Fox News South Carolina Republican Debate Analysis

It’s about 9:20 pm and I apologize for the abysmal speed of the site. It’s being worked on and should be hammered out permanently in a day or two.

However, the debate has begun and it honestly appears as though all the candidates just look plain tired.

Fred Thompson just went on a tirade against Huckabee and drew a very large applause.

More clips and analysis once it finishes.

Update @ 9:43 pm

Ron Paul taking a bit of a beating over Iran. Romney told him to stop reading Iranian press releases, to which Paul responded “make fun buddy”.

Update @ 12:07am

Here’s a playlist of clips and the Luntz focus group at the end:

As far as debates go, this one was enthralling. Finally candidates were not afraid to point out differences and actually try to change some people’s minds instead of complement each other for an hour.

Fred Thompson did exceptionally well, especially considering his past debates. Romney, McCain, Huckabee all did about average mainly because Thompson did so well. Ron Paul got beat up a bit but made some good points that American cannot afford a lot of the foreign policy we’re engaged in.

All in all, this could be the make-or-break for Thompson and he may have secured a decent showing in South Carolina if he makes enough headlines. We shall see for Thompson on the 19th if he made an inroads in South Carolina.

Here’s a report from My Way:

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) – Republican presidential rivals backed a blend of tax and spending cuts Thursday night to head off an election-year recession they generally agreed is avoidable. “We should reduce taxes on middle-income Americans immediately,” former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said in a debate in the run-up to presidential primaries in Michigan and South Carolina, two states where unemployment exceeds the national average.

“The first thing is not to raise taxes,” said former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. “Cut the marginal tax rate, if anything, and eventually go to a fair tax,” he added, referring to his plan for a national sales tax to replace the income tax.

Arizona Sen. John McCain stressed spending cuts to get the budget deficit under control, although he also said it was important not to let Bush administration-era tax cuts expire. He pledged to “wield the veto pen” and block all pork barrel spending bills that Congress sends him.

While the debate was held in South Carolina, the Michigan primary is next on the campaign calendar, a contest in which Romney, Huckabee and McCain are the principal antagonists. It’s unlikely all of them can survive a defeat there, particularly a third-place finish.

True, Michigan came up about as much as South Carolina did, if not more at some points. The big topic in Michigan is the economy and jobs and that part of the debate seemed to directed more toward that primary coming up shortly on the 15th, four days before South Carolina.

We’ll have the entire video uploaded in a bit, check back later tonight or tomorrow to watch. This one is worth it by far, it was very entertaining. Looking forward to the Democrats on MSNBC coming up on 15th as well.

Update

Here is the entire video:

Video: FOX News Republican Debate from Myrtle Beach, SC