Huckabee, I think, stood out in this debate as the one who made sense, talked as ordinary people do, and rose above politics. They may have scored. He connected. And that’s a problem for Romney, who would like to become the alternative to John McCain among conservatives who oppose the Arizona senator. But he has very tough competition from Huckabee, who’s forcing people to re-think his run at a time when he was supposed to be out of the game.
But this has always been the way he’s worked: Romney uses money to stay competitive. Huckabee has debates.
Bill, I totally agreed with your point of view... Huckabee and Ron Paul, were the winners tonight... despite of the lack of time they had... if they were to be given more time to express themself freely, they would have shadowed to darkness the other two ....
YOU MIGHT WANT TO REVIEW THE REAL TIME AUDIENCE RESPONSE. ROMNEY WAS ALWAYS IN THE HIGH 70'S A COUPLE OF TIMES HE WAS IN THE 90'S. HUCKABBE HIT THE 70'S ONLY TWICE I THINK AND MCCAIN NEVER TOPPED 60 AND A COUPLE OF TIMES WAS IN TH 30'S OUCH. JUDGEING AUDIENCE REACTION ROMNEY WON IN A LANDSLIDE.
Huckabee and Romney were the best, Mccain can't answer any question outright, he only tap dances around about his war record. His mind was stuck in a Timetable and the war. He was having a Chuck Norris Moments ha
As an Iowan, I was pleased to see the Huckabee we saw shown so clearly (particularly in the small amounts of time the moderators allowed him).
Huckabee is always the best in every debate! He is clear, concise and gets to the point. He doesn't speak in pat political phrases as does McCain, Romney, Obama and many others. He appears genuine and human. Wouldn't it be great to have as president an articulate inspiring speaker with innovative ideas?
Why isn't Huckabee getting more media time? He has been virtually ignored lately. Even Rudy got more coverage before his recent departure!
When will the media realize Huckabee deserves more coverage??
From what little I saw of Huckabee in the debate, I like what I saw, just wish I saw more of it then the sparring match between Rommey and McCain
So going by your analysis there were only 3 people on that stage? That is strange, I counted 4.
MIKE.... YOU ARE THE MAN! IN TOTAL AGREEMENT WITH MR. SCHNEIDER
We all know, given a chance Ron Paul would be judged the clear winner. Your network, works very hard to suppress any mention of Ron Paul. You ignore the importance of his comments on the economy, foreign relations, the gold standard, ect....
Huckabee did AMAZING tonight!!!!! I honestly hope people watched this debate tonight with an open mind, because of if they did... huckabee should have an awesome jump start again!!!
Ron Paul and Mike Huckabee both made sense tonight and came across accessible and down to earth. McCain was boring and anemic, and Romney was spouting same ol' rhetoric in that annoying, condescending tone.
I was ticked off that Ron Paul got so little airtime. He made excellent points with the time he was given, but I guess what he has to say isn't popular with the media...
Why not split airtime equally between all candidates?
Schneider - where are your comments about Ron Paul? wasn't he there too? it makes you look biased.
lol huckabee won? maybe he or paul could have if they let them talk
Why does Huckabee who is so pro life ignore the Sanctity of Life act introduced by Ron Paul in congress? Better yet why doesn't someone ask him? Oh I forgot, we have to keep Ron Paul silent.
Oh geez Bill. The winner was Ron Paul. He got the least amount of speaking time but the most amount of applause. Huckabee might have been better about voicing his displeasure about being excluded in tonight's debate but Paul clearly won.
Anderson Cooper lost. CNN lost. Horribly managed debate tonight. You really blew it tonight.
I can't understand why McCain is surging in the pols and getting so many endorsements, especially after watching his performance tonight. The thought of him being president makes me very uneasy.
I give the nod in tonight's performance to Huckabee and Romney. I hope Romney effectively gets his message out there – I think if people listen, he will do well on super Tuesday.
How about one of your post-debate questions actually include Ron Paul? After all, once Romney decides he has spent enough of his own money and bows out, and when Huckabee's coffers dry up, only Ron Paul will be left to stand against John McCain. And we all know which of the two is the Taxpayers Best Friend!
Why do you fail to comment about Ron Paul? He did a great job tonight when given the opportunity to speak and provided great alternative choices. If you are you going to review debates, review the whole debate.
Romney looks robotic.
McCain can't even pronounce Washington correctly. Listen to him. Figure if he's been in DC for nearly three decades he'd learn how to say the city correctly.
While I support Romney, I have to agree with you on Huckabee winning this debate.
Nope! He doesn't have the background to prove it to us. He can talk all he wants, but when it comes down it, it's about how your past has led to reform, not how you think you future will contribute to it.
I felt that tonight's Republican debate was one of the best and most telling debates to date. I was glad to see Mike Huckabee demand the opportunity to be heard. My biggest frustration with the CNN debates is that you all but ignore Ron Paul. Mr. Paul may not be the most polished of speakers but he definately has very important things to say. For heavens sake, CNN, give him a fair chance and give the American people a fair opportunity to hear and evaluate his ideas and arguments!
I strongly disagree. Huckabee didn't talk enough; and once he started going off on the highway from Maine to Florida and another down the West coast, I stopped listening.
If you had on the response tracker as you watched, you'd see that McCain was consistently scoring at 30-40% (or lower), Paul was about 50% consistently, Huckabee was about 60-70%, but Mitt was the clear winner, with about 80%, consistently.
So, among those GOPs who actually were watching the debate, I think Mitt came away the best of them all.
so is this now a 3-person race? What's your take on the fourth man – Ron Paul? Or are you going to ignore his existence also?