Last Republican Debate Before the New Year

Candidates seeking the presidential nomination spar for one last time in 2011.
2:52 | 12/16/11

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Your vote and the last big Republican debate before Christmas comes in the voting begins in Iowa. We saw us over the exact from the front runners but as ABC's John Berman is here to report the gloves come. No I was just one of the surprises Georgian there were a lot overnight because as you were sleeping. ABC -- Mitt Romney will pick up one of the most coveted endorsements around South Carolina governor Nikki Haley South Carolina such an important primary state. In this news came after debate that saw Newt Gingrich take some hits but the surprise there not from Mitt Romney. How did you Gingrich respond after a week of the tanks like Mitt Romney supporters. A political -- hold on Medicare and -- governor Romney deserve some of the credit. For having helped figure out a way to make this thing -- why the low -- I'm very concerned about not appearing to be zany. But choke what he meant did he says he regrets he let Romney get under his -- As for Romney not a single ill word for the speaker. -- -- the president our president thinks America's and decline it is if he's president. It's not a -- present but -- the stopped there Michelle Bachmann was on initiate sees this final spotlight. First it -- expects. -- had his hand out it was taking one point six million dollars we can't have as our nominee for the Republican Party someone who continues to stand for Freddie Mac and Fannie may think sometimes people -- they have facts. Before the league wild allegations when they had a similar clash on abortion. Sometimes becomes -- -- and doesn't get -- facts richter. She has the toughest words of the night. I think it's outrageous. Ticket -- continue to say over and over through the debates that I don't have my facts right. When as a matter of fact. I do. I'm a serious candidate for president of the United States and my facts are after. It wasn't just knew she was the actor Ron Paul Iran. I think this wild gold to have another war in a name a defense. It is a dangerous thing the dangers the danger is really costs over re acting on nothing could be more dangerous -- the comments I've adjusted. In -- better late than never category Rick Perry seems to have found his -- big floating. On congress. Cut their pay and have cut their time in Washington have cut their staff and had. He's always -- -- come back. Let me tell you I hope -- that Tim Tebow of the -- -- Now just because Romney and Gingrich were BF that's on stage don't expect the wrong eighteen to take its foot off the gas today they launch ads in South Carolina and supporters start airing those. Blistering negative ads about -- In Florida Georgia compete -- thanks very much.

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