The six remaining Republican presidential candidates have squared off in television debate ahead of Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary.
After his win in the Iowa caucus, the former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has a big lead in the polls. He trained most of his fire to on President Barack Obama while his challengers’ squabbled among themselves to take shots at the frontrunner.
As Romney’s leadership of the private equity firm Bain Capital comes under scrutiny, Santorum said just because Romney has business experience does not mean he is qualified to serve as the American president.
Jon Huntsman, the former U.S. ambassador to China who skipped Iowa to focus on New Hampshire, accused Romney of trying to instigate a trade war with China with frequent salvos over China’s currency policies.
Huntsman moved into second place in New Hampshire in a poll published on Saturday and needs a big performance to score a breakthrough.
Taking center stage for the first time after serving as a second-tier candidate all year, former Pennsylvania senator, Rick Santorum displayed a wide range of policy views and stuck to his opposition to gay rights and the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.
The candidates will tonight have another chance to sway voters before New Hampshire votes. A similar performance from Romney could help him seal victory and put him in a very strong position for the next Republican vote in South Carolina.