While most pundits didn’t seem to want to declare a winner of the rather tame first Republican debate, columnist Roger Simon at Politico.com went out on a limb and declared Mitt Romney the winner.
I think he’s right, with a rejuvenated-sounding John McCain coming in second. Romney, Simon said, "looked and sounded presidential." And he seemed more on message than the others. "Romney was a man with a plan. He knew what points he wanted to make and he made them."
McCain probably had the best line of the night with his vow to follow Osama bin Laden "to the gates of hell."
The worst moment: when Sam Brownback raised his hand when the candidates were asked who doesn’t believe in evolution. Also embracing that astonishingly anti-science worldview were Tom Tancredo and Mike Huckabee.
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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