The Boston Globe fact-checks Saturday’s debate, looking at Gingrich’s claim of Palestinians as an “invented” people; Perry accusing Romney of saying in his book that his health-care plan should be a model for the country; and Bachmann attacking Gingrich for being for the individual mandate. It says Gingrich is technically correct, but, “The statement ignores the political reality that the US and Israel have been working with Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza toward a negotiated settlement that could establish a Palestinian state alongside Israel.” It gives the second item to Perry and notes that Bachmann is correct that Gingrich has been for the individual mandate on health care.
BACHMANN: On CBS’s Face the Nation, she kept up her attack on Gingrich as "consummate establishment insider"; asserted there is "not a dime's worth of difference" between Gingrich and Romney; and said of Donald Trump's dissatisfaction with her turning down his debate: "Donald Trump is a big boy," NBC’s Jamie Novogrod reports.
GINGRICH: The Boston Globe writes that Saturday’s debate “arguably did little else to change the dynamic of the race just three weeks before the leadoff Iowa caucuses. Newt Gingrich, who leads the polling not only here but in three of the four earliest voting states, smoothly rebutted a series of attacks.”
Bloomberg looks at a focus group of evangelicals in Iowa and how they’re torn on Gingrich’s personal baggage, especially his marriages.
“The night before Jon Huntsman and Newt Gingrich meet on stage for a Lincoln-Douglas style debate, a high-profile Jon Huntsman supporter in New Hampshire, Richard Brothers, has ‘sever[ed] all bonds’ with the campaign in an email to senior staff, citing a ‘lack of integrity and honesty of the parties within the campaign’ regarding financial matters,” NBC’s Jo Ling Kent reports.
PAUL: “Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul on Sunday refused to rule out a third-party run but said, as he has in the past, that he has ‘no plans’ to mount one,” the Boston Globe writes of his appearance on Meet the Press.
PERRY: “Seen just four months ago as conservatives' potential savior, Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry is fighting for his life in Iowa,” AP writes. “With three weeks until Iowa's leadoff caucuses, the Texas governor has retooled his message from the strict jobs focus he began with in August to one promoting him as a conservative outsider.”
“Rick Perry on Sunday hit fellow-GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney as ‘out of touch’ with voters for challenging him to a $10,000 bet,” The Hill reports.
In fact, NBC’s Carrie Dann reports, there's a new web ad from Team Perry riffing off of the "10k bet" item. The ad uses debate footage and is titled, "The truth is not for sale." It uses media reports to emphasize the cost of Romney's bet in contrast to the average Iowa income.
The Texas Tribune: “Hoping to build momentum after a strong performance in his latest nationally televised debate, Gov. Rick Perry hit a Sunday morning TV show, spoke at two church services and staged a boisterous rally at a coffee shop in central Iowa. … The crowd was generally enthusiastic and pro-Perry, but a few protesters got in and yelled at the governor after he concluded his remarks. It was more evidence that Perry’s edgy new ad, lumping together criticism of policies that allow gays in the military and restrict school prayer, continues to stir controversy here. ‘You’re a divider!’ shouted Warren Blumenfeld, a local college professor and gay activist. ‘You don’t have a right to be president of the United States. … Go back to Texas!’”
The Tribune also thinks he did pretty well in the debate: “[W]hile it might not have been enough to alter that reality, Perry turned in one of the strongest debate performances of his campaign.”
ROMNEY: “Rick Perry didn’t take Mitt Romney’s $10,000 bet, but the high-priced challenge is starting to make the former Massachusetts governor look like the loser,” the New York Daily News wrote Sunday.
“It’s rare that a presidential candidate discusses, in some detail, utilizing a bucket to use the bathroom,” the Boston Globe writes. “They often don’t often talk about showering with a hose, or the time they made an off-the-cuff marriage proposal to their girlfriend. Tonight, Mitt Romney did all three.” And he talked about his time as a missionary for the LDS Church in France. And don’t miss this quote: “There was a chain behind you with a bucket, it was a bucket affair.”
The New York Post: “He’s Mitt outta luck: 10G boast hits amid poll slide.”
Smart Politics, per GOP 12, finds Romney talked the most in the debate.
He did land this endorsement: “John DiStaso reports that Tom Thomson, honorary chairman of the Americans for Prosperity-Newt Hampshire advocacy group, is backing Mitt Romney for president,” GOP 12 writes.
Romney was opposed to Gingrich’s Contract with America.