Mitt Romney won by not losing.
This was a decidedly mediocre performance, after being drawn into the weeds with Santorum instead of rising above his opposition. While he forcefully attacked Santorum, Romney wasn’t able to pivot to Obama or demonstrate his “presidential” qualities. Indeed, at times he seemed petty, rebuking moderator John King for interjecting during his final answer with “You get to answer the questions you want, I get to answer the questions I want.”
Paul was unapologetic tonight about his opposition to attacking Iran to stop its nuclear development, but he also scored some of the most pointed shots in the debate on Santorum. The highlight of which was calling Santorum “a fake” to his face, and responding to Santorum’s objections of “I'm real, I'm real, I'm real” with a dismissive “congratulations.”