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

Ebola Death Toll Nears 5,000 as Virus Advances

West Africa bears heaviest burden; Mali toddler’s death raises new fears More

Jordan’s Battle With Islamic State Militants Carries Domestic Risks

Despite Western concerns that IS militants are preparing a Jordanian offensive, analysts call the kingdom's solid intel a strong deterrent More

Asian-Americans Assume Office in Record Numbers

Steadily deepening engagement in local politics pays off for politicians like Chinese-American Judy Chu 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.
Talks to Resume on Winter Gas for Ukrainei
X
Al Pessin
October 25, 2014 4:21 PM
Ukrainian and Russian officials will meet again next week in an effort to settle their dispute over natural gas supplies that threatens to leave Ukraine short of heating fuel for the coming winter. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London the dispute is complex, and has both economic and geopolitical dimensions.
Video

Video Talks to Resume on Winter Gas for Ukraine

Ukrainian and Russian officials will meet again next week in an effort to settle their dispute over natural gas supplies that threatens to leave Ukraine short of heating fuel for the coming winter. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London the dispute is complex, and has both economic and geopolitical dimensions.
Video

Video Smugglers Offer Cheap Passage From Turkey to Syria

Smugglers in Turkey offer a relatively cheap passage across the border into Syria. Ankara has stepped up efforts to stem the flow of foreign fighters who want to join Islamic State militants fighting for control of the Syrian border city of Kobani. But porous borders and border guards who can be bribed make illegal border crossings quite easy. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video Comanche Chief Quanah Parker’s Century-Old House Falling Apart

One of the most fascinating people in U.S. history was Quanah Parker, the last chief of the American Indian tribe, the Comanche. He was the son of a Comanche warrior and a white woman who had been captured by the Indians. Parker was a fierce warrior until 1875 when he led his people to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and took on a new, peaceful life. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Cache, Oklahoma, Quanah’s image remains strong among his people, but part of his heritage is in danger of disappearing.
Video

Video China Political Meeting Seeks to Improve Rule of Law

China’s communist leaders will host a top level political meeting this week, called the Fourth Plenum, and for the first time in the party’s history, rule of law will be a key item on the agenda. Analysts and Chinese media reports say the meetings could see the approval of long-awaited measures aimed at giving courts more independence and include steps to enhance an already aggressive and high-reaching anti-corruption drive. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video After Decades of Pressure, Luxembourg Drops Bank Secrecy Rules

European Union finance ministers have reached a breakthrough agreement that will make it more difficult for tax cheats to hide their money. The new legislation, which had been blocked for years by countries with a reputation as tax havens, was approved last week after Luxembourg and Austria agreed to lift their vetoes. But as Mil Arcega reports, it doesn’t mean tax cheats have run out of places to keep their money hidden.
Video

Video Kobani Refugees Welcome, Turkey Criticizes, US Airdrop

Residents of Kobani in northern Syria have welcomed the airdrop of weapons, ammunition and medicine to Kurdish militia who are resisting the seizure of their city by Islamic State militants. The Turkish government, however, has criticized the operation. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from southeastern Turkey, across the border from Kobani.
Video

Video US ‘Death Cafes’ Put Focus on the Finale

In contemporary America, death usually is a topic to be avoided. But the growing “death café” movement encourages people to discuss their fears and desires about their final moments. VOA’s Jerome Socolovsky reports.
Video

Video Ebola Orphanage Opens in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone's first Ebola orphanage has opened in the Kailahun district. Hundreds of children orphaned since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak face stigma and rejection with nobody to care for them. Adam Bailes reports for VOA about a new interim care center that's aimed at helping the growing number of children affected by Ebola.

All About America

AppleAndroid