For all that, Pawlenty didn't deliver the sharp, clear statements that win debates. He praised President Obama for the killing of Osama bin Laden but didn't have a tightly-focused critique of Obama's foreign policy. He was gentlemanly with an absent possible opponent, Mike Huckabee -- "I love the Huck…he's been a colleague and friend" -- without making much of a case for why voters should prefer him over the former Arkansas governor. And he was equally gentlemanly in refusing to criticize the evening's most prominent no-show, Mitt Romney, for his Massachusetts health care mess -- "Governor Romney is not here to defend himself, so I'm not going to pick on him" -- but he didn't offer a sharply-defined statement on reforming entitlements.
It started when moderator Bret Baier asked Cain about a statement Cain made in an interview in January in which Cain said that as president he would rely heavily on whatever his generals and the experts told him should be done in the war. "You're running for president," Baier said to Cain. "After almost ten years in Afghanistan, you don't have your own plan yet about what you would do in Afghanistan?"
"No," Cain answered. 'Because it's not clear what the mission is. That's the bigger problem. It's not clear what the mission is…"
Baier followed up: "How would you define winning in Afghanistan right now, as you're looking at it as a candidate?"
"My point is," Cain explained, "the experts and their advice and their input would be the basis for me making that decision. I'm not privy to a lot of confidential information."
Ron Paul hauled more than $1 million just on Thursday via a debate-day money bomb.
Paul’s presidential exploratory committee alerted his supporters to the 24-hour online fundraising via email and social networks and were able to sit back and watch $1,028,436.56 roll in.
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels said he would announce within weeks whether he will seek the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
“I know I owe a lot of people an answer,” he said on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,”airing this weekend.
Daniels, 62, described his family as apprehensive about the prospect of a national campaign. Their concerns, he said, are“a very, very important factor” in his decision.
“I may be up for bungee-jumping, but this is one where you have to strap on some other people,” he said.