Dear Commons Community,
The biggest surprise was that most analysts expected the candidates to attack the front-runner Mitt Romney. This did not happen except when Newt Gingrich raised the nature of Romney’s years with Bain Capital (Romney started this company and was its CEO). Bain bought-out existing firms with money mostly leveraged/borrowed against their assets, partnering with existing management to apply the “Bain way” to their operations, and then selling them off in a few years. Sometimes these buy-outs worked for the better for these companies and sometimes they led to bankruptcies resulting in large-scale layoffs of workers.
Ron Paul and Rick Santorum went head to head on a number of issues including gay marriage, foreign affairs and the fact that Santorum has made a lot of money as a lobbyist since losing his U.S. Senate seat.
Ron Huntsman was the most statesmen like and strong on foreign affairs especially in a give and take on trade and China.
Rick Perry was basically a non-entity.
The debate gave voters more grist for the mill for the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday.