It was less a spirited political debate than a high-class college symposium. Or perhaps a Vulcan mind meld. Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich came together Saturday night at a sprawling golf resort here for what was billed as a debate over entitlements. But to call it a debate was a misnomer. The Republican rivals for the presidential nomination are good friends; there was nary a disagreement to be heard.
Despite the fact that Cain, former chief executive of Godfather's Pizza, is known for his wit and ease onstage, it was Gingrich, the former history professor and House speaker, who was truly in his element. Denied the opportunity to hold forth at length in regular televised debates, which offer 30-second sound bites and instant rebuttals, Gingrich was expansive, funny and erudite, as he and Cain batted around ideas for reforming Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
The Gingrich-Cain Debate
Gingrich continues his rise in favorable media attention. Robin Abcarian writes at The Los Angeles Times about his debate with Herman Cain: