Republican presidential candidates promised to deliver the leadership that Washington needs to overcome congressional gridlock as they pitched their plans for jobs and taxes and called for the removal of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke during a debate tonight at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Participating in the event, sponsored by Bloomberg News and the Washington Post, were former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney; Texas Governor Rick Perry; former pizza magnate Herman Cain; Michele Bachmann, a Minnesota congresswoman; Newt Gingrich, the former House Speaker; Ron Paul, a Texas representative; former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman. Moderators of the debate included PBS talk show host Charlie Rose, Bloomberg reporter
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The U.S. Senate approved a proposal to order the Treasury Department to study how to withdraw government support of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac , rejecting a Republican deadline for ending aid to the two companies.