Rudy asked if he’s like Hillary? Gives one of his classic “You have got to be kidding” and does his “can’t afford” her shtick, giving Florida a kiss(literally). McCain cracks up the crowd and gets a big round of applause on her Woodstock museum. (He missed the original event because he was “tied up.”) McCain and Rudy both are very good tonight. Thompson asked why he said not to focus on Hillary –he answers by focusing on Hillary. But he is alert and focused and ends by explaining that GOP will win if stick to “first principles” and decries “a comfortable mediocrity.” Thompson when asked about reducing entitlement benefits, hesitates and answers yes. Rudy asked will you jump on too the third rail too? He doesn’t. Instead he touts private accounts and reducing health costs through market forces with one of his best responses.Will Romney jump? Romney says he “won’t cut benefits for low income seniors” (you listening, you Florida seniors?). Romney reiterates his private sector experience again (smart) but gets into the weeds and loses whoever is listening to this rather than watching the game. McCain goes the Reagan-Tip O’Neil route of sitting down and working it all out.
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