DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) _ Months of polite sparring ended at Tuesday's Republican debate, as Rudy Guiliani and Mitt Romney quickly squared off over taxes and spending.
Guiliani says he believes in tax cuts and "cut taxes 23 times." But former Massachusetts Governor Romney quickly accused the former New York City mayor of supporting the "substantial" tax on commuters coming into New York.
In a tit for tat, Guiliani said a leader's goal is controlling taxes. In his words, "I did it, he didn't." Romney called that charge "baloney."
The clashes between the two frontrunners left newcomer Fred Thompson, Senator John McCain and the other contenders as mere
bystanders during some of the two-hour Dearborn, Michigan debate.
For his part, Thompson called the economy strong, but said the
government is spending money that belongs to "future generations." Thompson was making his debate debut, his first since launching his candidacy last month.