4rth Debate

4rth Republican Debate


This debate between republican candidates was held in Iowa on August 5, 2007. It was moderated by George Stephanopoulos and David Yepsen.



  1. Exchange between Sam Brownback and Mitt Romney
  2. Do you stand by the contrasts you have made with Mayor Giuliani during this campaign?
  3. Are you Mayor Giuliani and Senator Mccain all in the same place right now on Iraq?
  4. Do you support Senator Grassley's expansion of children's health insurance?
  5. Exchange between Romney and Rudy about Obama saying he would go into Pakistan.
  6. Will the spreading of democracy be the core of your foreign policy?
  7. Do you want to cut taxes to fix more bridges?
  8. Do you think that Vice President Cheney has too much power?
  9. Will you replace the income, estate, payroll, and capital gains tax with a 23 percent sales tax?
  10. What is the defining mistake of your life and why?
  11. What will you restore to the Oval Office?


For a complete transcript go here.


What They're Really Saying About Gov. Mitt Romney At The Des Moines, Iowa GOP Debate: Volume II

Monday, Aug 06, 2007 10:34 AM EDT



Des Moines Register's David Yepsen: "[Gov. Romney] turned in his usual polished, executive-like debate performance." (David Yepsen, Op-Ed, "Romney Finds A Foothold To Continue Upward Climb," Des Moines Register, 8/6/07)



Republican Pollster Frank Luntz: "Romney is winning in both Iowa and New Hampshire. And his lead seems to be growing with every survey. One of the reasons is his debate performances. They've been categorically successful. People listen to him and they like what they hear." (Fox News' "Fox & Friends," 8/6/07)




ABC's Rick Klein: "It was Romney who had the best zinger of the morning (Obama has 'gone from Jane Fonda to Dr. Strangelove in one week,' he said.)" (Rick Klein, "The Note," ABC News, 8/6/07)



Fox News' Carl Cameron: "Some will tell you that Mitt Romney was the clear winner in this." (Fox News' "The Big Story," 8/5/07)


Des Moines Register's Jason Clayworth: "When it came time to pick a winner of the debate, however, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney had the most votes. Some participants said his cool demeanor and articulate speaking set him apart." (Jason Clayworth, "'Dial Testing' Measures Debate Messages," Des Moines Register, 8/6/07)


Human Events' Jed Babbin: "Iowa frontrunners Romney (26%) and Giuliani (14%) got the chance to showcase their ideas, poise and style." (Jed Babbin, Op-Ed, "Duel In Des Moines," Human Events, 8/6/07)



Rocky Mountain News' Mike Littwin: "Mitt Romney was ready. He dominated the debate ..." (Mike Littwin, Op-Ed, "How Are Dems Doing? Watch The GOP," Rocky Mountain News, 8/6/07)


MSNBC's First Read: "Focus group dial tester Rich Thau's Message Jury scored the debate for Romney ..." (Chuck Todd, et al, "First Read," MSNBC, http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/, 8/6/07)


What They're Really Saying About Governor Mitt Romney At The Des Moines, Iowa GOP Debate

Sunday, Aug 05, 2007 11:25 AM EDT


A Statement From Senator Jim DeMint (SC)

Sunday, Aug 05, 2007 10:39 AM EDT


"Mitt Romney again demonstrated why he will make a great President. He has the business experience from outside Washington to take difficult issues head-on while continuing to use innovative solutions to secure America's future."



August 5, 2007A Statement From Former Lt. Governor Toni Jennings

Sunday, Aug 05, 2007 10:37 AM EDT


"In this morning's fourth Republican Presidential debate, Governor Romney again demonstrated that he is the most qualified candidate for President of the United States. Governor Romney won today's debate by clearly outlining his optimistic vision for our nation and focusing on substantive policies that will strengthen our military, economy and families. At this critical time for America, it has never been more important to ensure we have a strong, conservative and principled leader at the helm of our government. As we witnessed this morning, Governor Romney is the right choice to meet the new generation of challenges we face."



August 5, 2007A Statement From Iowa Chairman Doug Gross

Sunday, Aug 05, 2007 10:32 AM EDT


"In a crowded field, Governor Romney stood out as the only candidate substantively addressing the challenges confronting our nation today. With his vision of a stronger America, Governor Romney has proven that he is the leader we need in the White House. He is also the only major candidate fully committed to the Iowa process and speaking to the concerns of Iowa families. Today's debate was a great start to a week that will conclude at the Iowa Straw Poll."


August 5, 2007A Statement From Tom Rath

Sunday, Aug 05, 2007 10:31 AM EDT


"Governor Romney once again demonstrated his leadership ability, depth of policy knowledge, and vision for a strong America during today's debate. Time and time again, in town after town across New Hampshire and across the country, Governor Romney has proven he is the candidate most qualified, most capable, and most able to turn Washington around. Governor Romney is the candidate who can keep our nation's military, economy, and families strong and we need him in the White House."



August 5, 2007Governor Mitt Romney Outlines His Vision To Lead America

Sunday, Aug 05, 2007 10:30 AM EDT



This morning, Romney for President Communications Director Matt Rhoades released the following statement on the fourth Republican presidential debate:


"This morning, Governor Romney won the debate by once again demonstrating why he is the best candidate to lead our nation forward. He spoke directly to the challenges facing America and what we must do to strengthen our economy, military and families. Governor Romney is the only candidate with the vision to build a stronger America.


"We look forward to communicating Governor Romney's message of conservative change this week through the Iowa Straw Poll and into the January Caucuses." 


Romney Record: Kevin Jourdain on Governor Romney's Pro-Life Record

Sunday, Aug 05, 2007 09:06 AM EDT


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Massachusetts Citizens For Life Pioneer Valley Chapter Chairman Kevin Jourdain Remarks On May 10, 2007:


"Tonight, we have a man with us who made that journey of conversion. A man who did not always know the evil of abortion, but he saw the truth. As our Governor during a debate on embryonic stem cell research, Mitt Romney took the courageous step of consulting the leaders of the medical and scientific communities to give him insight into what he knew in his heart was wrong.


"Mitt Romney was a great Governor, who served with honor and distinction. But most importantly, he was a pro-life Governor. He vetoed a number of pro-abortion pieces of legislation and made many pro-life appointments. He was always there for us. He's a busy man these days and we are extra fortunate that he and his wife Ann could be with us. Governor, you have been an inspirational leader in many ways. And if I may say so, Mitt, you're looking very presidential. Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in welcoming our friend, Governor Mitt Romney, to the podium as our 2007 Mullins Award Winner for Outstanding Political Leadership."



Behind The Scenes Before The Debate In Iowa

Sunday, Aug 05, 2007 09:00 AM EDT


Click here to see behind the scenes pictures before the debate on Five Brothers.Local Coverage Of The Debate

Saturday, Aug 04, 2007 02:05 PM EDT