Republican Presidential Debate Targets Obama

By: CNN -- Samantha Hayes Email
By: CNN -- Samantha Hayes Email

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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."

Newt Gingrich:

"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.

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  • by Georgia Boy Location: Cairo on Jun 15, 2011 at 03:57 AM
    Don't count on it Jim. Obama has much baggage and has done much to weaken this nation. It is time, as he would say, for a "change." And the change needed is to evict him from the White House so we can get this nation back on track. We need to build the economy, reassert ourselves as the world leader, and cut all economic aid, including doing business, with any nation that doesn't agree with our principles and vigourously seek out and destroy groups bent on destroying this nation. And we need to do so with no mercy.
  • by Jim Location: Tallahassee on Jun 14, 2011 at 02:43 PM
    If Obama had thought this thing through, he could have waited until the Republicans set up a Trump/Palin ticket, and they could have ran on an abstract Family Values/Birther ticket (Repubs love running on vague "values" kind of junk, because it's easy to do, and there's nothing to actually accomplish), and then Obama could have produced his birth certificate (which no other President in US history has ever had to do) and BLOWN them out of the water. Not that he needs any kind of special strategy. He'll strongly BEAT any of the current Republican crop. It will be effortless for him if Palin or Gingrich gets the nomination. Not much more difficult for any of the others, either. Ron Paul is actually the best candidate, but he's not "pretty" enough for most superficial/stupid/star struck American voters......
  • by Widower Location: Wakulla on Jun 14, 2011 at 01:23 PM
    What I would like to know from these candidates is their position on the Global Commission on Drug Policy recommendation of legalizing Marijuana. The National budget, I believe, could be cut by Billion's of dollar's a year if this policy was enacted. No more drug Czar, 1.3 Billion, cuts to the DEA, probably several Billion more and reduction's in court & prison costs. Let alone the potential tax revenue that could be generated. Would take the money away from the drug cartels and provide well paying jobs for those in a legalized industry. Other than Ron Paul, none of these candidates has mentioned this issue.
  • by Sue on Jun 14, 2011 at 09:53 AM
    Here is the Republican plan to save Social Security....have Sarah Palin shoot everyone over 65 from a helicopter!
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      by Anonymous on Jun 14, 2011 at 01:39 PM in reply to Sue
      Could you please cite a source for that....Oh wait, you were trying to be funny....sorry about your failure....carry on.
  • by FRANCES Location: VALDOSTA on Jun 14, 2011 at 08:46 AM
  • by dog Location: gone on Jun 14, 2011 at 07:43 AM
    Ron Paul YES. Any of the rest Yes over oboma .
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      by Anonymous on Jun 14, 2011 at 06:43 PM in reply to dog
      Any of them except that old fool Paul.
  • by Libertarian on Jun 14, 2011 at 05:22 AM
    I'm a Libertarian and was rooting for Ron Paul but I thought all the candidates did well. Many focused too much on what Obama has done wrong instead of what they would do specifically but it is too early in the process anyway. I though Newt looked OK also. Pawlenty wasn;t particularly impressive - but Romney looked the most polished. Ron Paul of course had the most practicle solutions but I fear he goes over people's heads talking about monetary policy which is the root cause of our problems but it is not a "sexy" enough issue to gain him support.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 14, 2011 at 06:42 PM in reply to Libertarian
      Ron Paul is a senile old fool. We need a real conservative to beat the socialist BHO.
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