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October 19th, 2011
04:05 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Every day we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation inside and outside Washington.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– Last night's CNN debate will be the debate that became Mitt Romney's undoing. Why? Two issues where he was thrown off guard by repeated attack. First, during the exchange over "Romneycare" he said he did not get the job done in Massachusetts. The more troubling one is Romney's quote responding to Perry. Romney let his guard down and said, in response to his lawn service hiring illegal aliens, "So we went to the company and we said, ‘look, you can’t have any illegals working on our property. I’m running for office, for Pete’s sake. We can’t have illegals!’” That will exacerbate pre-existing distrust.

– Where was this Rick Perry? His campaign strategy to change his debate style and ignore the rules probably bought him a lifeline.

– Debate winner? Newt Gingrich. He had one serious flub. His exchange with Romney on "Romneycare" hurt both me. It hurt Romney because it held him accountable for a half-truth. It hurt Gingrich because he went on record as an individual mandate supporter. But Gingrich's substantive answers throughout the debate last night were awesome.

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  1. mimi

    MR.KING, PLEASE MAKE A POINT ON YOUR SHOW RELATIVE TO VICE-PRESIDENT BIDEN'S COMMENT ABOUT RAPE. WHEN HE WAS OUR SENATOR IN DELAWARE, MR. BIDEN WORKED TIRELESSLY FOR YEARS TO HAVE HIS BILL ON PREVENTION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN PASSED AND IMPLEMENTED. HE PERSONALLY HAS PREVENTED SUFFERING IN THE LIVES OF WOMEN IN AMERICA THROUGH HIS LEGISLATION MANY TIMES OVER AND WE ALL THANK HIM. THAT IS WHY RAPE IS PRESENT IN HIS CONSCIOUSNESS. HE RESPECTS AND PROTECTS WOMEN.

    October 19, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  2. Pene Horton

    John, take a look behind what Romney said as well as what he said ... I got the feeling behind Gov. Romney's "for Pete's sake, I'm running for office ..." He was saying with exasperation that not only is it wrong to hire illegals, but "for Pete's sake, don't you know I'm running for office' and why would you put me in this situation?

    I like Gov. Romney ... he's human, he's intelligent, he can fix the economy, he's a decent man who has changed his mind about abortion ... but if on Monday you believe something that you change your mind about on Tuesday,why not say so on Wednesday? Do you really want someone to be so set in his/her ways that they can't change their position if subsequent thinking makes them change their minds?

    Do you want someone so dogmatic that they never change their minds if situations seem to warrant it?
    Pene

    October 19, 2011 at 6:36 pm |