On marriage Romney gives a strong statement in favor of amendment. On an amendment Rudy says if other states start imposing marriage by fiat, rather than just one, he would favor an amendment too. (A bit of news?) He makes a joke about only presiding at marriages between men and women. Huckabee chides about letting the other four getting into in and that he’ll be read to fight the Democrats. (He sounds a bit hoarse but unlike Romney looks like he had a haircut.) Thompson asks about his representation of a pro-choice group which he says was firm’s client( well, yeah but…) but that he nevertheless had a perfect pro-life record and pro-choice folks think he is their worst nightmare. McCain chides those who would “pander” (no names) but speaks about reconcilliation with Falwell. (And the campaigns are bombarding us with all sorts of fact checks and info. We will just note that each disagrees with everyone else on everything.) On healthcare McCain is authorative and detailed, perhaps his best answer. We get through a half hour before Ron Paul gets to his first good rant. Romney asked about his individual mandate being like HillaryCare. He answers he is “proud” but says it was different in important ways(but how?). He really does not answer the question and talks about his current plan. Hunter gets a follow up– but what about individual mandate — and talks about 1000 mandates on insurance. (If it had been a top tier candidate he would have gotten whacked.) Romney talks about “a compromise” and taking a lot of mandates out. Ends stronger than he began with statement that he got something done.