by Clifford Thies
Mitt Romney performed well and Rick Santorum came across defensive in CNN's "Arizona debate" on Wednesday evening. Newt Gingrich put in one of his better performances, as did Ron Paul. Indeed, in what may have been the highlight of the evening, Gingrich said all of us, with the possible exception of Ron Paul who has always been concerned about the accumulation of power in Washington, risking tyranny.
Santorum came under fire repeatedly essentially for the role he played as the Republican whip in the Senate, where he had to support the "team." Also, he seemed to all over the place on social issues. At times, he seemed to strongly advocate for social conservative position, and at other times he seemed to separate his social conservative views from public policy. In both ways, his position that he is a "true" conservative and Romney isn't was undermined.