Scott Audette / Getty Images
Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich debates on Monday night in Tampa, Fla.
Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images
Faces in the crowd at the NBC News, National Journal, Tampa Bay Times debate held at the University of South Florida on Jan. 23, 2012 in Tampa, Florida.
Michael O'Brien, msnbc.com reports: The former House speaker and the former Massachusetts governor began sniping early at Monday evening's NBC News/National Journal/Tampa Bay Times debate; they carried on through much of the debate before finding more conciliatory turf when answering questions specific to the state of Florida.
Still, the gathering delivered what had been expected: Romney taking a new, aggressive tack against Gingrich, and Gingrich finding himself in the frontrunner's spotlight after having scored a decisive victory in last weekend's South Carolina primary.