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October 11, 2011 at 10:33 P.M.

Tonight’s GOP presidential debate taught America that none of the Republican candidates have a plan that will create jobs now. But we did hear from Rick Perry that Mitt Romney had six years to develop a jobs plan and he still hasn’t come up with anything that will help out-of-work Americans. Romney, meanwhile, criticized Perry for the million children in Texas without insurance. But don’t take our word for it, read what the Republicans had to say about each other tonight.

 

ROMNEY ON HIS FELLOW REPUBLICANS

  • Romney Said Perry’s Texas Had “A Million Kids Uninsured… The Highest” A Percentage Uninsured Of Any State In America. “We had the lowest number of kids as a percentage uninsured of any state in America. You have the highest… We have less than 1% of our kids that are uninsured. You have a million kids uninsured in Texas.” [Romney, Bloomberg Debate, 10/11/11]
  • Romney To Perry: “Under President Bush, The Percentage Of Uninsured Went Down. Under Your Leadership, It Has Gone Up.” [Romney, Bloomberg Debate, 10/11/11]

 

PERRY ON HIS FELLOW REPUBLICANS

  • Perry Said Romney Has Had Six Years To Work On An Economic Plan. “Mitt Romney has had six years to work on a plan. I have been in this for eight weeks.” [Perry, Bloomberg Debate, 10/11/11]

 

BACHMANN ON HER FELLOW REPUBLICANS

  • Bachmann Criticized Cain’s 9-9-9 Plan For Creating A New Revenue Stream For The Federal Government. “I would sit with my experience as a federal tax lawyer, the last thing he would do is give congress and other pipeline of their revenue stream. This gives congress a pipeline in a sales tax. It can also lead to a added value tax. They put together the Spanish- American war tax in 1888. We only partially repealed that in 2006. Once you get a new revenue stream, you are never going to get rid of it. One thing I would say is, when you take the 9-9-9 plan and you turn it upside down, I think the devil is in the details.” [Bachmann, Bloomberg Debate, 10/11/11]
  • Bachman Criticized Perry For Campaigning For Al Gore And Increasing Texas’ Debt. “In the 1980s, Ronald Reagan produced an economic miracle, and while all of us were wishing enduring for a third term for harry, you are campaigning and co-chairing al gore's election campaign for president of the United States. You went on to increase spending and taxes by over 50%, and you finance that spending by increasing bond debt by over 137%. That is a factor but Barack Obama has been doing, increasing debt are trillions of dollars -- that is exactly what Barack Obama has been doing. Can we trust you not to go down the Obama way and overpay is for that spending bite in getting us for the next generations?” [Bachmann, Bloomberg Debate, 10/11/11]

 

HUNTSMAN ON HIS FELLOW REPUBLICANS

  • Huntsman: At Bain Capital, Romney Was “Someone Who Breaks Down Businesses And Destroys Jobs As Opposed To Creating Jobs And Opportunity.” “Since this discussion is all about economics, Governor Romney, […] Some might say because of your past employment with Bain Capital, as more of a financial engineer, someone who breaks down businesses and destroys jobs as opposed to creating jobs and opportunity.” [Huntsman, Bloomberg debate, 10/11/11]
  • Huntsman: When Romney Was Governor, Massachusetts Was 47th In Job Creation. “Since you’re number 47 as governor of the state of Massachusetts, where we were number one, for example, and the whole discussion around this campaign is going to be job creation, how can you win that debate, given your background?” [Huntsman, Bloomberg debate, 10/11/11]
  • Huntsman Questioned Whether Romney Could Win A Debate On Job Creation Since He Destroyed Jobs At Bain Capital And Massachusetts Was 47th In Job Creation While He Was Governor. “Since this discussion is all about economics, Governor Romney, […] Some might say because of your past employment with Bain Capital, as more of a financial engineer, someone who breaks down businesses and destroys jobs as opposed to creating jobs and opportunity. Since you’re number 47 as governor of the state of Massachusetts, where we were number one, for example, and the whole discussion around this campaign is going to be job creation, how can you win that debate, given your background?” [Huntsman, Bloomberg debate, 10/11/11]
  • Huntsman Joked About Dr. Robert Jeffress, The Controversial, Perry-Supporting Pastor Who Called Mormonism A Cult. “Since this discussion is all about economics, Governor Romney, a promise this will not be about religion. Sorry about that, Rick.” [Huntsman, Bloomberg Debate, 10/11/11; NBC First Read, 10/10/11]

 

SANTORUM ON HIS FELLOW REPUBLICANS

  • Santorum Said “Herman Cain’s Plan Would Not Pass” And Warned That Consumers Would Get “Hammered” By A Sales Tax And Against Giving “The Federal Government…A New Pipeline.” “Cain's plan would not pass. How many people here are for a sales tax? We are not going to give the federal government Nancy Pelosi a new pipeline, a 9% sales tax for consumers to get hammered. How many people believe the book keep the income tax at 9%? Anybody?” [Santorum, Bloomberg Debate, 10/11/11]
  • Santorum Attacked The “Four People” Who “Actually Supported TARP At The Time Of Its Passage Or The People Who Say They Are The Anti-Washington Candidate.” “We are in the live free or die state and I pose the biggest single intrusion, the Wall Street bailout. It violated the spirit and principles of our constitution. If you open up the door of government involved in the private sector, some president will drive a truck through it and explode the size of the federal government and constrict our freedom. The interesting thing here is the four people on this panel who actually supported tarp at the time of its passage or the people who say they are the anti-Washington candidate, that they are the business candidates. They are the four on this program that supported the Washington bailout, giving Washington tools to construct our freedom.” [Santorum, Bloomberg Debate, 10/11/11]
  • Santorum Asked Cain If He Could “Trust Your…Lack Of Experience” To Prevent Washington Taking “Freedom Away.” “Since I think Herman Cain is giving a tool in his 9-9-9 plan of giving Washington attacks opportunity, and what can we trust your with your lack of experience that it will not continue to give Washington the ability to take freedom away from freedom loving people here in the live free or die state.” [Santorum, Bloomberg Debate, 10/11/11]

 

GINGRICH ON HIS FELLOW REPUBLICANS

  • Gingrich Was “Curious” About Why Romney Wanted To Cut The Capital Gains Tax For Those Who Do Not Earn Capital Gains. “I was a little surprised, I think on page 47 of your plan, you have a capital gains tax cut for people under $200,000, which is actually lower than the Obama model. As a businessman, you know that you actually lose economic effectiveness it to limit capital gains tax cuts only to people who do not get capital gains. I'm curious, what was the rationale for setting an even lower base marker that Obama had?” [Gingrich, Bloomberg Debate, 10/11/11]
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