Republican presidential candidates former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, right, during the Republican debate, in Des Moines, Iowa, December 10, 2011.
Republican presidential candidates former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, right, during the Republican debate, in Des Moines, Iowa, December 10, 2011.

U.S. Republican presidential candidate hopefuls held a debate Saturday in the central U.S. city of Des Moines, Iowa – the state that will hold the party’s first nominating event in less than a month.

Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House of Representatives, has recently emerged as the front-runner in the race.

Gingrich’s main rival, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, described Gingrich as a Washington insider who does not have the background to fix the sputtering U.S. economy.

Gingrich described himself as a politician with a clear record of results who could get the job done.

He also reiterated his comment from earlier in the week when he said Palestinians were an “invented” people. He went a step further Saturday, calling Palestinians “terrorists,” saying “They teach terrorism in their schools.”

Saturday’s debate comes less than a month ahead of the Republican party’s first nominating event for the 2012 presidential election.

The candidates’ discussion included their outlooks on foreign policy, immigration and health care.

The Iowa debate was the first since former front-runner Herman Cain suspended his campaign a week ago amid allegations of sexual impropriety.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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  1. The circus…..goes on, and on, and on. More than ever, as I look at the sorry set of Republican “rivals” on the other side, I am THANKFUL to have Barack Obama as President, and as a viable candidate for re-election. Mr. Obama: your heart, your values, and your basic decency are all in the right place. BUT…your hands are tied. Unfortunately they were tied by us, the electorate…..when we failed to provide you with a Congress that you can work with. Instead, you are saddled with a filibuster-everything-but-don’t-tax-the-1%-do-nothing Congress that battles you at every turn, while the people SUFFER. God, they don’t EVEN let you pass your own appointments! It’s not Tea-publican gridlock -it’s Tea-publican sabotage. Heck, it’s Tea-publican treason….while the 99% BLEEDS. It’s destructive. It’s un-American. It’s un-acceptable. And it’s WRONG. And then they try to pin the blame on Mr. Obama! These people have no shame…or else its been purchased by those who can afford to do so. Struggling in her final years, Grandma gets her meager Social Security check, and they DARE call it “socialism”. Give me a break! (and Grandma too!!) Thankfully, with Occupy Wall Street, America has found its voice: a voice that reminds us that PEOPLE –ordinary down-to-earth working people– really DO matter. NOT “corporations are people” people , but R-E-A-L people! REAL people who are working two and three jobs just to keep up, REAL people who play by the rules but struggle just to survive or retire with some dignity, REAL people looking for work, and REAL people that will graduate or come back from war and find no work, REAL people who deserve a piece of the pie, but are pushed away from the table…..while the rich become richer and more powerful at our expense, and democracy goes to the highest bidder. Tea-publicans clamour for even MORE tax-breaks for the 1%, and insist on even MORE corporate-loopholes….while “job-creators” send our jobs overseas…. and try to buy every politician in sight. They praise “trickle-down economics”, but their trickle-down voodoo just leaves most of us out in the cold, wet and shivering, and no better off. We’ve had enough.. and WE’RE FED UP! INSTEAD of talking about L-E-S-S government, instead of L-E-S-S taxes on the 1%, instead of M-O-R-E corporate welfare, instead of M-O-R-E painful cuts to those who can LEAST afford it…..INSTEAD of all that bull, we demand a government that WORKS, a government that works FOR ALL OF US, not just for a favored few….NOT just for the rich! It’s a voice that comes up from the grassroots, and lifts us up in turn: Because it insists that this land IS our land…and we WANT IT BACK! It’s a voice that will help us re-elect the President AND give him a more progressive people-oriented Congress -a Congress that will work WITH Mr. Obama and FOR the 99%! Mr. Obama: I wish you well ….because you STILL give us hope!

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  3. Sanchez: You are delusional. Barrack Obaby is undoubtedly the Worst President this Country has ever seen and even the poorest candidate on the Republican side would be a lot better than four more years of this …
    Yeh, elect a less than first term Senator as President. Good Move on behalf of you and your absolutely out of touch and misinformed Democratic Obama Supporters.
    Mike G.

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