News / USA

Republicans Face Off in Las Vegas Debate

Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry speak during a Republican presidential debate October 18, 2011, in Las Vegas.
Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry speak during a Republican presidential debate October 18, 2011, in Las Vegas.
Elizabeth Lee

Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate took place in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Although the former chief executive of a national pizza franchise, Herman Cain, was expected to face strong scrutiny because of his popularity among Republicans, Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Texas Governor Rick Perry took center stage throughout most of the debate with strong exchanges of words and even personal insults. 

The debate started with Herman Cain defending his  9-9-9 plan to revamp the U.S. tax code.  Since the last Republican debate, Cain - the only African American Republican candidate and former chief executive of Godfather’s Pizza - has shot to the top of the polls as a favorite for Republicans.  

"It is a jobs plan.  It is revenue neutral," Cain said, defending his plan. "It does not raise taxes on those that are making the least all of those are simply not true.  The reason that our plan is being attacked so much is because lobbyists, accountants, politicians, they don't want to throw out the current tax code and put in something that's simple and fair."

The other candidates, including Texas Governor Rick Perry attacked Cain’s plan, saying tax payers will end up paying more.

"Herman, I love you brother, but let me tell you something you don’t have to have a big analysis to figure this thing out. Go to New Hampshire where they don’t have a sales tax and you are fixing to give them one. They’re not interested in 9-9-9," Perry said.

Much of the rest of the debate was highlighted by the tough words and sometimes personal attacks from Texas governor Rick Perry toward former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.  Here is the exchange between the two on immigration.

“Those people that hire illegals ought to be penalized and Mitt you lose all of your standing from my perspective because you hire illegals in your home and you knew about it for a year and the idea that you stand here before us and talk about you’re strong on immigration is, on its face, the height of hypocrisy,” Perry said.

"Rick, I don’t think I’ve ever hired an illegal in my life," responded Romney.  "I’m looking forward to finding your facts on that because that just doesn’t [both speak at once]."

Romney later said the immigrants in question were employees of the lawn service he had hired, when he found out they were not in the United States legally, he fired the lawn service.  

Just before the end of the debate, Rick Perry tried to contrast his record of creating jobs in Texas, with one last jab at Romney.

"So, Mitt, while you were the governor of Massachusetts in that period of time you were 47th in the nation in job creation during that same period of time we created 20 times more jobs," Perry said.  "As a matter of fact, you created 40,000 more jobs total in your four years, last two months we created more than that in Texas."

"As regard to the record in Texas, you probably also ought to tell people if you look over the last several years 40 percent almost half of the jobs created in Texas were created for illegal aliens, illegal immigrants," Romney retorted.

"That is absolute falsehood, on its face, Mitt," said Perry. " That’s what Americans are looking for they’re looking for somebody that they can trust that knows to have the executive governing experience.  I’ve got it you failed as the governor of Massachusetts."

The candidates will have a few weeks to see whether these strong words will help or hurt them.  The next Republican presidential debate will be in November.

You May Like

Video Miami Cubans Divided on New US Policy

While older, more conservative Cuban Americans have promoted anti-Castro political movement for years, younger generations say economically, it is time for change More

2014 Sees Dramatic Uptick in Boko Haram Abductions

Militants suspected in latest mass kidnapping of over 100 people in Gumsuri, Nigeria on Sunday More

Video Cuba Deal Is Major Victory for Pope

Role of Francis hailed throughout US, Latin America - though some Cuban-American Catholics have mixed feelings More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacksi
X
December 19, 2014 12:45 AM
The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video VOA Reporter Tours Devastated Peshawar School

Islamist militants wearing military uniforms and strapped with explosives attacked a military run school Tuesday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. At least 141 people were killed in the horrific attack, most of them young students. VOA reporter Ayaz Gul visited the devastated school and attended the funeral of the principal who courageously tried to save her students from the deadly attack.
Video

Video Nigerians Fleeing Boko Haram Languish in Camp Near Capital

In its five-year effort to impose Islamic law in northeastern Nigeria, the Boko Haram extremist group has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee. Some of those who ran for their lives now live in squalor on the edges of the capital, Abuja. Chris Stein reports for VOA.
Video

Video Putin Says Russian Economy Will Emerge Stronger

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his country's sinking economy will not only recover but also become stronger, despite falling oil prices and Western sanctions over Ukraine. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports.
Video

Video Detained Turkish Journalists Follow Teachings of US-Based Preacher

The Turkish government’s jailing of critical journalists has sparked international condemnation and is being seen as an effort to undermine the followers of an ailing Turkish preacher based in the United States. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky has more.
Video

Video ‘Anti-Islamization’ Marches Increase Tensions In Germany

Anti-immigrant rallies in Germany have been building in recent weeks, peaking Monday night in the city of Dresden where tens of thousands of people turned out to demonstrate against what they call the ‘Islamization’ of the West. Germany has offered asylum to more Syrian refugees than any other country, and this appears to have set off the protests. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Aceh Rebuilt Decade After Tsunami, But Scars Remain

On December 26, 2004 there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean so powerful it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters. Onshore on the island of Sumatra, the resulting tsunami was devastating. A decade later, VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where although there is little remaining evidence of the physical devastation, the psychological scars among survivors remain.
Video

Video Refugees Living in Kenya Long for Peace in the Home Countries

Kenya is host to numerous refugees seeking safe haven from conflict. Immigrants from Somalia face challenges in their new lives in Kenya. Ahead of International Migrants Day (December 18) Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA News from the Kenyan capital.

All About America

AppleAndroid