Paul argued that the U.S. non-militarily handled its problems with the Soviet Union, which possessed 30,000 nuclear weapons and killed over 100 million people, so Iran should be handled similarly. Paul told the audience that the U.S. has fallen into Al-Qaeda’s trap by engaging in expensive wars overseas. He said that he is the candidate who follows the Christian Just War doctrine.
The next round of primaries will take place in Arizona and Michigan on February 28. The RealClearPolitics poll averages right now have Rick Santorum in first place nationally, ahead of Romney by about 5% but he is trending downwards. In Arizona, Romney has a wide lead of about 8% and it is growing. In Michigan, Santorum is ahead by only about 1% and his lead is decreasing. Political analyst Dick Morris believes that if Romney wins both states, he will probably be impossible to stop.
Both Larry Sabato and Nate Silver felt that Romney won the debate and Santorum lost it. Sabato tweeted that Santorum was “too defensive and kept talking about issues that hurt him.” He awarded both Romney and Gingrich with a grade of a B, followed by Paul with a B- and Santorum with a C+. Silver gave Romney and Paul each a B+, Gingrich a B and Santorum a B-.
The race for the Republican presidential nomination is difficult to predict but one thing is almost a certainty: The nominee will support an aggressive policy of regime change in Syria.
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