Quotes from Republican candidates' Florida debate

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Posted: Sep 22, 2011 10:04 PM
Quotes from Republican candidates' Florida debate

(Reuters) - Republican presidential candidates met on Thursday in Orlando, Florida, in the latest of a series of debates aimed at helping Republicans decide who they want as their nominee to face Democratic President Barack Obama in the November 2012 election.

Here are some quotations.

RICK PERRY, TEXAS GOVERNOR

On creating a better climate for small business

"What we've done in the state of Texas over the course of the last decade is to lower that tax burden on the small businessmen and women, have a regulatory climate that is fair and predictable and sweeping tort reform that we passed in 2003 that told personal injury trial lawyers, 'Don't come to Texas because you're not going to be suing our doctors frivolously.' And that's the way you free up those small businesses, entrepreneurs where they know that if they can risk their capital and have a chance to have a return on investment. If it'll work in the state of Texas, it'll work in Washington, D.C."

MITT ROMNEY, FORMER MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR

On creating better climate for small business

"President Obama has done everything wrong. I happen to believe that to create jobs it helps to have had a job, and I have ... And having had a job in small business and in big business, I know what you have to do is make America the most attractive place in the world for business."

On how he defines 'rich'

"I don't try and define who's rich and who's not rich. I want everybody in America to be rich. I want people in this country to have opportunity. And I want everybody to have the kind of opportunities that we on this stage have had."

MICHELE BACHMANN, U.S. REPRESENTATIVE FROM MINNESOTA

On tax burden

"Barack Obama seems to think that when we earn money, it belongs to him and we're lucky just to keep a little bit of it.

I don't think that at all. I think when people make money, it's their money. Obviously, we have to give money back to the government so that we can run the government, but we have to have a completely different mind-set. And that mind-set is, the American people are the genius of this economy. It certainly isn't government that's the genius."

(Compiled by JoAnne Allen; Editing by Peter Cooney)