Texas Gov. Rick Perry withstood verbal shots from his fellow 2012 Republican presidential contenders during their debate in Florida Monday night.
Republican candidates for president Mitt Romney (L) and Gov. Rick Perry participate in the Tea Party Republican Debate at Florida State Fairgrounds, in Tampa, Florida on September 12, 2011. UPI/Christina Mendenhall.
Audience members applaud the candidates as they are introduced at the CNN/Tea Party Republican Debate at the Florida State Fairgrounds, in Tampa, Florida on September 12, 2011. UPI/Christina Mendenhall
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