And then there were nine…Eight contenders participated in last night's debate of Republican presidential hopefuls, ahead of the Iowa straw poll, including front-runners Michele Bachmann and Mitt Romney. The road ahead is a long one though, especially now that Texas governor Rick Perry has more or less announced he plans to enter the race. A conservative evangelical Christian, Perry became governor in 2000 when George W. Bush quit the job to go to the White House. You know how that story ended.
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Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney made a run for the Republican nomination in the 2008 presidential election, losing to John McCain. He made another run for the presidency in 2012, but was defeated by President Barack Obama.