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Candidates Bowing to New Hampshire Catholics

The Republican candidates who spent much of the last few months trying to woo the evangelical voters of Iowa left little doubt at the St. Anselm debate Saturday night that their hearts now belong to New Hampshire’s Catholics. The state is the 13th most Catholic in the union (Iowa is 24th). And the candidates missed few opportunities to appeal to a critical swing group.

Posted: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 1:40am

Romney Coasts as Rivals Walk

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- The only five men standing between Mitt Romney and the Republican presidential nomination took a walk Saturday night -- attacking each other and the media as the former Massachusetts governor coasted toward the brass ring. If Romney wasn't the prohibitive front-runner before the debate, he is now.

Posted: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 1:40am

Rick Perry, Welcome to Minute 18

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is definitely an outsider now. He is on the flank of the debate platform, the last candidate called on and a fringe participant in the 14th GOP candidate debate. In fact, 45 minutes into the debate Perry had been called on precisely two times.

Posted: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 1:40am

Romney Sends Mixed Signals on Gay Parents

MANCHESTER -- Defending his opposition to gay marriage, Mitt Romney tried to soft-sell it in tonight's debate by suggesting there is nothing wrong with same-sex couples entering into long-term committed relationships -- and raising children. But then he reversed himself to say children are better off with a father and mother. Here's the exchange between Romney and moderator Diane Sawyer:

Posted: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 1:40am

Paul Spells Out Third Party Strategy: Pressure GOP to Change

Ron Paul told all Republican voters and the nation why he won't rule out a third-party run if he doesn't win the GOP presidential nomination.

"I want to put as much pressure on them as I can," Paul said at the ABC/Yahoo! News/WMUR debate at Saint Anselm College. "I'd like to see some changes."

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Posted: Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 11:40pm

Romney's Well-Placed Zinger

Mitt Romney may have pulled off the zinger of the night Saturday when, in answer to aggressive questioning by George Stephanopoulos about whether he would support a state ban on the sale of contraceptive drugs and devices, Romney insisted it was a non-issue and a "silly" one besides.

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Posted: Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 11:40pm

At New Hampshire Debate, Santorum Zings Ron Paul -- VIDEO

As Ron Paul launched into an attack on Rick Santorum at the ABC News/WMUR Republican presidential debate on Saturday, a bit of microphone interference caught the Texas representative off guard. Santorum took that opportunity to make a joke at Paul's expense, drawing laughter from the audience. Watch:

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Posted: Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 11:40pm

Debate Scenes from New Hampshire

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Posted: Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 11:40pm

Romney Skates Through Debate Opening

MANCHESTER -- Before tonight's debate, expectations were running high for a giant pile-on, with frontrunner Mitt Romney at the bottom of the pile. Yet about a half hour into the debate, most of the backbiting has occurred over Romney's untouched head.

1. Ron Paul stood by his ad attacking Rick Santorum as a "corrupt'' lobbyist and Washington insider. "You're a big spender, that's all there is to it,'' Paul said. When the microphone made a screeching noise, Santorum quipped, "It caught you not telling the truth, Ron.''
 

Posted: Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 11:40pm

Gingrich Squawks Back at Chicken Hawk Charge

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Posted: Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 11:40pm