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MSNBC’s Pat Buchanan: “I got to say that I think clearly Mitt Romney dominated tonight. His performance was flawless. He looked presidential.” (MSNBC’s “Live,” 1/24/08)

  • Buchanan: “I think Romney clearly won tonight.” (MSNBC’s “Live,” 1/24/08)
  • Buchanan: “He looked terrific. He got off the best two lines of the night.” (MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” 1/25/08)
  • Buchanan: “I think he was crisp and strong.” (MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” 1/25/08)
  • Buchanan: “If Romney is in the lead tonight and people are looking at this, he looks to me like a man, quite frankly that can beat Hillary Rodham Clinton and can be president of the United States.” (MSNBC’s “Live,” 1/24/08)

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “Romney, who is in a dead heat with McCain for first place in some recent polls here in Florida, had perhaps the best night, presenting a polished and confident demeanor.” (Jake Tapper, “GOP Debate: Not Quite A Smoka In Boca,” ABC News’ Website, www.abcnews.go.com, Posted 1/24/08)

The Washington Post‘s Michael D. Shear And Juliet Eilperin: “The debate offered Romney a chance to shine as he received several opportunities to discuss economic issues and his experience in the private sector.” (Michael D. Shear and Juliet Eilperin, “Republicans Play To Right In Fla. Debate,” The Washington Post, 1/25/08)

The Weekly Standard‘s Dean Barnett: “With that preamble out of the way, I must unequivocally state that last night was an enormously successful evening for Romney. He’s a serious guy, and a capable one. That came through last night.” (Dean Barnett, “Boca Break Down,” The Weekly Standard, www.weeklystandard.com, 1/25/08)

Time‘s Mark Halperin: “… Romney came out strong, unapologetic and on message.” (Mark Halperin, “GOP Debate Report Card,” Time, “www.time.com, Posted 1/25/08)

  • Halperin: “[Romney] settled comfortably into the ‘looks and sounds like a president’ zone that is one of his chief assets.” (Mark Halperin, “GOP Debate Report Card,” Time, “www.time.com, Posted 1/25/08)
  • Halperin: “[Romney] Seemed to anticipate an eventual one-on-one contest with McCain, and displayed the confidence of a man who feels certain he has a spot in the finals. Bottom line: Benefited more than anyone else from the oddly low-key nature of a high-stakes.” (Mark Halperin, “GOP Debate Report Card,” Time, “www.time.com, Posted 1/25/08)

National Review‘s David Freddoso: “By the time he was done, Romney even demonstrated that he understands why a one-time rebate is not a real economic stimulant.” (David Freddoso, “The Debate Begins,” National Review‘s The Corner, www.corner.nationalreview.com, Posted 1/24/08)

Townhall‘s Jennifer Rubin: “Romney had perhaps his best debate performance… He was at his best when speaking on economics and he successfully ducked a question from Giuliani on his position on a national catastrophic insurance fund.” (Jennifer Rubin, “Republican Debates Offer Little Foresight,” Townhall, 1/25/08)

  • Rubin: “He forcefully rebuffed the moderator’s inquiries about how much of his personal fortune he has spent on the campaign. He too should be pleased that voters saw a confident, economically literate candidate.” (Jennifer Rubin, “Republican Debates Offer Little Foresight,” Townhall, 1/25/08)

Orlando Sentinel‘s Scott Maxwell: “Overall, Mitt Romney had a good night. He sounded informed, human and comfortable. And he handled several tough questions with ease.” (Scott Maxwell, Op-Ed, “Debate Was A Good Night For Everyone But Pimps, Gamblers, Non-Republicans,” Orlando Sentinel, 1/25/08)

RedState’s Alexham: “There weren’t many fireworks between our candidates last night, but one did stand out in a big way: Mitt Romney. He was good. Very good.” (Alexham, “Romney Rising: And This Time, It’s For Real,” RedState, www.redstate.com, Posted 1/24/08)

  • Alexham: “I think we are finally seeing the real Mitt Romney: The smart, wonkish, well-mannered, technocrat, problem-solving businessman. That’s who Mitt Romney is, and he has finally revealed his true persona to the rest of us. And I, for one, appreciate it.” (Alexham, “Romney Rising: And This Time, It’s For Real,” RedState, www.redstate.com, Posted 1/24/08)
  • Alexham: “Romney is at his best when he is engaged in wonkish problem solving …” (Alexham, “Romney Rising: And This Time, It’s For Real,” RedState, www.redstate.com, Posted 1/24/08)
  • Alexham: “Be who you are Mitt, and you may just become the next president of the United States.” (Alexham, “Romney Rising: And This Time, It’s For Real,” RedState, www.redstate.com, Posted 1/24/08)

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WHAT THEY’RE REALLY SAYING ABOUT GOVERNOR

MITT ROMNEY AT THE BOCA RATON, FL, GOP DEBATE

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough: “I think conservatives probably related to Mitt Romney, talking about tax cuts, talking about being a governor, talking about what he did in the private sector for all those years. On the economic part of this debate, I don’t think there is any doubt that this was Mitt Romney’s best performance.” (MSNBC’s “Live,” 1/24/08)

· Scarborough: “The first 30 minutes – it was about the economy. I thought Mitt Romney absolutely dominated that segment of it.” (MSNBC’s “Live,” 1/24/08)

Time’s Mark Halperin: “Romney A-” (Mark Halperin, “Who Wants To Be The Nominee?” Time’s The Page, http://thepage.time.com, Posted 1/24/08)

MSNBC’s Chuck Todd: “I thought this was Mitt Romney’s best debate performance.” (MSNBC’s “Live,” 1/24/08)

National Review’s Rich Lowry: “Romney has seemed authoritative – confident and on his game…” (Rich Lowry, “The Debate So Far,” National Review’s The Corner, http://corner.nationalreview.com, Posted 1/24/08)

· Lowry: “‘We’re the Party of Change’ … Home-run answer from Romney. It was drawn from his standard lines on the stump, but a terrific message, convincingly delivered.” (Rich Lowry, “‘We’re The Party Of Change’,” National Review‘s The Corner, http://corner.nationalreview.com=, Posted 1/24/08)

· Lowry: “Good night for Romney.” (Rich Lowry, “Good Night For Romney,” National Review‘s The Corner, http://corner.nationalreview.com, Posted 1/24/08)

· Lowry: “Romney is dominating the last half-an-hour.” (Rich Lowry, “In Terms Of Sheer Time…” National Review‘s The Corner, http://corner.nationalreview.com=, Posted 1/24/08)

Townhall‘s Mary Katharine Ham: “Romney just stole that issue from both Rudy and McCain. His answer was intelligent and far-reaching. I liked the idea of high-risk areas getting together to pool risk. Rudy’s been trying to pander with this idea and I think both Romney and McCain made the pandering look silly by taking a broader approach.” (Mary Katharine Ham, “The Cat Fund,” Townhall Blog, www.townhall.com, Posted 1/24/08)

National Review’s Kate O’Beirne: “Romney’s insights about his state’s National Guard was helpful.  He seems particularly aggressive and sure-footed tonight.” (Kate O’Beirne, “On Offense,” National Review’s The Corner, http://corner.nationalreview.com, Posted 1/24/08)

Michelle Malkin: “Excellent Romney answer on Iraq. Strong, tough, focused on the surrendercrats. He takes on Dems for their withdrawalmania…cites debate in SC when Hillary refused to say she wanted to win and recycled Code Pink line.” (Michelle Malkin, “GOP Florida Debate,” http://michellemalkin.com, Posted 1/24/08)

· Malkin: “Romney excoriates Dems and says ‘how dare they’ take credit for surge.” (Michelle Malkin, “GOP Florida Debate,” http://michellemalkin.com, Posted 1/24/08)

· Malkin: “Romney just out-McCained McCain on the war.” (Michelle Malkin, “GOP Florida Debate,” http://michellemalkin.com, Posted 1/24/08)

The Atlantic‘s Marc Ambinder: “Romney was swell on the economy….” (Marc Ambinder, “Romney Made A Strong First Impression…. No One Tried To Jab At Him,” Twitter Blog, http://twitter.com/marcambinder, Posted 1/24/08)

Hot Air’s Bryan Preston: “Mitt Romney is asked whether the war in Iraq was worth the sacrifice and effort. He delivers the best answer of the bunch and punches the hippies in the Democrat party to boot.” (Bryan Preston, “Debate Highlights: Huckabee On The Economic Stimulus; Romney On Iraq,” Hot Air, http://hotair.com, Posted 1/24/08)

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MSNBC’S Chuck Todd: “Romney looks good and sounds confident tonight.” (Chuck Todd, “Romney Starting Off Well Tonight,” MSNBC’s First Read, http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/, Posted 1/24/08)

The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder: “Romney made a strong first impression.” (Marc Ambinder, “Live Twittering Of The Debate,” The Atlantic, http://twitter.com/marcambinder, Posted 1/24/08)

Captain’s Quarters’ Ed Morrissey: “Florida voters got their final head-to-head look at the Republican presidential candidates tonight, and the winner of the debate was Mitt Romney.” (Ed Morrissey, “Florida Debate: Romney Scores, Rudy Close Behind,” Captain’s Quarters’ Blog, www.captainsquartersblog.com, Posted 1/24/08)

· Morrissey: “He looked presidential, poised, and factually prepared.” (Ed Morrissey, “Florida Debate: Romney Scores, Rudy Close Behind,” Captain’s Quarters’ Blog, www.captainsquartersblog.com, Posted 1/24/08)

· Morrissey: “In a debate that spent the first two-thirds with everyone doing well, Romney not only broke out on his own in the last stanza, he successfully parried some strange attacks from Tim Russert as well.” (Ed Morrissey, “Florida Debate: Romney Scores, Rudy Close Behind,” Captain’s Quarters’ Blog, www.captainsquartersblog.com, Posted 1/24/08)

Michelle Malkin: “Romney’s being treated like the front-runner and he’s acting like it.” (Michelle Malkin, “GOP Florida Debate: Show Us The Conservatism,” Michelle Malkin’s Blog, http://michellemalkin.com/, Accessed 1/24/08)

Townhall’s Hugh Hewitt: “Mitt Romney should send a thank you card to Tim Russert and Brian Williams.  They threw hard balls at the former Massachusetts governor and he hit them all, many out of the park.  Romney’s allocation of time had to be disproportionate, but that was the Williams/Russert choice, and Romney made the most of it.” (Hugh Hewitt, “‘General Hillary Clinton’ And ‘They’re Doing It In Europe Now,'” Townhall Blog, http://hughhewitt.townhall.com/, Posted 1/24/08)

· Hewitt: “Democrats watching tonight have to be very worried that Mitt Romney will be the GOP nominee.” (Hugh Hewitt, “‘General Hillary Clinton’ And ‘They’re Doing It In Europe Now,'” Townhall Blog, http://hughhewitt.townhall.com/, Posted 1/24/08)

American Spectator‘s Wlady: “Terrific Romney answer to Russert’s nosiness about how much he’s spent in Florida. Russert’s mistake: his insinuation that he was asking the question on behalf of the people’s right to know. Romney instead let it be known he’ll report his spending on Jan. 31, as required by law; and there’s no reason to give his opponents a competitive advantage.” (Wlady, “Rich Man, Poor Man,” AmSpec Blog, http://www.amspec.org/, Accessed 1/24/08)

ABC News’ Rick Klein: “Romney gets an initial question on the economy — this is tailor made for him. … He sounds authoritative and in control on this subject.” (Rick Klein, “Live Blogging During GOP Debate,” ABC News’ Political Radar, http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar, Posted 1/24/08)

National Journal’s Jennifer Skalka: “Winners…Mitt Romney — Mistake-free night.” (Jennifer Skalka, “No Battle In Boca,” National Journal’s On Call, http://hotlineblog.nationaljournal.com/, Posted 1/24/08)

Heading Right’s Ed Morrissey: “Best line of the evening so far: General Hillary Clinton.” (Ed Morrissey, “Best Line Of The Evening So Far,” Heading Right Blog, http://headingright.com/, Accessed 1/24/08)

· Morrissey: “Romney just delivered a hell of a punch against Hillary Clinton, Bill, and the Democrats.” (Ed Morrissey, “Romney Lapping The Pack,” Heading Right Blog, http://headingright.com/, Accessed 1/24/08)

· Morrissey: “I am impressed.” (Ed Morrissey, “Romney’s Running Away With It!” Heading Right Blog, http://headingright.com/, Accessed 1/24/08)

American Spectator‘s Phillip Klein: “Romney is clearly benefiting from the focus on the economy.” (Phillip Klein, “Quick Debate Reaction,” AmSpec Blog, http://www.amspec.org/blogger,  Accessed 1/24/08)

Heading Right’s Fausta Wertz: “[Y]es, this is the Mitt Romney hour.” (Fausta, “Back To Mitt,” Heading Right Blog, http://headingright.com/, Accessed 1/24/08)

Townhall’s Matt Lewis: “If one had to assign a winner tonight, Mitt Romney would probably get the nod.” (Matt Lewis, “GOP Debate Analysis: Florida Now A Two-Man Race,” Townhall Blog, www.townhall.com, Posted 1/24/08)

· Lewis: “The debate focused more on the economy than it did on any other topic, and I think he is more adept at talking about this topic than is his primary opponent, John McCain.” (Matt Lewis, “GOP Debate Analysis: Florida Now A Two-Man Race,” Townhall Blog, www.townhall.com, Posted 1/24/08)

· Lewis: “He also did a good job of going after the Clintons — something that McCain should have actually done more of.” (Matt Lewis, “GOP Debate Analysis: Florida Now A Two-Man Race,” Townhall Blog, www.townhall.com, Posted 1/24/08)

· Lewis: “Romney was ahead in the last Florida poll I saw, and since nothing that happened tonight is likely to radically upset the apple cart, he wins tonight merely by maintaining the status quo.” (Matt Lewis, “GOP Debate Analysis: Florida Now A Two-Man Race,” Townhall Blog, www.townhall.com, Posted 1/24/08)

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MCCAIN ON REPUBLICAN VOTE TOTALS

McCain Falsely Claimed That He Won Among Republicans In NH And SC

In Tonight’s Debate, Sen. McCain Falsely Claimed That He Won The Republican Vote In Both New Hampshire And South Carolina:

MCCAIN: “But Look, I Won The Majority Of Republican Vote In Both New Hampshire And South Carolina.” (MSNBC, [Unverified Transcript], Republican Presidential Candidate Debate, Boca Raton, FL, 1/24/08)

However, Sen. McCain Lost In Both New Hampshire And South Carolina Among Self-Identified Conservatives And Republicans:

McCain Lost Among Self-Identified Republicans In New Hampshire. “In New Hampshire, a state McCain had won in 2000 and lavished time and attention on this time around, he lost self-identified Republicans narrowly — 35 percent to 34 percent — to former governor Mitt Romney. But, it was among independents where McCain’s winning margin came as he won that bloc by 13 points over Romney.” (Chris Cillizza, “McCain And The Closed Primary Challenge,” Washington Post’s The Fix, http://blog.washingtonpost.com/, 1/24/08)

McCain Lost Among Republicans In South Carolina. “In South Carolina, McCain lost Republicans by a statistically insignificant margin, but carried independents by a massive 42 percent to 25 percent margin — ensuring his narrow three-point victory.” (Chris Cillizza, “McCain And The Closed Primary Challenge,” Washington Post’s The Fix, http://blog.washingtonpost.com/, 1/24/08)

Conservatives Are Wary Of McCain’s Past Tendencies And Willingness To Team Up With Liberal Senators. “McCain has long had difficulty currying favor from his party’s conservative wing. Despite his solid voting record in the senate, many ardent Republicans have been unhappy with his past willingness to team up with liberal Sens. Russ Feingold on campaign finance reform and Ted Kennedy on immigration.” (Alexander Mooney, “McCain Brushes Aside Suggestion Of Weak Republican Support,” http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/01/20/mccain-brushes-aside-suggestion-of-weak-republican-support/, 1/20/08)

  • “Support from the base will be crucial in upcoming contests: McCain now faces a bevy of state primaries where independents are not allowed to participate, beginning with Florida’s vote on January 29. But the Arizona senator is predicting that his support among veterans, his economic proposals, and his record on environmental issues important to many Floridians will carry him to victory there.” (Alexander Mooney, “McCain Brushes Aside Suggestion Of Weak Republican Support,” http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/01/20/mccain-brushes-aside-suggestion-of-weak-republican-support/, 1/20/08)
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