Political Theater

Ron Paul says Michele Bachmann “hates Muslims”

Ron Paul was on The Tonight Show last night, where Jay Leno asked him to say a little something about the other Republican candidates for president. Mitt Romney, according to Paul, is “a nice guy.” Newt Gingrich should “run for Speaker of the House again,” and Jon Huntsman is “a good diplomat” and ” a thoughtful person.”

And Michele Bachmann? Well, “she doesn’t like Muslims,” Paul said. “She hates Muslims. She wants to go get ‘em.” Rick Santorum, too, has a preoccupation with “gay people and Muslims.”

Here’s the clip:

Huntsman accuses Romney of flip-flop gymnastics in new ad

Jon Huntsman has published a new web ad hammering Romney for changing, if not his stance, then at least his tone on key campaign issues.

“What exactly did Mitt learn while running the Olympics?” the ad asks, before using a split screen to show Romney opining on various issues next to video of gymnasts doing flips on balance beams. Romney ran the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, where there was no gymnastics competition, but the point doesn’t seem to be a literal one. Whenever Romney is seen taking a typically conservative stance on an issue, the gymnast “nails it,” and when he doesn’t, the gymnast falls off the beam.

The GOP national security debate in six minutes

The eight leading GOP presidential candidates met at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday night for a two-hour debate on national security and foreign policy. Here are some of the most significant exchanges of the night:

Five must-see moments from the GOP foreign policy debate

The Republican presidential candidates assembled in Spartanburg, South Carolina, last night for a primary debate, the first to focus entirely on foreign policy and national security. In a dialogue that spanned assorted geopolitical challenges — including Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons, America’s strategic relationship with Pakistan, and trade with China — the eight Republicans outlined the approaches they would take to diplomacy if elected head of state. Here are five of the most notable exchanges:

1. Is torture acceptable under any circumstances? And is water boarding torture?

Huntsman daughters caricature Cain ad

Jon Huntsman’s three daughters impersonate Cain campaign manager Mark Block in this satirical take on Cain’s infamous smoking ad: YouTube Preview Image

Jon Huntsman makes uncomfortable joke on The Colbert Report

Jon Huntsman was on The Colbert Report last night, seeking the “Colbert bump” and earning wild cheers from the audience when he asked Stephen, in Mandarin, to be his running mate. But according to ABC News, Huntsman, a former ambassador to China, attempted another joke, later edited out, that made some audience members wince:

When Colbert played a sound effect of a stereotypical Chinese riff, Huntsman joked, “When’s the delivery food coming?” After a few seconds of awkward silence, Colbert replied, “Did that go over well in Beijing?”

Who’s fueling the 2012 race?

Professional race car drivers wear their sponsors’ logos on their uniforms. What if presidential hopefuls did the same? Reuters Decoder takes a look at the candidates’ biggest corporate sponsors:

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