GOP debate: 10 burning questions answered Staff
Posted: Jun 14, 2011 1:44 PM
GOP debate: 10 burning questions answered

The first significant GOP presidential debate is in the books and there seems to be near consensus about who came off well (Michele Bachmann) and who didn't (Tim Pawlenty). On Monday, we posed 10 questions that we hoped the debate would answer. For the most part, they were. Here's a look at the results:

1. Can Mitt Romney explain away Romneycare?

In perhaps the debate's biggest surprise, Romney didn't really have to. If this debate is remembered at all, it will be the Sergio Leone-tinged episode when Tim Pawlenty was directly challenged to slam Romney using the sobriquet "Obamneycare" and backed down. All that was missing was the close-up on Pawlenty's nervous eyes.