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Last updated on Friday, September 23, 2011
(INDIANAPOLIS) - A day after confrontational debate in Florida, presidential hopeful Mitt Romney will visit Indiana today.
The Indiana Republican Party will host the former Massachusetts governor at the JW Marriott hotel downtown at 5 p.m.
But Thursday night, Romney was sparing with other GOP candidates in the runup to the 2012 presidential election.
Republican presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Rick Perry sarcastically accused each other Thursday night of flip-flopping on Social Security and health care, flashpoints in their intense struggle for the party nomination.
In a debate that focused on character and credibility as much as other issues, Perry insisted he had backed off "not one inch, Sir" from what he had written in a campaign-season book published a few months ago.
Romney vouched for his own steadfastness moments later. "There are a lot of reasons not to elect me," he said. "There are a lot of reasons not to elect other people on this stage. But one reason to elect me is I know what I stand for. I've written it down. Words have meaning."
The two men assailed one another in the third debate in as many weeks in a race for the Republican presidential nomination growing testier by the day.
Perry runs ahead in national opinion polls, with Romney a close second, and they compete daily for endorsements from members of Congress and other party luminaries in hopes of gaining a permanent edge before the caucuses and primaries begin early next year.
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