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Dual debates a chance to throw Romney off stride

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Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum gives a thumbs up after after campaigning at the Keene Public Library in Ke...

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Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum takes questions from the audience as he campaigns at the Keene Public Libra...

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Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich winks at a questioner during a campaign stop in Newport, N.H. Friday, Jan. 6, 2...

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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, campaigns at a "spaghetti dinner" held at Tilton School in Tilton, N.H., Fr...

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Mary Kaye Huntsman watches as her husband, Republican presidential candidate, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman holds eight-week old Grace Lesperance, Fr...

APTOPIX Romney 2012

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, campaigns at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. (AP ...

Republican rivals have a chance to stop front-runner Mitt Romney's march to the presidential nomination in back-to-back weekend debates that could help define the contest just days before the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary.
In a race largely driven by 13 previous debates, Romney has emerged mostly unscathed by the six or seven opponents who are competing with him for the nomination to face President Barack Obama in the November election.
That could change with Saturday night's debate or the one scheduled Sunday morning, as rivals Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum seek to slow Romney's momentum. In particular, Gingrich, the former speaker of the House of Representatives, is looking to keep his candidacy afloat while Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, hopes to capitalize on his surprising neck-and-neck performance against Romney in Iowa's leadoff caucuses last Tuesday.
There are fewer than 12 hours between an ABC News/WMUR debate Saturday night and an NBC News/Facebook debate on Sunday morning's "Meet the Press."
Also sharing the debate stage will be libertarian-leaning Texas Rep. Ron Paul, the third-place finisher in Iowa; Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who briefly considered quitting the race after his fifth-place finish in Iowa; and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who served as Obama's ambassador to China. Huntsman skipped Iowa to focus exclusively on New Hampshire.
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Updated : 2020-12-04 16:50 GMT+08:00