GOP presidential candidates square off tonight

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SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) -- The first of three Republican presidential debates over the next three weeks is set for later today in Simi Valley, Calif., at the presidential library of Ronald Reagan.

The economy is likely to dominate the debate, which comes a day before President Barack Obama rolls out a jobs-creation plan.

It was Reagan who advised fellow Republicans that they shouldn't speak ill about one another. This evening, some of the candidates may find that advice hard to follow.

For one thing, sparring has broken out between Texas rivals Ron Paul and Gov. Rick Perry, with Paul referring to Perry as "Al Gore's cheerleader" because he once worked to help elect the Democrat. Perry's team labels Paul a turncoat for once leaving the GOP.


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