The EFM Feature

If you want all the good quotes from last night but don’t want to spend time wading through all the analysis of the other candidates, the Romney Press shop has sent out some good info:
Peggy Noonan, “An Incomplete Field,” The Wall Street Journal”

“If we view the proceedings in vulgar and reductive Who Won, Who Lost terms, and let’s, Mitt Romney won…”

“The statuesque Mr. Romney had a certain good-natured command, a presidential voice, and a surprising wiliness. He seemed happy to be there, and in the mysterious way that some people seem to dominate, he dominated.”

“He did some light-handed and audience-pleasing Clinton bashing, and was confident on stem-cell research.”

Chris Cillizza, “Debate Wrap Up,” the Washington Post:

“Former Gov. Mitt Romney (Mass.) stood out with clear and crisp answers – showing flashes of humor and an ease with the important issues. He sounded authoritative when he talked about Iraq (not an easy task for a one-term governor of Massachusetts) and effectively cast himself – a Mormon – as part of the broad faith community in America.”

Howard Fineman, MSNBC’s “Post Debate Analysis”

“I think Mitt Romney came off looking presidential…”


National Review’s Kathryn Jean Lopez:

“Romney showed himself to be a smart, articulate, optimistic, serious leader. If it was a first impression for anyone watching, as I imagine it might have been for anyone flipping away from The Office for a few minutes, it was a good start.”
Mullings’ Rich Galen:
“Overall I thought Romney did the best. He had command of his positions and articulated them well.”
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Fox News’ “Hannity & Colmes”

“Governor Romney was very good in talking about health care, where he knows a great deal.”

Michael Goodwin, “Giuliani Is Not-So-Artful Dodger,” New York Daily News:

“Romney was very good at turning every answer into a statement of lofty, conservative principle. He spoke of family and marriage and faith and turned a question about ‘what don’t you like about America?’ into a poetic ode to our nation. He came across as sharp and jaunty.”

Roger Simon, “Call Me Irresponsible: I Say Romney Won”

“It would be terribly irresponsible to pick a winner of Thursday night’s Republican debate. So I will. I think Mitt Romney won.”

“…Mitt Romney achieved almost everything he wanted to achieve. He looked and sounded presidential. He hit his talking points. And voters who knew nothing about him before the debate except that he was a Mormon, came away knowing a lot more.”

“Romney was a man with a plan. He knew what points he wanted to make and he made them.”

MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer:

“I thought Mitt Romney came off as looking very presidential.”

Forgive the lack of links, but you get the idea. I am heading off to do a Weekend America on national public radio to talk about? You guessed it. Among other things, this debate. Tune in Saturday morning if you’re on the east coast.


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