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former Gov. Jon Huntsman, Rep. Ron Paul, Gov. Rick Perry, former Gov.
Mitt Romney and former Sen. Rick Santorum.
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90 minutes. One minute to respond;
30-second follow-ups and rebuttals.
first to focus on national security and foreign
policy, was also referred to as the Commander-in-Chief debate. It
covered a broad range of subjects including Iran and nuclear weapons,
the war in Afghanistan, relations with Pakistan, foreign aid, torture
and waterboarding, China, the Arab Spring and Syria. In addition
to questions from the moderators and the audience1, the
state's two U.S. Senators each asked a question in the closing half
hour. Former Gov. Huntsman touted his foreign policy experience
going into the debate, but most of the others on the stage had some
foreign policy credentials, whether former Speaker Gingrich, former
Sen. Santorum, Reps. Paul and Bachmann through their service in the
military or Gov. Perry as a border governor. Herman Cain was seen
as weakest on foreign policy, but he has assembled a credible foreign
policy team and has clearly been doing a bit of homework.
Following his brain freeze episode in the Michigan debate, Gov. Perry
needed to do well, and he did get off a humorous rejoinder (Pelley: if
you eliminate the Department of Energy-- Rick Perry: Glad you
remembered it. Scott Pelley: I've had some time to think about
it, sir. Rick Perry: Me too.) Rep. Paul had the least
speaking time of the candidates2 and his campaign
complained. All in all this was a solid, serious debate.
Wofford College debate page.
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Weak (Wes Hemings') analysis of the first hour of the
debate, which was televised, found 34:44 of total talk time for the
candidates: Perry (6:53), Cain (6:19), Romney (5:52), Santorum (4:46),
Huntsman (3:22), Bachmann (3:03), Gingrich (3:02) and Paul
The analysis found Cain had the most speaking times, 10, and Paul the