Rick Santorum condemns boos for gay soldier, Rick Perry says we don’t want the smoothest debater, Mitch Daniels says Obama’s not a socialist and Carl Lewis has called it quits.

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* In an interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum commented on the reaction to a question from a gay soldier at last night’s debate. “I condemn the people who booed that gay soldier,” he said. “I have to admit I seriously did not hear those boos. ... But certainly had I, I would’ve said, “Don’t do that. This man is serving our country and we are to thank him for his service.”

* In a speech at the Florida Conservative Political Action Conference today, Texas Gov. Rick Perry dismissed concerns about his shaky debate performance last night. “It’s not who is the slickest candidate or who is the smoothest debater that we need to elect,” he said. “We need to elect the candidate with the best record and the best vision for this country.”

* While former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney ducked a question last night about whether or not President Obama is a socialist, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels was happy to say “no” on the Laura Ingraham today. “At some stage I just think that if you’re interested in results you should just try to be careful to use words that don’t drive anybody away and if possible just take a chance to be more civil, more likeable than the other guy,” he added.

* President Obama’s west Los Angeles campaign office was vandalized Thursday night in what police said appears to be a politically motivated attack. Windows were smashed; no other businesses in the area were targeted. Obama is scheduled to visit Los Angeles on Monday for fundraisers.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:

* Rep. Howard Berman (D) has endorsed Tony Cardenas for California’s new 29th district in the Northeast San Fernando Valley. There were rumors that Berman would move and run in this district himself — he’s been drawn into the same district as Rep. Brad Sherman (D). So this move all but ensures a primary fight between those two incumbents.

* The National Republican Congressional Committee is making targeted calls in competitive districts — Iowa’s 1st, 2nd, and 3rd districts, New York’s 1st, North Carolina’s 7th, and Connecticut’s 4th — tying Democratic lawmakers to funding for embattled solar company Solyndra.

* Nine-time Olympic medalist Carl Lewis has given up on his New Jersey state Senate bid in the wake of a federal appeals court ruling that he would not be allowed on the ballot. The panel found that he did not meet the state’s four-year residency requirement.

* Former U.S. ambassador Joe Wilson endorsed Marty Chavez, who is in what could be a tough Democratic primary against Eric Griego for the New Mexico 1st district seat being vacated by Rep. Martin Heinrich (who is running for Senate).

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