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Republican Presidential Debate Recap: Winners & Losers

November 10, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Last night’s Republican Presidential Debate on CNBC provided some surprising fireworks as well as one of the biggest debate gaffes in recent memory.

The primary topic of the economy set the stage for some emotionally charged responses (hey there, Newt Gingrich), some confusing responses (looking at you, Rick Perry) and some solid thoughtful responses (good job, Mitt Romney).

Condensing everything that happened during the two-hour debate, here’s my thoughts on who did well last night and who lost some ground.

LOSER – Rick Perry

Is there an easier choice?  Perry continued his debate struggles in a big way by forgetting a big part of his platform and drew jeers from the otherwise supportive crowd in Michigan.  This will ultimately been seen as the final nail in Perry’s flailing campaign.

WINNER – Mitt Romney

I’ve never been a huge Romney fan but I thought he presented very well under pointed questioning and offered solid, well-spoken responses to most questions.  His deflection of commenting on Herman Cain’s recent issues was particularly classy and he showed a sense of humor as well.  A good performance all around.

LOSER – Michele Bachmann

I thought she might get a chance to present her platform and pick up voters but she was largely an afterthought in this debate.  I think she answered all of one question in the first 35-40 minutes of the debate.  She’s struggling for support right now and this debate won’t do a lot to help her standing.

WINNER – Newt Gingrich

I enjoy seeing politicians show a little spark and personality during public appearances and Newt filled that role for me last night.  Granted, some of his responses bordered on sarcasm and belligerence but he showed some life.  His jabs at Occupy Wall Street were particularly enjoyable to me.

WINNER – Ron Paul

Paul showed a similar fire to Gingrich although he always has.  He is without a doubt one of the smartest people running for President and his knowledge showed last night.

  1. November 10, 2011 at 9:07 am

    I just wrote up my response, and I couldn’t agree more with yours. I think this is now Romney’s to lose, for sure. No one else is remotely viable. One addition to your analysis: I thought Huntsman showed intellectual vigor, though not enough to break away from being a bottom-tier candidate.

    • November 10, 2011 at 9:49 am

      There was a pretty clear divide between the haves and have-nots last night.

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