Republican Candidates Face Off

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CNN analysts said Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann were clear winners in the debate, along with Newt Gingrich.

On Monday night, CNN hosted a debate in New Hampshire between seven potential Republican Presidential candidates.

Businessman Herman Cain, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas), former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and former Senator Rick Santorum (R-Penn.) spent much of the debate slamming President Barack Obama, with few criticisms directed at each other.

Moderated by CNN anchor John King, the debate included questions from journalists, audience members and gatherers at town hall meetings across New Hampshire.

The Presidential hopefuls sounded off on several hot-button topics, including healthcare, abortion, gay marriage and military service, and whether any of them could successfully integrate Tea Party activism into the Presidency without angering mainstream Republicans.

Bachmann stopped just short of formally announcing her candidacy at the event, saying she had filed the necessary papers to enter the race that day. Regardless of whether she would gain the Republican nod, Bachmann said she was confident of a GOP win in November 2012.

“Make no mistake about it. President Obama is a one-term president,” Bachmann said.

Supposed front-runner Romney expressed more self-confidence, saying he “can’t wait to debate” Obama.

CNN analysts said Romney and Bachmann were clear winners in the debate, along with Gingrich, who “remained in the race,” according to an article on CNN.com.

Pawlenty was viewed Monday night’s clear loser, because “he could not back up what he has said (about Romneycare)… when he was standing on the stage with Romney. He looked tentative and he looked weak,” the article read.

CNN.com contributed to this article.

 

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