Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney waves to the crowd as he is introduced at the start of Wednesday night's Republican presidential debate in Mesa, Ariz. Ross D. Franklin/AP hide caption toggle caption Ross D. Franklin/AP Opinion It's All Politics Desert Face-Off May Have Closed Out Debate Season. So What Did We Learn? February 23, 2012 Televised debates are always about expectations, and by this measure the night belonged to Mitt Romney. Flashing once again the combative style he showed last month in Florida, Romney took the fight to Rick Santorum and made the former senator look like, well, a former senator.