While the other candidates largely support a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman, Paul said he opposed such an effort and would prefer that government got out of the marriage business. When candidates, such as Gingrich and Santorum, took hawkish war policies, Paul said every foreign conflict since World War II was unconstitutional.
Even when they disagreed, it lacked the sharp tenor of prior debates. But the niceness was short-lived. Before the event even ended, Bachmann’s campaign sent out an email blasting Gingrich’s track record on abortion.
Iowa was frenetic with campaign activity on Saturday. In the evening, the Republican candidates headed to Altoona to attend a birthday fundraiser for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad that was expected to raise more than $250,000. Across town in Des Moines, the Democrats held their premier fundraiser of the year, which was headlined by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, President Obama’s former chief of staff.
Iowa launched Obama’s historic candidacy in 2008, when his caucus win over Hilary Rodham Clinton raised his profile on the political map. Iowa also went Democratic in the general election, but economic uncertainty has made it a swing state this time.