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1st Thoughts On The GOP Debate

If we're weeding out participants, why does Fred T. get to play when he's polling at 1% in the state and said he's not participating there and only flew in and out for the debate?

How much do the other candidates hate Mitt? They all went after him instead of the guy who won Iowa and the guy leading in New Hampshire.

Romney hurt himself coming and going, by saying 'I like mandates,' yet also refusing to concede that the Mass. health care plan actually mandates. (Suggesting that people were free to choose to just die instead, I think.)

No Qs, no discussion about the economy, the tanking of which was the big (non-political) news today.

McCain hurt Romney with the line "you are the candidate of change." That could stick.

McCain: unscathed. Rudy: good, but will it matter? Romney: helped with some voters, hurt with more. Fred: nice of you to bother. Huck: didn't matter here, but left behind words that will haunt him. Ron Paul: helped.

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