Third Republican Presidential Debate

The Republican presidential candidates gathered the night of June 5, 2007, for their third debate - their first in the early primary state of New Hampshire.

President Bush drew sharp criticism from the GOP White House hopefuls.

The third debate among ten GOP White House hopefuls made clear Senator John McCain stands alone in supporting the compromise immigration legislation that’s now before Congress.

“It is a serious national security problem. We need to act my friends,” McCain said.

“The problem with this immigration plan is it has no real unifying purpose. It’s a typical Washington mess,” Giuliani said.

President Bush supports the bill and was criticized here for it.

“Yes, I’m willing do whatever is necessary to stop this piece of legislation and that includes going after any Republican that votes for it,” Tancredo said.

The President was also criticized for his handling of Iraq.

“...And if they declare there’s no progress in September we should come home. It was a mistake to go so it should be a mistake to stay,” Ron Paul said.

On the day Vice President Dick Cheney’s aide, Scooter Libby was sentenced for lying and obstructing the CIA leak investigation, most of the candidates left open the possibility of a pardon.

“This is excessive punishment, this is an incomprehensible situation,” Giuliani expressed.

“You have a prosecutor who clearly abused prosecutorial discretion,” Romney said.

“Bill Clinton committed perjury and lost his law license - Scooter Libby got 30 months. It’s not fair at all,” Thompson said.

These candidates won’t share a stage like this again until August and by then an 11th candidate is expected to join them, former Senator Fred Thompson, who launched his website seconds after this debate ended.

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