GOP Targets Clinton, Economy at Debate

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At last night's Florida debate, Republicans voiced support for the economic stimulus deal just reached by the President Bush and Congress, with some saying they'd have gone even farther.

Democrat Bashing Time?

It appeared to be a team effort to bash a Democratic rival with the GOP candidates blasting Sen. Hillary Clinton, saying she'd be certain to raise taxes, and for her position on the iraq war.

"If we do what Senator Clinton said as he wanted to do night before last and that is wave the flag of surrender and set a date for withdrawal then we will have expenses in my friend: American blood and treasure," Sen. John McCain said.

Mitt Romney added "I said before Washington is broken. She is Washington to the core. She has been there too long. Bill Clinton's been there too long. The last thing America needs is sending the Clintons back to Washington."

Giuliani Banking on Florida

With Florida's big primary less than a week away, polls show Rudy Giuliani running third - despite his hopes Florida would catapult him into the big Super Tuesday round of primaries.

He was questioned about his plan to stop illegal immigration.

"We should teach new behavior," he responded. "The new behavior is, if you want to come into the United States you have to identify yourself."

Polling at 25 percent in Florida, McCain leads the pack here, followed by Romney at 23 percent with Giuliani tied for third with Mike Huckabee at 15 percent.

On the Democratic side, Dennis Kucinich has dropped out.

As for tomorrow's South Carolina primary, polls show Barack Obama is ahead of Clinton.

The economy, immigration and Iraq will be hot button issues as the candidates head into the critical primaries in Florida and then Super Tuesday.

But in a race this close for both sides, it doesn't appear either party will have clear nominee even then.

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Melissa Charbonneau

Melissa Charbonneau

CBN News White House Correspondent

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