Open thread: Tea Party debate

Last night in Tampa Florida was the CNN/Tea Party Express GOP Presidential debate, featuring Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Jon Huntsman.

Some highlights I’ve seen cropping up so far:

Michelle Bachmann went after Gov. Rick Perry for his support and implementation of a mandatory HPV vaccine in Texas, via Huffington Post.

The audience apparently cheered the idea of an uninsured person dying because of lack of access to health insurance (via TPM):

Blitzer asked if under Paul’s libertarian philosophy, a sick man without insurance should be allowed to die in the hospital rather than have the state pay his medical bills. Before Paul could answer that question, shouts of “yes!” and cheering bubbled up from the audience.

The Washington Post has their assessment of the winners and losers of the debate.

What do you think?

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  • http://feministing.com/members/abigaileisley/ Abigail Eisley

    the “cheered the idea” link isn’t working

    • http://feministing.com/members/miriam/ Miriam

      Just fixed! Thanks.

  • http://feministing.com/members/samll/ Sam Lindsay-Levine

    Perry’s anti-cancer and pro-education record seems to seriously hurt him. His pro-killing-innocent-people record might play well enough to make up for it, though.

    • http://feministing.com/members/jillian/ jillian

      the problem with the HPV vaccine issue is not that he was trying to keep girls from getting cancer, but that (and i think both sides had reason to be sceptical) he stepped over the legislature when the vaccine was still very new and mandated an “STD vaccine”, freaking out the conservative people. and, on the left, it also reaked of quid pro quo actions that he has been known for. campaign contributers get positions, contracts, etc. etc. im going to agree with Sarah Palin for once and say “crony capitalism” is pretty darn accurate when it comes to how Perry does business.

      It’s not what he did, it’s how he went about it.

      • http://feministing.com/members/fearmyuterus/ Lynn

        I’m a former Texas resident – and the issue my friends and I had with the vaccination was the mandate that it be given ONLY TO GIRLS, and not to ALL children.

        • http://feministing.com/members/jillian/ jillian

          I think, at the time of the mandate, it was only approved or at least being promoted as a vaccine for girls. After it took off, then they were saying boys should get it. I’ve only got boys and they’ll get it when they’re older.

        • http://feministing.com/members/dcdaria/ Teesa

          I think the issue was with how they tested it. My insurance wouldn’t pay for me to get the shot if I was older than 27 (or 26?) because the research group had been all women under that age. Or at least that’s how my doctor explained it :) Also, the intent wasn’t to avoid HPV but to avoid cervical cancer.

  • http://feministing.com/members/blankettegirl/ Yashoda

    Who are these people they bring in to applaud at these events? I admit I don’t know that many Republicans, but I still can’t imagine most people cheering about executions or uninsured people dying.

    The Republicans must have an army of insane tea partiers just to bring to these events.

    • http://feministing.com/members/sandra/ SamBarge

      That’s the $64000.00 question, isn’t it? What set of circumstances lead you to cheer the death of another person who you don’t even know?

      Whatever you think about capital punishment or universal health-care, you can’t possibly want people to die unless you’re a psychopath.