Five candidates took part in the first Republican presidential primary debate at the Peace Center in Greenville last night. The debate was sponsored by the South Carolina GOP and Fox News. Though some of the highest profile hopefuls were not there, party leaders say it was a chance for the lesser-known names to have their say.
One of the better-known candidates, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, was asked if he thought President Obama is tough enough on foreign policy:
Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty said he doesn’t have a problem with Muslims, just the radical ones:
Herman Cain, the former chairman and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, was asked about fuel costs:
Cain was a surprise debate winner, according to a Fox News focus group and SCRN random survey of attendees.
Texas Congressman Ron Paul had a large crowd of supporters outside of the Peace Center. He was asked if the U.S. military should pull out of Afghanistan now that Osama Bin Laden is dead:
Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson explained what he called his amnesty grace period for immigrants: