Tuesday’s GOP presidential debate stood out for the scrutiny accorded Herman Cain and his “9-9-9” plan and for the angry exchanges between Mitt Romney and Rick Perry — especially striking in the case of the usually cool Romney. It also found former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum aggressively trying to make a move, by going after Romney’s Massachusetts health care plan and Perry’s support of the 2008 financial bailout. Judging it a “terrific debate,” Washington Post blogger Chris Cillizza counted Romney and Perry’s “aggression” among the winners and Cain, Michele Bachmann and Perry’s “bullying” among the losers. “Measured aggression in a political debate is a good thing. Unchecked aggression isn’t. And there were several times when Perry came dangerously close to stepping over that fine line,” Cillizza wrote.
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