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NYT: “The Republican presidential candidates aggressively confronted Gov. Rick Perry at a debate here on Monday night and pressed him to expound upon his views on Social Security and a controversial vaccination program for teenage girls that he signed into law in Texas.”

AP: “Attacked from all sides, Texas Gov. Rick Perry softened his rhetoric if not his position on Social Security in a snarky campaign debate Monday night.”

Politico: “Mitt Romney and Rick Perry took the first possible opportunity to tear into each other at the CNN- and Tea Party Express-hosted forum in Florida, trading harsh accusations over their views on Social Security.”

Washington Post: “Texas Gov. Rick Perry found himself on the defensive in a Republican presidential debate here Monday night, pilloried for suggesting that states should take over Social Security, attacked for trying to mandate vaccinations for young girls and roundly criticized for immigration policies he has supported in his state.”

LA Times: “Sensing vulnerability, Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum went after Rick Perry—hard—on his order, while governor of Texas, to force young girls to be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus. In doing so, they sparked the sharpest exchange of the debate so far.”

WSJ: “In remarkably personal exchanges, Mr. Perry and Mitt Romney, who has ceded the lead in public opinion surveys to the Texas governor, clashed repeatedly.”

Related Topics: 2012 Elections, News, Republican Party

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