Even in light-hearted moments the candidates struggled with the facts. In one of those softball questions designed to humanize the candidates, debate moderator George Stephanopolous asked what they would be doing this evening if not debating.
Gingrich fumbled the answer. Santorum booted it. And Romney followed along.
Gingrich: I’d be watching the college championship basketball game.
Santorum (correcting Gingrich): Football game.
Gingrich: I mean, football game. Thank you.
Santorum: I’d be doing the same thing with my family. We’d be huddled around, and we’d be watching the championship game.
Romney: I’m afraid it’s football. I love it.
Romney: Yeah. I love it.
Certainly, there was no college basketball championship — as Santorum was quick to point out in “correcting” Gingrich. That would be in March (hence the term “March Madness”). But Santorum, too, was wrong. As every red-blooded American knows, the college football championship wasn’t played last night. LSU plays Alabama for the national championship on Monday night.
Now, there was a NFL Wild Card game last night. The Saints beat the Lions. Is that what Romney meant? His answer was sufficiently vague on this issue of national importance.