Thursday, November 10, 2011
Here's what people will be talking about at the water cooler; read up, so you're in the know, too.
In case you slept through our coverage of the GOP national debate at Oakland University on Wednesday night, we're happy to help you catch up. Check out our complete coverage of the debate here. Or read this quick rundown of the five talkers to come out of the event. When asked whether corporations can be profitable and create jobs at the same time, candidate Newt Gingrich turned to history. "It's sad that the news media doesn't report accurately how the economy works," he said. Moderator Mario Bartiromo of CNBC took him to task. "What is the media reporting inaccurately about the economy?" she asked. "I love humor disguised as a question," he replied. "That's terrific." They changed the subject. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson…
Eight presidential candidates talk jobs, housing, health care, taxes — and character.
Eight Republican presidential hopefuls took turns offering their thoughts on all aspects of the economy — and faith and trust — on the stage of a transformed O'rena on the campus of Oakland University on Wednesday night. In a nationally televised debate coordinated by the Michigan Republican Party, the university and CNBC, candidates Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum sparred on issues related to money, jobs, housing and taxes. One of them, Michigan GOP Chairman Bobby Schostak, said at the start of the two-hour debate, could likely be the "next leader of the free world." Outside the O'rena, about a hundred protesters gathered – far fewer than the thousands of …
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Eight candidates sparred at Oakland University on Wednesday. How do you think they did?
Did you watch the GOP presidential candidates debate Wednesday night or follow along on social media or our live blog at http://patch.com/A-n8hk? Who do you think came out on top? Please answer our poll and comment below. > Complete coverage of the GOP debate at Oakland University
Audience members at the Oakland Center in Rochester hear from Michigan's highest-ranking Republicans, use hand-held devices to provide feedback on "Your Money, Your Vote: The Republican Presidential Debate."
A crowd of more than 300 people from the Oakland University community are gathered tonight at the Oakland Center banquet rooms for a watch party that isn't just about watching. The audience also will be able to weigh in on survey questions during the debate, using hand-held devices provided by Minneapolis-based Moss Cairns LLC, which develops audience participation technology. An OU staffer said the company asked to be part of the watch party. In a poll conducted using the Moss Cairns devices before the debate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Rep. Ron Paul led the presidential pack of those surveyed at the watch party. The event, which included dinner and raffle prize packages, kicked off at 6 p.m. with WDIV-TV Channel 4 …
The "Freedom of Speech Area" outside O’rena united people of different beliefs Wednesday in Rochester.
Even though Oakland University implemented Freedom of Speech Area guidelines for those interested in demonstrating during tonight's Republican presidential candidates' debate on campus, students and local residents still came out to make their voices heard. A slow trickle of people could be found lining the wooden fence some 50 feet west of Pioneer Drive, atop a large hill, beginning around 5 p.m., and while the majority came out in support of GOP candidate Ron Paul, others came out in protest. Jason Poupard, 28, of Lake Orion, wasn't demonstrating against any of the candidates or in support of the Republicans. A former Army Specialist and current OU history major, Poupard, dressed in his full Army uniform, came out to protest the Freedom …
College Republicans group president hopes afternoon reception draws out politically minded students at school who sometimes care more about parking than issues.
Despite the morning rain, there was an air of muted excitement Wednesday as organizers at Oakland University in Rochester and GOP officials began setting up for tonight's Republican presidential candidates debate. The road to the O’rena Activities Center was closed to everyone except debate workers and the media Wednesday morning as TV news crews began setting up for and patrol cars from the Oakland University police, Detroit Police and even Macomb County law enforcement patroled the area. Anticipation for the debate, to air starting at 8 p.m. CNBC as "Your Money, Your Vote: The Republican Presidential Debate," was building on campus as students began gearing up for watch parties and special events. Joshua Cline, president of OU’s College …
Starting at 7 p.m., join the conversation before, during and after the GOP candidates for president square off on the OU campus.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
All eyes will be on Michigan – and Oakland University in Rochester in particular – today as eight candidates for the Republican party nomination for president of the United States talk about jobs, the economy and other issues. Outside, demonstrators will be having their say about the state of the country. Join the Michigan Patch team as we report from inside and outside OU's O'Rena, the site of the debate. Ask questions, talk about the issues, tell us what's going on where you are, share photos and video. > Complete coverage of the GOP debate
Republican debate today reinforces Michigan's pivotal role in coming election, experts say.
If there is one message Oakland University President Gary Russi would like to shout out this week to the residents of Rochester and Rochester Hills, and to Michigan in general, it is this: It's all about the economy. "We were chosen as the debate site because Michigan is at the epicenter for job loss," said Russi, who has been leader of the university for 15 years. "These topics — job loss, the economy — are things we've all lived through." Russi will be in the audience at the university's O'Rena on Wednesday night when eight candidates face off for "Your Money, Your Vote," the Republican National Debate. The event is sponsored by CNBC and the Michigan Republican Party. For Russi, the debate is a chance for the university to shine: He'll …