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GOP debate opens with economic questions

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Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gestures during the Iowa GOP/Fox News Debate at the CY Stephens Auditorium in Ames, Iowa, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, Pool) By Charlie Neibergall Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gestures during the Iowa GOP/Fox News Debate at the CY Stephens Auditorium in Ames, Iowa, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, Pool) By Charlie Neibergall

AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Republican front-runner Mitt Romney says he would have supported a plan by congressional Republicans to cut spending and force a vote on a federal balanced budget amendment to address the nation's debt crisis.

The former Massachusetts governor was asked how he would have handled the debt as a large field of Republicans gathered in the leadoff caucus state of Iowa. Early questions focused on the economy, the key issue in the presidential campaign.

A large field of Republicans is vying to challenge President Barack Obama next year.

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