(CNN) - While candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Perry battled it out in the CNN Western Republican Presidential Debate, Sarah Palin said she thought Newt Gingrich took home the winner's belt.
"Everybody could learn from Newt Gingrich and the way - his calm, cool, collected manner," Palin said Tuesday in an interview on Fox News. "He's kind of seen it all before in this political game, if you will."
Las Vegas (CNN) - The Republican presidential field's Mr. Nice, Herman Cain, vowed to go on the attack early Wednesday morning, after an often sharp-tempered debate among the seven rivals.
"They're getting on my last nerve," he told CNN's Carol Costello after opponents criticized his "9-9-9" tax reform plan.FULL STORY
Las Vegas (CNN) - Seven Republican presidential candidates engaged in a sometimes contentious debate Tuesday in Las Vegas, Nevada, as bad blood boiled between front-runners and the surging Herman Cain found his opponents taking aim at his tax plan.
Here are five things we learned from the debate:FULL STORY
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7:10 p.m. PT - @PeterHambyCNN: More Ray Sullivan, on Romney: "He is a very slick guy. That slickness includes the ability to change positions on a dime."
7:09 p.m. PT - @PeterHambyCNN: Perry spox Ray Sullivan: "He is back to running again ... this is a campaign that is in for the long haul."
7:08 p.m. PT - @JohnKingCNN: Govs perry and romney chatted briefly post debate. Romney says "it was fine". I suggest tone preview of tv ad wars: "we'll see". #cnndebate
7:08 p.m. PT - @TonyFratto: Didn't see the debate, but from descriptions on twitter Ron Paul wore an old David Byrne big suit. #burningdownthehouse
7:06 p.m. PT - @JohnKingCNN: Also grabbed romney: "comes w the territory" says of faceoff w perry. I ask abt tension, ann romney interjects "the animosity?" #cnndebate
7:05 p.m. PT - @JohnKingCNN: Talked to perry on way off stage: "it went well tonight... A lot of fun" asked about romney clash, he introduced me to his wife. #cnndebate
7:04 p.m. PT - Cain, appearing on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" after the debate, says he "felt good" about the debate and how he responded to criticism from the other candidates.
6:59 p.m. PT - @CNNPolitics: Go to CNNPolitics.com right now for exclusive #CNNDebate coverage from the Spin Room; send your questions and comments using #CNNPostGame
6:57 p.m. PT - @PeterHambyCNN: Fehrnstrom [Romney adviser]: "Rick Perry came in to kill Mitt, but he killed himself"
6:50 p.m. PT - Romney says they're (he and Cain) both doing well because of their records and then says he turned around main street businesses multiple times in his career.
6:49 p.m. PT - Cain says his experience is "main street," unlike Romney's "Wall Street" experience.
6:48 p.m. PT - Romney said Massachusetts had a lower unemployment rate while he was governor than Texas did while Perry was governor and that is the record he would mirror as president.
6:47 p.m. PT - Perry says voters should look at Romney's history in Massachusetts, when he was not successful in creating jobs. "You failed as the governor of Massachusetts," Perry said.
6:46 p.m. PT – @PaulBegala: Hey, Rick Santorum. If you're gonna brag about the time you beat me, shouldn't you mention that 6 yrs later I beat YOU? #CNNdebate
6:46 p.m. PT - Romney says his past in the private sector, out of politics is why he will have the support to beat the president in the next election.
6:45 p.m. PT - Santorum says he won Pennsylvania, a swing state, twice and that he is the only candidate on the stage to beat a Democrat in a swing state, signs he will be a strong candidate in 2012.
Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) - In a city where fortunes are won and lost, there's a safe bet about Tuesday night's CNN Western Republican debate: It will influence the race for the GOP presidential nomination.
The debate in Las Vegas is the fifth showdown since Labor Day, and the eighth overall this cycle. And while the number of debates might normally dilute their impact, just the opposite appears to be happening – debates this cycle have had consequences, contributing critical moments to the nomination battle and influencing national polling in the Republican horse race.
(CNN) - While Ron Paul said attacking other candidates is his "least favorite thing to do," he didn't pull any punches Tuesday when talking about fellow GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain's '9-9-9' tax proposal.
"I don't think it's a good plan," the Texas congressman said on CNN's "American Morning." "I think it's a dangerous plan."
Programming note: GOP presidential candidates next face off at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, October 18, in the CNN Western Republican Presidential Debate in Las Vegas, Nevada. Submit your questions for the debate here.
Las Vegas (CNN) - The stakes will be high Tuesday night for the seven candidates on the stage at a GOP presidential debate taking place alongside one of American's most famous and notorious avenues: Las Vegas Boulevard, known to millions as The Strip.
CNN and the Western Republican Leadership Conference are teaming up to put on the event at the Sands Expo and Convention Center and the Venetian Hotel and Casino, in a state that has become a poster child for the economic ills that plague the nation.
Programming note: GOP presidential candidates next face off at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, October 18, in the CNN Western Republican Presidential Debate in Las Vegas, Nevada. Submit your questions for the debate here.FULL STORY