Republican Florida Debate Part 5

Mitt Romney (left) speaks while Newt Gingrich listens during a Republican presidential debate in Florida. | AP Photo

Romney tried to prevent Gingrich from having one of his signature ‘moments.’ | AP Photo

Here are some thoughts from Politico:

5) Ron Paul was playing for laughs

Or something. But Paul, who has had moments of rather serious policy discourse during some of the past debates, did little in this one to stand out.

He joked in response to a question about whether Gingrich would be someone he could support as the party’s nominee. He again wouldn’t rule out the possibility of running on a third-party line in the general election.

At another point, Paul made a comment that didn’t get much notice but will surely be part of the great YouTube file, in which he suggested that Iran’s actions have been in retaliation to U.S. provocation.

None of it really mattered, though. Paul is basically bypassing Florida and underscored that by not making a play for airtime in a debate that was heavily localized with questions about NASA, sugar subsidies, the Terry Schiavo case and thoughts about Cuba.

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