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Who Has Attacked Their Opponents Most?

Which candidates have been on the attack most?  The answer may surprise you.  It may also turn out that attacking your opponent is poor debate strategy.  The two candidates whose rise in the polls seemed most related to their debate performances have attacked the least: Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich.

Rick Santorum


Mitt Romney


Rick Perry 


Jon Huntsman  


Michele Bachmann


Ron Paul 


Newt Gingrich 

19 (More than half of which came in the most recent 3 debates)

Herman Cain 


Scoring: An "attack" was judged as any time a candidate specifically challenged an opponent's position or record.  Cordial disagreements were not counted.  A 1/2 attack point was recorded when an attack was made but the actual candidate being attacked was only implied and not mentioned by name.

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