Republican rivals renew their debate series

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- One Sunday morning talk show has a different look.

The Republican presidential hopefuls are facing off in a 90-minute live debate on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos." Stephanopoulos is serving as moderator.

The format is designed to let the candidates engage each other.

Participating are Senator Sam Brownback, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Congressman Duncan Hunter, Senator John McCain, Congressman Ron Paul, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Congressman Tom Tancredo and former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson.

The debate is being broadcast from Drake University in Iowa and comes just one week before a high-profile Republican straw poll in the state. In past campaigns, the poll has served to thin the GOP field.

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