For the first time, the candidates actually got to debate each others’ points. The WaPo says, Attacks Sharpen Among Party’s Principal Rivals. Fred Thompson’s running as a conservative, and he’s not keeping quiet about it:
Former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney were quickly put on the defensive, fending off criticism leveled by former senator Fred D. Thompson (Tenn.), who questioned their conservative credentials.
While the debate played on TV I was keeping an eye on Carlos Curbelo’s liveblogging in Spanish at the Fred Thompson site.
As I mentioned last night, I was skeptical over the bilingual experiment. The Democrat instant-translation effort at Univision was ghastly not only because of the pandering but also because the translation was awful. Carlos did an excellent job translating but also bringing out Fred’s points at the same time as the other candidates.
While the average Spanish-speaking voter probably won’t need the liveblogging because they already know English, the liveblogging in Spanish apprears to be a useful tool to inform newly arrived residents to the US on the campaign’s positions. Currently, as Florida residents are well aware, there’s a significant influx of new (legal) residents coming in from Venezuela and other South American countries. The Thompson campaign has an innovative approach, and it’s starting to show.
Fox News did a woefully inadecuate job of allotting time to the candidates. Ed Morrissey noticed, too. I wish the media would pay more attention to Duncan Hunter, who is well informed on national security, immigration and the role of government.
But at least we finally got a debate.
Meanwhile, while the debate was on, our boys (and girls) in Iraq were busy smashing a big Iranian backed militia base in Sadr City