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Could We Get One All-Surrogate Debate?


So in the past 24 hours, we’ve seen New Jersey governor Chris Christie give a feisty, combative defense of Mitt Romney, tweaking Mika Brzezsinki for defining “compromise” as “giving Obama want he wants . . .”

We have seen Louisiana’s Gov. Bobby Jindal correct Rick Perry about a detail in his tax plan, and offer a more compelling argument in defense of that plan . . .

While answering a question during a town hall meeting in Maquoketa, Iowa, Perry forgot about the about the standard deduction he built into his own flat tax plan, saying it would be gone.

Jindal quickly chimed in to correct him. “You actually keep the standard deduction in your flat tax,” said the popular Bayou State Republican. 

“Oh that’s right, as a matter of fact we raise it to $12,500, uh, per family I think,” Perry replied. “Thank you for correcting me on that governor . . . not that I ever make a mistake.”

. . . and today J. C. Watts will be endorsing Newt Gingrich. Somehow it’s easy to envision Watts, part of the Republican Revolution of 1994,  making a compelling argument for his preferred candidate, without Newt’s reflexive grandiosity and comparison of himself to Reagan and Thatcher.

2012: The cycle the surrogates made better arguments for the candidates than the candidates themselves!

Tags: Bobby Jindal , Chris Christie , J. C. Watts , Mitt Romney , Newt Gingrich , Rick Perry


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