June 4th, 2007
05:26 PM ET
11 years ago

Who has most to lose in GOP debate?

Ten Republican White House hopefuls are set to square off in Manchester, New Hampshire, Tuesday night in a debate sponsored by CNN, WMUR-TV, and the New Hampshire Union Leader. This will be the third such outing for the GOP candidates over the last month. Is three times the charm? Which candidates do you think have the most to lose - or gain - headed into Tuesday's big event? Weigh in.

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  1. Bob, Devner CO

    Hillary is not hated as much as Bush. She has 40-45 positive ratings. Not high for somebody to be elected, but a heck of a lot better than Bush.

    None of them can't beat Hillary if they cater to right, and none can't win the nominiation if they don't. None have much too loose, because as long as the right has strangle hold on the nomination, they can't win the general election anyway.

    Saying that Mitt has foot in the mouth problems, he needs to look presidental if wish to be the one to loose the general election

    June 4, 2007 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. Gerry Gilbert, Seattle, WA

    A Democrat will be the next President so it doesn't really matter.

    June 4, 2007 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  3. Alan, Illinois

    I think Guiliani has the most to lose. While he stands ahead in the polls, his support has been flat. he needs to clearly articulate why his brand of Republicanism is needed in the White House.

    June 4, 2007 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. Trent Hill, Denham Springs, Louisiana

    Basically everyone but Ron Paul.

    Paul has proved he is for TRUE Goldwater/Reagan conservatism.
    The others have not...

    Ron Paul was one of only FOUR congressmen in 1976 for the Presidency (he didn't get the nomination until 1980). He was part of the 1980 delegation from Texas (which supported Reagan).

    June 4, 2007 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. Davy C Rockett

    Since Paul is the only one of the bunch who truly reads and knows history, the rest of the candidates would have the most to gain if they just stood there and didn't say anything, while Ron Paul schooled them on the Constitution.
    The American People have the most to lose if Ron Paul doesn't get the chance to get his message out about our original intents and rules of law, that this nation was formed on.

    June 4, 2007 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  6. Paul, Dallas, Texas

    Mitt and Rudy,

    Mitt needs to convince us that his religion is not a cult.

    Rudy needs to convince us that he is actually a conservative.

    June 4, 2007 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  7. Rodel - Los Angeles, CA

    John McCain is the most to lose because I think he is the frontrunner. I think he should stick to his support for the Bush's Iraq policy. People need to understand that we cannot back out of Iraq now. Thew world is indeed safer now, and we are still not finished with the work. It will get better, we just need to believe and be patient. I believe Bush was apppointed by God.

    June 4, 2007 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. Its My Party Too, New York, NY

    I think that the neo-con conservatives have the most to lose...and genuine democracy the most to gain. As you can see from the comments below, the neo-cons have now redirected their smear campaigns away from the Democrats, and have begun using those techniques to belittle (yet not logically refute) their own Republican candidates! Clearly the era of fresh, optimistic, confident conservativism – ushered in by Reagan – has now faded and is being replaced by harsh, angry, bitter voices. I guess its true – fundamentalist movements inevitably turn against themselves.

    June 4, 2007 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  9. jon taylor, san diego, CA

    i hope ron paul gets a chance to expose guliani and the other neo cons for the frauds they are.. ron paul is the only real conservative out there

    June 4, 2007 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |

    I think Rudy has the most to lose in that he is the front runner!! Someone needs to point out to Rudy that he has never shown any skill in preventing terrorism, only that he is good at mopping up after an attack. This would qualify him as a JANITOR, but not a PRESIDENT. Rudy's rash judgement of Ron Paul's remarks shows he's a hot head that refuses to think things through before making a judgement, not a good quality for a Presidential candidate!! Rudy has an ego problem, and I think it will come out more and more in these debates!!

    June 4, 2007 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  11. Mike, Oregon, Ohio

    The American people have the most to lose in this sad caricature of a "debate" between several tired, old whitemen whose party has nearly destroyed America at home and abroad.

    June 4, 2007 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  12. Jim Bryant

    America has the most to lose if Ron Paul is not elected

    This is the most important election in the history of the United States. Please choose carefully for you, and if you have any for your children!
    Ron Paul Revolution has begun!

    June 4, 2007 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  13. Matt, Boston

    Rudy has the most to lose. He does have legal experience and the experience of running NYC. But he has no: vision, international experience, or much of an individual concept on anything. Same goes for Romney. These to are RINO's. MCCain is ruining his own campaign.. the more he speaks the worse off he is. My bet is that Fred Thompson will let these guys beat each other up and cherry pick each of the opposing candidates strenghts and put them together (what Gore will do on the Dem side). The GOP needs a true conservative that is honest, smart and skillful in making our country's image great and less divided internally. In order to do this we need an experienced candidate with FEDERAL political experience. Trust me... Romney was a nightmare in MA, and Rudy dropped many balls in NYC... Just ask the Firefighters the true heros of 9/11.

    June 4, 2007 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  14. John Girardeau, Vonore, TN

    I hope that all of the candidates have read all of the books in "Ron Paul's Foreign Policy Book Club" so that they don't make fools out of themselves the way Giuliani did in the last debate!!!!

    June 4, 2007 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  15. Twiddly, Golden, CO

    mccain and rudy.

    they're both gonna give us some good "gaffe" soundbites.

    June 4, 2007 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  16. Washington, DC

    Rob writes:

    "Hopefully that stuttering….mumbeling crossdresser with a lisp…. Rudolph Giuliani loses…. Yeah….. I bet you scare those terrorists away with those three qulities you posses real well."

    Rob I hope the candidate you support has more of an education then you do. If their spelling is anything like yours we are sunk.

    Rob did get one thing right, but for the wrong reason. The candidate with the most to lose is Rudy as the base begins to discover that he is conservative only in economic policy. What more would you expect from a New York City attorney?

    June 4, 2007 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  17. Tim Gregory, New York, New York

    Rudy has the most to lose.
    He's a natural leader but has a liberal bias. Too many pointed questions will expose that.

    June 4, 2007 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  18. Steven Pryor

    I think the candidates not named Ron Paul have the most to lose. People might just notice that the only true conservative on stage is Dr. Paul. The rest are pathetic clones that symbolize all that is wrong with the Republican party.

    June 4, 2007 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  19. Ron Friedman, Phoenix, AZ

    Rudy has the most to lose. McCain has already lost and Romney is a marginal candidate, at best. Romney looks good, but the only substance that he had, which was considerable, he has thrown away kissing right wing behinds.

    June 4, 2007 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  20. Bill Mitchell

    Mitt Romney may not have the most to lose, but he definitely has the most to gain.

    The #1 criticism I am seeing out there on Romney is that he is "too polished". Is that like being "too smart" or "too healthy" or "too rich"? I didn't know being overly polished was a bad thing, but I guess according to the MSM Left Spin Machine, curing cancer would be "too miraculous" and therefore bad.

    That being said, Romney does need to come across as tougher than he has. He is too politic at times and with Thompson getting in the race, needs to be a little more "alpha" male.

    June 4, 2007 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  21. Harris, Anderson, SC

    America has the most to lose with the slate of republican candidates currently running. The best of this bunch is not fit to be a small town dog catcher.

    June 4, 2007 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  22. Jan W.

    Ron Paul is a libertarian, and most conservatives can see that. I think Dr. Paul risked being exposed that way. I personally do not agree with many libertarian ideas, and I don't agree with Ron Paul's stance against federal funding for stem-cell research, and the overarching stance that all of these matters should be left to the states. I think such a general policy would scramble things up much too greatly. Abolishing the IRS? How is he going to pull that off. Ron Paul has some great arguments, but he's just not realistic enough for me. Giuliani needs to show that he's up to attack the issues in more detail, but over all I think all the candidates have very much to lose.

    June 4, 2007 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  23. Brian Hubbell II, Madison Ct

    Rudy just needs to be called on the events of 9/11 and the aftermath by the Firefighters who were the real heroes. All Rudy did was stand in front of a camera, relaying information relayed to him. He caused those firefighters who died in the collapse to not get the message that the towers were going to fall, he caused the searches to stop after most of the Bank of Nova Scotia's assets were recovered, he was NO hero and has no clue about national security or terrorism or leadership.

    June 4, 2007 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  24. Derek, Orange, CA

    Wow, look at all the support for Ron Paul! America is waking up!

    June 4, 2007 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  25. Jeff, York,Pa.

    DOC IN DENVER>>>To answer your question as to who Ron Paul is, he is the candidate the republican party fears so much that they attempted to ban him from this debate. Rudy showed in the last debate that he is a hot head and not capable of thinking something through before making a judgement..Not a quality I look for in a President. I would ask Rudy why since we had a Republican President during 911, a Republican Congress, and a Republican Mayor of NY, just how that translates into " only a republicans can protect me from terrorists"?? NYC was attacked several times when Rudy was Mayor, obviously the terrorists didn't fear him. Rudy has shown no ability to prevent terrorism, only the ability to mop up after an attack. This qualifies him as a Janitor, not a President!!

    June 4, 2007 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
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