The Madeleine Brand Show for November 23, 2011

GOP debate: Gingrich takes heat for immigration stance

GOP Presidential Candidates Debate National Security Issues In Washington

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Republican presidential candidates (L-R) Rick Santorum, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), and Jon Huntsman listen to the national anthem prior to a debate at Constitution Hall Nov. 22, 2011, in Washington, D.C. The debate, hosted by CNN and in partnership with the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute, focused primarily on national security, foreign policy and the economy.

Eight candidates for the Republican presidential nomination talked national security issues on Tuesday night at the eleventh televised debate. The discussion included the number of troops in Afghanistan, dealing with Iran's nuclear aggression, and immigration policy. Former House speaker Newt Gingrich drew fire for suggesting a "humane" policy on immigration that would allow undocumented immigrants who have built families here to remain in the country. Molly Ball, politics writer for The Atlantic, joins Madeleine to discuss the evolution of the campaign.


Molly Ball, politics writer for The Atlantic

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