ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) The ten Republican candidates were asked whether they would pardon I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, who on Tuesday was sentenced to 30 months in prison for lying to investigators looking into the leak of a CIA operative's identity.
Texas Rep. Ron Paul, Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, California Rep. Duncan Hunter and Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee all responded "no," or "no, not without looking at the transcript."
Arizona Sen. John McCain: "He's going through an appeal process. We've got to see what happens here."
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani: "I think the sentence was way out of line. I would see if it fit the criteria for pardon. I think what the judge did today argues more in favor of a pardon
because...this is excessive punishment."
Former Massachussetts Gov. Mitt Romney: "I will study it very closely if I'm lucky enough to be president, and I'd keep that option open."
Sen. Sam Brownback: "Yes. The basic crime here didn't happen."
Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson: "I would make sure the appeal was done properly, and then I would examine the record."
Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo: "Yes."
–CNN.com writer Kristi Keck