Primary Debates and Forums
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Washington Examiner in conjunction with the Republican Party of Iowa.
Candidates: Rep. Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Gov. Jon Huntsman, Rep. Ron Paul, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Gov. Mitt Romney, and former Sen. Rick Santorum.
Moderator: Special Report anchor Bret Baier. Panelists Chris Wallace, host of FOX News Sunday; Byron York chief political correspondent of the Washington Examiner; and Susan Ferrechio, chief congressional correspondent of the Washington Examiner.
capacity of 2,609, was quite full up to the
third balcony, but there were some empty seats.
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ups and rebuttals. Annoying
bell. 30-second closing statements.
be remembered for the sharp exchanges between
Pawlenty and Bachmann, both eyeing the Straw Poll less than two days
away. Another notable moment came when Baier asked the candidates
if they would negotiate on raising taxes, if for example, they were
offered a 10 to 1 deal, spending cuts to tax increases. "Who on this
stage would walk away from that deal?" Baier asked. All the
candidates raised their hands. Gingrich had a strong performance;
asked by Wallace about resignations of much of his national campaign
staff and his Iowa staff back in June, Gingrich responded, "I wish you
would put aside the gotcha questions," prompting an energetic response
from the audience. Huntsman did not make much of an impression in
his first debate appearance.