Round 3: foreign focus, sharp quarrel over Iran

Round three of tonight’s GOP candidate debate allowed each of the candidates to explain some of their previous statements on foreign policy, and gave Jon Huntsman a chance to argue his background with China would be helpful since China is our chief economic competitor.

However, the most animated exchange in this round came when Ron Paul and Rick Santorum quarreled over U.S. policy toward Iran.

“Iran is not Iceland, Ron,” Santorum said.

Paul shot back: “We just plain don’t mind our own business. That’s our problem.”

Later, Santorum suggested Paul was “obviously not seeing the world very clearly.”

Paul shot back at the conclusion of the segment, denouncing militarism: “It’s time we quit this. It’s trillions of dollars we’re spending on these wars.”  The crowd broke out in applause and boos as this round concluded.

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