This morning on American Morning, we're breaking down the CNN/Tea Party debate.
Eight GOP hopefuls facing off on everything from jobs to immigration to health care. And it was contentious even early on.
This morning on American Morning, CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger and senior political analyst Ron Brownstein on who came out on top in the debate.
Governor Rick Perry received a great deal of criticism from his fellow GOP candidates last night, taking heat for his stance on Social Security, his HPV vaccination program, and his economic record.
Today on American Morning, Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon, who is a Perry surrogate, joins Ali Velshi to discuss the debate and to weigh in on how last night may have affected Perry's campaign.
"Look, when you're the front-runner, everybody picks on you," Cannon says. "I think Governor Perry did a good job of defending his record, standing his ground, and showing the kind of strengths that Americans want from their next president."
Many candidates attacked Perry last night on his history of jobs creation, saying that it is the favorable conditions in Texas that account for the low unemployment rate.
When pressed about this matter, Cannon defended the candidate, saying "Governor Perry made it clear that he didn't create the jobs, the private sector did."
Following last night's CNN/Tea Party debate, many people are weighing in on who made a strong showing, particularly those who were actually in the audience to witness the showdown.
Live from Tampa this morning, Ali Velshi talks with Pat Silleman and Mark Grosenbaugh, two undecided Tea Party supporters who attended last night's debate, about what their impressions were of the candidates.
At last night's CNN/Tea Party debate, the candidates put frontrunner Rick Perry on defense – especially on an issue they watch closely in Florida – Social Security. Presidential candidates Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum also dug into Perry for his controversial HPV mandate.
The morning after, who are analysts saying were the big winners and losers from last night's debate?
Ali Velshi is live in Tampa this morning with Dana Loesch, founder of the St. Louis Tea Party and CNN contributor, and Alex Castellanos, CNN political contributor to break down last night's CNN/Tea Party debate.
From CNN's Carol Costello:
President Obama sent his jobs proposal to Congress yesterday, although it is unlikely that the bill will pass in its current form. While Republicans have said that they like parts of the plan, they don't like how the President wants to tax the rich to pay for many of the bill's provisions.
Although Obama has also presented other ideas for funding his jobs bill, like ending tax loopholes for oil and gas companies and letting the Bush tax cuts expire, the biggest chunk of of the financing, $400 billion dollars, will come from limiting tax deductions on Americans making more than $200,000 dollars a year.
AM Talk Back: Should Obama's jobs plan be funded by limiting tax deductions?
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