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Maybe running for president while taking strong painkillers is the way to go after all, eh?In the first round, Perry dodged a question on whether he'd reduce the number of legal immigrants, and instead did a whole lot of talking about securing the border.

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Of course, my ears aren't exactly his target audience, and I do realize Republican primary voters might react differently.

Kasich also came out for a balanced budget amendment, and in the second round talked about morality dictating that Republicans should care about more than just the economy -- "something I think Republicans need to talk more about." Sounded a lot like George W. Kasich did have a fairly relaxed time of it, and ended on an upbeat note.

Perry responded with a funny line: "I've heard this question before." Comedy-wise, his timing and delivery were pretty good, I have to admit.

Rick Santorum Santorum started off a bit hesitantly, but he got a little better by the end of the first round.

The other candidates appearing tonight: Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, John Kasich, Chris Christie, Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, Bobby Jindal, Scott Walker, and George Pataki.

The forum was tight, with 14 people to get to, and was made tighter by the fact that it was held in two full rounds of questioning, with a final 30-second statement allowed by each candidate.

He touted a (20 percent) flat tax idea (this general idea was popular among several of the candidates), and bragged about the 1990s welfare reform effort he was a part of.

Santorum said he'd reduce "unskilled" legal immigration by 25 percent.

" John Kasich Kasich was a very late entry into the field, so many people were seeing him for the first time.

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