Ainda sobre o debate, excluindo a parte de Ron Paul, notas que passaram ao lado para muitos:
But Giuliani was having a good debate even before he reduced Paul to history. He had taken Gilmore's clever attack on the front-running flip-floppers--"Rudy McRomney"--and turned it into an attack on Hillary Clinton. "We can ... discuss all that," he said, referring to abortion, gun control and gay rights, "but there's something ... really big at stake here." And he launched into what a threat to the republic Clinton would be because she believes "an unfettered free market is the most disastrous thing in modern America." When Tancredo accused him of being soft on immigration, Giuliani successfully deflected again: "I'd like to thank Congressman Tancredo for saying I'm soft on anything. That's the first time in about 20 years." My sense was that his strength and dexterity were almost enough to make Republicans forget his multiple marriages and newfound pro-choice clarity.