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2024929 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2007-11-29 06:35:09.0 UTC 2007-11-29T01:35:09.000-05:00 content/low-moments-aplenty-and-nary-champion published 2010-09-15 18:08:46.0 UTC 2010-09-15T14:08:46.000-04:00 drupal 98367 Times political editor Adam C. Smith: Who won the CNN/YouTube debate? Not beleaguered Republicans looking for a champion. Nobody should have been surprised that the sparring was so aggressive in the final stretch of an unpredictable race. What was striking is how so many of these candidates are ripe for attack on so many core conservative issues. Gun control? Front-runner Rudy Giuliani drew pronounced boos when he defensively talked about "reasonable regulations." Abortion? Mitt Romney received what sounded like stony silence when he feebly quipped, "I'm not sure who that young guy was," after being confronted with old footage of him touting his support of legal abortions. ... It was an especially bad night for Giuliani. Unlike the chipper, confident performances of past debates, he frequently looked sour and defensive Wednesday night, hours after revelations emerged that as New York mayor he charged security detail expenses to obscure trips to a Long Island resort at the time he started an extramarital affair with his current wife, Judith Nathan. But after two hours of a frequently dramatic and sometimes quirky forum, we still don't know who is the clear Giuliani alternative. That's good news for the former New York mayor, whose path to the nomination is a lot easier with so many other viable, if flawed, candidates battling for the conservative mantle. (Smith's full analysis here.) Alex Leary the-buzz-florida-politics Debates Low moments aplenty, and nary a champion templatedata/tampabaytimes/BlogArticle/data/the-buzz-florida-politics/2007/11/29/98367-low-moments-aplenty-and-nary-champion BlogArticle Times political editor Adam C. Smith: Who won the CNN/YouTube debate? Not beleaguered Republicans looking for a champion.DebatesDebatesAlex Leary 380991 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:38:48.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:38:48.000-04:00 alex-leary published Alex Leary <p>Alex Leary is the Washington bureau chief for the <i>Tampa Bay Times</i>. He previously worked in the <i>Times'</i> state capital bureau, and before that covered local politics, environmental issues and law enforcement. His career in journalism began at the <i>Valley News</i> in New Hampshire.</p> Times Washington Bureau Chief writers DTI 33745929 Alex Leary is the Washington bureau chief for the Tampa Bay Times. He previously worked in the Times' state capital bureau, and before that covered local politics, environmental issues and law enforcement. His career in journalism began at the Valley News in New Hampshire. <p>Phone: (202) 306-4807</p><p>Email: <a href="mailto:leary@tampabay.com">leary@tampabay.com</a> </p><p>Blog: <a href="http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics">The Buzz</a></p><p>Twitter: <a href="http://twitter.com/learyreports">@LearyReports</a></p> 1 /resources/images/dti/2016/03/AlexLeary_16859752.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/33745929-alex-leary AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:38:48.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:38:48.000-04:00 2267932 2016-03-04 15:46:27.0 UTC 6 Months Ago your-moment-of-zen-from-the-republican-debate the-buzz-florida-politics Your moment of zen from the Republican debate BlogArticle 2265354 2016-02-14 05:39:05.0 UTC 6 Months Ago that-surprising-debate-moment-when-ted-cruz-charged-after-marco-rubio-in the-buzz-florida-politics That surprising debate moment when Ted Cruz charged after Marco Rubio in Spanish BlogArticle 2288545 2016-08-07 16:52:00.0 UTC 3 Weeks Ago political-tails-aplenty-at-floridas-47th-annual-possum-festival the-buzz-florida-politics Political 'tails' aplenty at Florida's 47th annual Possum Festival BlogArticle <p><em>Times political editor Adam C. Smith</em>: Who won the CNN/YouTube debate? Not beleaguered Republicans looking for a champion.</p> <p>Nobody should have been surprised that the sparring was so aggressive in the final stretch of an unpredictable race. What was striking is how so many of these candidates are ripe for attack on so many core conservative issues.</p> <p>Gun control? Front-runner Rudy Giuliani drew pronounced boos when he defensively talked about &quot;reasonable regulations.&quot; Abortion? Mitt Romney received what sounded like stony silence when he feebly quipped, &quot;I'm not sure who that young guy was,&quot; after being confronted with old footage of him touting his support of legal abortions. ...</p> <p>It was an especially bad night for Giuliani. Unlike the chipper, confident performances of past debates, he frequently looked sour and defensive Wednesday night, hours after revelations emerged that as New York mayor he charged security detail expenses to obscure trips to a Long Island resort at the time he started an extramarital affair with his current wife, Judith Nathan.</p> <!--break--> <p>But after two hours of a frequently dramatic and sometimes quirky forum, we still don't know who is the clear Giuliani alternative. That's good news for the former New York mayor, whose path to the nomination is a lot easier with so many other viable, if flawed, candidates battling for the conservative mantle. (Smith's full analysis <a href="http://www.sptimes.com/2007/11/29/Worldandnation/Low_moments_aplenty__.shtml">here</a>.)</p>falseruntime2016-08-30 05:51:53