At the very start of the debate, the focus is squarely on the race’s current top candidates, with Rick Perry and Mitt Romney sparring on their job-creation records. Perry praised Romney for being a great job creator in the private sector, but attacked him for failing to do the same while governor of Massachusetts. He added that Texas created more jobs in the past three months than Romney did in his entire term as governor. Romney hit back by pointing out that Texas’ GOP environment had made it much a more business-friendly state. He said that Perry taking credit for Texas’ jobs was like Al Gore claiming he had invented the internet. Perry shot right back with this statistic: Michael Dukakis created jobs three times as fast as Romney did.