The 2012 presidential election is still more than a year away but already the likely field of Republican primary contenders are fired up and ready for a fight.
They squared off last night (6-13) in Manchester, New Hampshire.
From the economy to foreign policy, seven republicans with their eyes on the White House got a chance to debate the issues in the nation's first primary debate.
Each candidate came with a different agenda.
For some, it was about getting their name out.
"I will be a president to do what's right, not what's politically right." - Herman Cain
"The message around the country from business leaders large and small, including manufacturers, is 'get the president off my back'. As President, I will." - Tim Pawlenty
Each participant tried to differentiate him or herself from the growing field...All taking aim at the President.
Rick Santorum says:
"He has turned his back on American allies and he has embraced our enemies."
Rep. Ron Paul:
"We should think about protecting our borders rather than the borders of Iraq and Afghanistan."
"It's not about what one person in America does. It's about what the American people do."
Mitt Romney, front-runner in the latest CNN/ Opinion Research Poll, defended his stance on health care, saying he would repeal Obama care.
He is often criticized for the law he signed as Massachusetts governor that became a model for national health care.
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann used her podium to announce she's filed the paperwork to make her run official.
"I want to announce tonight, President Obama is a one-term President."
While their politics may differ, that's one point these seven
Republicans agree on.
Mitt Romney says:
"Anyone on this stage would be a better president than President Obama."
Another topic of agreement among the seven candidates is the economy and how that issue will be the driving force in the 2012 presidential election.