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-- be the primary focus of tonight's Republican candidate debate in Florida Social Security will figure -- prominently as well particularly the views of one participant.
But there was movement on the political chess board before this evening's event chief political correspondent Carl Cameron tells us what that.
Former presidential candidate and Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty passed over front runner Rick Perry in the rest of the GOP field.
To endorse Mitt Romney He is the most capable.
Most knowledgeable most electable candidate in this race by far.
And I am honored and privileged and excited to support him.
As our next president of the United States -- -- agreed to help pay off some of qualities campaign debts.
-- -- quickly echoed Romney's attack on Rick Perry over Social Security reform governor Romney wants to fix Social Security doesn't wanna abolish it or and that He doesn't believe it should be.
Thrown out He needs that He believes it should be reformed -- hours after Pawlenty endorsed Romney Perry announced the support of Louisiana governor Bobby gin built.
Perry is maintained a double digit lead in the polls since last week's debate He has not in fact called for an end to Social Security.
In this morning's USA today Perry wrote quote America's goal must be to fix Social Security by making it more potentially sound and sustainable for the long term.
But Perry has called Social Security a failure unconstitutional.
And a Ponzi scheme.
And Romney's spilling GOP mailboxes in Florida with a flier implying Perry would abolish the entitlement quote.
How can we trust anyone who wants to kill Social Security.
In South Carolina -- was asked to explain the mandatory health program He implemented as governor of Massachusetts.
And He tried to turn the tables on Perry.
Who signed a controversial health care mandate of his own.
Texas for -- mandates that young girls are demanding the young girls had to get inoculations for sexually transmitted diseases -- admitted his executive -- it was a mistake that was overturned by Texas lawmakers who accused -- of overstepping his authority with an inappropriate sexually -- message to -- There falling back into a single -- -- the polls after last week's debate Michelle Bachman -- downsizing your campaign to concentrate almost exclusively on Iowa.
Has also joined the pile on Perry over Social Security.
And it is expected to continue tonight when eight of the candidates will debate here in Tampa this is the second debate in just three weeks in this September.
And some of the primary voters in Florida and New Hampshire may be a bit distracted.
While the debates going on tonight is also the season premiere of NFL's Monday Night Football in the New England Patriots are visiting the Miami Dolphins.
Squish the fish -- Our Karl live in Tampa --
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