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Republicans stepping up criticism ahead of debate

Republicans stepping up criticism ahead of debate
Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 1:12am

Republicans meeting at two events in Florida want to make sure voters know the full story about their rivals' records. GOP contenders are signaling they'll challenge each other's ideas and proposals at Thursday's forum on faith and the televised debate later.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is ready to criticize Texas Gov. Rick Perry's position on Social Security. Perry, in turn, is ready to note Texas created more jobs in the last two months than Massachusetts added during Romney's four years.

The back-and-forth between the Republican front-runners comes as all candidates are stepping up their criticism of each other.

The candidates are looking to draw distinctions and have shifted away from a strategy largely focused on criticizing President Barack Obama, moving toward a contest within their own party.

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