Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney came under fire from his opponents in a series of debates over the weekend, as New Hampshire prepares for its primary on Tuesday. In the Saturday debate, Romney faced less direct attacks from his opponents, and he took the opportunity to criticize President Barack Obama’s policies. Sunday, his rivals stepped up their attacks, saying he would be unable to defeat Obama in the general election. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said Romney had “bailed out” on Massachusetts for not seeking re-election.
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman defended his service as U.S. ambassador to China under Obama, which Romney had criticized the night before. Romney asked how someone seeking to lead the Republican Party could promote policies of the Obama administration, which Huntsman responded to with, “This nation is divided … because of attitudes like that,” prompting audience applause. Other candidates vied to distinguish themselves from their rivals.