Who were the debate winners and losers?

Here’s how I saw it:

1. Mitt Romney dominated. When he spoke, he was fantastic. When he didn’t speak, especially in the first hour, everyone else who was fighting for second tore each other apart.

2. Ron Paul took apart Rick Santorum several times as well as Newt Gingrich.

3. Rick Perry made a few points that the audience enjoyed, but he isn’t a serious candidate anymore.

4. Newt Gingrich wasn’t bad. You could tell he was fighting internally to hide his anger at Ron Paul.

5. Jon Huntsman is completely unlikeable. He spoke in Mandarin. Who cares?

6. Rick Santorum had the most to gain and ended up losing the most. It is amazing what increased scrutiny does to a candidate. Ron Paul clearly got under his skin and Santorum was angry, pithy, and snarky. Santorum really hurt himself in this debate.

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