Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee held a second edition of his Presidential Forum on Saturday evening with five GOP candidates choosing to participate. The forum was held in South Carolina focusing on next Saturday’s primary.
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Original Air Time: Saturday, January 14 at 8pm ET on Fox News
Participants: Romney, Huntsman, Santorum, Gingrich, Perry (Ron Paul was invited but decided not to attend)
Report from KGO-TV:
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said Saturday that Republicans will err if they don’t scrutinize Mitt Romney’s role in a private equity firm called Bain Capital.
Gingrich, the former House speaker, said President Barack Obama will hammer away at Bain if Romney is the nominee this fall.
“I don’t see how you can expect us to have a presidential campaign in which an entire sector is avoided,” Gingrich said on a Fox News program that included five of the six Republican candidates. Each fielded South Carolina voters’ questions for almost 20 minutes.
Many Republican and conservative leaders have rebuked Gingrich for criticizing Romney’s role at Bain. The private equity firm had a mixed record of job-creation at the companies it restructured in the 1980s and `90s.
Program host Mike Huckabee, who ran for president in 2008, gently reprimanded Gingrich for citing Romney by name. The candidates appeared separately, never confronting each other. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas did not participate.
The South Carolina GOP primary is Jan. 21.
Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, said he wants the federal government “out of the housing business” so the free market can work. Mortgage interest payments should remain tax-deductible, he said.