Immediate Thoughts: I think Rudy and Huckabee both did quite well, and McCain held his own. It's also interesting to note that Republicans continue to distance themselves even more from Bush ...
8:47 - Tancredo says the biggest mistake of Bush is that he ran as a conservative and governed as a liberal.
8:46 - Romney mentions "Ronald Reagan." I take a shot.
8:42: "Muchas Gracias," says McCain to Tancredo. You gotta give it to McCain, he's got a great sense of humor. I think he's scoring some points on being compassionate toward immigrants.
8:41 - Tancredo is right, by the way, that bilingual countries don't work.
8:39 - Romney just got the "flip-flopping" question. Specifically, why does he have ads in Spanish, if he wants English to be the national language. Frankly, I agree with Mitt. I don't see the two things as being inconsistent.
8:38 - Brownback will support the nominee of the GOP -- even if it's Rudy.
8:36 - Ron Paul has truly become an anti-war Republican.
8:31 - On conservatives who disagree with Romneycare, Mitt answers: "Well, I want to talk to the people, not just those conservatives who are concerned ..."
8:30 - Why is Tommy Thompson yelling at me?
8:29 - Oooh. A question from a blogger.
8:26 - "It's your health, you should own your health insurance" - Rudy.
8:21 - ***IDEA OF THE DAY: Divided Presidency: Rudy runs the war and Huckabee runs the social issues. Any takers?
8:20 - Rudy gets up and walks even closer. He's doing very well today -- and I think this format is good for him, too.
8:19 - Wow, someone asks a question with a conservative worldview. Sadly, it's directed to Ron Paul.
8:18 - This format is much better for McCain. He's the first to stand up. He's better out from behind a podium.
8:17 - Brownback wants to divide up Iraq into 3 states. Isn't that Joe Biden's plan?
8:15 - How much do you want to bet one of these guys gets up off the red chair, walks over, and consoles one of these questioners?
8:14 - This format is a bit more touchy-feely. I'm having flashbacks to the Bill Clinton vs. George H.W. Bush debate where Clinton says, "I feel your pain."
8:13 - Ok, the stage is a little odd looking. It's likely Republican voters who get to ask the questions ...