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Santorum hits Pawlenty as not a viable 'alternative', Huntsman who's 'at zero'

After his speech at the State Fair Soap Box event, Rick Santorum slammed those in the media who refer to Tim Pawlenty as a viable "alternative" because his numbers are just as low as Santorum's, according to some polls.

Santorm also attacked Huntsman for being a media darling "even though he is at zero." Santorum called his own campaign a "little engine" that needs to finish in the top half at the straw poll.

Cain reflects on debate
NBC's Ali Weinberg reports: Herman Cain commented on the debate last night after his first stop today at the National Foundation for Women Legislators breakfast in Des Moines.

"From my perspective, I thought the debate went well. I felt as if I did well in terms of my responses. Yes, I would have liked to have gotten more questions; yes, I would have liked for the time to answer to have been a little longer; yes, I would have liked for the whole thing to have been a little less focused on these little conflicts between other candidates, because I think that in essence, that kept the American people from learning more about what we would do."

Cain also spoke at the Des Moines Register's State Fair soapbox and will hold a third event of the day, a town hall in Albia.