Ron Paul v. Mike Huckabee

"After Mr. Paul spoke, it seemed half the room booed, but the other applauded. When a thousand Republicans are in a room and one man of the eight on the stage takes a sharply minority viewpoint on a dramatic issue and half the room seems to cheer him, something's going on."

- Peggy Noonan, on Ron Paul's foreign policy and this exchange with Mike Huckabee on Iraq at Wednesday's debate.

We printed a transcript of the Paul-Huckabee exchange in today's Monitor.

For the record, Noonan goes on to write: "Ron Paul's support isn't based on his persona, history or perceived power. What support he has comes because of his views. As he spoke, you could hear other candidates laughing in the background. They should stop giggling, and engage in a serious way. Mike Huckabee, and for this I [heart] Huckabee, shot back that history will judge whether we were right to go in, but for now, 'we're there.' He echoed Colin Powell: We broke it, now we own it. 'Congressman, we are one nation. We can't be divided. . . . If we make a mistake, we make it as a single country, the United States of America, not the divided states of America.' David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network says he doesn't know why Mr. Huckabee isn't in the top tier. I wonder too. Maybe he is and we don't know it."

UPDATE: Paul supporters are e-mailing a link to this column on the exchange with Huckabee.