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Republican Debate in Iowa Begins

CHICAGO, Ill. -- The Fix is still in the Windy City but now we've turned our attention to the Republicans running for president who are debating in nearby Iowa this morning.

Away we go....

Former Gov. Mitt Romney is the frontrunner in Iowa and he's at the center of the debate at its start.

Moderator George Stephanopoulos started off on abortion, asking Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kans.) if he stood by calls made by his campaign that claim Romney is less conservative on the life issue than he lets on.

Romney said the calls were "desperate," adding: "I am pro-life. That is the truth."

Challenged by Brownback and Stephanopoulos to cite something in the call that was false, Romney pushed back harder. "I get tired of people who are holier than thou because they have been pro life longer than I have," he said to applause.

-- Chris Cillizza

By Eric Pianin  |  August 5, 2007; 10:45 AM ET
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