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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani couldn't let pass a question asked earlier in the GOP presidential debate on what should be done when top U.S. military commander in Iraq Gen. David Petraeus reports back to Congress this September with a progress report on the U.S.-led troop surge.
An hour after this question was asked, Giuliani brought it back up, speculating Petraeus might conclude this fall the military situation was going pretty well.
"Are we going to report that with the same amount of attention that we would report the negative news?" he asked. For these comments, Giuliani received a round of applause.
- CNN Internet Producer Eric Weisbrod
ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) - No elbows were flying, no punches were thrown. Overall, the 10 Republican presidential hopefuls were mild-mannered during Tuesday's debate.
CNN's Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley said she was surprised by what she considered a mellow debate. The contenders didn't jump on chances to make the issues personal, she said.
"[Former New York Mayor Rudy] Giuliani seemed to be playing the Republican counterpart to Hillary Clinton, aiming at Democrats rather than anybody else up on the stage," she said.
John King, CNN's chief national correspondent, echoed Crowley's observations, adding the candidates are lining up against Clinton more so than one another.
"You see the men trying to say 'I'm electable in November,' and Mayor Giuliani and Sen. McCain both bringing up Sen. Clinton ... trying to suggest they are willing now and next year to take the fight to her," he said.
–CNN.com writer Kristi Keck
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. John McCain had the last word at Tuesday's Republican presidential debate, telling the New Hampshire audience he believes there is a need to "protect our American family."
The family is "under assault in many respects," said the Arizona lawmaker said, adding that there is "a transcendent struggle between good and evil. Everything we stand for and believe in is at stake here. We can win. We will never surrender. They will. I am prepared to lead."
McCain spoke of his leadership qualities: "My life and my experience, and my background, and my heroes inspire me, and qualify me to lead in this titanic struggle, which will not be over soon. But we will prevail."
–CNN Political Researcher Xuan Thai
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, R-New York, told an audience member at Tuesday's presidential debate that the way to bring back moderate Republicans and independent voters is "to nominate me."
He added "the Republican Party can unite around two major principles" citing terrorism and the economy.
Giuliani attacked the Democrats and said they "are on defense against terrorism. And you saw that two nights ago here. They couldn't even utter the words 'Islamic terrorism.' It's our biggest enemy. They couldn't utter it. We need somebody who can stand up to that."
Giuliani concluded that Republicans also needed to be "on offense for a growth economy."
–CNN Political Researcher Xuan Thai
WASHINGTON (CNN) - California Rep. Duncan Hunter said Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, his home state's popular governor, is not a good model for the Republican Party.
"I think the guy who's got the most influence right here with these three gentlemen is Ted Kennedy," Hunter said in reference to fellow candidates Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani and John McCain. Hunter concluded, "I think we need to move away from the Kennedy wing of the Republican Party."
Schwarzenegger won support by bringing both sides of the aisle together on certain issues. But Hunter criticized his Republican rivals who have partnered with Democrats on issues like gun control, health care and immigration.
–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Texas Rep. Ron Paul said at Tuesday's GOP presidential debate that America's most pressing moral issue is its adoption of a preemptive military policy, declaring it a rejection of the "Just War theory of Christianity."
"We in the past have always declared war in the defense of our liberties or go to aid of somebody," he said. "But now we have accepted the principle of preemptive war - we have rejected the Just War theory of Christianity.
"We have to come to our senses about this issue of war and preemption and go back to traditions and our constitution and defend our liberties and defend our rights," he added.
Paul is the only GOP member of Congress running for president who voted against authorizing the use of force in Iraq.
- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore suggested Tuesday at the GOP presidential debate the United States turn towards nuclear power and other alternative energy sources.
"We're going to have to in fact look to all sources: ethanol, biomass, coal, clean coal, the opportunities for natural gas, and nuclear power."
"Nuclear power will help this whole issue of global warming," Gilmore added.
Gilmore was responding to a question posed by CNN moderator Wolf Blitzer, who pressed the candidates on whether oil executive profits were too high.
- CNN Contributor Josh Lipsky
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Tommy Thompson's getting energized.
The former Wisconsin governor and Bush cabinet secretary is talking to about five reporters right now. Thompson's quite animated as he talks about what he calls a drug problem with teens in America. Thompson was also energized as he discussed the immigration reform plan now in Congress.
Duncan Hunter's sounding off right now about the fate of the Republican Party. The longtime congressman from California wants to see the GOP return to its roots. And he's slamming Mitt Romney right now. He just told a scrum of reporters that Romney stood side-by-side with President Clinton when it came to gun control.
A similar attack on a frontrunner from another man back in the pack: Rep. Ron Paul just told journalists that Arizona Sen. John McCain can't be trusted. The congressman and Libertarian from Texas says that McCain is a maverick who bucked the party during the 2000 campaign.
All and all, it's a typical night in the spin room. The front-runners leave the spinning to their surrogates while the rest of the pack try to grab as much media attention as possible.
–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, already in the race, said he'd welcome former senator and "Law & Order" star Fred Thompson, thinking about entering, into the race.
"It's (Thompson) a great name," Tommy Thompson said. He (Fred) is a great candidate and I think it will help the Republican party to have him in.