3. There was a ton of talk about the Federal Reserve. Newt Gingrich kicked it all off with a long diatribe about how Ben Bernanke, former Democratic Senator Chris Dodd and Democratic Congressman Barney Frank (Mass.) are all criminals.
Herman Cain also ripped Bernanke then later said he admired Alan Greenspan, which drew immediate rebuke from Ron Paul (“Alan Greenspan was a disaster”) and likely cost Cain with some of the professional, Wall St. Republican set.
4. Everybody is going bananas for “999.” Herman Cain’s tax plan calling for a 9% federal income tax, a 9% sales tax and a 9% corporate income tax was at the center of the debate. There’s are a ton of moving parts here, but if you only know one thing about it from last night let it be everybody is going to be taking shots at 999 in the weeks ahead.