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NBC Silenced Audience In Florida GOP Debate Has Mitt Romney Winning

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Over the past few months we have seen some fiery debates from the GOP candidates and the crowd response has really made them entertaining and quite powerful. The Florida GOP debate was a definite snoozer compared to the previous debates.

The energy behind the candidates stands on the issues really shows where these candidates stand with the public. In the Florida debate, the crowd was told to be silent through the debate and was agreed to by the candidates. This will probably be the last time that all the candidates agree to these terms.

Newt Gingrich, who normally gets an audience fired up and on his side for most issues, was left completely out of his element. While, he still had a good showing, it was definitely not his best debate performance.

Mitt Romney, however, reaped the benefits of this format. He peppered his responses with aggressive attacks on Newt Gingrich. Romney spent the better first half of the debate attacking Newt Gingrich for his role as a lobbyist/consultant for Freddie Mac and targeted serial unreliability.

‘I don’t think we can possibly retake the White House if our nominee was a lobbyist for Freddie Mac,” Romney declared at one point.

“The truth is that the members of his own team, his own congressional team, voted to displace him,” he offered at another.

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