A quick scan of the wires indicates that Mike Huckabee drew attention at last night's debate for his willingness to depart from Republican rose-colored-glasses orthodoxy.
The debate put on clear display differences on the economy, trade and presidential power. Mr. Thompson suggested that concerns about the economy were largely unfounded, even as he warned that the nation’s long-term economic health was at risk because of increased spending on Social Security and Medicare as the population ages.
“If you look at the short term, it’s rosy,” Mr. Thompson said. “I think if you look at a 10-year projection, it’s rosy. But we are spending money we do not have.”
But Mike Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas, suggested that the warm view of the economy might be jarring to many Americans watching the debate.
“They’re going to hear Republicans on this stage talk about how great the economy is, and, frankly, when they hear that, they’re going to probably reach for the dial,” Mr. Huckabee said.