ‘non-answer’. Priceless.

Props to Ken Cuccinelli.

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Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg

Wonder what you would find if you frisked The View’s Whoopi Goldberg over the Roman Polanski issue?

Answer: Polanski didn’t ‘rape-rape’ a 13 year-old girl.

Hmm… Are you joking Whoopi!? I mean, you use to be a comedian so I don’t know if America is suppose to take you serious here. What the hell is ‘rape-rape’? Honestly!?

Here we go again folks, liberal Hollywood coming to a child molester’s rescue! This is why the the debate on The View is absolutely off base:

What I find much more disturbing is that, in that clip and another one that’s posted at Jezebel, the ladies of The View engage in some terrifying “debate” about what happened to then-13-year-old Samantha Geimer. Whoopi floats the notion that rape “wasn’t the allegation,” and that the victim “was aware,” and Melissa Gilbert thinks it makes a difference that “Mom was in the building.”

What the EFF? I hate to even point out the sickeningly obvious here. First of all, “rape-rape” was the allegation. Samantha Geimer testified that she told Polanski “No!” While Polanski denies this, he loses a couple of credibility points by drugging and sodomizing a 13 year old girl. I’d say she gets the benefit of the doubt here.

Notwithstanding that, though, is that the standard of consent now, “She was aware?” Keep an eye on your drinks, ladies, because in Whoopi’s world, the right dose of rohypnol will leave you just conscious enough to have deserved it.

I feel bad for those who have the moral mindset of a moron, like Whoopi Goldberg, because I don’t understand how anyone could have sympathy for someone that would DRUG and “RAPE-RAPE” a child… For crying out loud, it could have been their child!

Common sense people… Please try and use it.

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