Ron Paul—33%: Popped up in the polls after the debate. He repeated that (paraphrase) the 'slam-dunk' people said it would be a cakewalk and a bloodbath if we leave. Got the loudest applause. Hume "Are you saying that we should take our marching orders from al Queda?" Paul said no, that instead we should get off the Arabian peninsula. We should not go to an illegal war.
Huckabee —18%: He earned it.
McCain —16%: Can’t deal with defeat in war. He said "the surge is working...(no doubt)." But he got high marks for blasting the non-conservative spending spree taking place on the Hill under Bush et al. He said that he will veto the pork that is off the charts and make it known who is raking in the pork for their state. He showed remorse for his stand and failed legislation on amnesty for illegal immigration. That seems to have improved his polling.
Giuliani —15%: Chatter capital of New York. Talks too much. A woman at a restaurant quoted as saying he talked about NYC entirely too much. He went overtime (1 minute limit) more than the other candidates.
Romney —12%: Looks tall, tan and handsome, did not win the poll due to his Mormon religion? If one read the bios of each candidate all WASPs. That bothers me, but that is what majority America wants. Do they not want Mitt the Mormon?
Brownback’s best: "we should have a political surge." That sounds familiar. People want diplomacy and political maneuvers first, war as a last resort. Presidents want wars.
Tom Tancredo “We cannot leave the country [Iraq].” He continued to talk about illegal immigration with great passion.
Finally what can one say about the actor — tall Thompson? This man has it all: one foot in heaven (married to a 40-year-old bleached-blonde arm candy) and one foot in the grave (he is a cancer survivor). I think his plate is full and predict he will bow out of the race more quickly than he broke into it. Did he make a strategic campaign error by waiting to announce and skipping the debate? Probably so.