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The DNC has already sent out the following email:

In tonight’s Iowa Debate Mitt Romney casually offered a $10,000 bet, after calling a $1,500 tax break for the middle class a band-aid. Mitt Romney may not know what $10,000 means to middle class families, but here’s what the average American family can buy with $10,000:

$10,000 Is More Than Four Months Pay For Most Americans (Median Income Was $26,197 in 2010) [, accessed 12/10/11]

$10,000 Is More Than The Average Public In-State Four-Year College Tuition ($8,244) [CollegeBoard, accessed 12/10/11]

$10,000 Is Almost Three Times What The Average Family Spends On Groceries In A Year ($3624) [, accessed 12/10/11]

$10,000 Would Cover More Than A Year’s Worth Of Mortgage Payments For The Typical American Home Purchased Today ($8,376) [National Association of Realtors, 10/6/11]

Michele Bachmann, asked which candidate she learned from, mentioned now non-candidate Herman Cain and his 999 plan. But like earlier in the debate, made it her own ‘win win win’ plan. Bachmann is trying to recruit Cain’s old supporters who haven’t yet decided who to vote for.

The candidates at the ABC News debate were asked to say nice things about one another.

Rick Perry positively named Ron Paul, for his long advocacy on issues about the Federal Reserve. Perry said this got him interested in an issue that he admittedly was not as aware of before, and sparked his own criticisms of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

Jon Huntsman’s not contesting Iowa tonight, so he’s not on the debate stage, but his campaign has sent out a press release saying they’re going to buy up

The consensus on twitter is that Romney made a big error by offering a $10 thousand bet to Rick Perry that he hadn’t changed his book about suggesting the MA healthcare mandate should become a federal mandate. The email opens with two bold sentences:


Only One Federal Candidate Supported The Federal Individual Mandate

It then goes on to list a number of commentators suggesting Perry erred the last time he raised this issue, and also turns fire on Newt Gingrich, saying that he is the only candidate to have really come out swinging for the federal mandate in the past.

Romney faces what ought to be a tough question: when was the last time you had to scrimp and save for basic necessities?

He answers, “I didn’t grow up poor, and if people are looking for a President who comes from that background, then I’m not your guy. But I had a dad who grew up poor.” He goes on to say that his father’s experience of growing up poor brought him to make sure the children were brought up with the values of saving and decency.

The candidates at the ABC debate were asked about Newt Gingrich’s recent comments that the Palestinians are an “invented” people. Gingrich was asked about the response from Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat’s, who is a associated with the Palestinian Fatah movement, saying that Gingrich’s comments would be used as rhetorical ammunition by Hamas and al-Qaeda.

“How would he know the difference?” Gingrich said dismissively. “Is what I said factually correct? Yes. Is it historically true? Yes.” He then denounced the idea of Israel being urged into peace talks with Palestinian groups that fire rockets at Israel.

He also alleged that “The Palestinians claim to a right of return is based on a historically false story,” and also said that “‘Palestinian’ did not become a common term until after 1977.”

The Palestine Liberation Organization was in fact founded in 1964, capping off years of Palestinian cultural development from both before and after the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.

Romney on Gingrich’s plan: “Whether it’s technically amnesty or not… we create another magnet that draws people into our country illegally.” He said those 11 million people should register, get their affairs in order, have to go back home and get in the back of the line.

Asked about the issue of marriage, Newt acknowledged that personal history is fair game and an important issue. He admitted he’s made mistakes, had to go to God for forgiveness, delighted at the way people have been willing to look at who he is and what his record shows.

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