After a Contentious Debate, Where Does the GOP Go from Here?
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Last night was the GOP's eighth presidential candidates' debate and the fifth just since Labor Day, full of shouting, interruptions and personal acrimony. As state parties battle over where the voting should start, what's happening to the Republican Party? Also, Greeks protest austerity measures, and exotic animals on the loose in Ohio.
Banner image: Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (L) and Texas Gov. Rick Perry participate in the Republican presidential debate airing on CNN, October 18, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Is the Republican Party Losing Its Cool? ()
During last night's debate, Newt Gingrich warned other presidential candidates against bickering as a way to get to the White House. But bicker they did, with yelling, interruptions and charges of lying and "hypocrisy." Attacks on President Obama were almost an afterthought. Last night's Las Vegas audience cheered some and booed others, but sober observers are asking, "Is this good for the Party?" In the meantime, New Hampshire and Nevada are battling over which state should go first, and there could be some voting as soon as December.
Websites of the other Republican presidential candidates:
- Nia-Malika Henderson: Washington Post
- Walter Shapiro: The New Republic, @waltershapiroPD
- James Antle: American Spectator, @jimantle
- Robert Uithoven: Republican political consultant
- Richard Viguerie: ConservativeHQ.com
Wild Animals and National Media Run Loose in Zanesville, Ohio ()
A wolf and a monkey were the last two exotic animals on the loose in Zanesville, Ohio after police shot or tranquilized as many as 45 others today. Terry Thompson was found dead today in his home outside Zanesville, an apparent suicide. Before he died, he opened the cages holding bears, lions, wolves and primates. We hear more from Josh Jarman, a reporter for the Columbus Dispatch, and Zanesville Mayor Howard Zwelling.
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