Blakeman: Debate Was ‘Wasted Opportunity’

Thursday, 23 Feb 2012 12:56 AM

By Paul Scicchitano

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
GOP strategist and Fox News contributor Bradley A. Blakeman tells Newsmax that Wednesday’s debate had no clear winner.

“I think it was a wasted opportunity,” Blakeman said in an exclusive interview. “I don’t think anybody came out and was bold and aggressive.”
Blakeman blamed CNN, which hosted the event, for not asking important questions.

“With gas prices this high, with energy at a crisis level in this country, why didn’t’ they address the questions that the American people wanted to hear?” asked Blakeman.

He pointed to an exchange, which was intended to elicit the candidates' views on being commander in chief.

“When they talked about being commander in chief it wasn’t the threat of Iran that led the conversation, it was women in combat,” observed Blakeman, who served as a senior member in the last Bush administration. “It was probably one of the worst-questioned debates I’ve ever seen.”

Blakeman said that former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who has been enjoying a surge in recent weeks, appeared to be unnecessarily defensive.

“I think he didn’t do himself any favors by being so defensive about his Senate record,” according to Blakeman. “I don’t think he was offensive enough. He was more playing defense than offense.”

Blakeman added that the debate is not likely to affect the outcome of Tuesday’s primary contests in Arizona or Michigan in the run-up to Super Tuesday on March 6.

“I think whatever is going to happen was going to happen regardless of what happened tonight,” said Blakeman.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Rubio Showing Growing D.C. Donor Base

Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 16:35 PM

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio hasn't brought in the most money of any potential 2016 presidential candidate during . . .

GOP Making Bold Play for US Senate Seat in Oregon

Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 11:28 AM

The GOP is making a bold play for a U.S. Senate seat in reliably Democratic Oregon, where a Republican hasn't been elect . . .

Viguerie: Time for Tea Party to Take Back 'Hijacked' Republican Party

Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 21:00 PM

Tea party conservatives who are angry at establishment Republicans for allowing the GOP to be hijacked need to "take o . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved