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    >>> the election, the gloves have already come off in the republican side .

    >> that's right. candidates took ten taking shots at president obama and each other during last night's debate in iowa ahead of tomorrow's straw poll . there was obvious tension in the area when tim paul lewlenty and michele bachmann . we're going to talk exclusively to bachmann about what she said and the "newsweek" cover.

    >>> live to aruba in the latest for the search of a missing maryland woman. the fbi has started conducting interviews tied to the case. we're also going to hear from the woman's roommate here in the u.s.

    >>> take a look at our massive crowd that we have outside on our plaza. country fans are loyal, lester.

    >> yes, coming up, they will be treated to a live concert to one of the most popular country groups around. grammy winning zac brown band .

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    >> look forward to it.

    >>> first, begin with the heated gop debate in iowa. chuck todd , nbc's political director, is in des moines for us this morning. good morning.

    >> reporter: good morning. the final debate without texas governor rick perry in it is going to be known as the time that -- the phrase minnesota nice got turned on its head as the two minnesota republicans, michele bachmann and tim pawlenty , campaigned against each other in a way they realized their political lives are at stake this weekend, and they went at each other.

    >> i need to respond to that.

    >> reporter: former minnesota governor tim pawlenty and congresswoman michele bachmann sparred bitterly, hoping it will translate to a win in tomorrow's critical straw poll .

    >> her record of accomplishment and results is nonexistent.

    >> i introduced the life bulb freedom of choice .

    >> you said the era of small government was over. that sounds a lot more like barack obama , if you ask me.

    >> reporter: but pawlenty didn't stop at bachmann and this time decided not to pass a up a chance at mitt romney , while resurrecting a word pawlenty used. obamney care.

    >> saying they're essentially not the same plan is not credible.

    >> reporter: he instead tried to stay focused on president obama .

    >> that's because our president simply doesn't understand how to lead and how to grow on economy.

    >> reporter: all eight candidates agreed on one thing, no new taxes. went asked if they would walk away from a plan that would raise taxes but cut ten times more in spending, every hand went up. former speaker newt gingrich seemed more intent on attacking his former fox news colleague, repeatedly bristoling at what he called gotcha question.

    >> too much attention paid by the plress corp. of the campaign and not enough to to distinguish us from barack obama .

    >> reporter: the audience boo'd when bachmann was asked if as president she would be submissive to her husband as the president as god commands. reporter romney the debate of the day may have actually come earlier when he took on a handful of democratic hecklers.

    >> hold on a second. hold on a second. i'm not going to raise taxes. that's my answer. i'm not going to raise taxes. and if you want somebody that can raise taxes you can vote for barack obama .

    >> reporter: as for the president, he got fired up speaking at a factory in michigan.

    >> there's been a lot of talk of washington right now that i should call congress back early.

    >> reporter: slamming congress for bickering and what he called folks playing political games.

    >> the last thing we need is congress spending more time arguing in d.c.

    >> reporter: there was an undercard of sorts last night at the debate. pennsylvania -- former pennsylvania senator rick santorum and texas congressman ran paul went over it big time , boat wanting to do well saturday. but today is going to be all about sarah palin who shows up here today to go to the iowa state fair . lester?

    >> chuck todd this morning. thanks.

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