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Jon Stewart Recaps GOP Debate In Las Vegas, Goes After Mitt Romney (VIDEO)

10/20/2011 09:39 am ET | Updated Dec 20, 2011

On Tuesday night, seven candidates seeking the GOP nomination for President in 2012 had the eighth debate in this election, and we're not even at the one-year mark. Jon Stewart has already gotten a lot of material out of the past showdowns, and this week's debate, set in Las Vegas, was no different.

Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul provided their usual gaffe-worthy moments and Rick Perry had the audacity to refer to Herman Cain as "brother" on several instances. But it was Mitt Romney who bore the brunt of Stewart's jokes.

Former Massachusetts Governor Romney has come under fire before for his healthcare plan, but it wasn't even the other candidates saying "Obamneycare" that made him look bad as it was discussed during the debate. According to Stewart it was his own explanation of how, even though the plan worked well in his state, he would never introduce it to the nation.

"It's a great republican idea that works great -- the people of Massachusetts love it -- But I would never do it again; it's socialism," Stewart joked.

And then it was on to the most memorable scuffle of the night: Romney and Texas Governor Rick Perry arguing about Romney employing illegal immigrants to tend to his lawns. The back and forth led to some actual physical contact, plenty of overlapping speech, and one of Stewart's favorite lines of the night: Romney saying, "I'm running for office for Pete's sake!" to describe what he told the landscaping company after he found out there were illegals working there. Stewart mocked:

"Believe me, if I wasn't running for office I wouldn't give a flying f**k!"

Watch the full segment above (or click here to watch on "The Daily Show" website) and hear why what Romney said was his most honest moment to date.

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