Romney said America is ready for the abortion issue to be decided by individual states.
(CNN) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney clarified his position on a constitutional amendment banning abortion during the debate, saying that while he would sign such an amendment, "that's not where we are."
Romney's position on an abortion amendment has been questioned in recent days, after his campaign sent out a mail piece in South Carolina stating unequivocally that Romney is "the only major presidential candidate who supports the Republican party's pro-life platform: A constitutional amendment banning abortion nationwide."
However, during the debate Romney seemed to back away from that claim. Asked if he would sign a bill passed by Congress banning abortions nationwide, Romney said he would be "delighted to sign that bill," but concluded: "That's not where we are. That's not where America is today."
"Where America is ready is to overturn Roe v. Wade and return to the states that authority," he said.
Both former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and Arizona Sen. John McCain have said they support such an amendment. Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson opposes an amendment. Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani is a supporter of abortion rights.
– CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was a pastor before holding public office.
(CNN) - Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee tied together his stance on abortion with his views on the death penalty Wednesday night, two subjects he takes quite seriously, when asked by a viewer if Jesus would support the death penalty.
"There are those that say how can you be pro-life and believe in the death penalty?" Huckabee said. The fundamental difference is "a person is deemed guilty after a thorough process and put to death...as opposed to an individual making a decision to terminate a life that has never been deemed guilty because the life was never even given a chance to exist"
When reminded by CNN's Anderson Cooper, "the question is what would Jesus do?" Huckabee tried to bring light to the subject joking that, "Jesus was too smart to ever run for public office."
– CNN's Emily Sherman
Watch Romney and McCain discuss torture during Wednesday night's debate.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. John McCain of Arizona and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney clashed on the subject of waterboarding, in which prisoners are made to feel as if they are drowning. A questioner asked how anyone could disagree with McCain's opposition to waterboarding given his experience as a POW in Vietnam.
"I don't think it's wise to describe what techniques we would use for interrogating people," Romney said.
McCain fired back, telling Romney, "I'm astonished you think such a torture would be inflicted on anybody who we held captive and anybody can believe that's not torture. It's a violation of the Geneva Conventions. It's a violation of existing law."
Romney responded by saying he was not in favor of torture, but did not want potential captives to know what awaited them. "I will not specify the specific means of what is and what is not torture so the people that we capture know what things we are able to do and what things we are not able to do," Romney said.
Calling torture a, "defining issue," McCain replied, "We should be able, if we want to be commander in chief of the U.S. Armed Forces, to take a definite and positive position on [this], and that is, we will never allow torture to take place in the United States of America."
– CNN Contributor Jamie Gray
Chris Krul from Bonita Springs, Florida
(CNN) - Chris Krul from Bonita Springs, Florida asks: Uh, Giuliani, um can you explain why, you being a lifelong Yankees fan, that this year after the Yankees lost everything, you rooted for the Red Sox in the post season? Can you explain that position for me?
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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (CNN) - The economy is becoming a bigger and bigger issue. Which candidate does that help? Probably former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. He claims credit for the turnaround in the New York City economy. Giuliani and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are the only candidates with experience in economic management, and Giuliani's record of success is better known.
– CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider
(CNN) – Participation in the CNN/YouTube debate is two-fold: Questions and analysis.
Al Rohdri, 22, just graduated from Oral Roberts University and offers this observation: "It's funnier than the Democratic one."
–CNN Anchor Nicole Lapin
Mark Strauss from Davenport, Iowa
(CNN) - Mark Strauss from Davenport, Iowa asks: Mr. Paul, I think we both know that the Republican Party's never going to give you the nomination. But I'm hoping that you're crazy like a fox like that and you're using this exposure to propel yourself into an independent run. Mr. Paul, are you going to let America down by not running as an Independent?
Hank Campbell from Lake Worth, Florida
(CNN) - Hank Campbell from Lake Worth, Florida asks: It's been estimated that to fix the bridges, the tunnels, the power grids, the water-delivery systems in this country will be in excess of $2 trillion. That's T for trillion, and it is plural. Who among the candidates here is willing to step forward and begin to articulate the very difficult sacrifices which we need to make in order to start repairing America?
David McMillan from Los Angeles, California
(CNN) - David McMillan from Los Angeles, California asks: On a variety of specific issues: gay marriage, taxes, the death penalty, immigration, faith-based initiatives, school vouchers, school prayer, many African Americans hold fairly conservative views. And yet, we overwhelmingly vote Democrat in most elections. So my question, to any of the Republican candidates here is, why don't we vote for you?
(CNN)– During the debate, Sen. John McCain talked about spending Thanksgiving with troops during a visit to Iraq and said, "Their message to you is - the message of these brave men and women who are serving over there is, 'Let us win.'"
I-Reporter and soldier, Jeff Stevens of Peekskill, New York, sent in this response to McCain:
"As a member of the US Army, it greatly offends me to hear John McCain say things like 'Our troops want to finish the job.' I have never in my few years as a young Soldier in both an active duty and reserve component heard anyone say such things. It is a soldiers job to be neutral and fulfill the duties that the American people task us with. I think it is wrong to fool the American people into thinking that soldiers actually enjoy the brutal environment in Iraq and wish to stay there."
– CNN.com Anchor Nicole Lapin