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Mitt Romney comes out on top after GOP debate

by Adam Russett on October 12, 2011

The candidates for the Republican nomination for president squared off once again in a debate Tuesday night, and although many tried few managed to land any significant blows on front runner Mitt Romney. The former Massachusetts governor was in his element as the ninth debate focused largely on the economy, The Huffington Post reports.

The event, held at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, was held in a round table style much different than the previous debates. The format gave some of Romney's nearest challenges an opportunity to chip away at his burgeoning lead, but few of them managed to land any punches.

Among the challengers who have emerged in recent weeks, Herman Cain pressed Romney on whether or not he could name the 59 points in his proposed jobs plan. Romney countered by criticizing the simplicity of Cain's jobs proposal, called the 9-9-9 plan for its 9 percent tax rates.

"Herman, I have had the experience in my life of taking on some tough problems," he told Cain. "And I must admit that simple answers are always very helpful, but oftentimes inadequate."

Romney even managed to deflect criticism about how much his Massachusetts healthcare bill matched that of President Barack Obama's from Texas governor Rick Perry by touting the low number of uninsured children in the Bay State compared to Texas.

But it wasn't just his performance at the debate that spelled good news for Romney. Earlier in the day New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who many encouraged to run, came out in support of Romney.

"I just believe that Governor Romney is the person who gives us the best chance to beat Barack Obama next November," Christie told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday.

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