Five things we learned from Saturday's debate
December 11th, 2011
09:41 AM ET
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Five things we learned from Saturday's debate

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Newt Gingrich's position at the top of the Republican presidential field made him the target of his rivals in the 12th major GOP debate Saturday in Iowa, a little more than three weeks before the state's caucuses launch the 2012 primaries. Here are five things we learned from the debate:

Attacking in a "relentlessly positive" way.


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  1. Jen

    that none of these idiots are going to be president. HAHAHA!!!

    December 11, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  2. vic , nashville ,tn

    Last night debate about who is consistent conservative? Romney and Newt are not consistent conservative but they are front runners
    That mean Republicans dump the conservatism

    December 11, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  3. Larry L

    I'm ashamed to see such a ridiculous field the Republicans have assembled. The only rational candidate, Jon Huntsman, wasn't on the stage but hasn't pulled out of the race. Republicans continue to vote against reduced taxes for the middle class and fight for big oil and wealthy fat-cats. The right-wing continues to get it's ideas from hate radio and Fox News.

    Republicans still show support for Newt Gingrich, an evil little man with no morals. He claims to be a devout Catholic now – always a good trick for a slime-ball who got caught doing imoral or unethical deeds. It's a pitiful year for the GOP.

    December 11, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  4. Four and The Door

    The one thing that stands out for me in the debate is that there is an extremely strong field running for the Republican nomination. I still say Romney will get nominated but he is phenomenal. He is on-point, sharp, an excellent debater, he gets what the problems are, he knows what the fixes look like and he is capable of making good things happen quickly.

    I think every one of the other Republicans made some great points and showed the skills that got them there, so what Americans saw were people who gave the country hope. We do not have to accept the high unemployment, the poor performance of the economy or the outrageous and out of control cost of federal government. We can and will do better.

    December 11, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |