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Rick Santorum Vs. Mitt Romney On Health Care Mandate Question

This week’s Republican debate certainly took little time to distinguish itself from the “kitchen table” atmosphere of last week’s on Bloomberg TV, as candidates dove right in to tearing their tax plans apart with relish. There was no palpable animosity on any personal level, however, until the “Obamacare” issue came up, when Rick Santorum took the opportunity to go after Romney for his Massachusetts health care mandate. What followed was several minutes of unintelligible yelling that ended with Romney demanding Santorum’s silence during his time to respond.

After a statement by Rick Perry on energy independence, Romney responded by agreeing with his general sentiment and demanding a repeal of Obamacare. This was about the most polite bit to come out of the debate, as Santorum jumped in the fray to call for “income mobility,” before slapping Romney for being hypocritical on health care. “You have no track record on that that we can trust that you’ll do that,” he replied. Romney attempted a response, but it amounted to little more than unintelligible crosstalk for several minutes (with sounds that may have been Rick Perry trying once again to jump in). When he finally got the extra time, Romney turned to his book and his interviews in the past as indication that his plan was meant exclusively for his state, one which he argued liked the plan by a 3-to-1 margin.

The segment via CNN below:

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