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Rick Perry Has Best Debate, 3 Days After Worst Debate

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Gov. Rick Perry came out swinging during the South Carolina GOP presidential debate on national security and foreign policy.

Gov. Perry was not in the spotlight at the South Carolina foreign policy and national security debate. He was the 5th person to get a question - a result of his 5th place standing in at least one state poll. But he never stumbled - and even showed emotion and conviction when answering questions.

He started the debate by skipping the questions asked, instead answering questions asked to other candidates. (Maybe they were questions he was more comfortable with.)

He then talked about his plan to zero out all foreign aid, forcing justification to restore any funding. He got a follow up asking if that included Israel, a nation Perry has criticized President Obama for now backing enough. He answered yes, but said, "our country's strongest ally" would be able to justify any spending there.

It's now on to Iowa and New York to shake hands and fund raise, then back again to Iowa for a forum on social conservative issues and on to Washington D.C. for yet another GOP debate.

Ben Philpott is the Managing Editor for KUT. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on Twitter @BenPhilpottKUT.