10:00 Sean Sullivan: Romney gets a nice 2-for-1 deal. He offers a concise and clear criticism of Perry on in-state tuition for illegal immigrants, name-checking Bachmann and Gingrich along the way to cast Perry as out of touch with the rest of the field on the issue. Moments later, Santorum piles on with a harsh attack on Perry that works just as well as Romney getting another dig in. 9:57 Josh Kraushaar: Perry's version of compassionate conservatism: "You don't have a heart" if you don't believe in in-state tuition for illegal immigrants. 9:46 Josh Kraushaar: Perry slammed Romney for praising Obama's Race To The Top education reforms, requiring certain states to raise standards and hold schools accountable. Perry's call for local control of education is a far cry from President Bush's No Child Left Behind law -- as well as Jeb Bush's innovative education proposals that have gotten a wide hearing in GOP circles. 9:40 Kathy Kiely: Newt Gingrich just took credit for wiping out the deficit as speaker of the House. That choking sound you just heard was Bill Clinton, sputtering out his diet soda. 9:38 Josh Kraushaar: Mitt Romney carefully avoided calling Pres. Obama a socialist, as mindful of the general election as much as the Republican primary. 9:33 Kathy Kiely: The Mitt-Rick show has started up again and the two are starting to take all the oxygen out of the room. A cutaway shot of Michele Bachmann shows her looking distinctly uncomfortable. The red jacketed Bachmann isn't getting as much time or audience love as the canary-tied Herman Cain. 9:29 Josh Kraushaar: Tale of two New Mexico governors: Gary Johnson, the quirky libertarian longshot who hasn't even been invited to most of the debates. Current New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, a popular female Hispanic Republican who will likely be on the short-list of GOP running mates. 9:11 Kathy Kiely: Nice recovery by Romney. After 24 hours on the defensive for claiming membership in the middle class, he says: "I want everyone to be rich." The loud cheer he got reflects one reason Democrats don't get more support from folks who seem to be the party's natural constituency. People's political views reflect their aspirations more than their current reality. 9:06 Josh Kraushaar: Perry and Florida Gov. Rick Scott have a close relationship -- and the two have frequently referenced their friendly competition for jobs. Scott's unlikely to be endorsing (and the governor isn't popular back home), but it's not hard to figure where his sympathies lie.
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