TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The Republican presidential race has waded, at least for a moment, into the grainy details of U.S. sugar policy.
The topic came up during Monday night's debate in Tampa, Fla., with Newt Gingrich saying it's one of the fascinating things about America. He added that sugar subsidies would be cut in an ideal world.
Mitt Romney followed up by also calling for an end to subsidies.
Blogs and Twitter feeds lit up with the exchange. Those calling for overhauling sugar policy, including the candy industry, say they were happy the topic came up. The sugar industry says the policies are necessary to keep U.S. sugar companies from shutting down.
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