#IowaDebate – GOP Candidates Looking To ‘Close The Deal’ in Iowa Debate – Politisite Team Debate Coverage

This is it.

The Republican presidential candidates will have one last chance on the national stage Thursday night to make their case to voters before the frantic season of caucuses and primaries gets underway. At the Fox News debate in Sioux City, Iowa, everybody but front-runner Newt Gingrich is looking to shake up the race in a big way.

In a primary campaign replete with gaffes and other “oops” moments, the candidates are under pressure to give a steady performance — they don’t want another public misstep hanging in the cold Iowa air for the three remaining weeks before the caucuses. For the middle-of-the-pack candidates, the debate is a chance to demonstrate why caucus-goers should give them a second look. For Gingrich and Mitt Romney, it’s a chance to lock down notoriously fickle and straying support.

“This is a clean-up debate,” said Steffen Schmidt, political science professor at Iowa State University. “It’s sort of the county fair right before the state fair … where they want to see whether that pony is lame or not.”

And minds are not quite made up. “They really are waiting for somebody to close the deal. And nobody has,” Schmidt said.

Watch Fox News and FoxNews.com for the Republican presidential primary debate on Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET. 

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  1. Gingrich praised the Red Card Solution on immigration which is a dishonest non-solution.

    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=371377

    Red Card Solution separates immigrants streaming into the USA for work from immigrants who want to become citizens when IN FACT they would forever be kept in a legal limbo without a way to gain citizenship. RED CARD, supported by NEWT, creates a laughable criminal background check on all applicants will be run through the FBI database and also the criminal database of their native country.

    Do you trust the governments of Mexico, Ecuador, Brazil, Cuba, Egypt, Vietnam, China, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Pakistan or Russia – to name a few – to maintain an accurate database free of corruption and bribes? Are those databases fingerprint-based to guard against fake names and aliases?

    Gingrich would also allow those who were brought into the United States as minors to gain citizenship by serving in the military.

    Newt thinks if we legalize everyone we won’t have to protect the border. This is a formula for disaster.

    Oh by the way here is what RON PAUL says about immigration:

    Romney has simply lied a number of times while trying to reinvent himself. For example:

    — “I have a gun of my own.”
    (Not true. He was talking about a gun one of his grown sons own.)

    — “I’ve been a hunter pretty much my entire life.”
    (He hunted once at 15, and a second time in his late 50s.)

    — “I told you what my position was, and what I, what I did as governor; the fact that I received the endorsement of the NRA.”
    (No – and his Democratic opponent actually had a higher NRA rating)

    — “I saw my father march with Martin Luther King.”
    (No, they never marched together. They were both in Michigan at the same time once, but Mitt was in France on his mission.)

    — “My father and I marched with Martin Luther King Jr. through the streets of Detroit.”
    (even more false…)

    This last lie was the funnest because of all the waffling that Romney did trying to explain it. After a Boston newspaper showed that they couldn’t have marched together, Mitt’s spokesman said that “George W. Romney and Martin Luther King Jr. marched together in June, 1963 — although possibly not on the same day or in the same city.” And Mitt then explained “I’ve tried to be as accurate as I can be. If you look at the literature or look at the dictionary, the term ‘saw’ includes being aware of ? in the sense I’ve described. I’m an English literature major as well. When we say I saw the Patriots win the World Series, it doesn’t necessarily mean you were there — excuse me, the Super Bowl. I saw my dad become president of American Motors. Did that mean you were there for the ceremony? No, it?s a figure of speech.”

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