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The GOP Roundtable Debate
Charlie Rose, but no rosy economic scenarios.


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KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ
The table belonged to Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Herman Cain at Tuesday night’s Bloomberg debate.

And the Rick Perry strategy appears to be to not put a lot of energy into the debates.

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At various times around the Charlie Rose–moderated table, it was easy to forget there were others there. Mr. Cain’s 9-9-9 plan was a star of the show. Who would have predicted that, when Rep. Michele Bachmann was winning the Iowa straw poll not so long ago?

A key moment for Governor Romney may have been during the ask-another-candidate round, when he didn’t even bother with Governor Perry, instead asking Michele Bachmann more about her economic plan. And he did it with a smile. Romney may not be driving conservatives wild for him, but he does have a happy-warrior nature to him. Someone you could have some confidence in to make good business/stewardship decisions.

Speaker Gingrich demonstrated where he is most commanding: leading a seminar table.

And Rick Santorum effectively focused on the family, as Dr. James Dobson might put it, in a nice closer. He hasn’t had his boomlet moment, but he’s hung in there with the courage of his convictions, as he is wont to do.

— Kathryn Jean Lopez is editor-at-large of National Review Online.

 

 

 



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