CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) – Candidates for the Republican nomination for the U.S. presidential election played their trump card Thursday night during a televised debate two days before the primary in South Carolina that could identify the opponent of President Barack Obama in the election on November 6.
At the end of a day marked by a double bounce, the former chairman of the House of Representatives New Gingrich and former Senator Rick Santorum had the opportunity to reduce the gap with Mitt Romney, who made up now the favorite in the race for the White House.
Thursday’s announcement of withdrawal from Texas Governor Rick Perry and his support for Newt Gingrich, along with the victory in the Iowa caucuses Santorum finally attributed to the expense of Romney, has indeed hackneyed cards to ten months of presidential election.
On the evening of the Iowa caucuses, Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, was announced winner with eight votes in advance but ultimately Rick Santorum, ultra-conservative Catholic, who was declared winner of the election on January 3 with 34 vote in advance.
On Thursday night during the debate, held in Charleston and broadcast on CNN, Romney has been particularly challenged by his opponents. In a vigorous exchange with Santorum, and he himself used the term “Romneycare” to refer to health reforms he has put in place when he was governor of Massachusetts.
Now it is a term used pejoratively by fringe conservative Republicans to criticize a reform that President Barack Obama drew heavily for his own health reform.