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Santorum In From The Wings

You needn't have read any newspapers or seen any polls to know who posted a better than expected showing in the Iowa caucuses. All you had to do is notice who the debate sponsors placed in the center of the stage. After being lost in the wings for the previous 13 debates, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania was allowed to be seen.

There he was right next to front-runner Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts. No accident there. They were separated by only eight votes in Iowa and by only about five feet on the stage at St. Anselm College. It allows the ABC cameras to put the two candidates in the same shot reacting to what is being said.

This time, the candidates stuck on the wings - and generally out of camera shot - were former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman on the left and Texas Gov. Rick Perry on the right. From stage left to right, the candidates were Huntsman, Rep. Ron Paul, Romney, Santorum, former Speaker Newt Gingrich and Perry.

The debate is sponsored by ABC News, Yahoo! News, and WMUR-TV, ABC's Hearst-owned affiliate in Manchester.

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