The battle between Romney and Giuliani over both spending, taxes and the line-item veto had been made between their campaigns in the media, but this was their first public confrontation over these issues.
Before the debate had ended both the Giuliani and Romney campaigns sent fact sheets to members of the media attacking each other.
The hit-sheet from Romney's camp was titled "Big City Spender" and reiterated points Romney made in the debate. It said "FACT: President Bill Clinton Used the Line-Item Veto to Cut Spending."
The Giuliani campaign's email contained a subject line that read: "Don't Take Our Word for It...Ted Olson on the Clinton Line-Item Veto." It attributed a quotation from the former solicitor general that said, "The line-item veto is unconstitutional, and I'm a strict constructionist. The line-item veto--if we want, it has to be done by constitutional amendment."