Factbox: Key quotes from Republican candidates' debate

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Posted: Sep 07, 2011 8:58 PM
Factbox: Key quotes from Republican candidates' debate

(Reuters) - Republican presidential candidates met at the Ronald Reagan presidential library in Simi Valley, California, Wednesday for a televised debate.

Here are some key quotations.

RICK PERRY, TEXAS GOVERNOR

On Mitt Romney's jobs record:

"He did a great job of creating jobs in the private sector all around the world. But the fact is, when he moved that experience to government, he had one of the lowest job creation rates in the country. The fact is while he has a good private- sector record, his public-sector record did not match that. As a matter of fact, we created more jobs in the last three months in Texas than he created in four years in Massachusetts."

MITT ROMNEY, FORMER MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR

On Perry's jobs record:

"Texas is a great state. Texas has zero income tax. Texas has a right-to-work state, a Republican legislature, a Republican Supreme Court. Texas has a lot of oil and gas in the ground. Those are wonderful things, but Governor Perry doesn't believe that he created those things. If he tried to say that, well, it would be like Al Gore saying he invented the Internet."

MICHELE BACHMANN, MINNESOTA REPRESENTATIVE

On her promise to reduce gasoline prices:

"Don't forget the day President Obama took office, gasoline was $1.79 a gallon. It's entirely possible for us to get back to inexpensive energy. The problem is energy is too high. Let's have a goal of bringing it down because every time gasoline increases 10 cents a gallon there's $14 billion in economic activity that every American has taken out of their pocket."

(Reporting by JoAnne Allen; Editing by Peter Cooney)