Newt needed a knockout punch, and he just couldn't get it in. Mitt stayed close and attacked and counterattacked. When Newt tried to be grand and curry favor with the panel, Mitt wouldn't let him off the mat. Anyone looking for fight and spirit out of Romney last night will not have been disappointed. I was happy to see both Romney and Santorum not pander to the Space Coast, and also to see no one rise to the bait of the "Palestinian Republican".
Rick Santorum really is the "conservative" option to Romney, but his views on social issues lack broad appeal, dooming his candidacy.
Mitt's gonna have some 'splainin' to do today with respect to an ad that he has running in FL that was the subject of discussion last night--but which he didn't appear to be aware of (although he "approved this message").
Mitt takes FL by 4.