The first New Hampshire Republican Presidential Primary Debate was held tonight, January 7, 2012, at 9 p.m. E.S.T. in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Moderators: Diane Sawyer, George Stephanopoulos, Josh McElveen
Romney: People build enterprises. Obama wants to build welfare state.
Gingrich: Infrastructure: We need 21st infratructure to compete with other contries like China and India.
Huntsman: Expand economic base to pay our bills. Clean out loopholes. We have a corrupt tax code. Do Simpson-Bowles recommendations.
George Stephanopoulos: Does anyone else agree with simpson-bowles?
Santorum: I dont agree with that. Cut Corporate income tax in half.
Roney: We are inches away from being a free economy. Bring employer tax rates down. Eliminate taxes on capital gains. Broaden the tax burden [on more Americans].
Paul: Bailouts, Federal Reserve. We have to liquidate debt. We have to have real cuts.
Perry: Allow federal lands and waters open up to energy.
Huntsman: We were the top job creator in the country. [??] China is going down, unemployment is going up. WSJ endorsed my tax plan.
George Stephanopoulos: Why not close all loopholes?
Romney: Let me step back a minute. This election is about the soul of America. We are becoming like Europe. [Recites preamble.] The question is are we going to remain an exceptional nation? I hope those here on stage share that vision? [Never answered steph's question].
Gingrich: WSJ said I had a pro jobs plan. WSJ said Romney more like Obama.
Santorum: I agree with Gingrich, not Romney. We are no class in America. Class warfare is Obama. I worked in the coal fields if you will. [??]
Romney: Tax policy to help people right now. [like a pawn shop dealer giving a fast nickel for a slow dime]. I understand how the economy works. I have been on the front line of the economy. This is a critical time.
Romney hammers Huntsman on China: Everyone on this stage, but you, supported Republicans.
Huntsman: As they way would say in China [Huntsman speaks Chinese].
Romney: China doesnt want the trade war, they sell us lots, us little.