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Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich suggested at a Fox News forum hosted by Mike Huckabee in South Carolina on Saturday that it would be a good idea to fire federal employees for being too liberal. Federal law, on the other hand, says Gingrich's plan would be illegal.

"I think an intelligent conservative wants the right federal employees delivering the right services in a highly efficient way and then wants to get rid of those folks who are in fact wasteful, or those folks who are ideologically so far to the left, or those people who want to frankly dictate to the rest of us," Gingrich said in response to a question from a federal employee at the forum (emphasis ours).

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Appearing on Fox News after the Huckabee Forum, Sarah Palin said she still wasn’t ready to endorse a candidate. One reason, she said, was that she wanted “to help the cause, not to hurt the cause. And when my name is attached to something then a lot of controversy seems to ensue.”

At the Huckabee forum, Rick Perry asks “Are you better off today than you were $4 trillion ago?” He gets a laugh from the crowd, recognizing him riffing off Reagan’s famous line against Carter: “Are you better off today than you were four years ago?”

Rick Perry played to the South Carolina crowd at the Huckabee forum, referring to recent Department of Justice actions and saying, “when i’m President of the United States you don’t have to worry about the Justice Department messing with your business.”

“South Carolina,” he continued. “They’re actually at war with you.” He then went on to namecheck the DOJ’s recent filings against the state’s attempts to ramp up its voter ID laws. He also fulminated about the state “being forced to spend your money to defend your sovereign right” to set out “your own” immigration policies.

At Mike Huckabee’s undecided voter forum in South Carolina Saturday, Rick Santorum was asked by a member of the audience how it is he can oppose abortion even in the case of rape and incest but also support capital punishment.

“How is the taking of an adult life different than taking the life of the unborn?” the questioner asked.

“I believe that all innocent human life should be protected,” Santorum replied. “With respect to the death penalty we’re not talking about innocent human life.”

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The Supreme Court recently ruled that someone convicted of rape was not subject to capital punishment, that that would be cruel and unusual punishment. But the child who was conceived from that rape could be killed. That is a county that has it’s morals upside down.

At Mike Huckabee’s undecided voter forum in South Carolina Saturday, Rick Santorum was asked by a member of the audience how it is he can oppose abortion even in the case of rape and incest but also support capital punishment.

“How is the taking of an adult life different than taking the life of the unborn?” the questioner asked.

“I believe that all innocent human life should be protected,” Santorum replied. “With respect to the death penalty we’re not talking about innocent human life.”

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The Supreme Court recently ruled that someone convicted of rape was not subject to capital punishment, that that would be cruel and unusual punishment. But the child who was conceived from that rape could be killed. That is a county that has it’s morals upside down.

At the Huckabee forum a voter asks Santorum what as President he could do to help people like her, and goes on to outline her situation. Four years ago her husband lost his job. They’ve run through their IRA. They’ve run through most of their 401k. They moved from their large house in the north of the state to a smaller house in the south of the state where it’s cheaper.

Santorum starts his answer by noting that she and her husband “have moved to a beautiful part of the country.”

“My wife and I love vacationing here,” he continues, before going on to outline his desire to ramp up the American manufacturing industry.

UPDATE: Towards the end of the forum the questioner is asked whether she was satisfied with Santorum’s answer. She’s not. She notes her husband, and many others like him who’ve been affected by the recession, are in their sixties, and so “I’m not sure manufacturing is going to bring him back his job.”

Addressing an question about President Obama’s “class warfare” Newt agrees, saying “if you want food stamps and class warfare then you’ve got a great candidate.” He contrasts this with himself, saying, I don’t believe in 99 percent and 1 percent; I believe in 100 percent of Americans working together."

Some in the crowd at an undecided candidate forum in South Carolina saturday night were unhappy when Newt Gingrich tried to take another swipe at Mitt Romney’s time at Bain Capital.

“Gov. Romney ran saying he created a 100,000 jobs in the private sector,” Gingrich began when asked by a questioner to defend his attacks.

Members of the crowd booed, and Gingrich changed tack. The audience was told before the event began by host Mike Huckabee that attacks on other candidates would not be allowed.

During a spiel about reducing the power of the Federal Reserve, Newt Gingrich tells the Huckabee audience that he would stop the Fed from “propping up the Euro to help the Germans maintain their financial domination of Europe.”

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