Rick Santorum: As noted above, Santorum took the opportunity early in the debate to go right after Romney. He won that argument, and helped people who were thinking about Santorum make up their minds in his favor. Unfortunately, he faded into the background for the rest of the debate by falling back into his pattern of Senate-Speak which dampened the effect. ?Plus Votes ??
Rick Perry: Perry got his 10th Amendment argument in during a discussion of voting rights legislation. The Twitter-verse exploded when he said the state of South Carolina is "at war" with the Justice Department reminding one and all that the first shots of the Civil War had been fired at Fort Sumter. Perry got in the best line of the night. Chief moderator Bret Baier kept threatening to "bring back the bell" when the candidates went over their time. After Ron Paul did his anti-foreign-involvement riff, Perry said "The noise you were looking for is a gong." ?No Votes