ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) - No elbows were flying, no punches were thrown. Overall, the 10 Republican presidential hopefuls were mild-mannered during Tuesday's debate.
CNN's Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley said she was surprised by what she considered a mellow debate. The contenders didn't jump on chances to make the issues personal, she said.
"[Former New York Mayor Rudy] Giuliani seemed to be playing the Republican counterpart to Hillary Clinton, aiming at Democrats rather than anybody else up on the stage," she said.
John King, CNN's chief national correspondent, echoed Crowley's observations, adding the candidates are lining up against Clinton more so than one another.
"You see the men trying to say 'I'm electable in November,' and Mayor Giuliani and Sen. McCain both bringing up Sen. Clinton ... trying to suggest they are willing now and next year to take the fight to her," he said.
–CNN.com writer Kristi Keck