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Did Ron Paul Win Last Night's Debate?

Patch panelists say Paul subdued, but supporters say he separated himself from a crowded GOP pack.

Last night, Patch covered the Fox News/Google GOP debate in Orlando, Fla., with a that featured several local political experts and enthusiasts.

Following the show, we asked those same people ?

While many of the Patch panelists said Ron Paul wasn't his normal outspoken self, supporters chimed in saying the Texas Congressman still stood out, despite being provided limited opportunities by Fox News moderators.

"Romney won, but Santorum did well," said Bedford's Steve Poschmann, a new addition to Patch's debate panel. "Perry didn't help himself. Bachmann did not do great. Huntsman did fine, but not great. Paul has done better in other debates."

University of New Hampshire political science professor Dante Scala agreed.

"Another good night for Santorum, becoming Perry's chief antagonist on right," said Scala. "Ron Paul seemed a little subdued tonight. Never seemed to have a signature moment."

"I disagree," said one Paul supporter. "Ron Paul won this debate. The only reason he seems 'subdued' is because the moderators gave him the 2nd least amount of time."

"4 questions asked to Ron Paul? Was that the right number? Felt like 2," said another supporter.

Others, still, were more to the point.

"Ron Paul won hands down ... Professional, short concise answers that spoke volumes about his experience and maturity as a national leader," said one commenter. "Perry is a blowhard and Romney is stiff and appears aloof."

"None of 'em comes close to Ron Paul in terms of knowledge, experience, wisdom, statesmanship and patriotism," added another.

Do you think Paul won? If not, who? Maybe debate newcomer Gary Johnson?

Let us know in the attached poll , and feel free to elaborate in our comment section below.

Rose Marie Olszewski September 24, 2011 at 01:25 AM
When the media is treating Dr. Ron Paul unfairly, they are treating the public as puppets. Dr. Paul won the Fox News online poll, so why talk about Romney and Perry over and over?
Lazarus Long September 24, 2011 at 07:16 PM
Ron Paul is the only candidate who truly addresses the issues and actually provides solutions to the problems we face. He is also a STRICT Constitutionalist. Both are what we need now. The other candidates are there simply to argue with one another. The difference between Ron Paul and the other candidates is the difference between someone who's concerned with WHAT's right versus those who are more concerned with WHO's right.
Julian Alien September 25, 2011 at 06:05 PM
It is obvious that some powerful people are afraid of losing their hold on Americas wallet.Ron Paul has been gaining a lot of momentum and he is clearly winning the debates.I refuse to be hypnotized by the Media.
-Paul- September 28, 2011 at 04:46 PM
I think Ron Paul won. He and Gary Johnson are the only candidates I think actually understand liberty at all. I don't trust the rest of them. If you look at their records, they don't match the rhetoric at all.
Keva Monroe December 17, 2011 at 06:23 AM
Wake Up America......This Guy Is For Real....He Has The Knowledge To Direct Our Country To A New Beginning.....Now Is The Time For Us All To Come Together and Do Our Very Best......

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