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Rick Santorum And Ron Paul Set Off Sparks At New Hampshire Debate (VIDEO)

First Posted: 01/07/2012 9:02 pm Updated: 01/07/2012 9:15 pm

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum finally got his wish. He's finally getting time to talk during the GOP debates.

Due to Santorum's close second-place finish in Iowa, the other candidates turned their fire on him, with Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) early on accusing him of being corrupt.

Paul is out with a new South Carolina ad going after Santorum's record.

"Sen. Santorum is standing right here. Are you willing to stand by those charges and explain them?" asked ABC News' moderator George Stephanopoulos.

"Well, it was a quote -- somebody did make a survey, and I think he came out as one of the top corrupt individuals because he took so much money from the lobbyists. But really what the whole -- there it goes again," said Paul, as he was momentarily cut off because of microphone feedback.

Santorum jumped in and chided, "It caught you not telling the truth, Ron."

Paul called Santorum a "big-government, big-spending individual."

"And also, where did he make his living afterwards?" asked Paul. "He became a high-powered lobbyist in Washington, D.C. He's done quite well. We checked out Newt, on his income. I think we ought to find out how much money he's made from the lobbyists as well."

Santorum said the "survey" he was included in was conducted by the good government group CREW.

"If you haven't been sued by CREW, you're not a conservative," he said. "CREW is this left-wing organization that puts out a list every election of the top Republicans who have tough races and calls them all corrupt because they take contributions from PACs. It's a ridiculous charge. You should know better than to cite George-Soros like organizations to say they're corrupt. That's number one. Ron, I'm a conservative. I'm not a libertarian. I believe in some government."

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