Political Theater

Ron Paul says Michele Bachmann “hates Muslims”

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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:

With Barney Frank’s farewell, a few video highlights

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Whatever your view of his politics, it is difficult to deny Rep. Barney Frank’s inimitable facility with the spoken word. With the news of his retirement, it seems only appropriate to look back on a few of his best video moments.

Ezra Klein deserves a hearty hat tip for his roundup (do check it out), which leads with the most must-see of Frank’s takedowns:

The GOP national security debate in six minutes

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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:

Michele Bachmann pours water for her male opponents at GOP debate

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Saturday’s Republican debate on “family issues” kicked off with Michele Bachmann pouring water for all the men sitting around the table. 

As the candidates took their seats, Bachmann politely poured water for Ron Paul, who was sitting to her right and herself, when moderator Frank Luntz said, “I want to begin by thanking Representative Bachmann for taking care of the water for today’s event.” She laughed and walked the length of the table, pouring water for Luntz and the rest of the candidates.

Five must-see moments from the GOP foreign policy debate

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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?

Who’s fueling the 2012 race?

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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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