Romney, Santorum go after each other in debate
February 22nd, 2012
10:28 PM ET
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Romney, Santorum go after each other in debate

Mesa, Arizona (CNN) - Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum mixed it up over their records on the debt, taxes and earmarks Wednesday night in the first Republican presidential debate in almost a month, and the first before three contests in the next 10 days followed by the Super Tuesday primaries and caucuses on March 6.

Answering a question from the audience on how to bring down the nation's debt, the former Massachusetts governor attacked Santorum's record when he was representing Pennsylvania in the Senate.

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  1. GI Joe.

    Senator Santorum founded a charity "Operation Good Neighbor Founation". It was disbanded in 2007. Didn't registered with the state of Pennsylvania under the law.

    Only 36% of the funds were distributed. Wonder what happened to the 64% of that money that was not distributed? New house in Virginia?

    February 22, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  2. Juan Ansin

    Looks like only Romney,Santoro and Gingrich are the candidates, Ron Paul don't deserve any comments?
    Probably because is the only one who said the reality.

    February 22, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  3. Marc

    I was diappointed that the candidates shied away from answering the questions. For instance, on the issue of what each one of them would do about Iran, they all enumerated what Obama failed to do, but did not say what they would do specifically. They did the same thing when asked about Syria

    February 22, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  4. otermbachmann

    It's a little more clearer, poopy poo really isn't trying to be president. He has agenda, religion. Now how he's going to become filthy rich on the saps that buy into his b.s. is yet to be determined. Support Satan – Vote Santorum .

    February 22, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  5. J.V.Hodgson

    There is only one solution to the earmark debate they may never be attached to other bills often are to buy a specific vote on the main bill.
    QED such earmark bill relevant to only one state must garner the signed support of a member of the house in 25 other states and at least 5 separate state Senators before being them passed as single piece of legislation to the appropriate house and senate committees for an up down vote. if it passes it may then be brought to the House full session and senate to pass or fail up down vote. the presidential veto then does not need to be amended he either signs or veto's, but cannot veto if it passed with 2 /3rds majorities in both houses.
    Ron Paul was right these are spending not relevant necessarily to the federal interest. The other simple rule is it must have been attempted to pass at state level with state funding other wise you cannot bring it to the federal government, and if you do it must be unmodified.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    February 22, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  6. Marc

    None of the candidates told us what he would do against Iran or Syria.

    February 22, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  7. DENNA

    If Santorum wins the nomination, The GOPer can kiss this election goodbye. Heck they can do that anyway as there is no chance that any one of them would be able to beat President Obama. Works for me!

    February 22, 2012 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  8. Danny

    Ron paul is our only chance at CHANGE!! We have a chance to elect a person that is good for us.
    Electing these other men gives the media ratings. Disaster sells, getting back on track is boring. Ron bores the media, he is good for us.
    My kids deserve better, you deserve better! Google Ron Paul and make your decision.

    February 22, 2012 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  9. tom clements

    Thank You Mr Food Stamp President.

    February 22, 2012 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  10. Geri

    Newt did NOT balance the budget for 4 consecutive years – that is not true. He will just say anything!

    February 23, 2012 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  11. Geri

    President Obama is not attacking the Catholic Church or Catholics. The church is reformed in lieu of the rampandt harbored pedophilia and sexually active nuns that have abortions. The true is that the government has no say so on this issue. It is a woman's right! Insurance shoould cover both contraceptives and abortions.

    February 23, 2012 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  12. Karma

    good debate , they actually let Ron Paul have some time wow , If you do your home work on what these candiates stand for and there platforms and there RECORD you can only vote for Ron Paul don"t go by looks people / remember gandi quiet little man that changed the world with his non aggressive resistance thanks to CNN for atleast giving him more time than Fox !!! very bias reporting

    February 23, 2012 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  13. Obama Voter

    As far as I am concern, none of these Pretenders of the Republican t party isn't qualified for the WH. If anyone was watching and listening to this debate....all of the pretenders were back stabbing, flip flopping, and avoiding all the mediators questions. The bickering was a total wash. RP hardly said anything other than step in a conversation that didn't have anything to do with the answering someone else's question. NG was angry with every statement he made and RM/RS were tossing false statements back n forth like little boys fighting in the sandbox. America needs honest Adults in the WH not amatures.

    February 23, 2012 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  14. dan5404

    No discussion of creating jobs. Just how to destroy the government, health care, women's rights and Obama. Such uplifting people

    February 23, 2012 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  15. martin cavanaugh porter

    As a voter who has often identified with the GOP I can only say that the tone set by the top Republican candidates has been malignant. They have decided it is more important to appeal to the passionate fringe of the party who vote in higher percentages relative to the rest of the party.

    One way to redress the imbalance in ideology is to open the primaries up to all voters regardless of which party they are registered-nationwide open primaries.

    February 23, 2012 03:17 am at 3:17 am |
  16. Shirley

    It seems kind of silly for the Republican Candidates to fight like this. The only thing the eventual winner of the Republican party is going to accomplish is have his name in the future History Books as the loser to President Obama in 2012.

    February 23, 2012 04:09 am at 4:09 am |
  17. Dennis

    Slippery willard takes a page from michelle bachmann play book: never answer the questions that you are asked but desparately use them as an opportunity to throw on any and all rivals

    February 23, 2012 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  18. Marie MD

    @tom clements – I sincerely hope you never have to stand in line to feed your kids because thanks to the shrub's administration you lost your job and/or your house.
    Any of these fools win the nomination Obama four more years.
    Anyone with any economic sense (leaving out teapublikans and radical right wing nutsos) don't understand that the President does not control world oil prices! But why let facts get in the way of the truth for you people.

    February 23, 2012 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  19. The Elephant In The Room

    months of job growth, Gulf of Mexico saved from ecological ruin, H1N1 pandemic stopped in its tracks, illigal immigration down, women on the SCOTUS UP!, Heakth Isurance can no longer rob-you-then-drop-you. This President has done something for EVERY American.

    Vote the man a landslide victory and send politicians a message about competence . . . or have you FORGOTTEN Bush`s incompetence already?

    February 23, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |