(CNN) - As the Democratic presidential candidates fought for their chance to speak and clarify their stances in Thursday night's debate, their Republican contenders seemed to be the last thing on their minds. They threw jabs at each other and the Bush administration. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, even shot back at CNN's Campbell Brown, but still they made no mention of the Republican rivals.
In contrast, Clinton and the Democrats were the hot topic of conversation at last month's Republican debate held in Florida. Clinton's name was mentioned more than 35 times in the two hour debate.
"We're not going to keep Hillary Clinton out of the White House by acting like Hillary Clinton," Mitt Romney said.
Democrats chose instead to try to draw distinctions among themselves on issues ranging from health care to the Iraq war and other foreign hot spots.
- CNN's Emily Sherman