|Published:||Feb 22, 2012 1:28 PM EST|
|Updated:||Feb 22, 2012 5:14 PM EST|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - A local university is at the center of the latest political controversy as the GOP Presidential candidates get ready for tonight's debate in Arizona.
It will also be their first meeting with Rick Santorum leading in the national polls.
The four contenders for the Republican nomination will meet in Mesa, Arizona tonight for the final face-off before next week's Arizona and Michigan primaries.
Recent polls show Santorum locked in a tight race with Mitt Romney in both states, even though Romney does have a home field advantage in Michigan.
Increased exposure in the polls typically means increased attacks, and Santorum is no exception.
He has been the target of increasing attacks since his three-state sweep in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado earlier this month.
Now, he's being questioned about a 2008 speech he made at Ave Maria University. He talks about a spiritual war where satan attacks the United States. Santorum will likely have to address those remarks and recent comments he made about President Obama's energy policy tonight.
All four candidates will debate, but Newt Gingrich says he won't be in Michigan campaigning, focusing instead on super tuesday states.
Ron Paul has said he'll focus on caucus states to try and gain enough delegates to win the nomination.
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