It's been a month since the last debate and I want to send a personal thank-you to CNN for not scheduling it on a Friday or Saturday at 9 p.m as other debates have done in the past.
The debate is the last before Super Tuesday (Mar. 6) and the Arizona and Michigan primaries (Feb. 28). Here are the tid bits:
1. If nothing else, Ron Paul has big ones for talking smack about Rick Santorum to his face. On Tuesday, Paul's campaign released an ad that called Santorum "fake." John King, who moderated the debate said to Paul, "you have a new television ad that labels [Santorum] a fake. Why?" Paul responded, "Because he's a fake." Ouch. THE BLAZE's Mytheos Holt has it here.
2. Santorum responded to Paul's criticism by comparing his own fiscal record to the rest of Congress. "You’re comparing yourself to the rest of Congress?" Paul said, adding, "Their approval rating is at 9 percent!" The problem is, Paul is also a member of Congress. He's not excluded from that 9% rating.
3. John King deserves credit. I anticipated a boring debate because he's... boring. But this debate wasn't. He did a good job.
4. Did you see The Artist Formerly Known as
Prince Newt? Check out that royal tie.
5. And while we're at it, Gingrich should never say the word "missionary" in public again. I don't even remember in what harmless context he said it. But he should never say it again.
6. Mitt Romney looked like he might be suffering from a cold tonight. That might be why he was a bad sport about answering the final question: "What is the biggest misconception about you in the public debate?" That was a gimme for Romney. But he answered with something generic about America's future. When asked by King to address the specific question Romney answered, "You get to ask the questions you want, I get to give the answers I want." Okay, suit yourself, Robot. Watch it here.
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