It started 20 minutes ago, and Fred was given the first question, which was about the economy: is it in recession or not? His answer was no based upon all the economic indicators. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t pockets throughout the country that aren’t doing so well, such as Michigan. His answer was ok, but not spectacular.
The best line of the day so far was from Giuliani about the line item veto. When he was Mayor of New York City, he took President Clinton to court over it and beat him when the US Supreme Court ruled it was unconstitutional. He quipped, it would be good to have a president of the United States that can beat Clinton.
So far, this is the Fred, Rudy, and Mitt show.
I liked Fred’s line in response to Matthews’ question about how to replace the lost revenue from the AMT (I’m paraphrasing here):
“There would be no loss of money. The American people know exactly where it is. It’s in their pockets.”
Mitt tried to zing Thompson with his, I’m sure oft-practiced, Law and Order line:
“These debates are like Law & Order. We have a sprawling cast, it seems to go on forever, and Fred Thompson shows up at the end.” Fred’s response? “And to think I would be the best actor on the stage.”
Jim Geraghty has his list of the four best closing lines:
Huckabee on the airlines: “We have Jetsons technology in the cockpit, and Flintstones technology in the air traffic control.”
McCain: “France is very helpful. It just goes to show, if you live long enough, you will see everything.”
Rudy: “If we institute HillaryCare, there will be no place left for Canadians to get health care.”
Fred Thompson: “I’ve been watching these debates, I’ve gotta admit, it was getting a little boring without me.”
I would add this one from Mitt on Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm: She’s made a big mistake by raising taxes. Frankly I was nervous about being here. I thought for sure she was going to put a tax on the debate before we were finished.”
Overall, Fred held his own just fine when I think most thought he would kind of tank because his speeches have been, well, boring.
As expected, the Ron Paul fanatics hijacked the CNBC web poll. What a joke. Do these idiots really think they’re influencing other people’s opinions?