News / USA

Republican Presidential Contenders Hold Last New Hampshire Debates

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum during a Republican presidential candidate debate at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, January 7, 2012.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum during a Republican presidential candidate debate at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, January 7, 2012.

In U.S. politics, the Republican presidential contenders who would like to run against President Barack Obama in the November election are intensifying their campaign efforts in the northeastern state of New Hampshire, before a Tuesday primary vote. 

In the final days leading up to the primary vote on Tuesday, the six Republican candidates engaged in two televised debates.

In Sunday’s debate sponsored by NBC News and Facebook, former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich questioned whether frontrunner and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is a true conservative.

“And I think that a bold, Reagan conservative with a very strong economic plan is a lot more likely to succeed in that campaign than a relatively timid Massachusetts moderate,” he said.

But so far little has happened in New Hampshire to alter the expectation that Romney will be in a strong position on Tuesday, leaving the rest of the Republican field to battle for second and third place in the northeastern state.

Romney continued to focus his rhetorical fire on President Obama during Saturday’s debate on ABC.

“I believe in an America that is based upon opportunity and freedom, not President Obama’s social welfare state,” said Romney.

Texas Congressman Ron Paul and former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum appear to be battling for second place in New Hampshire, according to the latest polls. Santorum finished a strong second to Romney in the first Republican test, last week’s Iowa caucuses.

VOA's Carolyn Presutti interviews Congressman Ron Paul

In the latest debate, the Republican contenders went back and forth over which candidates were true conservatives, an area seen as Romney’s greatest weakness.

But the ABC News debate on Saturday also delved into a number of foreign policy issues.

Texas Governor Rick Perry said he would send U.S. troops back into Iraq to counter Iranian influence.  Perry did poorly in Iowa and looks to rebound in the next contest after New Hampshire, the South Carolina primary on January 21st.

Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman has staked his entire campaign on a strong showing in New Hampshire.  Huntsman favors an immediate pullout of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

“I think civil war is around the corner in Afghanistan and I do not want to be the president who invests another penny in a civil war,” he said.

That brought a strong response from Rick Santorum.

“He has been making mistakes at every turn, in Iran, in Egypt, I would argue Libya, Syria, Israel," said Santorum. "All of these places he had made mistakes on the ground.”

Beyond the debates, the candidates continue to campaign, holding rallies and speeches in hopes of winning over undecided Republicans and independents, who are also allowed to vote in New Hampshire’s Republican primary.

Jerry Lombardo, from Derry, New Hampshire, attended a Mitt Romney rally, but is still unsure who he will vote for on Tuesday.

“I came today basically to see him in person," said Lombardo. "You see him on TV, but it is not quite the same thing. I want to see him in the flesh and listen to him one on one, kind of, and I think it will help me decide.”

A Romney victory in New Hampshire, following his opening win in Iowa, would put the former Massachusetts governor in a strong position to win the Republican nomination. The next Republican test comes in the South Carolina primary on January 21.

GOP Candidates Poll Tracker

You May Like

US Imposes Sanctions on Alleged Honduran Drug Gang

Treasury department alleges Los Valles group is responsible for smuggling tens of thousands of kilograms of cocaine into US each month More

At 91, Marvel Creator Stan Lee Continues to Expand his Universe

Company's chief emeritus hopes to interest new generation of children in superheroes of all shapes and sizes by publishing content across multiple media platforms More

Photogallery New Drug Protects Against Virus in Ebola Family

Study by researchers at University of Texas Medical Branch, Tekmira Pharmaceuticals is first looking at drug's effectiveness after onset of symptoms More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
African Media Tries to Educate Public About Ebolai
X
George Putic
August 20, 2014 8:57 PM
While the Ebola epidemic continues to claim lives in West Africa, information technology specialists, together with radio and TV reporters, are battling misinformation and prejudice about the disease - using social media to educate the public about the deadly virus. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video African Media Tries to Educate Public About Ebola

While the Ebola epidemic continues to claim lives in West Africa, information technology specialists, together with radio and TV reporters, are battling misinformation and prejudice about the disease - using social media to educate the public about the deadly virus. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Ferguson Calls For Justice as Anger, Violence Grips Community

Violence, anger and frustration continue to grip the small St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri. Protests broke out after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager on August 9. The case has sparked outrage around the nation and prompted the White House to send U.S. Attorney Eric Holder to the small community of just over 20,000 people. VOA’s Mary Alice Salinas has more from Ferguson.
Video

Video Beheading Of US Journalist Breeds Outrage

U.S. and British authorities have launched an investigation into an Islamic State video showing the beheading of kidnapped American journalist James Foley by a militant with a British accent. The extremist group, which posted the video on the Internet Tuesday, said the murder was revenge for U.S. airstrikes on militant positions in Iraq - and has threatened to execute another American journalist it is holding. Henry Ridgwell has more from London.
Video

Video Family Robots - The Next Big Thing?

Robots that can help us with daily chores like cooking and cleaning are a long way off, but automatons that serve as family companions may be much closer. Researchers in the United States, France, Japan and other countries are racing to build robots that can entertain and perform some simpler tasks for us. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video In Ukraine, Fear and Distrust Remain Where Fighting has Stopped

As the Ukrainian military reclaims control of eastern cities from pro-Russian separatists, residents are getting a chance to rebuild their lives. VOA's Gabe Joselow reports from the town of Kramatorsk in Donetsk province, where a sense of fear is still in the air, and distrust of the government in Kyiv still runs deep.
Video

Video Five Patients Given Experimental Ebola Drug Said to Be Improving

The World Health Organization has approved the use of experimental treatments for Ebola patients in West Africa. The Ebola outbreak there is unprecedented, the disease deadly. The number of people who have died from Ebola has surpassed 1,200. VOA's Carol Pearson reports on the ethical considerations of allowing experimental drugs to be used.
Video

Video China Targets Overseas Assets of Corrupt Officials

As China presses forward with its anti-graft effort, authorities are targeting corrupt officials who have sent family members and assets overseas. The efforts have stirred up a debate at home on exactly how many officials take that route and how likely it is they will be caught. Rebecca Valli has this report.
Video

Video Leading The Fight Against Islamic State, Kurds Question Iraqi Future

Western countries including the United States have begun arming the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq to aid their battle against extremist Sunni militants from the Islamic State. But there are concerns that a heavily-armed Kurdistan Regional Government, or KRG, might seek to declare independence and cause the break-up of the Iraqi state. As Henry Ridgwell reports from London, the KRG says it will only seek greater autonomy from Baghdad.
Video

Video In Rural Kenya, Pressure Builds Against Female Circumcision

In some Kenyan communities, female genital mutilation remains a rite of passage. But activists are pushing back, with education for girls and with threats of punishment those who perform the circumcision. Mohammed Yusuf looks at the practice in the rural eastern community of Tharaka-Nithi.

AppleAndroid