Romney and Giuliani tussled over immigration at the beginning of the debate.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - In the first moments of the CNN/YouTube debate, sparks flew between former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on the issue of so-called sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants.
After Romney attacked Giuliani for saying New York was not a sanctuary city, Giuliani responded by saying Romney lived in a "sanctuary mansion" and that Romney employed illegal immigrants at his own home.
Romney denied the allegations.
– CNN Political Assignment Editor Katy Byron
New York City is a defacto sanctuary city. Mayor Bloomberg made a statement several months ago that New York was proud to be the home of 500,000 Illegals (Aliens) Immigrants. This is a good friend of Giuliani.
The first full half hour on immigration - and over the first hour, the only one who mentioned Iraq was Ron Paul. No mention whatever about our disappearing Bill of Rights, or our drowning economy. What a charade.
One word: CHILDISH!!!!
Whats with the bickering, like little chidren on the playground??
The eight Republican presidential hopefuls are squaring off in a challenge unlike anything they've faced as they step onto the stage for their party's first CNN/YouTube debate Wednesday in St. Petersburg, Florida. GOP hopefuls traded sharp jabs over immigration, taxes, and other to differentiate themselves.
Who won the CNN Youtube Republican Debate in Florida?
Rudy got owned. I can't believe he expected Mitt to check every worker on his home when Mitt wasn't even there and it's up to the companies and the government to enforce the law...not a homeowner!
Are you kidding? Rudy is a joke!
Mitt handed him his head on this question, Rudy tried to make points and distort his recoed and got HAMMERED.
Sucks when you can't switch the subject to 9-11 eh, Rudy?