"GOFFSTOWN, N.H. The leading contenders for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination appeared together onstage for the first time Monday. But they used the debate to train their fire on President Obama rather than to define their differences.
"Given opportunities to critique one another's stances, the seven competitors repeatedly deflected the questions to attacks on the president.
"Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty was asked, for instance, about his description on Sunday of the new national health-care law as Obamneycare an effort to link Obama's overhaul to the one that Mitt Romney championed and signed into law in 2006 when he was governor of Massachusetts."