JIM LEHRER: Next, with an eye toward Michigan, the Republicans debate in South Carolina. NewsHour correspondent Kwame Holman reports.
TV ANNOUNCER: The South Carolina Republican presidential candidates debate, live from the Myrtle Beach...
KWAME HOLMAN: Thursday night's debate in Myrtle Beach was the last head-to-head meeting of the Republican candidates before primaries next Tuesday in Michigan and a week from tomorrow in South Carolina.
Fox News moderator Chris Wallace opened with a question to Mitt Romney about the economy, which Romney used to turn on John McCain.
CHRIS WALLACE, Fox News Anchor: There are growing concerns that the country is headed for a recession. Here in South Carolina, they lost more than 12,000 manufacturing jobs in just the last year.
Governor Romney, do you believe that we're headed for a recession?
GOV. MITT ROMNEY (R), Massachusetts: Could we be headed for a recession? Absolutely. Do we have to be headed for a recession? Absolutely not.
It's time for us not just to talk about improving our economy; we're going to have to do the hard work of rebuilding our economy, strengthening it.
And I know that there are some people who think, as Senator McCain did, he said, you know, some jobs have left Michigan that are never coming back. I disagree.
I'm going to fight for every single job, Michigan, South Carolina, every state in this country. We're going to fight for jobs and make sure that our future is bright. We're going to protect the jobs of Americans and grow this economy again.
KWAME HOLMAN: McCain responded.
SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R), Arizona: One of the reasons why I won in New Hampshire is because I went there and told them the truth. And sometimes you have to tell people things they don't want to hear, along with things that they do want to hear.
There are jobs -- let's have a little straight talk -- there are some jobs that aren't coming back to Michigan. There are some jobs that won't come back here to South Carolina.
But we're going to take care of them. That's our goal; that's our obligation.
We need to go to the community colleges and design education and training programs so that these workers get a second chance. That's our obligation as a nation.
KWAME HOLMAN: Later, Rudy Giuliani targeted McCain for claiming exclusive support for the U.S. troop surge in Iraq.
RUDY GIULIANI (R), Former Mayor of New York: I'd also like to say something to my friend, John. John gets great credit for supporting the surge. But, John, there were other people on this stage that also supported the surge.
SEN. JOHN MCCAIN: Not at the time.
RUDY GIULIANI: The night of the president's speech -- yes, John. The night of the president's speech, I was on television. I supported the surge; I've supported it throughout.
I believe that the goal in Iraq has to be, from the beginning, a stable Iraq that will be an ally of the United States. And we should return troops from Iraq on success.
That has been my position since 2003. It has never changed. I respect the fact that you haven't changed yours; I haven't changed mine, either.
BRIT HUME, Fox News Anchor: Thirty seconds.
SEN. JOHN MCCAIN: My point was that I condemned the Rumsfeld strategy and called for the change in strategy. That's the difference.