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Mitt Romney defended the 2008 TARP bailout, declaring that it was necessary in order to prevent the collapse of America’s financial and monetary system.

“My experience tells me that we were on the precipice, and we could have had a complete collapse of the banking system, wiping out the savings of all the people,” said Romney.

He did, however, criticize the implementation of TARP, and the use of the funds for such purposes as the bailout of the U.S. auto industry.

Even Romney’s pooping on him now. Romney also notes he doesn’t know who he’d replace them with, but then “I haven’t picked a VP either; I’m not sure I’m the nominee yet!”

Romney, deflecting what he called a hypothetical question, said, “I’m not very good at being omniscient, but I can tell you this: I’m not going to have to dial up Timothy Geithner and say how is the economy working?”

Newt Gingrich discussed the government’s guidelines on the recommended frequency of prostate cancer screenings — and name-dropped Sarah Palin.

“I think Governor Palin got attacked unfairly for describing what could be called ‘death panels,’” said Gingrich.

However, Palin’s infamous “death panels” accusation against President Obama was a very different allegation about government boards: That a panel of bureaucrats would cut off access to health care for her young son, who has Down Syndrome, and declare him not socially worthy of treatment.

Bachmann: “President Obama plans for medicare to collapse, and everyone will be pushed into Obamacare.”

Then she brings up the 15-member board… the board that Palin dubbed the “death panel.”

Best bit about the debate so far: the shaky camerawork. It makes it a bit like watching a Steven Soderbergh movie.

Rick Perry responded to the demand from moderator Charlie Rose to lay out his own economic plan, in contrast to Mitt Romney’s 59-point plan.

Perry called for rolling back federal regulations, but also added: “Mitt’s had six years to be working on a plan. I’ve had about eight weeks.”

She’s asked whether she thinks it’s a problem that no bankers went to jail for the meltdown. She blames the federal government for pushing subprime mortgage goals instead.

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