Reader: Knives come out for Perry at debate, Poverty rate jumps, Obama losing Hispanic support

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At last night’s Republican presidential debate, Rick Perry got jabbed from the Left on Social Security and from the Right on the HPV vaccination mandate and immigration. Tea Party activist Dana Loesch and GOP insider Alex Castellanos agreed that Bachmann improved her position, but that Perry and Romney remain on top. Video:

Rep. Michele Bachmann jabs Texas Gov. Rick Perry over his Gardasil vaccination mandate. (Photo courtesy of Getty/CNN).

Andrew Bair of said Romney won the debate, and that Perry was wounded but not mortally. Conservative blogger Erick Erickson says that Perry’s positions on Gardasil and immigration will cost him support, but they aren’t fatal. But Erickson said Perry needs to address both issues better. Matt Lewis thinks Romney is winning these debates because he isn’t trying to prove he’s more conservative than everyone else (like he tried to do in 2008) and that his sins (Romneycare) fair or not are considered old news by the media.

While most Republican presidential candidates are taking a hard-line on immigration, Rick Perry again defended his support of the Texas DREAM Act, which provides in-state tuition rates to children of illegal immigrants. Speaking to the Tea Party audience at the debate, Perry said he would rather have them become contributing members of society rather than end up on the “government dole.”

Hours before last night’s Republican presidential debate, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal endorsed Rick Perry for President. We first reported that breaking news on our Facebook wall and our Twitter feed. Follow us on Facebook: and Twitter:

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Just 48% of Hispanics approve of President Obama in the latest Gallup Poll.

Concerns that the President’s jobs plan is really about his reelection were certainly not alleviated by White House advisor David Axelrod. On Good Morning America he said that President Obama isn’t interested in negotiating any of the policy proposals in the jobs plan, telling ABC News “it’s not an a la carte menu.”

The Obama economy hits another milestone. The U.S. poverty rate jumped to 15.1% or 46.2 million people, the highest since the recession in Reagan’s first term back in 1983.

The Cardinal Newman Society warns of a conference at Fordham University which has been advertised in a way as to cast doubt on Catholic teaching on homosexuality.



  • Joe M

    In my view, this debate was a disaster. Social Security does resemble a Ponzi scheme. A flawed concept at its foundation and then executed as poorly (and dishonestly) as possible. But, worse, the political implications of the two top contenders bickering over it are only bad, imo. Until now, I was pulling for Romney. But, he has taken the low road, going for the fear vote, sheer pandering. If he wins the nomination, he alienates many conservatives with this. If Perry wins, the match for burning his platform has already been struck by someone in his own party. What a mess.

  • Andy Kirchoff

    The Latino approval rating shouldn’t surprise anyone – Obama’s “Secure Communities” program has resulted in more deportations than any other Presidential administration prior. There are scarcely any Latinos that don’t at least have a “friend of a friend” directly effected by the deportation of a loved one at this point. Couple that with Obama’s broken promise to pass immigration reform, and you’ve got an upside-down approval rating for Latinos.

  • Daniel R

    The poverty rate increases, unemployment is consistently high, and yet Obama’s jobs bill reduces deductions for charitable donations. This change would mean lower revenues for churches, schools, and other non-profit organizations, likely leading to reduced services for the needy and an increase in employee layoffs.



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