’12ers (minus Huntsman) square-off at Drake University for ABC News/Yahoo! News/WOI-TV/Des Moines Register/Iowa GOP debate.
For the first question, moderators ask each candidate to detail their economic plans.
Debate shifts to the frontrunners’ records on healthcare.
Bay Stater offers a $10 K wager to Texas topper on whether he recommends a federal individual mandate in his book.
Santorum and Bachmann spar on who is better qualified to lead the repeal of Obamacare.
Without naming him, Perry gets personal with Newt: “If you will cheat on your wife, if you will cheat on your spouse, why wouldn’t you cheat on your business partner?”
Santorum follows, says voters want to know “who can we trust” and character plays a role.
Paul continues the pile-on: “Character should show through in the way we live.”
Romney says his family focused ad made in response to Chicago’s “no core” barb.
Gingrich finally gets his turn, calls character “a very, very important issue. Says he “had to seek reconciliation” with God.