GOP Candidates Clash in NH

By: AP
By: AP

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) _ The most heated exchanges in the latest Republican presidential debate were over the Iraq war.

Texas congressman Ron Paul opposes it and, at a debate in Durham, New Hampshire, warned his fellow GOP candidates that they would
drag the party to defeat in 2008 if they stick to their support for the war. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee responded directly
to Paul, saying honor should be more important to Republicans than
winning elections.

The debate was upstaged by the candidate who wasn't there. Earlier, actor and former Senator Fred Thompson officially announced he was running during a taping of NBC's "Tonight Show."

The eight other candidates offered a barbed welcome. Huckabee suggested Fred Thompson might become known as "the no-show for
presidential debates." While Senator John McCain quipped, "Maybe
we're up past his bed time."


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