Follow the latest Republican Party presidential debate in New Hampshire - minute by minute.

10:44 PM: The last question was a softball: Candidates were asked where they'd be if they weren't at the debate.

Perry, a Texan at heart, would "probably be at the shooting range." Paul would be either with his family or "reading an economics textbook." Huntsman'd be on the phone with his sons.

And Gingrich? "I'd be watching a championship college basketball game."

The NCAA championships aren't until April - and Gingrich had to correct himself: "Championship football game."

Santorum and Romney, too, said they'd be watching football.

10:37 PM Romney lambasts former China ambassador Huntsman for creating US-China policy under Obama for the past two years. "I'm going to tell the Chinese, 'It's time to stop! We have to play by the rules!'"

In response, Huntsman throws out a phrase in Chinese - drawing laughs from the audience.

10:33 PM: Gingrich positions himself as a true conservative - citing his desire to eliminate capital gains tax and implement a 12.5 tax on corporate income - as opposed to what he says is Romney's more "establishment" conservatism.

Santorum, too, gets in on the fun - saying that, unlike Romney, he's consistently opposed individual healthcare mandates as well as cap-and-trade schemes to curb emissions..

10:28 PM: "We're increasingly becoming like Europe!" frets Romney. "Are we going to remain an exceptional nation, a unique nation?"

10:23 PM: Romney repeats an oft-heard line among Republican candidates this cycle: The US needs to get rid of tax exemptions and loopholes - and then lower tax rates.

10:18 PM: Romney: average GDP per capita in the US is 50 per cent higher than in Europe. That's true for the mean - but in terms of median income, that margin is lower - about 33 per cent, says Politifact.

10:14 PM: Halftime here in Manchester. So far, no major missteps from the candidates - and no "oops" moments from Perry. The #2 and #3 finishers in Iowa - Rick Santorum and Ron Paul - can't stop taking shots at one another meanwhile, Mitt stays out of the fray.

10:08 PM: Paul, the only non-interventionist of the six Republicans behind the podia tonight, says the US should work to win the hearts and minds of Iranians - citing the recent US rescue of Iranian fishermen from pirates - instead of imposing  sanctions. "This just pushes Iran right into the hands of the Chinese."

Santorum shoots back: "If we had your foreign policy, we wouldn't've had a fleet there to pick up the Iranian fishermen."

10:04 PM: Santorum says Obama is trying to wage a "politically-correct war" and not being honest with the American public about "who the enemy is".

And the first mention of energy policy so far: If you want to stop Wahhabism, says Gingrich, we need an "American energy policy".

10:01 PM: The war in Afghanistan has been successful, says Huntsman. But with a civil war there looming, he says, "it's time to go home. ... I don't want to be nation-building in southwest Asia." Nevertheless, he says about 10,000 troops should remain in the region to deal with security issues.

Romney says he'd bring the troops home too, but worries about giving up US gains.

Gingrich seems to be the most hawkish of the three: he describes Afghanistan as a small part of "a gigantic menace that is very dangerous," and cites the Muslim Brotherhood political party's victory in Egypt as a bad sign.

9:55 PM: Finally, Perry gets in the discussion he says Obama is waging a "war on religion" which will "stop" under a Perry administration.

9:52 PM: On the topic of homosexuality, Gingrich says that "the bigotry goes both ways. There's a lot more anti-Christian bigotry!" he claims.

9:50 PM: Now for a question from the Internet! "Phil from Virginia" asks Gingrich what gay people should do who want to "form loving, committed, long-term relationships". Gingrich responds by saying that a one-woman, one-man marriage is "at the core of our civilisation".

Santorum, probably the most culturally conservative of the six on stage, is asked about his views on same-sex adoption. "It's a state issue," hedges Santorum.

9:43 PM: Quote of the night so far, from a testy Mitt Romney: "Contraception's working just fine! Leave it alone!"

9:42 PM: Do states have the right to ban contraception? This is "an unusual topic!" says Mitt. "I can't imagine the circumstances where the state would want to do so. ... You could ask your constitutionalist here," he said, pointing to Ron Paul. Romney says the question is silly.

9:36 PM: Paul's asked about racist newsletters issued under his name in the 1980s and 90s. He hedges, instead saying he's not a racist because of all the candidates, only he opposes the US' War on Drugs - which disproportionately affects minorities. "These drug laws are so unfairly enforced."

Paul calls Martin Luther King Jr a hero of his  - yet one of his newsletters referred to him as a "pro-Communist philanderer" and referred to Martin Luther King Day as "Hate Whitey Day". Paul says he doesn't know who wrote the newsletters.

9:31 PM: In the past, Ron Paul has called Gingrich a "chickenhawk" for supporting wars while not serving in the military himself. Asked to respond, Gingrich makes a bid directly at New Hampshire voters, calling for better care for New Hampshire military veterans.

Paul's asked if he'd call him a chickenhawk again Paul says "yes. They have no right to send our kids off to war. ... These wars were undeclared, they're unnecessary, they can't be won! ... I don't like it when we send our kids off to fight these wars when these individuals didn't go themselves."

Gingrich: "Dr Paul has a long history of saying things that are inaccurate and false." Ganging up on Romney is looking increasingly unlikely.

9:27 PM: Romney: Obama should've supported protesters during Iran's Green Revolution.

9:25 PM: National security time! Huntsman's asked what would make him a good leader. Sawyer prods him: "Do you want to speak about anyone specific on the stage?" Huntsman demurs, touting that he's "run two American embassies" and has more national security experience than his opponents.

9:22 PM: Rick Perry calls Ron Paul an insider for his positions on earmarks Paul, who's worked up, pivots and keeps going at Santorum, calling him a big spender. "What's your excuse for that?"

9:19 PM: Looks like everyone teaming up on front-runner Romney won't happen.

9:18 PM: Santorum, responding to Paul: "I'm a conservative. I'm not a libertarian. I do believe in some government."

9:15 PM: Ron Paul asked about an ad of his calling Santorum a "coporate lobbyist" with a "record of betrayal". Paul's microphone acts up Santorum zings back: "That only happens when you're not telling the truth."

9:11 PM: Gingrich goes after Romney for his time in the private equity sector at Bain Capital, a company Romney co-founded.

9:08 PM: Romney says the country needs a businessman, not someone with government experience. "The people in the private sector ... they're successful because they're leaders."

9:07 PM: Rick Santorum says nobody has more experience in dealing with Iran than him.

9:06 PM: First question goes to Mitt. Are lower unemployment figures a sign of an economic rebound? It's "very good news", says Romney - but "not thanks to Obama".

9:01 PM: It'll be interesting to see whether Romney's five opponents will all turn their guns on him tonight - or continue sniping among themselves, as they've been doing in the past few feeks.

8:58 PM: Pressure's on for Jon Huntsman tonight he's said he'll drop out of the race if he finishes in worse than third place in the New Hampshire primary. Polls show he's currently getting about 10 per cent support.

8:52 PM: Tonight's moderators: Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos of ABC News, and Josh McElveen of WMUR, a local television station.

8:40 PM: Unlike in Iowa, which saw candidate after candidate surge in the polls before plummeting, New Hampshire has had one steady front-runner for months: Mitt Romney. With only three days left until the New Hampshire primary, this debate (and the debate next morning) will be one of the last chances Republican presidential hopefuls will have to woo Granite State voters.

And with the barrage of negative advertisements unloaded in Iowa – Newt Gingrich was hit particularly hard there by TV ads, many of which were funded by Romney-affiliated groups – tonight’s debate could see some particularly strident rhetoric.

8:03 PM: Not only Republicans are here tonight - so far about 100 people affiliated with the Occupy movement, calling themselves "Occupy the New Hampshire Primary", are also at St Anselm. An Occupy organiser, Wendy Rogers, says they're holding "a funeral for the American dream". The Occupiers here are playing wind and brass instruments their repertoire includes Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" and labour anthem "Which Side Are You On?" Between songs they're chanting, "We are the 99 per cent" and, "We are unstoppable / Another world is possible".

Policemen watching the Occupiers say they haven't had a problem with the demonstrators.

7:46 PM: At 9 PM tonight in Manchester, New Hampshire, Republican presidential hopefuls will debate each other for the first time since the Iowa caucuses. It’s the 19th debate of the primary season so far – and the third at St Anselm College.

It’s worth pointing out that this debate is the first of what’s effectively a double-header: Tomorrow in Concord, the state capital, presumably sleep-deprived candidates will debate each other again – at 9 AM.

The stage will feel a little smaller with the departure of outspoken Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann from the race, following her disappointing showing in the Iowa caucuses.

Just six candidates will be debating tonight: former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Texas congressman Ron Paul, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, Texas governor Rick Perry, and former Utah governor Jon Huntsman Jr.