January 11, 2008

WING MAN:

Exchanges in Latest Debate Highlight a New Dynamic in the Republican Field (MICHAEL COOPER and MICHAEL LUO, 1/12/08, NY Times)

[I]t was Mr. Thompson’s performance, in which he shook off the laid-back style that has defined his candidacy, that provided some of the liveliest moments of the debate in Myrtle Beach, S.C..

“This is a battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party and its future,” said Mr. Thompson, who has staked his run on a strong showing in South Carolina. The primary there is Jan. 19.

“On the one hand,” he said, “you have the Reagan revolution, you have the Reagan coalition of limited government and strong national security. And the other hand, you have the direction that Governor Huckabee would take us in. He would be a Christian leader, but he would also bring about liberal economic policies, liberal foreign policies.”

Mr. Thompson then lit into Mr. Huckabee, the former Baptist preacher and Arkansas governor who won the Iowa caucus, for wanting to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay, for supporting what he called “taxpayer-funded programs for illegals” and for wanting to sign a law restricting smoking.

“That’s not the model of the Reagan coalition, that’s the model of the Democratic Party,” he said.


Fred can no longer win the nomination, but he can help John McCain by competing for Huckabee voters.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 11, 2008 9:31 AM
Comments

I missed the debate. How did Huck do? I've heard conflicting accounts...

Posted by: Benny at January 11, 2008 5:40 PM
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