Republican presidential candidates Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann, from left, listen to Jon Huntsman Jr. during the Fox News/Google debate in Orlando, Fla. (Mark Wilson, Getty Images / September 23, 2011)
By Paul West and Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times
September 22, 2011, 10:04 p.m.
Reporting from Orlando, Fla., and San Francisco— After taking heat from the rest of the GOP presidential field in the last two debates, Texas Gov. Rick Perry tried to take the offensive against his main rival Thursday night by questioning Mitt Romney’s views on education and accusing him of misrepresenting Perry’s stance on Social Security.
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