Rick Santorum Claims Mitt Romney's Tax Plan Isn't Bold Enough In Republican Presidential Debate

01/08/2012 12:13 am ET

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Former Sen. Rick Santorum says rival Mitt Romney's tax plan is too meek to get the country's economy moving again.

Romney, in Saturday's presidential campaign debate, said taxes are too high and they fund a government that is too big. The former Massachusetts governor says the United States is "only inches away" from economic ruin and the next president must reign in the scale of the federal government. But he says some taxes are necessary to pay for the core needs that only Washington can provide.

Santorum, rising in the contest, says Romney is nibbling at the edges.

Rival Jon Huntsman says he would close all tax loopholes, something he alone seemed to favor. He says that would bring in trillions of dollars to pay down the nation's debt.

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