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Ron Paul just took a rather original line against the proposed border fence. On stage at the Reagan Library he fretted that it’s not to keep Mexicans out, “but to keep us in.”

He worried that in a time of economic turmoil the federal government could use it as a means of preventing the American people from leaving “with their capital.”

Great picture from ahead of the debate of Mitt Romney and Rick Perry both greeting former First Lady Nancy Reagan.

We’ve been through everything else at the Politico/MSNBC debate Wednesday night, so it was about time we got to Gardisil. Rick Perry said he wish he had done things differently when it came to the anti-HPV vaccine in Texas, but claimed his heart was in the right place.

“I hate cancer,” he said, adding, “at the end of the day, I will always err on the side of saving lives.”

President Obama is now facing liberal criticism from a major name: Former Vice President Al Gore, the man who won the national popular vote in the disputed 2000 presidential election, and has since relaunched himself as a major environmental activist on the issue of global warming.

It is in some ways ironic to see Gore disparage a Democratic president from the left -- it was, after all, the left-wing spoiler campaign of Ralph Nader that cost him the electoral votes of Florida, thus handing the White House to George W. Bush.

Gore published a blog post on Wednesday, titled "Confronting Disappointment", criticizing the Obama administration for backing away from proposed smog regulations:

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Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry ahead of the debate… All looking to the right.

Mitt Romney stood up for Social Security in the Politico debate Wednesday night, claiming Perry’s claim that the program is a failure is ridiculous.

“You can’t say that to tens of millions of Americans who live on Social Security or who have lived on it,” Romney said.

Rick Perry dismissed criticisms from Karl Rove (his former political adviser) on the debate stage Wednesday night. Earlier in the day, Rove said Perry’s unending talk of Social Security being a “Ponzi Scheme” was “toxic” for a potential GOP nominee.

Perry was not interested in discussing that.

“You know karl has been over the top for a long time in some of his remarks,” Perry said. “I’m not responsible for Karl anymore.”

Ron Paul managed to top Michele Bachmann’s promise of $2 gasoline prices, declaring that gasoline prices could be brought down to just a dime: “A silver dime. A silver dime is worth $3.50. It’s all about inflation and too many regulations.”

The candidates at the Republican debate were asked whether they agreed with Mitt Romney’s past statements that his record in Massachusetts would provide a good model for the country.

No candidates agreed — but Rick Perry chimed in.

“It was a great opportunity for us to see as a people what will not work,” said Perry, “and that is an individual mandate in this country.”