Thursday, November 10, 2011
Eight presidential candidates talk jobs, housing, health care, taxes — and character.
Eight Republican presidential hopefuls took turns offering their thoughts on all aspects of the economy — and faith and trust — on the stage of a transformed O'rena on the campus of Oakland University on Wednesday night. In a nationally televised debate coordinated by the Michigan Republican Party, the university and CNBC, candidates Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum sparred on issues related to money, jobs, housing and taxes. One of them, Michigan GOP Chairman Bobby Schostak, said at the start of the two-hour debate, could likely be the "next leader of the free world." Outside the O'rena, about a hundred protesters gathered – far fewer than the thousands of …
Moss Cairns clickers allow participants to weigh in on how candidates performed during Wednesday night's event.
If those who attended a watch party at the Oakland University Oakland Center are any indication, Mitt Romney is going to win the Republican primary. In a survey taken at the close of Wednesday night's "Your Money, Your Vote: The Republican Presidential Debate" at OU in Rochester, 82 percent of about 250 audience members said they expected Romney to get the Republican nod. And virtually everyone – 90 percent – thought the debate was a good thing for Oakland University. The results were collected through hand-held audience participation devices provided by Minneapolis-based Moss Cairns. Company principal Steve Moss said the firm has worked with Oakland University on other initiatives and was hired to make the watch party "a more enjoyable …
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Eight candidates sparred at Oakland University on Wednesday. How do you think they did?
Did you watch the GOP presidential candidates debate Wednesday night or follow along on social media or our live blog at http://patch.com/A-n8hk? Who do you think came out on top? Please answer our poll and comment below. > Complete coverage of the GOP debate at Oakland University
The "Freedom of Speech Area" outside O’rena united people of different beliefs Wednesday in Rochester.
Even though Oakland University implemented Freedom of Speech Area guidelines for those interested in demonstrating during tonight's Republican presidential candidates' debate on campus, students and local residents still came out to make their voices heard. A slow trickle of people could be found lining the wooden fence some 50 feet west of Pioneer Drive, atop a large hill, beginning around 5 p.m., and while the majority came out in support of GOP candidate Ron Paul, others came out in protest. Jason Poupard, 28, of Lake Orion, wasn't demonstrating against any of the candidates or in support of the Republicans. A former Army Specialist and current OU history major, Poupard, dressed in his full Army uniform, came out to protest the Freedom …
Jobs and the economy will be front and center, but Herman Cain's personal issues are also expected to steal some podium time tonight.
1. Mitt Romney will give a shoutout to his home state. Romney was born in Detroit and is sure to mention it -- probably multiple times -- throughout the duration of the debate. Who wants to bet he'll utter this exact phrase? "It feels great to be back in Michigan!" He'll also try to play up his loyalty to the state with statements like the one he wrote in an op-ed for CNBC. “In Detroit, the city of my birth, far higher joblessness has brought a great city to the edge of ruin,” Romney wrote Tuesday. “There will be no one on that stage this week more pained by Michigan’s struggles than I am.” 2. Jobs, jobs and more jobs. It's no secret why Michigan was chosen to host one of many Republican debates being held this year. With unemployment at …
Starting at 7 p.m., join the conversation before, during and after the GOP candidates for president square off on the OU campus.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
All eyes will be on Michigan – and Oakland University in Rochester in particular – today as eight candidates for the Republican party nomination for president of the United States talk about jobs, the economy and other issues. Outside, demonstrators will be having their say about the state of the country. Join the Michigan Patch team as we report from inside and outside OU's O'Rena, the site of the debate. Ask questions, talk about the issues, tell us what's going on where you are, share photos and video. > Complete coverage of the GOP debate