Experts say Mitt Romney wins another debate, that Rick Perry has made him better

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 13 2011 9:00 a.m. MDT

"Rick Perry has cost Mitt Romney his lead in the polls but made him a better candidate and potentially, a more formidable nominee," read the Alantic's piece. "The former Massachusetts governor, long disparaged as a fragile frontrunner for the nomination, is showing a spark that seemed elusive when he topped the national polls. He delivered his second confident debate performance against Perry on Monday, raising more questions about the Texas governor's position on Social Security even as Perry tried to close out the discussion by vowing the benefits were 'slam-dunk guaranteed' for current recipients."

Meanwhile, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman made headlines after questioning both Perry and Romney's back and forth over Social Security. In pressing his fellow governors, he even made a pop culture reference in an effort to poke fun at Mitt Romney's book "No Apology."

"I don't think anything should be off the table except maybe some of the drama that's been on this floor today," Huntsman said. "I don't know if that (Romney's book) was written by Kurt Cobain or not."

"The former governor of Utah was alluding to Romney's book, 'No Apology,' which sounds only slightly similar to Nirvana's 1993 song 'All Apologies,'" wrote Laura Donovan from The Daily Caller. "The single was written by the band's frontman Kurt Cobain, who took his own life a year later."

While not fielding as many questions as Perry and Romney, Huntsman showed some stage presence and spoke forcefully at times," according to Politico's Maggie Haberman. Yet, she also said that he "gave a disjointed answer to an audience questioner who asked about women in Afghanistan."

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