Image by DonkeyHotey via FlickrLast night, I watched the Republican Debate on CNN. I was a little late for the start of the event because I had a hard time finding the channel, so I missed some of the candidates introducing themselves. Actually, my channel guide showed that the debate was going to be on CNN International, but it wasn't. I eventually found the regular CNN station, but that should give you an indication of how frequently I watch the channel; not at all.
It is still really early in my mind to try to narrow down a choice for the Republican nominee, but I had a great interest in watching the debate. The candidates that were participating in the debate were Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Tim Pawenty, Michele Bachman, Rick Santorem, Herman Cain, and Newt Gingrich.
One of the things that I was particularly interested in seeing was whether or not Gingrich could recover from the majority of his campaign staff quitting on him last week. When Gingrich announced that he was running, I was excited because if nothing else, Newt gives ideas. Unfortunately the last few weeks have been tough on the former Speaker. He had a couple of nice moments, but not enough to set him apart from the rest of the field.
There were not a whole lot of bombshells throughout the evening, with the possible exception of Michele Bachmann announcing that she would officially be throwing her hat into the ring to run for the presidency. None of the candidates did anything that really made me change my viewpoint on any of them. There are aspects of each candidate that I like, and each has their individual flaws.
That being said, I really like Herman Cain. Michele Bachmann is a solid conservative, and as much as I like Sarah Palin, to compare Bachmann to Palin as the media will do, is not fair to Bachmann. Tim Pawlenty and Rick Santorum each have characteristics that I admire. Newt has some good ideas and made some good points, and I hope he can contribute to the race. Those would be my favorites, in no particular order, but all of the participants would be an improvement over the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.