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Earlier today, Iowa Public Television hosted a Republican Presidential Forum On Manufacturing held at the Vermeer Corporation headquartered in Pella, Iowa. Five GOP candidates attended the forum including Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry. Each candidate received about 20 minutes taking questions on the topic of jobs, the economy and the manufacturing sector in particular.

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Here is the entire video of the forum which aired earlier today (11/1/11) on Iowa Public Television:

Report from WOI:

A pack of Republican Presidential candidates gathered in Pella on Tuesday to talk about creating jobs, fixing the economy, and reviving American manufacturing.

And all five share a common, conservative philosophy on how to do it.

Governor Rick Perry of Texas, Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Representative Ron Paul of Texas, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich agreed that in order to create a better business climate, the Federal Government should get out of the way and let the free-market dictate winners and losers.

“Not over-taxing, over regulating, or over litigating and then the small business folks, they know they have the confidence to risk their capital and have a chance at return on investment,” said Gov. Perry.

The focus of Tuesday’s forum in Pella was manufacturing.

And according to the five Republican candidates who attended, the best way to help turn it all around, is to take Washington out of the equation.

“We need the federal government to get off out back,” said Rep. Bachmann.

“Government expenditures just don’t work,” said Rep. Ron Paul.

The candidates said these basic ideas are the complete opposite of what President Obama has been doing since he took office in 2009.

Mitt Romney and Herman Cain were missing from the event. Both were invited but declined the invitation.

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