Video: Watch the full Fox News South Carolina GOP debate

Monday evening marked the first time we were down to just five GOP candidates on the debate stage, this time in South Carolina. The debate was sponsored by Fox News, The Wall Street Journal and the South Carolina Republican Party. This event took place at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

Here is the entire debate video via YouTube:

Alternate full video link: ElectAd.com

Original Air Time: Monday, January 16 at 9pm ET on Fox News

Participants: Romney, Perry, Gingrich, Santorum, Paul

Report from Fox News:

The Republican candidates were returning to the campaign trail Tuesday slightly bruised but unbowed after a raucous debate that left Mitt Romney fielding attacks from the get-go and all five candidates earning wild reception from a fired-up audience that will be casting votes alongside fellow South Carolinians on Saturday.

Romney was put on defense out of the box at the Fox News/Wall Street Journal/South Carolina GOP debate — answering questions about his record at private venture firm, Bain Capital; distancing himself from super PAC ads against fellow candidates; defending his record as Massachusetts governor, and dodging demands that he release his tax records.

But Romney held his ground against the onslaught, saying he is proud of his record in business and as governor.

“We were fortunate to have an unemployment rate by the time I left office of 4.7 percent. Sounds pretty good today,” Romney said of his one-term leading Massachusetts. “And I was also proud of the fact that we balanced the budget every year I was in office. We reduced taxes 19 times, put in place a rainy day fund of over $2 billion by the time I left.”

Still, with his rivals running out of time to make the case they are a viable and “conservative” alternative to the front-runner, the attacks were fast and furious.

Rick Perry accused Bain of sweeping into Georgetown, S.C., and closing a steel mill.

“They picked that company over, and a lot of people lost jobs there,” Perry said.

Romney replied that Bain actually invested in two steel mills and invested for seven or eight years, but the mills closed because of actions beyond Bain’s control.

I thought each candidate did fairly well this time around. I think Mitt Romney stumbled a little bit since he was on the defense most of the evening but didn’t make any crucial gaffes. Gingrich was his usual feisty self while Santorum, Paul and Perry all attempted to capture the spotlight with some solid back-and-forth and mostly solid answers.

172 comments to Video: Watch the full Fox News South Carolina GOP debate

  • Casey

    WARNING – Mitt Romney is backed by wallstreet. Mitt Romney has recieved more campaign funding from PACs and lobbyists than all other candidates AND the President combined! If you actually want change in Washington, violently oppose Romney’s campaign today! Ron Paul is our last chance to mend our shredded constitution and restore the Republic! Vote for freedom! Vote for liberty! Vote for justice! Vote for Ron Paul 2012!

    • Billy Malone

      Mitt Romney is backed by Wall Street.

      I’d say a good investment for them at this point in time anyhow. (he is out in front)

      • George Stickney

        One of the best things I like about Mitt is his property. I really like his Ski Resort, excuse me ski lodge he sold. Man I can’t wait to see what his new house will look like when he demolishes his $12 million dollar house. As far as voting, I’ll stick with Paul!

  • Casey

    Oh and by the way, we know that Romneys support is manufactured by the media…we know that 75% of Americans support Ron Paul…and we know if you aren’t with us, you’re with them! There is a clear dividing issue here, and that is this governments unwillingness to listen to the American people! Americans want out of the war, we are still in it! The governement is sending a clear message, that it has grown beyond our control! Regardless of what the American people want, our goverment is doing the opposite! Hold them accountable! Elect Ron Paul to bring an end to our massive federal government and return the power to the states and the people where it should be!

    • Billy Malone

      Oh and by the way, we know that Romney’s support is manufactured by the media..

      Why not, he spends the most on adds there now doesn’t he?

    • B Anderson

      Just to help, please try to keep facts straight, here is the latest poll:

      2012 Republican Presidential Nomination Rasmussen Reports Romney 30, Gingrich 27, Santorum 15, Paul 13, Perry 4 Romney +3

      • Billy Malone

        Rasmussen Reports Romney 30, Gingrich 27, Santorum 15, Paul 13, Perry 4 Romney +3

        Just goes to show you there are a lot more horses rear ends than there are horses.

        Helps explain the 16 trillion dollar debt and the condition of the country though. The worse you treat them the better they like you for sure.

  • Erik

    Ron Paul FTW…he is the only one who truly supports the constitution and wants to repair the country in an honest manner.

  • Billy Malone

    And now there are four:

    The Corporate Vulture
    The Family Value Man
    The Prince of Pork
    The Good Doctor

  • Joy

    This debate shows that most candidates will never answer any question directly, but use the answer time to speak premeditated stances on their views.

    Anyways Ron Paul rules… it is shameful how little time is given to him by the scums in the media

  • You’d think it would take a complete empathectomy to boo the Golden Rule. I give a bit of its history as well as showing Gingrich’s and Paul’s opposing worldviews as seen through the unpreachable Bible verses at my blog post: http://biblefunmentionables.wordpress.com/2012/01/19/boo-unto-others/

  • OK…..Romney made money from the BAILOUTS…..Santorum supported the NDAA bill….Newt made money from Freddie Mac,the choice should be clear! Ron Paul is the ONLY candidate worth voting for! That’s why CNN won’t give him any time! The establishment is scared!!

  • Are they going to discuss any issues or just argue back and forth like children? Let Ron Paul speak! And when he speaks please LISTEN!!!

  • fry

    wow! no minoritys in south carolina? the only black guy i saw at the debate was one of the guys asking hte question.. everyone in the audience was white? ???

  • Andy hrehorovich

    It certainly was not pacifism that swung the door open for hitler and the nazis. World war II Was all about money. The international banking cartel clearly provided the funding “to get it going”. In doing so they used the German bankers as buffers. There have been many reports of hitler not getting funding in time. He clearly was not in control. He he were then he would have taken over the Swiss banks with all of that power. The goal was to recoup the patent investments made during the 20′s and to make an enormous profit and to expand the war industry. Pacifism did not start the war, far from it. It was always greed. This, Ron Paul understands. He is a professor in a room full of kindergarten kids. Its become embarrassing.

  • George Stickney

    That’s why I do not like that Iowa and New Hampshire goes 1st. This entire voting process is set up for favoritism. What is the history behind Iowa and New Hampshire going first which both are predominantly white/Caucasian in each state?

    • Surfisher

      The Controlled Media is making a mockery of these debates — doing their best to ignore or minimize Ron Paul by directing idiotic questions for him alone!

      Tonight’s debate is a great example of this perfidy! The dog-and-pony show of Mitt & Newt, and the little mutt snapping at their Achilles’s heels — inconsequential Santorum — all these three little mice got to respond on a VERY CRUCIAL QUESTION that has been eroding our Nation for decades: Illegal Immigration! But not Ron Paul — he was asked an idiotic question instead: If he’d agree to some kind of Swamp Protection Law in FL Everglades!?!?!?

      What arrogance the main media has, that they can SLAP the American People on the face by saying this was an equitable debate! Do they think us this stupid — not to see their agenda and thus resent them!?

      A TRUE debate is when a questions is asked, and ALL candidates are given equal time to respond to said question — THIS WAS NOT THE CASE in Florida tonight!

      Shame on the “mediators” — they’ve exposed themselves for what they are (marionettes who’s strings are pulled by those controlling the main media)!

    • Surfisher

      Obama — the next new host of Family Feud (can anyone give a total count of the women he kissed after his Misstate of the Union)?

      Afterwards — Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels neutered in a very diplomatic way all the demagoguery Little Hussein parroted!

      Not strong enough for me — but still kudos to Mitch!

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