Top moments in tonight’s debate

I tweeted the debate, but here is a quick review of tonight’s top moments — from “Newt Romney” to the ghosts of Teddy Kennedy and Herman Cain:

  • Romney said: “The real difference, I believe, is our backgrounds. I spent my life in the private sector.” Gingrich responded: “Let’s be candid, the only reason you didn’t become a career politician is you lost to Teddy Kennedy in 1994.”
  • Bachmann was the only one to channel Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 with her “win-win-win” (she said 9-9-9 three times) — plus she coined the “Newt Romney” name tonight, a way to reference her two rivals’ support for the health insurance mandate.
  • Gingrich said he’s known Bibi Netanyahu a long time; Romney replied that he worked in business with Netanyahu.
  • The candidates were asked about the issue of “marital fidelity” and Perry was the only one to really swing hard at Gingrich. 
  • Fred Thompson starred in a commercial for reverse mortgages that played twice, near the beginning and end of the debate.
  • The $10,000 bet Romney offered Perry? Perry said he’s not a gamblin’ man (there was a Mesquakie Casino commercial during a debate break).  
  • Here’s my Radio Iowa story.  Headline: Betting, cheating and nicknames come up during GOP debate
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About O.Kay Henderson

O. Kay Henderson is the news director of Radio Iowa.


  1. Wow, Ron Paul probably had the strongest performance of all the candidates, and not a mention here. Just outrageous!