2011 Republican primary debate at the Iowa State Fair
This debate on Aug. 11, 2011, preceded the Iowa Straw Poll on Aug. 13.
It was hosted by Fox News and held at Iowa State University in Ames Iowa.
The debate itself featured a fight about Minnesota politics between Gov. Pawlenty and Rep. Bachmann.
But the most telling moment was when the moderator asked,
"Would you turn down a deal that cut $10 in spending for every $1 raised in taxes? Please raise your hand if you would turn down a 10-to-1 deal."
All 8 contenders raised their hands. (The moderator expected to initiate a discussion about the proper ratio between taxes vs. spending!)
Source: CBS News Political Hot Sheet
| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Rick Santorum: No abortions even in cases of rape; one violence is enough.
Tim Pawlenty: Criminal sanctions against abortion doctors, not women.
Budget & Economy|
Herman Cain: Don't raise debt ceiling; that doesn't solve problem.
Jon Huntsman: I'm gonna do for the US what I did for Utah.
Jon Huntsman: I stood up for debt ceiling increase and against default.
Michele Bachmann: Don't raise debt ceiling; country not at risk of default.
Michele Bachmann: I was the leading voice against raising the debt ceiling.
Mitt Romney: 7 principles for leadership on the economy.
Newt Gingrich: The Super-committee is as dumb an idea as I've ever heard.
Newt Gingrich: It's a scandal that the Federal Reserve is secret.
Rick Santorum: Govt has averaged 18% of GDP and we're now at 25%.
Rick Santorum: Audit the Fed; but no gold standard.
Rick Santorum: Stopping debt ceiling increase is showmanship not leadership.
Ron Paul: Country is bankrupt & we can't keep spending.
Ron Paul: I'm delighted that auditing the Fed has become mainstream.
Tim Pawlenty: I'll offer a prize to anyone who can find Obama's plan.
Jon Huntsman: I believe in traditional marriage but also civil unions.
Michele Bachmann: I support federal AND state marriage amendments.
Mitt Romney: Federal definition of marriage as one-man-one-woman.
Newt Gingrich: Loyalty test for everyone, not just for Muslims.
Rick Santorum: No polygamy; no gay marriage.
Ron Paul: No federal marriage licenses & no state licenses either.
Herman Cain: Take the capital gains tax rate & repatriation tax to zero.
Herman Cain: Suspend taxes on repatriated profits, permanently.
Jon Huntsman: EPA's regulatory reign of terror prevents building in USA.
Rick Santorum: Cut corporate tax rate to zero & jobs will come back.
Herman Cain: No Child Left Behind has unfunded mandates.
Jon Huntsman: No Child Left Behind has failed; we need vouchers.
Energy & Oil|
Michele Bachmann: I opposed cap-and-trade, including Lightbulb Choice Act.
Families & Children|
Michele Bachmann: Bible's "be submissive to husband" means mutual respect.
Herman Cain: Foreign policy should include bombs & bullets AND economics.
Rick Santorum: No apologies for past American interventions in Iran.
Ron Paul: We installed Shah in Iran; we should mind our own business.
Tim Pawlenty: Sanctions for Iran nukes; regime change for Syria.
Ron Paul: Trade sanctions never worked on Cuba, and won't work on Iran.
Newt Gingrich: Press corps focuses on campaign minutia & not basic ideas.
Michele Bachmann: I fought; when others ran, I fought.
Michele Bachmann: Government has no authority to force people to buy insurance.
Mitt Romney: ObamaCare's biggest difference: I believe in 10th Amendment.
Mitt Romney: MA Constitution allows mandate; US Constitution does not.
Rick Santorum: If we let states mandate insurance, sterilization is ok too.
Ron Paul: States CAN mandate insurance, but it's a bad idea.
Tim Pawlenty: We did healthcare the right way in Minnesota.
Tim Pawlenty: ObamneyCare: ObamaCare was patterned after RomneyCare.
Michele Bachmann: No Miranda rights for terrorists; expand Guantanamo.
Ron Paul: Neither Dems nor GOP will cut one nickel from militarism.
Ron Paul: Many terrorists have been properly tried in US courts.
Herman Cain: We have a path to citizenship: it's called legal immigration.
Jon Huntsman: End patchwork of state laws & just secure the border.
Mitt Romney: I like legal immigration; let business determine visas.
Newt Gingrich: Citizen Boards to decide which immigrants stay and go.
Ron Paul: Pay attention to US borders, not international borders.
Mitt Romney: The free economy means sometimes we lose jobs.
Mitt Romney: Replace jobless benefits with unemployment savings accounts.
Principles & Values|
Jon Huntsman: If you love your country, you serve her.
Michele Bachmann: Make Obama a one-term president.
Michele Bachmann: Health Impact Fee: opposed cigarette tax but voted for life.
Mitt Romney: I cut taxes 19 times as MA governor.
Tim Pawlenty: Health Impact Fee: increased cigarette tax but regretted it.
Jon Huntsman: Cyber intrusion is the new battlefield, and an act of war.
War & Peace|
Michele Bachmann: Iran is a state sponsor of terror; can't be a nuclear power.
Mitt Romney: We should withdraw from Afghanistan after 2012.
Newt Gingrich: Wrong to intervene in Libya; covert action more effective.
Rick Santorum: We should withdraw from Afghanistan more slowly.
Rick Santorum: Iran has been at war with us since 1979.
Rick Santorum: Iran must be confronted to stop them from getting nukes.
Ron Paul: Of course Iran wants nukes; talk to them like we did USSR.
Ron Paul: I worry about war propaganda will lead to war against Iran.
Tim Pawlenty: We should withdraw from Afghanistan more slowly.
Welfare & Poverty|
Rick Santorum: No compromise on core principles; compromise on all else.
The above quotations are from 2011 Republican primary debate at the Iowa State Fair.
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