MYRTLE BEACH (AP) -- Six Republican presidential candidates backed a blend of tax and spending cuts as they debated tonight in Myrtle Beach. The candidates mostly agreed the economic action is needed to avoid an election-year recession. Texas Representative Ron Paul separated from the rest of the field by saying he think we're in a recession and it's going to get worse. The biggest applause in the 90-minute debate came when former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee said he was not ashamed of his Baptist faith but didn't impose it as governor and wouldn't impose it as president. The debate also included former Tennessee Fred Thompson who has said he is dropping out unless he performs well in South Carolina. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani were at the debate despite pulling resources out of South Carolina. Arizona Senator John McCain rounded out the debate field. He leads the most recent poll in South Carolina by Fox News/Opinion Dynamics with 25 percent. (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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