Live-blogging this morning’s GOP presidential debate

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The NBC News/Facebook debate begins this morning at 9 am ET — just two days ahead of the New Hampshire primary.

The 90 minute debate can be seen in its entirety on MSNBC. The first 60 minutes will also air on Meet the Presson NBC and some markets across the United States will optionally air the final 30 minutes as well.

Here is a time-lapse video of the debate set build-out.


9:53 a.m. – “Sen. Santorum, would you be a voice for increasing gay rights in your party?”

9:49 a.m. – Paul on home heating subsidies: “Subsidies, per se, are bad economic policy.”

9:46 a.m. – E-mail from Huntsman camp: “Ron Paul: Fringe candidate”

9:39 a.m. – Ron Paul can talk about Woodrow Wilson with authority because he was actually alive when he was in office.

9:37 a.m. – Santorum on Paul: “All things GOP wants him to do, he can’t accomplish, and all the things they don’t want him to do, he can do on day one.”

9:34 a.m. – Paul defends his record of only getting one of his bills signed into law ever by saying, it shows DC is out of touch.

9:31 a.m. – Jon Huntsman = Morning person. And not in the Oscar Wilde “only dull people are brilliant at breakfast” kind of way.

9:29 a.m. – Santorum, on health insurance: “Seniors should be free.”

9:23 a.m. – It’s obvious Rick Perry is a morning person.

9:22 a.m. – Perry, three areas…here we go. He got it! Lots of applause, smiles. Perry holds up three fingers

9:19 a.m. – Jon Huntsman is literally the Republican version of Jed Bartlett.

9:16 a.m. – Huntsman: “I was criticized by Gov. Romney last night for putting my country first.”

9:16 a.m. – How can you Gregory ask a guy at 5% (Perry) in the polls in SC if someone else is unelectable there?

9:14 a.m. – @Lawrence: 1st 10 minutes of Meet debate better than last night’s entire debate.

9:11 a.m. – Newt: “I realize the red light doesn’t mean anything to you bc you’re the front-runner….”

9:10 a.m. – Romney: “For me. Politics is not a career” Hits at Newt, Santorum, Perry, and Paul all at once.”

9:08 a.m. – Someone wake up George Stephanopolous so that he can watch David Gregory moderate a debate!

9:07 a.m. – Santorum to Romney: “If your record as governor of Massachusetts was so great, why didn’t you run for re-election?”

9:05 a.m. – Gingrich’s website calls Romney “unelectable”; Gingrich on stage does not.

9:04 a.m. – David Gregory starts out on a positive note: ‘Why shouldn’t that son-of-a-bitch Romney be the freakin’ nominee?’

9:02 a.m. – On Sunday, I typically watch NFL Countdown on ESPN.  Would be interested to see that crew moderate this morning’s debate.

8:57 a.m. – @BrentTeichman: Hi, @NBC – Will you be running subtitles for @JonHuntsman today…?

8:56 a.m. – Amy Walter: “For months now, the focus has been on which candidate can ultimately become the ‘not-Mitt’ alternative. And, every week it seems, there has been a different alternative. But, voters want to do more than vote against a candidate, they want to vote FOR someone. Attacking Romney would only remind voters about what they disliked about a candidate instead of what they liked about him. Moreover, when Gingrich and Santorum go on the attack, they can come across as snide or mean, the opposite of likable.”

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