In a wide-ranging discussion with All Things Considered's Robert Siegel, Ron Paul, the Republican congressman from Texas, said of all the GOP hopefuls, he's been the steady one.
"All I know is that the message is powerful," he said in response to a question about the viability of his campaign. "The message is well-received. Our numbers are growing, and we don't go up and down like a yo-yo."
In the first debate after Newt Gingrich's upset win in the South Carolina primary, the four GOP contenders jockeyed for new momentum heading into Florida's Jan. 31 vote.
The two South Carolina debates featured raucous audiences who cheered on the former House speaker. This time, it was former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney who seemed more comfortable before the more sedate crowd.
While others analyze what Thursday's GOP presidential debate does or doesn't tell us about what may or may not happen Saturday when South Carolina Republicans hold their primary, here's the top news from that four-man clash in Charleston: