Liveblogging the debate, 2
And it begins... 2 "R words" from Giuliani and the most dour-sounding encomium for "optimism" I've heard in a long time.
We begin with Iraq:
McCain says "now [the war] is on the right track." I hear the shopping is great.
Thompson wants the Iraqis to hold a referendum on the US presence. He looks cranky.
Romney drops an R-bomb, by way of claiming to be a "strong leader" who "won't follow the polls." That's precisely what we expect from Multiple-Choice Mitt.
Brownback calls for engaging Egypt. That would mark a radical departure in American policy, indeed.