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    The Great Debate Tonight

    The Great Debate Tonight

    Despite the hype, I suspect many people will be thinking about some current and former Governors who will not be there, and who have not yet declared, or who may never declare.

    I’ll be traveling tonight so I will not get to watch it.  Please post comments (if you are able to — more on that in about a week), so I know what I’ve missed.  Or if I’ve missed anything.

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    Second half, Romney stays solid, Bachmann scores well on life and other issues but has some flubs too, Pawlenty and Santorum get stronger, Gingrich hurts himself by dwelling on his opposition to Ryan but scores with "no easy answers" on immigration, Cain is embarassing with his Muslim problem, and Ron Paul is still Ron Paul.

    Net is that most of them were good. Notion that GOP field is weak takes a beating. Biggest debate loser? Obama.

    Final quarter, Pawlenty and Santorum score well, both increasingly sharp. Romney looks good saying anyone on stage would make a better President than Obama. Bachmann gets in a couple of nice shots.

    I'd confirm my net assessment above — Obama loses.

    Format worked well BUT the candidates in this and probably future debates face a problem trying to stick to a jobs/economy message. Networks think it is somehow essential to ask questions about every issue even though overwhelmingly, voters care about jobs, economic growth, debt and taxed.

    Thanks for the comments. Missed it too.

    Note to professor. Question the term "Great" without sarc tags in your hed. Some might take you serious.

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