MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - We've checked in with the top-tier GOP candidates' camps following Tuesday's presidential debate, and not surprisingly, they all think they won.
Sen. John McCain's advisers said their man was "on tonight," showing "leadership, passion and compassion." They thought his shining moment was his exchange at the edge of the stage with the woman who had lost her brother in the war.
An adviser for Rudy Giuliani on the other hand, thought the former New York mayor's electric moment was when lightning storms passed over the arena as he was explaining his position on abortion. Giuliani's microphone crackled and he gazed toward the heavens. The adviser said the moment showed a "light side of Giuliani" - something voters want to see.
Mitt Romney's spinners thought the former Massachusetts governor put in a strong performance, and were particularly pleased with his defense of his Mormon religion, and his ideas on reforming health care. Those supporters tossed off efforts to paint Romney as a "flip-flopper" - saying the questions keep coming and "he just keeps getting stronger in the polls."
–CNN's Candy Crowley and Sasha Johnson
Rudy, McCain and Romney may have dominated the air time, but they all lost the debate by being wrong on the issues and totally out of touch. They all got owned by Ron Paul.
What makes these guys "top-tier" anyway? With all of the support on the web for Ron Paul, why isn't he considered one of the "top-tier"? I think traditional polls are seriously flawed.
Champion of the Constitution! Go Ron Paul!!
Jerel has got THAT right. Rudy McRomney would be a 'moderate' 'Gerald Ford' ticket. Ford lost, the 'extremist' Ronald Reagan WON. Dr. Paul's first NAME is even Ron. Duncan Hunter really told off Rudy McRomney. Let's get rid of the Rockefeller Repuglicans that MSM wants to shove down our throats and go to the 'next tier.' Mitt's Dad George was 'brainwashed' on Vietnam but at least admitted it, I guess Mitt was brainwashed on Abortion, but is also brainwashed on Iraq and unlike his dad won't admit it. GO RON PAUL!
This election is fixed!!
Ron Paul is nice to have around, but didn't own anyone. He needs to be excluded in the next round.
Ron Paul all the way, Baby! These commentators are way out of touch.
Wouldn't it be nice if the questions weren't shuttled mainly to Giuliani, McCain, and Romney! We might actually have a real debate. For my part, I thought Paul and Huckabee the most interesting of the candidates, and the most honest as well. We need a president that actually understands the Constitution for a change, and understands that this is a Christian nation.
joi de vivre, have you ever heard of the establishment clause?Im guess you don't know that the phrase "under god" was added to the pledge of allegiance IN THE 1950's.You're an idiot for thinking this is "a christian nation".
Thank you for defining the "Top Tier" candidates for me. I'd not be able to choose for myself. I didn't know that CNN was part of the political process of qualifying a candidate.
BTW, I also can't choose which hand to use to wipe with. Could you please send some one to me quickly to help me decide which one is the top-tier hand recommended by CNN, Hurry, I can't decide for myself.
Some of us already know about "the lighter side of Rudy". He's a cross-dresser for heaven's sake. How light is that?
As far as McCain, what do you expect from a man who has war and military flowing through his veins?
Where do these "political Analists"
get their expertise? The spin Zone?,
they are sure not "in the Zone".
Did you notice how the camera angles
on Ron Paul were from the side?
He wasn't given a chance to shine.
Had he been given more time he would blow them all away.
Duncan Hunter's comment about the
"top tier" was spot on.
Tommy Thompson had a great night, and Tom Tancredo was impressive also.
You can see these three are passionate
about their views.
Gulianni is a joke.
McCaine is out in left field while
pretending to be in right field.
Huckabee is interesting, but not for
running our country at this time.