(Special from Prune Juice Media)
The CNBC Republican Presidential Debate provided its fair share of memorable moments. In fact, of all the debates, this one had to rank in the top three. The topic was almost exclusively on the economy — a major priority with American voters.
The candidates were on display. However, it was the CNBC moderators and their tough-as-nails questioning that really brought some life to the event. Maria Bartiromo and John Harwood took the lead as co-moderators. They were joined by Jim Cramer, Sharon Epperson, and others from the CNBC family. This was hands-down the best moderating team of any previous live network debate.
Let me say that I have a newfound respect for Maria Bartiromo. I’ve seen her on CNBC and The Oprah Winfrey Show before, but never would I have thought she would SMOKE the candidates (esp. Newt Gingrich) the way she did tonight. We finally had a debate where candidates are not given a pass for non-answers and baseless stone throws without providing concrete solutions! I LOVED IT!!
As always, here is my quick rundown of the debate highlights:
- The candidates were on their same talking points tonight. Please don’t think that they were going to arrive with new, fresh thinking. It didn’t happen.
- One of the first jabs thrown was when the two moderators asked Herman Cain and Mitt Romney about Cain’s sexual harassment scandal. The audience booed adamantly against the moderators, but especially when Romney was asked. To the audience’s credit, the debate was about the economy and not the scandal.