LIVE debate excerpts
Paul: Forign policy needs to be changed. I would never abuse habeus corpus.
Guiliani: We havent been attacked since 9/11. Bush did the right thing to put us on offense.
Thompson: I would transform healthcare system better than Bush has done.
Huckabee: I wouldnt centralize power like this administration. We need strong state power, not just federal.
McCain: I woulnd't mismanage the war like bush.
Romney: I respect Bush's thoughts to protect our country from terror. We need to strenghthen the American Family.
Romney: The big bad three are Pelosi, Reed and Hilary Clinton
Guiliani: The national card should be required for only for immigrants.
Tancredo: We do not need a national ID card, but do need a social security card that cannot be tampered.
Paul: I am absolutely apposed to a national card. This is against our idea of a free nation.
McCain: We do need a tamper proof document.
Brownback: We dont need a card. We need a secure border with a fence. We already have a social security number.
Romney: Having a national card and an indication of work status will help.
Guiliani: A national tamper proof card is needed in this country. We need a database of everyone.
Tancredo: I will work to protect women's rights. But the right to kill another person is not one that I will support.
Paul: I trust the freedom of expression and we shouldnt regulate the internet.
Gilmore: I am a consistent conservative that wont say one thing one year and another thing the next year.
Romney: The American family is the heart of this country. We need more marriages before babies.
McCain: YES believes in evolution. Also sees the hand of god when he sees the sunset at the grand canyon.
McCain: Lieberman would be a part of my administration. "I know how to reach across the aisle to the democrats, and they know how to do it to me"
Guiliani: We have to adjust the alternate minimum tax, we need to adjust the death tax.
Paul: Get rid of inflation tax. Its a transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich.
McCain: Let's cut the alternate minimum tax and the 3000 tax credit for low income citizens.
Gilmore: Let's cut the Alternative minimum tax.
McCain: Tax cuts need to be permanent, but spending is ruining the future of this country. The first pork barrel bill that crosses my desk will be vetoed.
Romney: Is for universal heath care.
Guiliani: YES Govt funding on embryonic stem cell research.
Paul: NO Govt funding on embryonic stem cell research.
McCain: YES we should fund embryonic stem cell research.
Gilmore: NO Govt funding on embryonic stem cell research.
Gilmore: We have to let the courts and juries make the decisions on imprisonment.
Hunter on the environment: We should bring together colleges, universities and the private sector...to remove energy dependence on the middle east.
Huckabee: too early to give a grade to Bush's handling of the Iraq war
McCain: We need line-item veto!
McCain: Will make the authors of the first pork barrel to cross his desk famous
McCain: I never new a drunken sailor with the imagination of this congress
Tancredo: it's all about believing in your heart the things that you say. NOT being a centrist to win
Brownback on political corruption quistion: we need to rebuild the family structure! (and blames don imus)
Giuliani: George Will said he ran most conservative government in NYC
Giuliani: "Neither party has a monopoly on virtue or vice"
Tancredo: Carl Rove would not be in his White House
Hunter: his border fence is a DOUBLE fence! (not one of those little shitty ones) (btw, answer to question about being non-partisan to garner votes)
Brownback: we should invite in and celebrate faith to the public square
HUCKABEE: Those whose faith does not effect dicision making are lacking strong faith. (flip flop of what he said in previous quote)
Thompson: It's the right of businesses to fire gay employees for being gay
Paul: Overdoing military aggressiveness weakens national defense
Giuliani, now standing amongst his peers is anti-abortion
Romney: Abortion is a states rights issue
Thompson: "(Roe V Wade) should be left up to the state"
Paul on IRS: "If you want to lower taxes....you have to change police"
Hunter on Iran: "Iran has crossed the line."
McCain on Bin Laden: "I'll follow him to the gates of hell."
Romney on Bin Laden: "We need to make sure he pays for what he did" "This is a world wide jihadist movement" "He is going to pay and he is going to die!"
Gilmore on Bin Laden: "I think we need to do everything we need to do to get this guy, he is a symbol" "We have to use all abilities, diplomatic, economic and be on the moral highground"
Tancredo on protecting Israel: "If there is a threat to the existence of Israel...then you have to come to the aid of Israel"
McCain on Iran: "Iran is a state sponsor on Terrorism" "Iran poses one of the greatest threats to the world." "We cannot allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons"
Paul on foreign policy: "Lets not pretend the Iraqis were a threat to us"
Gilmore: "We're gonna have to engage in the middle east for a long time" "There will have to be a new commitment to the Middle East."
Huckabee on Rumsfeld and Iraq: "Clearly there was a real error on judgement"
Brownback on Iraq: "We win the war by standing up for our values" "Iran is the lead sponsor of Terror on the world"
McCain on Iraq: "We need the support of the American people" "We are on the right track now. It was terribly missmanaged, but we have a new strategy and a new general."
Giuliani on Immigration: "We should solve our immigration issue with our strengths, not our weaknesses"
Going into this debate, these are the poll standings for the Republican front runners courtesy Rasmussen Reports:
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