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Sparring Bachmann and Pawlenty 'drop gloves' at Iowa debate

August 12, 2011 - Washington

The fierce battle between fellow Minnesotans, former Governor Tim Pawlenty and congresswoman Michele Bachmann came to a head, when the two met for the first time for debate in Iowa.

The sparring between the two Republican presidential candidates was so intense that, at times, it seemed like two-hour exchange was a one-on-one exchange between them, the ABC News reports.

Bachmann said that Pawlenty's record as governor of Minnesota 'sounds a lot more like Barack Obama, if you ask me.'

She accused Pawlenty of implementing a cap-and-trade energy policy, a government-mandated health insurance plan and of falling short of his promise to shrink the size of government.

Pawlenty fired back saying Bachmann 'has a record of misstating and making false statements.'

Turning against Bachmann's frequently used line that she has a 'titanium spine.' Pawlenty said, that 'it's not her spine they are worried about, but it's her record of results.'

In defending herself, Bachmann argued that the then-Governor 'cut a deal with special interest groups,' that threatened pro-life policies, the report said.

It wasn't just Bachmann and Pawlenty who entered the verbal war.

Republican Ron Paul and former Senator Rick Santorum got into a lengthy back and forth regarding Iran's nuclear ambitions, with Paul arguing that Iran doesn't pose a threat to America's safety.


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