CNN/Tea Party Express Republican Debate: Live Blog

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The Pulp will be in Tampa tonight to live-blog the Republican presidential debate, hosted by CNN and the Tea Party Express.

Eight candidates will take the stage for the debate -- moderated by CNN's Wolf Blitzer -- from 8 to 10 p.m., and the event will be streamed live online, which you can find here.

Questions will be taken in part from Tea Party members representing 31 states and Washington, D.C., from Tea Party people watching from debate parties in several U.S. cities, as well as comments posted to CNNPolitics.com, the CNN Politics Facebook page, and by using the #CNNTeaParty hashtag on Twitter.

The Pulp goes live after the jump:

10:53 p.m. That's all folks -- back to South Florida for the Pulp.

10:41 p.m. It looks like only Cain and Santorum are the only candidates showing up to the "spin room." Santorum says although he plans on sticking around for the race, "I feel like I'm on an episode of Survivor."

10:30 p.m. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal hasn't stopped talking about how great he thinks Perry is. Jindal says he has no intentions of becoming Perry's vice-presidential candidate.

10:27 p.m. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz says the debate was "more worship at the altar of the Tea Party."

9:52 p.m. Debate has ended; now on to the "spin room."

9:51 p.m. Herman Cain: "I would bring a sense humor to the White House, because America is too uptight."

9:49 p.m. TV reporters are already getting set up in the "spin room" for postdebate drama. It's probably safe to say Bill O'Reilly won't be there.

9:43 p.m. Paul gets booed for explaining the reasoning behind 9/11 attacks. The crowd did, however, cheer on Santorum's revisionist history of events.

9:32 p.m. Huntsman says Perry's comment on immigration being impossible to solve is bordering on "treasonous."

9:29 p.m. Santorum on how to attract Latino voters: Make English the country's official language. What?

9:19 p.m. Blitzer asks Paul, in a hypothetical question, if he would let an uninsured man die if he couldn't afford medical treatment. A handful of audience members shout "yeah!" (Paul said no.)

9:15 p.m. Romney is trying to explain to the audience how health care works. It's a lost cause.

9:12 p.m. Perry is getting flak from Bachmann and Santorum about fighting cancer. Only at a Tea Party debate, folks.

9:11 p.m. Perry says he's offended that Bachmann thinks he can be bought for $5,000. How much does he really cost?

9:03 p.m. Wolf Blitzer looks incredibly uncomfortable asking some of these softball questions.

8:45 p.m. Paul says as a Texan, his taxes have gone up with Perry as governor. He says he doesn't want to offend Perry because he might raise his taxes again.

8:42 p.m. Cain on how he'd pass his "9-9-9" plan: "People say, 'You don't know how Washington works.' Yes, I do -- it doesn't."

8:39 p.m. Perry says he can make America "take off like a rocket ship."

8:31 p.m. Ron Paul, as usual, says he wants to end the wars overseas. The rest of the candidates, as usual, look at him like he's crazy.

8:24 p.m. Gingrich accuses Obama of scaring seniors. Why is everyone trying to scare old people?

8:20 p.m. Paul wants young people to be able to opt out of Social Security.

8:19 p.m. Romney takes over for Wolf Blitzer, starts asking Perry about Social Security. Perry responds by saying Romney is "scaring seniors."

8:17 p.m. The term "Ponzi scheme" has been brought up by both Perry and Romney; neither attacked nor defended it. Yawn.

8:13 p.m. The debate begins; first question goes to Bachmann. She says Obama "stole" $500 billion to fund "Oh-bah-mah-Care."

8:04 p.m. Candidates are taking the stage.

7:58 p.m. The Tea Partiers are practicing clapping. This is adorable.

7:47 p.m. Press room is now looking at a live feed of the debate hall. Average age of the crowd is somewhere between 60 and very, very old.

7:40 p.m. Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson says it "really sucks" that he wasn't invited to participate in the event. He'll be pretending he's part of the debate through his Twitter account.

7:12 p.m. Mitt Romney's team sent out a news release about Rick Perry's recent revelation about Social Security being a Scott Rothstein-type of gig. We'll see how the Tea Party crowd reacts when Mitt goes on the attack during the debate.

6:50 p.m. With Newt Gingrich's arrival, the almost-relevant candidates are all here.

6:43 p.m. Rick Perry rolls up to the debate with an entourage in three black SUVs. Ron Paul came a few minutes before in a minivan, and Mitt Romney came with his newly found date, Tim Pawlenty.

6:35 p.m. Dinner for media members: An anti-abortion pledge coupled with tears of the unemployed. Just kidding: turkey sandwich and chips.

6:12 p.m. According to CNN, more than 100 local Tea Party groups will be in attendance tonight. Strangely, only the Koch brothers-funded Americans for Prosperity gets its own parking lot.

5:54 p.m. The Pulp has arrived. First thing spotted: A plane banner flying outside the Florida State Fairgrounds reading, "Where's the real birth certificate?"

1:09 p.m. We're officially taking the Pulp train (a mid-'90s Honda) to Tampa.


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edw_jr
edw_jr

This debate is just another poor comedy show.  Waste of good air time.

Houck92
Houck92

Social socurity is not the immidiate problem

Bebep
Bebep

Seems like education is.

Houck92
Houck92

Perry wants to vacanate 12 year old girls kill everyone on death row even if they might be innocent

Houck92
Houck92

There was no pro life dicussion our spiritual house is not in order repuplicans don't really care about the poor and needy

Model Citizen
Model Citizen

Ron Paul deserves credit for injecting some truth into the debate.  

Brendan Kaplan
Brendan Kaplan

How could this 'news agency' not address Ron Paul when asking about the Federal Reserve? I

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Uh, let's see....because CNN is owned and controlled by the same cabal of fascists that are in complete control of our gov't, who happen to be the same fascists that are in control of the Federal Reserve.

Think big...House of Rothschild, the Rockefellers, etc:

The further down the rabbit hole you go, the closer to the truth you will be.

P.S. Stock up on Aspirin and exercise alot to deal with the stress.

Brendan Kaplan
Brendan Kaplan

yeah I know what the deal is... just venting/ lamenting

Matthew Hendley
Matthew Hendley

I wondered the same thing, seeing he's the one that wrote the damned legislation...

Alex Smith
Alex Smith

Do the candidates get some say in when they talk or is Cain getting ignored?

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Perry just admitted he can be bought, but it would cost more than five thousand dollars.

Model Citizen
Model Citizen

"The American people create jobs, not the government."Newt Gingrich, September 12, 2011 *****************************************************************************************************************************So:

1. No Republican candidate can criticize the President for failing to create jobs because that is not a realistic function of the government of which Obama is the executive.

2. No Republican candidate can take credit for the jobs created in their state -- be it Texas, Massachusetts, Utah, or Minnesota -- because it was the people that did it, not the state government.

3. No Republican candidate can claim that, if elected, they will create jobs because "they" are then "the government," an entity that can't create jobs.

Model Citizen
Model Citizen

"When you're dealt 4 aces, that doesn't make you a great poker player."

- Mitt "The Shit" Romney, September 12, 2011

Model Citizen
Model Citizen

"Douchebagpalooza"

- Virgil Starkwell, September 12, 2011

Rich Case
Rich Case

Somebody just has to ask Ron Paul to be specific on National Defense.. It is his Achilles Heal without him tackling this issue head on!!  Please ask him to get specific on what he WOULD DO in regards to defense..

treeMack
treeMack

Newt for Treasury secretary!  I'll bet he paid his taxes!!!!

treeMack
treeMack

Please Huntsman, go away, you're nothing but platitudes.  Go Herman, nice shot Newt.

Bluegrasspickn
Bluegrasspickn

why are the stars on the elephant upside-down?

Model Citizen
Model Citizen

The stars aren't upside-down.  The elephant is upside-down.  He should be on his back with his tongue hanging out.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Go get em, Matt. I'll be watching the Dolphins game but will try to switch over and watch the DouchebagPalooza.

Could you ask Mr. Perry to pronounce "Merica"?  I love it when he says that. Reminds me of another Texan who did a wonderful job as our President.

Eddie Spencer
Eddie Spencer

I find it strange that the Teabaggers that boast they adhere to the US Constitution.  Rick Perry their "fair haired boy" thumbs his nose at our constitution.   Isn't he deceiving us?  Isn't he the one that mixes the church and state?  

Lifelong Dem
Lifelong Dem

I find it bizarre that all these simpletons who nominate themselves to wear the mantle of that politicized rabble in Boston harbor don't understand that the East India Company was one of the largest corporations in Britain, yet these Tea Party clowns today are complete dupes and flunkies of America's major corporate criminals. Today's Tea Party would be horrified at the sound of a negative word about a corporation, even as they pay $4 a gallon for gas and have a $1,000 deductible on their car or health insurance. Complete morons.

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Matt.

During the drive, kindly refrain from choking the chicken and/or public displays of affections with your wanker.

There's a time and a place for that -- might I suggest around 8:30pm?

Stefan Kamph
Stefan Kamph

If only we had high-speed rail!

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Stefan;

Always with that liberal whining...  What do you want next?  Affordable health care for all? Quality education? Clean water? National Prayer Day?

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