Republican Debate Smackdown: Ron Paul vs. Michele Bachmann

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Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney lead the polls, and Rick Perry may generate the best sound bites ("best" as in most entertaining, if not intelligent), but Ron Paul proved at last night's Republican debate that he's still a force to be reckoned with.

Never one to bend to party orthodoxy, Paul took issue with rival Michele Bachmann's stance toward Iran and its nuclear program, advocating anti-engagement policies that make the Texas Congressman an anathema to many in the GOP, yet wildly popular with others. 

Watch the heated exchange below:

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End the wars? Spend the money in America? Who would vote for that? We need to keep
shipping our tax dollars overseas. If we run out of money we can always gut
medicare and social security. We need more wars. Support Michelle Bachmann.

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dear derek, I am only asking for understanding and I do not mean to be offensive. But Ms.bachmann being tougher than steel with a titanium spine? why does America need alien or predator? Perhaps the world needs more thought before 'shooting first' to make this a better place. There has been no state sponsored attack on the US since Pearl Harbour. Your elections are so impressive

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The Obama-Paul line of accommodation, apology, and appeasement towards radical Islam and Iran. "...for you to say maybe in a year they might have a weapon, there's a lot more saying they don't have it.� The only evidence that Paul will accept is an atomic weapon in Iran's hands. His policy of submission to radical Islam is the blueprint for national suicide for the U.S. I trust Michele Bachmann. She is as smart as a whip and tougher than steel--the little lady with a spine of titanium. She is loved by patriotic Americans; she is hated by the jihadist's "useful idiots."

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As an observer it is easy to see why Ron Paul has such a refreshing appeal. He takes into account 'other' countries views, is committed to 'walk' the US constitution and is practical. It says something about the other candidates that they stand apart from such values

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Ron Paul is right on. He should runas an independent and he will win.I can no longer call myself a member of either of the two main parties. Nobody tells the truth but Ron Paul

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Ron Paul is far too much of a fringe candidate for the mainstream of America--- the Gold standard? really?-- but he does get props for consistency, which is more than can be said for anyone else on the stage with him. Sorry mggvina, but he really HAS advocated decriminalizing drug use as well as trying to ignore the rest of the world. His positions might have been debatable in the 19th century; in the 21st, he is an anachronism, full of quixotic, Utopian ideas that, to any informed person, are dangerously naive.

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I was looking at the site that fact checks candidates and MB was wrong about this. As she is supposed to be the "expert" I'm surprised I haven't read more about her not knowing what she's talking about. Once again Ron Paul must fight against lies. Peace. Vote for Dr. Paul.
And to the misinformed commenter above (Carpenter) Ron Paul has not taken the position that he wants to legalize heroin. And btw Carpenter I'm not "pretending" to do anything. You need to fact check yourself and stop "pretending" you know what you are talking about. Name calling is the tool of the fool. Grow up and learn to listen before you run your mouth. You've got 2 ears and just one mouth for a reason.
No more killing without declaring war with a vote from congress! Vote for Ron Paul for PEACE !

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Huge ron paul fan bcus establishment hate ppl who are right in their facts. the active duty militarty agrees with his foreign policy but ppl like hannity levin and savage love the constant eroding of liberties as an effect of perpetual war. guess these guys love breaking up happy families, and being liberal with american lives abroad. the patriot act is a joke btw. i've seen proof. constitutionalist, libertarians, ron paul supporters are liable to be put on a hit list for assasination. if i'm lying i'm flying!

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Sorry guys and gals but....
Ron Paul will NOT be allowed to "ROSS PEROT" the Republican Party. It's not gonna happen. And its his own fault for being such a weirdo on some issues like Heroin. Ron Paul wants to Legalize HEROIN! And then if thats not WEIRD enough Ron Paul LIES through his teeth on National TV about the reasons we went to war with Afghanistan. Ok... he either lies or his really is NUTS! So we can all stop pretending to like him because the Mask is off. He is a screwball and is NOT fit for the office. But don't worry there is a great Democrat named Mitt Romney who is just pretending to be a Republican and he will defeat Obama in a Reagan like landslide.

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Ron Paul will get my vote even if I write him in....All these so called "Christian Conservatives" on stage need to remember the comandments...especially "Thou shall not kill "....War means death and loss of freedom for us.

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