Last night at the Reagan Library in California, ten candidates got a total of 90 minutes to make their cases for the Republican presidential nomination. The name of Ronald Reagan was invoked 19 times. President Bush was hardly mentioned. Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Senator John McCain, who lead in the polls, faced off with Mitt Romney and seven lesser-known hopefuls trying to get into the top tier. The former Massachusetts Governor is included in the top tier because he has so much money. Where would they take the country on Iraq, Iran, illegal immigration and Roe versus Wade? We hear from the Christian, moderate and fiscal-conservative wings of the party. Who said what they wanted to hear? Who would appeal to Democrats and Independents?
Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform
Barrett Duke, VP of Public Policy for the SBC's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission
Charlie Bass, former Congressman (R-NH)
Bruce Bartlett, journalist and historian (@BruceBartlett)
Ron Brownstein, Atlantic Media / National Journal Group (@RonBrownstein)