Summary of Republican Debate in New Hampshire Saturday Jan 7

By: AP
By: AP

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Republican presidential contender Jon
Huntsman says his opponents' policies would start a trade war with
China.

Huntsman, the former ambassador to China, says tough talk and
new tariffs aren't the answer. And during Saturday's debate, he
told Mitt Romney in Mandarin Chinese that he doesn't understand the
situation.

Romney favors placing tariffs on China to combat currency
manipulation. And he says China is more afraid of a trade war than
America.

Romney also criticized Huntsman for serving as President Barack
Obama's ambassador to China, while Romney said he was helping elect Republicans back home.

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Mitt Romney says he wants to pull troops
out of Afghanistan as soon as possible but would consult commanders there before setting a date to do so.

The Republican candidates sparred about foreign policy and
military deployments in a nationally televised debate Saturday.

Polls show the former Massachusetts governor leading the field in
New Hampshire, which holds its primary Tuesday.

Former ambassador Jon Huntsman says it's up to the president as
commander in chief to decide when troops leave.

Newt Gingrich said Afghanistan was just one part of growing international tensions facing the US. He said instability in Pakistan and the threat of a nuclear Iran were more pressing issues.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he would send troops back to Iraq to
prevent Iran from taking over that country.

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Former Sen. Rick Santorum says rival
Mitt Romney's tax plan is too meek to get the country's economy
moving again.

Romney, in Saturday's presidential campaign debate, said taxes
are too high and they fund a government that is too big.

The former Massachusetts governor says the United States is "only inches away" from economic ruin and the next president must reign in the scale of the federal government. But he says some taxes are
necessary to pay for the core needs that only Washington can
provide.

Santorum, rising in the contest, says Romney is nibbling at the
edges.

Rival Jon Huntsman says he would close all tax loopholes,
something he alone seemed to favor. He says that would bring in
trillions of dollars to pay down the nation's debt.

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney want gay
couples to have legal rights -- just not the right to marry.

The Republican presidential contenders oppose a New Hampshire
law that allows same-sex marriage. But they say gay couples should
have basic legal rights -- such as the ability to visit each other
in the hospital.

Gingrich says marriage between a man and a woman is at the core
of human civilization, and changing that could make life miserable
for others.

Romney says gay couples could raise children well. But he says
children are better off when raised by parents of different sexes.

And Romney says allowing same-sex marriage could cause problems in education and religion.

Following a court order, Massachusetts legalized same-sex
marriage while Romney was governor.

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Republican presidential contender Mitt
Romney says that constitutional amendments are the way to guarantee bedrock rights and says judges shouldn't have the power to create new rights.

Romney was asked during Saturday night's Republican debate
whether privacy rights were guaranteed in the constitution. The
question was about whether a state could ban contraception, noting
privacy was the reason cited in the last century in a case that
overturned Connecticut's ban on contraception.

The right to privacy also was cited by the Supreme Court when it
ruled in favor of abortion rights.

Romney says the question was silly, given no state currently is
planning to ban contraception. Contraception, he said, is working
"just fine."

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Ron Paul is standing by a tough ad his
campaign is airing in South Carolina calling rival Rick Santorum a
big Washington spender.

At a nationally televised Republican presidential debate Saturday, Paul said the former Pennsylvania senator was insufficiently conservative and "corrupt" for taking money from lobbyists.

Santorum defended his record, saying he had made sure residents
of his state got their fair share of federal spending.

Santorum battled Mitt Romney to a near tie for first place in the Iowa caucuses.

Polls show the former Massachusetts governor running far ahead of the rest of the GOP field in New Hampshire, which holds its primary Tuesday.

Paul is hoping to slow both Romney and Santorum in South
Carolina, which holds its primary January 21.


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