Immediately after the debate last night, many Republicans, pundits, et al declared that Giuliani won the debate. A mere 24 hours later, that’s changed.
I’m just going to talk about the winners and the losers in last nights debate, and not talk about certain other candidates. Understand that I don’t quite have a horse in this race per se, in otherwords, I am not backing a candidate yet. This is simply my view of who really won.
The real winner in last night’s debate was Ron Paul. The real loser in last night’s debate was Giuliani. How did this happen? Very simply, Giuliani had his second straight gaffe. I’ll explain in a minute.
John McCain – Loser #2: As a former Presidential candidate, a Vietnam war hero, and a guy who has had as much publicity, John McCain should be received well by Republicans. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. He has not won over the trust of Conservatives, he did nothing to separate himself from the pack, and continues to be one mistake away from losing this election. Conservatives aren’t even looking for a reason to vote for him, and he desperately needs to give them one.
Mike Huckabee – Winner #2: Somehow he emerged from the pack as a strong conservative, but he would have had the line of the night when he said â€œcongress is spending money like John Edwards at a beauty salonâ€. Standing strong in his pro-life position, Huckabee probably picked up the Conservative Christian votes.
Sam Brownback – Loser #3: Another candidate with name recognition who did nothing to make himself to stand out. I like Brownback, but he needs to make a move to capture a part of the Republican grassroots.
Mitt Romney – Winner #3: Mitt Romney was the one candidate considered in the “Top Tier” who calmed fears that he’s too liberal. He might not move up in the polls as much as he’d like, but unlike Giulliani and McCain, he’s moving up. He also was the one candidate that looked Presidential.
But the exchange between Giuliani made all the difference in last nights debate. All through out the night Giuliani did nothing to separate himself from other candidates. That was until, Ron Paul made his comments towards the end of the debate. That’s when Giuliani stepped up, pounded his chest, and said, “I’m 9-11″. Well, that’s not exactly what he said, but Giuliani is our candidate concerning 9-11. No other candidate on that stage can take 9-11 away from Giuliani. If a Republican’s only issue is 9-11, then Giuliani is our guy.
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Guiliani – Loser #1: Some of you people who think Giuliani is the second coming of Jesus Christ may be right. Not only did he not separate himself from the pack, he raised Ron Paul from the dead.
Ron Paul – Winner #1: Lazarus. Not only did Ron Paul sound good the entire night, but when he made an apparent fatal mistake, he stood his ground. Ron Paul showed that he understood exactly where he wants to take this country, and I don’t think any candidate on either side has come close to that.