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article imageGOP debate: Romney was unchallenged, Paul was all-in and more

By John Louie S. Ramos     Jan 8, 2012 in Politics
Manchester - With less than 72 hours before the nation's first primary in New Hampshire, Republican presidential candidates led by national frontrunner Mitt Romney strut their wares on a Republican Presidential Debate here on Saturday.
Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, entered the stage ready and prepared for what many political pundits expect a barrage of attacks coming from his fellow Republican Presidential candidates. But as it turned out, Romney remained untouched the whole evening.
Perhaps the hottest and testiest exchange of words during the ABC, Yahoo! and WMUR-sponsored debate came between Texas Congressman Ron Paul and former speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich. Paul said that people who don't serve in the military has no business in sending others to war – needless to say, Gingrich received a draft deferment during the Vietnam War and was even proposing a joint attack with Israel against Iran last month.
Gingrich called out Paul, directly saying that the Libertarian-leaning candidate has "a long history of saying things that are inaccurate and false."
Paul, who finished third in the Iowa Caucus and is at second place in recent New Hampshire polls, countered saying that when he was drafted to serve the military, he was married and already had two kids.
Paul also criticized Santorum, who finished second in Iowa just eight votes behind Romney. Paul cited a 2006 Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics that reports Santorum as one of the three most corrupt senators of America.
Paul was also asked on a possible third party run if and when he doesn't get the Republican nomination. Paul answered that he had no plans and does not intend to run on a third party.
The surging Santorum was also placed on the hot seat particularly during the discussion with regards to gay marriage and contraceptives. Santorum is known as a conservative that believes firmly that marriage is exclusively between a man and a woman.
Romney for his part, says that everyone has the right to form long-term, committed and loving relationships regardless of sex but did not actually offered a direct answer on the marriage issue while former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman said that civil unions provides a level of dignity to relationships.
Texas Governor Rick Perry, a known Christian suggested that a federal amendment should be made in order to honor marriage only as a bond between a man and a woman. The Texas Governor, who was once the Republican national frontrunner, also criticized the current administration for its supposed "war on religion."
On the issue of war and foreign policy, the rest of the GOP candidates who were asked said that they won't send troops to Iraq at this moment except for Perry.
On the question regarding the candidates' vision for the country, Paul talk about restoring the freedoms and liberties of Americans while Romney based his answer on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The Iowa caucus winner also attacked President Barack Obama saying that he has put America into decline.
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