The Madeleine Brand Show for December 12, 2011

The week's political news with Christina Bellantoni

Drake University Hosts ABC News GOP Presidential Debate

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Republican presidential candidates (L-R) Rick Santorum, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN),during the ABC News GOP Presidential debate on the campus of Drake University on Dec. 10, 2011, in Des Moines, Iowa. Rivals were expected to target front runner Gingrich in the debate hosted by ABC News, Yahoo News, WOI-TV, The Des Moines Register and the Iowa GOP.

As the GOP nomination race heads into the final stretch before voting begins, Newt Gingrich remains the front runner. He's in New Hampshire today to do a one-on-one debate with back-of-the-pack Jon Huntsman. It's a chance for Gingrich to showcase his knowledge in this important primary state, while Huntsman is motivated by the need for exposure (he's polling in the single-digits). Mitt Romney is also in New Hampshire fighting for votes; he had an interesting encounter with a gay man recently. Romney told him marriage is between a man and a woman. Safe to say, he lost the support of that one voter. We'll hear all the week's political news as the race for the White House heats up.


Christina Bellantoni, associate politics editor for Roll Call.

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