Thompson, Huckabee Spar in South Carolina

By: AP
By: AP

Fred Thompson has put the Presidential campaign front and center as a battle for the future of the party. At Thursday night's debate in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, he lit into rival Mike Huckabee for having "liberal" economic and foreign policies. The former Arkansas governor, with an Iowa caucus win in his pocket, responded with an Air Force slogan: "If you're not catching flak, you're not over the target."

Mitt Romney and John McCain both talked about the need to cut taxes, while Rudy Giuliani pledged he'll send Congress the largest tax cut in history. Congressman Ron Paul, invited to this FOX News debate, says the country's already in a recession that will get worse.

The debate unfolds as one poll shows McCain getting a bounce from his New Hampshire primary victory, and moving slightly ahead of Huckabee and Romney in South Carolina. The Palmetto State holds its Republican primary a week from Saturday, on January 19th.


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