Perry vs. Romney: Which of the top two candidates won the GOP presidential debate?

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Sept. 8 2011 12:44 AM

The Duel

The battle between Mitt Romney and Rick Perry explodes at the GOP presidential debate.

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Early in the evening Newt Gingrich complained when the moderators tried to get him to engage in the debate over whether Romney or Perry has a better health care record. "I'm frankly not interested in your efforts to get Republicans fighting each other," Gingrich said. "Whoever the nominee is, we're all for defeating Barack Obama." That's a shame, because Gingrich has interesting views on health care, and it would have been useful to air them. There are four more debates in the next six weeks. Let's hope that Gingrich's opponents, like the voters, don't listen to him and continue to actually debate each other.

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