Torture In The First Debate

The libertarians stood firmly against waterboarding, leaving Pawlenty, Cain, and arch-Catholic Santorum endorsing the torture technique. Ben Smith focuses on the former:

Pawlenty introduced the subject unasked: "If it turns out that…the techniques that [Obama] criticized during the campaign led to bin Laden's being identified and killed, he should be asked to explain whether he does or doesn't support those techniques," he said at the beginning of the debate.

Hume noted that Pawlenty, two years ago, refused to endorse waterboarding specifically, citing the "damage it causes not only to the individual but to our values more broadly." Pawlenty said he stood by that sentiment — but that he support[s] enhanced interrogation techniques under limited circumstances."