Ames, Iowa (CNN) – After watching their party's presidential candidates go after each other, two Republican senators offered post-mortems on Thursday's GOP debate.
One senator remained largely neutral, while the other was admittedly biased towards one candidate.
"I think he did fine. I think he's always in command of the issues," Sen. Rand Paul told reporters about his father, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, following the night's event.
The senator was asked his opinion of the feisty exchanges that happened on stage, especially those between his father and former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum.
"I think that this was probably one of the feistier debates we've had so far," Paul said. "But I think debate is good for the country and the party."
But the senator did put out at least one slam of a fellow Republican.
Regarding testy exchanges between Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, Paul said: "I don't think he [Pawlenty] came out looking very good in his exchange with Bachmann to tell you the truth."
Meanwhile, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley displayed far more politesse in his debate post-mortem.
"I think they all made points on the main thing, effecting the deficit situation in Washington," Grassley said. "I think they made very clear that they know that jobs is the most important thing on people's minds."
And on the bitter back-and-forths, Grassley said: "I believe that, since so many people have not made up their minds in [Iowa] who they're backing, I think that sort of confrontation brings attention to people that maybe wouldn't otherwise get the attention. And it's good for the whole process."
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