By Leeza Yeretzian–1/26/2012

The GOP candidates will not be traveling to space anytime soon.  There is just too much to do here on earth.

“I’m not looking for a colony on the moon,” said Mitt Romney in response to Newt Gingrich’s plan to have Americans live on the moon. “I’d rather be rebuilding housing here in the U.S.”

The former Massachusetts Governor attacked Gingrich’s space plans during tonight’s CNN Republican Presidential debate. Senator Rick Santorum also criticized the former Speaker’s attempts to garner extra-terrestrial votes from Florida’s Space Coast voters.

“We run a $1.2 trillion deficit right now.  To go out there and promise new programs and big ideas…it’s not a responsible thing,” said Santorum.

The debate skyrocketed even more when talk of taxes started.  Gingrich characterized the question about whether he was satisfied with Romney’s level of financial transparency as “nonsense.”  This week, Romney disclosed his 2010 tax returns, which indicated he paid just under 14 percent.

“I have earned the money that I have.  I’m proud of being successful,” said Romney.  “Let’s put behind this idea of attacking me because of my investments.”

Congressman Ron Paul redirected the tax discussion to the shrinking middle class and the 99 percent.  Paul said, “There’s a big difference between those who earn money and those who rip us off through the government and the monetary system.”

Candidates Romney and Gingrich also sparred on recent immigrant advertisements. Both candidates had to explain their accusations and their stances on illegal immigration and the English language.

This was the nineteenth nationally televised GOP Presidential debate and the final debate before Florida’s primary on January 31.

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