Drinking Game While Watching Republican Presidential Debate


No one said “Bob” (Newhart).

A Smart Politics content analysis of the 2012 GOP presidential debates finds that not only was Mitt Romney the only candidate who did not name drop Reagan at the MSNBC / POLITICO debate, but he has also refrained from invoking the legendary Republican figure at all three major debates held so far this year.

Romney’s silence on Reagan – particularly in the library that bears his name – was in stark contrast to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who mentioned Reagan’s name nine times – more than twice the number of any other candidate.

In total, Reagan was name-dropped 24 times by the candidates Wednesday evening.

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