Reader: Perry attacks Romney for hiring illegals, Candidates slam 9-9-9 plan, Cain says no exceptions for abortion

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The Republican presidential candidates had another debate last night. ABC reporter Rick Klein summed it up well: “Perry gets personal. Romney gets angry. Cain gets … confusing. Rick Perry attacked Mitt Romney for having illegal immigrants mowing his yard. (I think this was a cheap shot from Perry, who clearly was trying to show he’s tough on immigration.) Romney pushed back at Perry’s attack by saying, “Look, Rick, you’ve had a tough couple of debates. … So you’re going to get testy.” But in answering Romney said, “We went to the company and we said, look, you can’t have any illegals working on our property. I’m running for office, for Pete’s sake, I can’t have illegals.” The Obama campaign immediately pounced. Obama’s political adviser David Axelrod noted that Romney said “not that it was wrong or not that it was illegal, I’m running for office.”

In the debate, all the GOP candidates blasted Herman Cain’s signature 9-9-9 tax plan, especially the proposed creation of a new 9% sales tax. Mitt Romney noted that people would pay this 9% along with their state sales taxes. Rick Santorum said he admired the boldness of the plan but noted that Cain’s plan eliminated all tax breaks to families since “a single person pays as much in taxes as a man and a woman raising three children.” Santorum specifically noted that such a tax code could drive the birth rate “into the basement.”

On Sunday’s Meet the Press, Herman Cain said he opposed all abortions, including the aborting of children whose fathers were rapists. David Gregory asked: “What about abortion?  You want to overturn Roe v. Wade.  Could you support or condone abortion under any exceptions at all?” Cain responded: “I believe in life from conception, and I do not agree with abortion under any circumstances. Not for rape and incest because if you look at, you look at rape and incest, the, the percentage of those instances is so miniscule that there are other options. If it’s the life of the mother, that family’s going to have to make that decision.”

Other articles of interest:

Michael New notes that the mainstream media continues to attack pro-life progress.

An architect of Cain’s 9-9-9 plan will urge the candidate to drop the sales tax in favor of a payroll tax.

A judge in Oklahoma blocks a new law regulating abortion pills from taking effect.



  • Steve C

    How can you write a post on the debate & leave out Dr Paul?! hahaha the man won his first debate, not just on his plan (which is 1000x better then the 9-9-9-9 plan esp when we have a spending problem not a tax problem, but other candidates are speaking in Dr Paul’s language. Notice we are for the message of liberty I don’t care if a 3-heads shrimp is standing there the man has been consistent for 30+ yrs & pro-life, pro family, pro peace, yet gets no love?! How? B/c of his foreign policy? How many want to police the world? Are we broke or no (b/c how would any want to pay for it?)? Plus when is peace a bad thing?


    Dear all: It seems to me that hiring illegal aliens is *mala prohibita* rather than *mala in se* ~Pax vobiscum, Greg

  • John Laseter

    I’m not against immigration, but learn our language, pay taxes like we do, and work. By the way, people crying saying we need illegal workers, just go to your local unemployment office, you should be able to find all the help you need there. This would reduce the unemployment in the country.

    • Greg Smith

      Dear John: ” just go to your local unemployment office, you should be able to find all the help you need there.” In this economy? As Santa Claus says, “Ho, ho, ho.” Pax, Greg

    • Andy Kirchoff

      I would invite you to visit the Georgian and Alabaman farms that are literally watching their crops rot because of the lack of laborers – all caused because of the new immigration laws passed by both states.

  • Andy Kirchoff

    Didn’t watch the debate, but I read an article that claimed that Perry specifically said that he would NOT attempt to alter the 14th amendment in regards to immigration. If this is true, respect +1 for Perry, again. Birthright citizenship is a distinctly American tradition, and the human costs of changing this (never mind the legal issues surrounding it) could be disastrous.

  • davide

    I really got a kick out of Romney and Perry arguing. They acted like two Italian dudes (with less cursing, hand movements, and body contact). I was cracking up.



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