Rudy, Mitt Scorched in Debate

Giuliani challenged on fractured family, Romney on Iraq
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2007 5:45 AM CDT
Republican presidential hopefuls, from left, Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo.; Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani; former Massachusetts Gov....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – GOP presidential frontrunners Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani came under a barrage of criticism from rivals and residents at the New Hampshire Republican debate last night. Attacks on Romney focused on his missteps on Iraq, and criticism of Giuliani centered on his personal life, reports Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post. The focus on the two men underscored their looming status as the ones to beat.

When Giuliani was ripped on his fractured family, he responded: "I am not running as the perfect candidate for president. I am running as a leader." When Romney said the surge in Iraq was "apparently working," John McCain bristled. "The surge is working—not 'apparently,'" said McCain.