I was at a Romney party until 11:00 PM last night, and was too tired to post about the debate by the time I got home. In any case, I wanted some time to think about my rankings, more on that later. I am now ready to once again declare Mitt Romney the winner of the debate. While it was not the clear-cut, break out win that he had in the first debate, he did come out on top, and the FOX poll agrees. Here is some more advanced analysis:
1) Mitt Romney – Although his win was not as big as in the first debate, Romney did extremely well. He came out as clear and decisive almost all issues. There were no questions that he failed to answer, and no questions that he dodged, although there were a couple questions where I think he could have been clearer. I particularly liked Romney’s line about focusing more on preventing attacks rather than simply talking about how to respond to them. I’m disappointed that Romney was not allowed the 30 seconds he requested to respond to Ron Paul, but he did well on all issues nonetheless.
2) Duncan Hunter – While Duncan Hunter is not going to be the nominee, he did do very well. He showed himself to be a strong Conservative and a good candidate. Easily a person I could support if something happened to the Romney Campaign. His reference to his son in the military was a good line, and it could get him some more support among military families.
3) Rudy Giuliani – Giuliani is really more of a half-winner. The one reason that I put him into my winners column is because of his confrontation with Ron Paul. Other than that, he is really only treading water.
1) Ron Paul – Ron Paul made an idiot out of himself. He came across as more of a liberal isolation who tries to justify terrorist actions than anything. Any candidacy he did have is now over. Ron Paul needs to drop out and endorse another candidate. Isolationism is not the answer, and niether is taking the advise of terrorists.
2) John McCain – While not an overly bad performance, John McCain still has yet to pull of the major performance he needs to save his candidacy. With Rudy Giuliani falling in the polls and Romney increasing name recognition and support, John McCain needs to pull something off before his candidacy dies.
3) Fred Thompson – Romney is doing very well, and increasing support in states even with Thompson in the polls. Unless Thompson enters soon, he may not be able to overtake Romney. The better Romney does, the smaller the niche for Thompson has to fill.
Because this debate was much closer than the other debate, I have done my ranking systems in more of a “tier” system:
1) Mitt Romney
2) John McCain
3) Sam Brownback
4) Tommy Thompson
5) Ron Paul