Des Moines Register/IPTV Republican Debate Analysis

It’s almost over, here’s a playlist of highlights courtesy of Hot Air:

We’ll have more video clips and news once it finishes, still doing the live updates till it finishes.


It’s over, and frankly, it was rather mild without any personal attacks really. I think Huckabee came out well, at least, he wasn’t attacked in any way that even remotely hurt him. I think he’ll continue to emerge as the leader.

Nobody clearly “won” in my opinion, it was spirited and focused on the issues. More analysis and news to follow. The Fox focus group thinks Mitt Romney won the debate.


Fox focus group is using words like “Huck-a-bomb”, says he didn’t shine in the least, was disappointing.

The full video will be up this afternoon sometime, check back to watch the entire debate then.


Here’s a blurb from a CNN story:

(CNN) — Issues most important to Iowa voters dominated Wednesday’s debate between the GOP presidential candidates.

The debate was to focus on “issues Iowans say they still to know more about,” moderator Carolyn Washburn said in her opening remarks. “We won’t talk a lot about issues like Iraq or immigration. They’re important issues, no doubt, but Iowans say they know where the candidates are coming from on those.”

In a way, focusing on issues was good. However, in another way, it didn’t give any candidate to address the other or actually respond to criticism they’ve been receiving in the press. I would have asked Mitt Romney about the attack ad he launched on Huckabee and then asked Huckabee to respond, that would have been pertinent in my opinion.


Here is the entire video:

Video: Des Moines Register Republican Debate From Iowa

  • PollM

    Who won the Des Moines Register Republican Debate in Iowa?


  • aa

    the conclusion i reach from the debate is that alan keyes really needs to be institutionalized…

  • aa

    in my opinion the host hardly asked questions that would allow the participants to interact. and the videos just wasted time without contributing anything substantial.

  • I agree, the videos were dumb, they took time away from candidates answering questions and interacting. Everybody tends to agree that the moderator did a less than stellar job. Frankly, all we heard was stuff we already knew.

    I’m wondering how the Democratic debate will be tomorrow.

  • aa


    how about picking up om this…i think this is mind-boggling and might give a sense of how desperate the hillary clinton campaign is becoming:

  • Matthew

    I had to miss the debate, does anyone know where I can see the whole thing.

  • aa

    @nate – sorry, wrong link, this is the correct one. it concerns clintons camp bringing up obamas past drug-use:

  • Matthew, I have the entire debate video currently uploading, I’ll update this when it’s done with a new post.

    aa, I’ll check it out..