Winner of Rep. debate 12-10-11 Iowa

The debate was very feisty tonight, a lot of good attacks and counterattacks, a lot of laughs but very little applause except for Ron Paul.

Gingrich told Romney that the only reason he wasn’t a career politician is because he lost to Ted Kennedy in 1994, that brought a big laugh and an agreement from Romney.  The talking heads are saying Gingrich won but I don’t agree, I think Ron Paul had the crowd.

Bachmann still annoying, doing her normal jumping and down, pick me, pick me, can I cut in?  She does that at every debate and the moderators can’t stop her.  She invoked Cain but said she was replacing his 9-9-9 with win, win, win.  She was trying to capitalize on Cain’s popularity, trying to grab his followers.  She compared Romney and Gingrich by calling them Newt Romney.

Santorum is still inconsequential.

Romney continued to have to defend his Romneycare.  When Perry brought it up, Romney was like, here we go again, Romney shot back with, you want to talk about mandates, you mandated the Gardasil shot for young girls.

Perry, did better as far as his speaking goes but he’s out.  The last question of the night was who on stage do you feel has impacted you and Perry, surprisingly said Ron Paul.

Ron Paul, still consistent but was a bit tamer in his rhetoric.  He got the most applause on most every time he spoke.  When asked about their upbringing and hardships they indured, Paul said they were poor but he didn’t know it, he grew up in the depression, put himself thru college then things got easier, his wife worked to put him thru med school, that garnered a laugh.

Romney didn’t grow up poor but his father did and instilled in him the value of hard work.

Gingrich grew up an army brat, at one time lived in an apt above a gas station, said he now has family who are in dire straits but didn’t go so far as to say he was helping them out.

Bachmann said her hardship growing up was her parents being divorced and seeing her single mother try to raise 4 kids, she went to work at 12 yrs old to help support the family.  Also said she still shops at thrift stores.

Gingrich was called out on his comment about Palestinians being “invented”, defended it by saying it’s time someone told the truth as Reagan had when he announced to Gorbachev to tear down that wall.  Santorum halfassed agreed with him but also agreed with Romney’s stance that you can be honest but do it privately, don’t presume to speak for Israel.

Everyone agreed with Ron Paul that govt shouldn’t make any laws respecting habits or values that don’t affect other people.  Huge round of applause.

Overall, I think Ron Paul won the crowd.

And that’s about it, will try to get videos on tomorrow.

eta:  I think the liberal media is much fairer to the candidates in terms of equal time, the worst offender is Fox News.