AMES, Iowa - Eight Republican president hopefuls showed up for a debate Thursday night in Ames, Iowa, but it was two rivals from Minnesota who appear to have gained most of the attention.
Bachmann's responded that Pawlenty's record as governor was too liberal. She compared Pawlenty's policies to President Barack Obama's.
GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney escaped attacks from his seven rivals who took turns targeting Obama.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich took a shot at Fox News Channel anchor Chris Wallace, accusing him of asking a "gotcha question" about resignations by his staff. Gingrich says Republicans like Ronald Reagan and John McCain had staff defections. To counter it, he says intends to"run on ideas."
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