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GOP debate focuses on national security, foreign policy

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(ABC NEWS) -- There are just six weeks to go before the Iowa caucuses. There seemed to be a greater sense of urgency among the Republican contenders. There were significant disagreements over key foreign policy issues.

On Afghanistan, former New Hampshire Gov. Mitt Romney says, "Our effort there is to keep Afghanistan from becoming a launching point of terrorism. We don't want to just pull up stakes and get out of town after the enormous output we've just made."

Former Utah Gov. John Huntsman disagrees. "We don't need 100,000 troops, we need something more akin to 10-15,000, special force capability."

Texas Gov. Rick Perry expressed his feelings on Pakistan: "They've showed us time and time again that they can't be trusted," Perry said. "I would not send them one penny, period."

U.S. Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann disagreed, saying "With all respect to the Governor I think that's highly naive. We're talking about nuclear weapons. That's how serious this is."

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich came into the debate as the new frontrunner, and he slid under the radar for most of the night until the issue of illegal immigration came up.

"I don't see how the party that says it's the party of family can have an immigration policy that destroys a family that's been here a quarter of a century," Gingrich said. "I'm prepared to take the heat for saying let's be humane in enforcing the law."

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