Suspected: Romney shrugs off attacks at GOP debate
Most notably.. Romney’s attempt to act like the attacks didn’t bother him.
[Commentary via Newser]
- Paul-Santorum: Ron Paul accused Rick Santorum of being a “big-government person” who also was “corrupt” for taking lobbyists’ money. Santorum called the corruption charge “ridiculous” and said his record was “pretty darn good.”
- Santorum-Romney: Santorum called Romney a manager, not a leader. “Being a president is not a CEO. You’ve got to lead and inspire,” he said. Romney also had to defend his work years ago at Bain Capital and said he helped create 100,000 jobs overall while there. (That’s a tricky figure to verify, notes the Times.)
- Santorum-Romney II: Santorum called Romney’s economic plan “not particularly bold,” reports the Washington Post. He also objected to the term “middle class,” saying, “There are no classes in America. We are a country that (doesn’t) allow for titles. … That’s not the language that I’ll use as president. I’ll use the language of bringing people together.”
- Paul-Gingrich: Newt Gingrich bristled at an accusation from Paul that he took a deferment to avoid war. He said he was married with a child at the time. Paul followed up: “I was married and I had two kids and I went.”
- Romney joke: “Contraception? It’s working just fine. Leave it alone.”
- Perry-Huntsman: Jon Huntsman called for bringing home US troops from Afghanistan and elsewhere, while Rick Perry said he would return them to Iraq as fast as possible.