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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. Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:

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