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Romney, Bachmann look to the future at GOP debate

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Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann gather before the start of their debate in Ames, Iowa, on August 11.

msnbc.com's Tom Curry has an interesting analysis of Thursday night's GOP debate that describes how front-runner Mitt Romney was left relatively unscathed as his rivals, notably Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty, engaged in a rhetorical slugging match.

It sounds like Romney had less trouble at the debate than he had at a campaign stop at the Iowa State Fair earlier in the day. Watch the video below to see his difficult encounter with an angry voter:

A man shouts at Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney about social security at an event in Iowa.


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