GOP Debate Turns Testy

Candidates field questions from Americans on YouTube
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2007 7:37 PM CST
Republican presidential candidates stand together prior to the start of the CNN/YouTube debate in St. Petersburg, Fla. Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007. From left to right   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney wasted little time getting into attack mode tonight as the eight Republican candidates squared off in a feisty debate. Romney said Giuliani encouraged illegal aliens to settle in NYC when he was mayor, and Giuliani accused Romney of employing illegal aliens at his home, which he labeled a "sanctuary mansion." At one point, the audience booed Giuliani when he persisted in his attack, the AP reports.

When Romney said it would be un-American to check the papers of workers because of "funny accents," Giuliani criticized his "holier-than-thou" attitude. The fireworks between the top two contenders stole the thunder of the debate, in which candidates answered live questions from people on YouTube on everything from abortion to farm subsidies.