GOP presidential debate

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FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2012 file photo, Missouri Republican Senate cadidate, Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., talks with reporters in Sedalia, Mo. This is the convention prelude of the Republicans' dreams _ their nightmares, that is. Mitt Romney wanted to preside over a made-for TV gathering showcasing his economic credentials and GOP unity. Instead, he's heading to Tampa with the national debate focused on rape and abortion and with the divisions within his party on full display.   (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

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Republican presidential candidates face each other in a series of debates. On Wed., Nov. 9, Texas Gov. Rick Perry struggled to remember the names of the three federal agencies that he would eliminate if elected president. "Commerce, Education and the — what's the third one there? Let's see," Perry said.

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