Contentious Debate Didn't Yield GOP Front-Runner, Palin Says

Wednesday, 19 Oct 2011 03:32 AM

By Hiram Reisner

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Sarah Palin says she is disappointed with the GOP presidential debate held in Las Vegas, because no front-runner truly stood out and none of the seven hopefuls presented a plan to defeat President Barack Obama.

Palin also told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich “did the best, because he seems to be above a lot of the bickering” that dominated the Tuesday forum and he could best President Barack Obama in any debate.
“I was looking for candidates to start telling us actually what their plan is — not just, you know, verbalize this idea that they have a plan, and that they’ll present us with a plan on how to deal with a housing market that’s in the tank, and these jobless numbers that are just atrocious — but actually present in detail their plan,” Palin said.

 “Herman Cain, thankfully — although a lot of people are criticizing his plan, he does have some specifics that he laid out — and that was appreciated; that’s what I was looking for — didn’t get a lot of that,” Palin said. “Certainly, I think Americans in general are looking for . . . that top candidate to start rising to the top so we can start concentrating on preparing the GOP candidate to face Obama in the debates in a general election and make sure that he’s a one-term president.

“We didn’t get that out of this debate, to be honest with you, Greta,” Palin continued. “I don’t — I think Americans would agree with me — that we’re still looking for that candidate who will rise to the top and be the front-runner.”

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Van Susteren asked Palin whether Americans want to watch candidates bickering over problems facing the nation — which the Fox host acknowledged makes for good television — or whether they want to see the GOP hopefuls deal with the substance of issues.

“I think we are more interested in substance and that’s why, like, tonight Newt Gingrich again I think did the best because he seems to be above a lot of the bickering that goes on,” Palin said. “Newt Gingrich would — he would clobber Barack Obama in any debate, any forum that had to do with substance when it comes to policy and solutions for the challenges that America faces.

“Let me confess, too, that we’re four hours behind you guys in time zone, so when the debate started — a couple minutes into the debate — my kids started walking through the door after school and after play dates, and they’re kind of griping and bickering amongst each other — then the debate in my other ear, the candidates are up there bickering and fighting amongst each other,” she said.

“And I honestly for a minute or two there [I] didn’t know which group I [was] listening to and which group was making more sense,” Palin said. “Thankfully, the candidates kind of calmed down and started talking more about detailing the things that . . .  an electorate that is very serious in these serious times needs to hear.”

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