Based on debate skill, rhetoric, crowd control, and persuasive abilities, who will win the 2nd GOP Presidential debate? Mitt Romney: Not a very energetic or engaging speaker. He doesn't stand for anything, he has no convictions. Looks like slippery businessman politician with a bland style of speech. Herman Cain: Excellent speaker. Great at rhetoric, but at times can be overkill with the rhetoric (i.e. the ad hominem acronyms like SIN to describe Liberals). He'll likely do very well in the debate overall. Ron Paul: Probably the most knowledgable on socio-political and economic theory and can make anyone of them look like a fool. He is an energetic and persuasive speaker. He is great at mocking his opponents and making them look like anti-freedom dictators. He speaks in a tone a voice that convinces you that the positions of the other candidates are absurd, unreasonable, and misguided. Simply put, Ron Paul will be the clear winner of this debateas he has in the past 30 years of debating. Rick Santorum: Really good concise speaker, but not very powerful, albeit he can be persuasive and use rhetoric to get an applause. He'll fair decently in this debate but won't win. Michele Bachmann: Does not sound intellectual at all when she speaks. Probably not a great debater and is prone to making gaffs. I doubt she'll do well. Newt Gingrich: Boring. No firm stances. Doesn't stand for anything. His campaign is practically over, he should give it up. Tim Pawlenty: A dull and boring speaker. Not great at rhetoric. Comes off as average. Doubtful that he'll do well.