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10:05p.m. ET – piersmorgan: Good night for Gingrich & Huntsman. Romney flat, Perry better, Paul lively, Cain & Bachmann irrelevant, taxi for Santorum. #cnndebate
10:05 p.m. ET – @AWMooneyCNN: Can't get enough of ambiguous letter grades after these debates #cnndebate
10:00 p.m. ET – @rolandsmartin: Media will say @newtgingrich won this debate. NOT TRUE. 1st half: Huntsman. Overall: Ron Paul #cnndebate
9:59p.m. ET Wolf Blitzer closed the debate and says good night.
9:57 p.m. ET – Cain said one of the greatest threats to U.S. is cyber attack. Gingrich agreed with that. Bachmann said threat of terrorism has come home, she raised prosecution in her home state of those convicted of supporting Al Qaeda inspired group in Somalia.
9:55 p.m. ET – @PeterHambyCNN: the Republican Party is officially all over the place when it comes to foreign policy
9:54 p.m. – Paul said Taliban is only concerned with killing Americans in Afghanistan because the U.S. military is present in Afghanistan. Romney agreed with Santorum on importance of Latin America to the U.S. He said Hezbollah is active in Latin America and U.S. must keep an eye on that.
9:53 p.m. ET – Perry said if we are serious about protecting Israel we need to pay attention to Syria.
9:51 p.m. ET – Romney said Obama "apologizes" for America and does not embrace American military exceptionalism. He said he does not support no-fly zone in Syria. Romney said Syria is getting pressure from many different countries and actors. Now is not the time for a no-fly zone he said.
9:49 p.m. ET Paul said U.S. should practice policy of "good will" to other countries. Paul asked why U.S. should spend more money to nation build. 'Why don't we mind our own business?" he asks.
9:49 p.m. ET – Q about how to stop terrorist groups from taking hold in Somalia
9:47 p.m. ET – Huntsman said sanctions against Syria and Iran won't work because of Chinese and Russian opposition. Huntsman said mullahs in Iran have already decided they want to build a nuclear bomb.
9:47 p.m. ET – Q from Twitter about current situation in Egypt
9:45 p.m. ET – Perry said no-fly zone would give Syrian dissidents and military chance to defect. Perry said Syria is a partner with Iran in "exporting terrorism," and if we are serious about Iran, then must be serious about Syria.
9:45 p.m. ET – Cain said he would not support a U.S. led no-fly zone in Syria.
9:44 p.m. ET – Q from audience about Syria, and whether you support a no-fly zone like Perry proposed
9:43 p.m. ET – @HowardKurtz: Gingrich is standing his ground on not deporting longtime illegal immigrants, despite Romney criticism. Newt knows not a popular GOP stance.
9:37p.m. ET – Perry said there is a need to stop magnets for illegal immigrants, but first order of business is to secure the border. Perry said he has been dealing with it for 10 years as Texas governor. Must put boots on the ground and aerial assets in the air to watch the border.
9:34 p.m. ET – Romney said "amnesty is a magnet." Said we need system that welcomes those who want to come to the U.S. legally. Said we need to stop in-state tuition for children of illegal immigrants and crack down on employers who hire illegal immigrants.
9:33 p.m. ET – @CNNPolitics: Gingrich supports "Red Card" process where immigrants could become "legal" but could not get "a path to citizenship." #CNNDebate
9:30 p.m. ET – Gingrich said U.S. should have a visa attached to every math and science degree to assure foreign graduates stay. Said he believes you need to find a system like a World War II selective board that reviews those already here as a possible path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
9:29 p.m. ET – Santorum said he would champion regulatory reform to help money trickle down to blue collar workers and make the U.S. a more welcoming place for legal immigrants.
9:28 pm. ET – @AWMooneyCNN: Cain is good at making lists #cnndebate
9:27 p.m.ET – Cain said we know terrorists have entered U.S. from Mexico. Said we must secure border "for real." Said U.S. needs to reform path to citizenship and empower states to do what federal government is not doing with illegal immigrants.
9:25 p.m. ET – Paul said U.S. war on drugs is "total failure" and contributes to problems at border. Paul said prescription drugs are bigger killer than illegal drugs.
9:24 p.m. ET – Perry said strong border security is important not just because of cartels, but because of Hamas and Iran involvement in Latin America.
9:23 p.m. ET – Q about possible U.S. military involvement fighting Mexican drug cartels
9:22 p.m. ET – @psteinhauserCNN: for those of you scoring at home.. the DNC just sent out it's second Romney "flip flop" email #CNNdebate
9:15 p.m. ET Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachmann look at ways to lower the deficit and handle entitlement reform in the U.S.
9:13 p.m. ET – Gingrich said model in Chile is a good example of a program that could work in the U.S. when it comes to entitlement reform.
9:12 p.m. ET – Q about entitlement reform.
9:11 p.m. ET – Santorum said there should be some compromise from both sides on Capitol Hill. Said Obama has "poisoned the well" in Congress and created atmosphere where compromise not possible.
9:11 p.m. ET – @teapartynation: Best idea of the night. Make Congress part time. #cnndebate #teapartynation #tcot #gop
9:10 p.m ET – @donnabrazile: Good news: Perry didn't forget anything on his mind, but most of it was misleading. President Obama did lay out a debt plan in September.
9:09 p.m. ET – @CNNPolitics: Perry calls Super Committee a "Super Failure" #CNNDebate
9:09 p.m. ET – Perry said Defense Secretary Panetta should resign over potential defense cuts after Super Committee failure to reach agreement.
9:07 p.m. ET – @BuddyRoemer: Everything ought to be on the table – oil subsidies, ethanol, entitlements, the military. We have to be strong, but military on the table
9:06p.m. ET – Huntsman said foreign policy must be driven by economics in era of a rising China.
9:04 p.m. ET Gingrich said he would bomb Iran's nuclear capability only as a last recourse and only to make sure current regime is finished.
9:02 p.m. ET – Romney said his first trip abroad as president would be to Israel.
9:01 p.m ET @EWErickson: Ron Paul actually gets a great comeback at Mitt Romney and actually shows he knows more about the budget than Romney on this point. Wow.
9:00 p.m. ET – Paul said budget cutting on Capitol is a "road to disaster". Said members of Congress are just "nibbling". Romney said Congress is cutting programs that are cutting America's ability to defend itself.
8:59 p.m. ET – Cain said there must first be clarity of goals before deploying aid to countries. Paul said U.S. aid must stop in order to deal with U.S. financial condition and deficits.
8:57 p.m. ET – Santorum said development assistance is important. Criticized candidates who support zeroing out aid.
8:56 p.m. ET – Candidates were asked if they would step up Iran sanctions or change tactics.
8:56 p.m. ET Q about development assistance under Bush administration
8:55 p.m. ET – Bachmann took question back to Israel and Iran's statement that it would eradicate Israel from face of the earth. Said Obama has failed the American people and has given Iran "the luxury of time" to build a weapon.
8:53 p.m. ET – Gingrich said solution is increasing U.S. production of energy to create a surplus which would negate need for Iranian oil on the world market. He said he does support sanctioning the Iranian central bank.
8:52 p.m. ET – Perry said U.S. should use every sanction possible against Iran, including sanctioning Iran's central bank. Says Obama shows lack of leadership for not doing so.
8:51 p.m. ET – Q from audience on sanctions about Iran that could stop Iran nuclear weapon.
8:51 p.m. ET – Cain said if we pull out of Afghanistan too soon, Iran will fill power vacuum there.
8:50 p.m. ET – @donnabrazile: Cain is so out of his league. Please let him take a break to study.
8:49 p.m. ET – Paul said he would not support such attack. Said U.S. needs to get out of Israel's way. Said it is their own business who they attack. He says Israel can take care of themselves since they have nuclear weapons.
8:48 p.m. ET – Cain said if Israel had credible plan he would support, and U.S. would join if clear victory plan existed.
8:47 p.m. ET – Q about possibility of Israel attacking Iran, would you support or assist?
8:45 p.m. ET – @HowardKurtz: Newt had good applause line on being "furious" with Pakistan re Osama, but never quite said what he'd so about that country – or Afghanistan
8:43 p.m. ET – @natlsecuritycnn: Huntsman: we haven't done a good job defing the end point in #Afghanistan
8:42 p.m. ET – Santorum said Obama is playing politics with decisions in Afghanistan.
8:42 p.m. ET – @PeterHambyCNN: Newt "happy to play by the rules" tonight. News!
8:40 p.m. ET – Gingrich said U.S. should be furious bin Laden was found in Pakistan. Says we should tell Pakistan "help us or get out of the way."
8:39 p.m. ET – Huntsman said commander in chief is the one who makes final decision and should take input from wide variety of voices.
8:37 p.m. ET – Romney pushed Huntsman on his position. Romney said commanders on the ground have said this is not time to cut and run, and Romney said he agrees with them.
8:36 p.m. ET – Huntsman disagreed with Romney. Said we have achieved important goals like death of Osama bin Laden. But says we should reduce footprint to Special Forces, and said U.S. is getting tired of long term presence there.
8:35 p.m. ET – Romney said there should be gradual transition to Afghan control. Said we should just not "pull up stakes" and get out of town.
8:34 p.m. ET – Q about amount of spending in Afghanistan
8:33 p.m. ET – Perry responded saying we should remain engaged in that part of the world, justshould not write "blank checks."
8:33 p.m. ET – @CNNPolitics: Cain got personal with @WolfBlitzerCNN: "No Blitz...I'm sorry Blitz, I meant Wolf." Wolf responds: "Thank you Cain." #CNNDebate
8:33 p.m. ET – Bachmann called Perry approach "highly naive" due to Pakistan status as a nuclear weapon state.
8:32 p.m. ET – Perry repeated pledge of not spending a "dime" to Pakistan in foreign aid. Said we should not write check to countries that dont represent U.S. interests.
8:30 p.m. ET – @natlsecuritycnn: Perry: Obama failed "when it comes to expending" intel dollars. Intel budget has increased each year http://bit.ly/v6SXTA #CNNDebate
8:30 p.m. ET – Bachmann said it is important to remain engaged in Pakistan to not lose influence to China. Said she would continue aid to Pakistan, but says Obama policy of "keeping your fingers crossed" is not working and calls the approach "too nuclear to fail.
8:30 p.m ET – @donnabrazile: Huntsman: #CNNdebate. Pakistan is a concern that should keep us up at night. A nation-state that is a candidate for failure.
8:30 p.m. ET – @natlsecuritycnn: Perry: Obama failed "when it comes to expending" intel dollars. Intel budget has increased each year
8:29 p.m. ET – @THEHermanCain: Team HC: The terrorists have one objective: to kill all of us! We must use every means possible to identify them first! #cnndebate
8:28 p.m. ET – Huntsman said Washington is in a state of dysfunction and must be ready to deal with this threat. Huntsman said it is time to bring troops out of Afghanistan.
8:27 p.m. ET – Q on extended drone campaigns in Pakistan and whether it would help defeat Al Qaeda
8:26 p.m. ET – Former Godfather's CEO Herman Cain said it may be appropriate to update the Patriot Act but we "should not throw baby out with the bathwater." On profiling, Cain said let's ask the professionals what will work.
8:24 p.m. ET – Paul disagreed with Santorum. Asks what if terrorist looked like Timothy McVeigh. Says it would be a "sacrifice" if Patriot Act goes on.
8:22 p.m. ET – GOP candidates debate the merits of profiling in order to protect our country from terrorist attacks.
8:23 p.m. ET – Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said he does support profiling at airport. Santorum said radical Muslims are committing crimes.
8:21 p.m. ET – Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he would privatize the T.S.A. Said we must strengthen the Patriot Act. Says we have failed in ability to collect intelligence around the world.
8:20 p.m. ET – Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said we can do better system than patdowns, but said we must go after those who attack America.
8:20 p.m. ET Q from CNN Politics TSA patdowns – violation of liberty?
8:19 p.m. ET – Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman said we must find balance between security and liberty. Says local, state and national governments must cooperate.
8:18 p.m. ET – @HowardKurz: Wolf dodges bullet: Newt can't attack moderator because 1st question came from Reagan's attorney general, Ed Meese
8:17 p.m. ET – Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann said new technology has changed the way we investigate terrorism. Says President Obama has turned terrorism prosecution to ACLU. Said we should not give Miranada warnings to suspects.
8:16 p.m. ET – Gingrich disagreed with Paul. Says he wants a law that says if you attack U.S. we will come after you.
8:15 p.m. E.T. – Texas Rep. Ron Paul said Patriot Act is "unpatriotic". Said we have given up our liberty to provide for security.
8:14p.m. ET – Newt Gingrich said "all of us will be in danger" for the rest of our lives and says he would not change the Patriot Act. Says he would strengthen it as president.
8:13 p.m. ET – First Q from Ed Meese about the Patriot Act.
8:10 p.m. ET – Gingrich and Paul debate the merits of extending the Patriot Act
8:09 p.m. ET – Candidates introduced themselves to the audience.
8:07 p.m. ET – Cast member from the Broadway show 'Jersey Boys' sang the National Anthem.
8:04 p.m. ET – The candidates were introduced and took the stage.
7:50 p.m. ET – From CNN's Security Clearance blog, here is a look at some distinctive positions the candidates take on national security and foreign policy.
7:48 p.m. ET – @wolfblitzercnn: Heading to the Constitution Hall stage to moderate Republican presidential #CNNDebate now. Watch!
7:47 p.m. ET – CNN Election Center: Much to gain and lose for Gingrich, rivals in CNN national security debate
7:37 p.m. ET – @PeterHambyCNN inside the debate prep nerve center at Constitution Hall, and @wolfblitzercnn is feeling strong.
7:16 p.m. ET – @LisaDCNN: CAIN ADVISOR: Tells me they've prepped for nat. security/foreign policy for last week and "he's ready for every question"
7:15 p.m. ET – @Jon2012girls: The girls ready for the debate pic.twitter.com/FGT1riox
7:00 p.m. ET – @MittRomney: Tune in at 8:00 P.M. EST for the #CNNDebate
Remember, all these clowns wanted to impeach Obama over his Libya strategy. Really a pleasant change to have a intelligent man in the White House that has the courage to do the right thing, yet the restraint to minimize the cost in American lives ( zero is a great number) and dollars.
One candidate stands alone. The only statesman.
If Mr Romney is willing to call for the inditement of the president of Iran for crimes against Humanity, is he also willing to do the same to the President and Prime Minister of Turkey for the slaugter of 2000 Cypriot men, wommen and children in the occupied territory of Northern Cyprus?
Defense cuts are necessary because we spend more on our defense system than any other country in the world. We cannot continue on this path
Can Mr. Blitzer or CNN please ask those candidates in favor of a pre-emptive strike on Iran, would they be willing to raise taxes on the American people to pay for the war that would most likely follow? Or are they comfortable further increasing our national debt? Thanks.
Why can't America focus on it's self and it's citizens. Millions of money are been spent on unnecessary things whiles Americans still live in poverty. Why is America so tied to Israel. If Israel decides to go to war with Iran, what has America got to do with that? I think America should focus on helping it's unemployed and stop pumping their nose into where it doesn't belong to. I am done.
There are loads of places to cut, even in the area of defense. They're cutting in the wrong places. Saying no to cutting a single dollar of defense is ridiculous. And you can make much more than that if you cut out the pointless wars and cut the foreign aid. Why we're borrowing money and going further into debt to give that money to countries like Pakistan, I'll never know. You can make loads of cuts without sacrificing our national security in the slightest.
People don't trust you Huntsman because unfortunately the mishandling of our processes by Congress makes us think your party is more important than American people.
Senator Santorium, Africa is a continent, Not a country!
I say Huntsman / Romney or vise verse!
To all candidates- What military experience do you have that would make you the best choice to lead our armed forces?
Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, John Hunt, WOW these guys are all great! Smart and visionary, I even like Mrs. Backmann.
Anyone who supports any type of "profiling", or The Patriot Act, is a threat to American freedom and liberty. Beware of these people!
Question for all candidates
Should foreign companies be encouraged to invest in R&D and manufacturing facilities in the United States? What are the advantages and dangers?
Newt what is every nation in the world believe your plans are a little pushy with all this war talk and threats of starting wars and started to put sanctions on America? What would you do?
Do you happen to notice that all these canadates all except huntsman are talking about starting another war and continuing the ones going on now. this is what republicans are about. do away with abortions where the children can grow up to where we can kill them in war.any one that can or does vote for any of these idiots need to have their head examined.
For those who are fearful that our ties to Israel are not firm enough, are you really saying we need to strengthen our relationship because they are the only other "allied" country who will defend by launching a nuclear weapon?
Defense policy must follow economic policy. Nice response from Huntsman! I am tried of the Chinese ignoring defense and pursuing capitalism at our expense.
Ron Paul is your best candidate – BY FAR! I may even vote for him! This debate has proven that the Republican Party is not a conservative party, but just another party (in goose step with the Democratic Party) that seeks to erode American individual rights and liberties. This, while also consolidating power in the Executive Branch of Government. Please just don't watch it happen, get active! Our enemies have won if we give up our values in this country. A large Thank You and many prayers for a safe return, to all of our troops overseas!
The Republican Presidential seems to be un educated about Africa! Is Africa a country or a continent?
You borrow from China and Send AID to where in Africa?
Economics: US Companies employ 5.5.million abroad in Europe, Asia and South America, according to the WSJ they added 2.9 million employees abroad between 1999 and 2009. What would you do to trun this trend around in 2013?
I think The US has more than enough problems in their own backyard, primarily economic, yet it spends billions in foreign aid and in re-building even countries that are breeding grounds or home bases of terrorists while ignoring the financial and health issues of its own people. So much worry about the poor in other countries but can't even address or eradicate the homeless and jobless issues of its own citizens. When will the US ever stop putting its finger in everybody's pie and learn to mind its own business? Shouldn't Charity begin at home first?
To all: With the blight and errosion of our cities and infrastructure i.e south west PA. and Detroit how do you justify spending billions in the middle east.
I believe that Ron Paul is the only Candidate That Cares about Our Country. Ron Paul is Veteran and a Medical Doctor . The rest will not get my vote. P.S. What is Newt Gingrich doing up there. Didn't Newt have some ethical issues involving a non'profit back in 1994? Newt is pushing the Fear Buttons and that is primitive. Bottom line on defense is if we mind our own business we save money. If other countries have issues they can ask us to provide paid advise on how to achieve success from our point of view which they must pay for. Now with that said we need to address all the systemic waste, fraud, abuse and corruption that is so common in our government today. We should ask for a day of National Shame on our Politicians.
Perry just said "Super Failure"... and he couldn't name his 3rd department he would cut out of the Fed Government... Perry is that a SUPER FAILURE also?