June 4th, 2007
05:26 PM ET
7 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. shank D , Northwales, PA

    Guiliani will be the most to lose. followed by McCain and romney. If any of these three get nominated then I should conclude that americans are dumb. As far as I can see this is the last change for americans to save their country. Ron paul has come to stage as a savior. Man so knowledgeable, so honest, so principled and courageous will be born one in thousand years. So think about it. Learn more about ron paul and you will believe me.

    June 4, 2007 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  2. Joe Adams Boston, MA

    Romney is a double talker. He has yet to set forward any clear agenda for his candidacy. He is all talk and no action as the next debate will indicate.

    June 4, 2007 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  3. Jack Acworth, GA

    Speaking as a registered independent, and have been since I was 18. (now in my 40s) Ron Paul has been the first republican candidate I've ever seen, that I might be able to support. He's a man of conviction, he does what he says, he says what he does. He's a true conservative, which does not mean being a warhawk. (He's never voted for a congressional raise...ever)
    He actually reads about history and knows the things America has done in the middle east that have led us to the situation we're in. (We all, or should I say, most Americans forget it was reagen/bush that sold Saddam his chemical weapons, but we're not responsible in any way when he used them? That's just plain ignorant and naive)
    Ron Paul's grasp on history may be exactly what this country needs to prevent it from repeating itself and helping to drive us into WW3.
    We need a smart man to lead us out of this mess we've created in Iraq. And with a little luck and intelligent leadership maybe defuse the damage of the current administration and the two generations it has insured will continue to hate America in the middle east.
    The American people stand the most to lose if Ron Paul isn't the republican candidate for president.

    June 4, 2007 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  4. Molech

    Go watch Loose Change or Terrorstorm and tell me why we shouldn't overthrow the government and "re-instate" the constitution.

    June 4, 2007 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  5. Chris Truscott, St. Paul

    I think Fred Thompson and Newt Gingrich have the most to lose - that is, if Romney has another good showing.

    The days of entering the race this late are over. If Romney continues to roll, it makes it less likely that someone else will top him. There just isn't the time like there used to be.

    That said, I'm for Hillary.

    June 4, 2007 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  6. Raymond Bretschneider, alabaster al.

    Tom "Terrific" Tancredo. If he tells the country that adding 50 million, no english speaking idiots to americaa work-force, will make the usa into a third world country in twenty years.

    June 4, 2007 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  7. K.M.Grossman

    Ron Paul is the only one I care about.

    June 4, 2007 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  8. Don Berry Tullahoma,Tn

    I am never ceased to be amazed. People always say they want change until we actually get a real choice for that change. The ONLY real Republican running is Ron Paul. One only has to look at who is leading in the polls to see how far the Republican party has fallen. A man who is pro-choice, obviously does not take his marriage vows to seriously, had an affair not only in front of his wife, but in front of the whole country, family life in shambles, solely responsible for emergency hq being in the WTC buildings(despite EVERYONE telling him not to put it in the WTC buildings) – list goes on and on. Just imagine for one second Ronald Reagan supporting a man like Guliani, would never happen. He is as big a liberal as there is.
    Republicans have truly lost their way. Thanks to corporations controlling the party now, I am afraid I will never vote again, unless given a vote for a REAL republican like Ron Paul (and I am sure there are many more out there, it is just the media will not give them a voice)

    June 4, 2007 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  9. Andy K. Kuo, Pasadena, CA

    Rudy. The root causes of global terror will be examined again in the debate and Rudy will continue to dig his own grave.

    June 4, 2007 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  10. Matt, Ann Arbor, Mi

    Giving Guiliani a reading list on 9/11? Classic. More than a few people on the stage admit to not believing in evolution, and Ron Paul is the crazy one?

    June 4, 2007 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  11. Gary Lee, San Antonio, TX

    All of our media is looking for the packaging and they're missing the message. At this stage, all the networks are afraid of Ron Paul and they're reluctant to ask him new and substantial questions. Fox News asked Congressman Paul the very same questions that MSNBC asked him. I'm looking for a candidate who will look into the lens and display some vision and hold the American people accountable for their own health, their own wasteful habits with energy, and encourage Americans to partipate in this next process. A leader who will invite all of us step it up!

    June 4, 2007 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  12. Ben, Walpole NH

    Someone thought that Mitt Romney being called "too polished" is like being called "too smart." For a few years now I watched Mr. Romney serve as governor of the state next door and can tell you that, in his case, being called "too polished" is politely being called "too slick". Mr. Romney spent a lot of time as governor planning to run for president and a big chunk of the time left over after that he spent calculating the shortest path to a television camera. He discovered his progressive side when he found a state where he could qualify to run for governor if he would be progressive; then when he realized he had to win the primary in a party controlled by right-wingers, suddenly he awakened to his true conservative nature. If he wins the nomination, I'll wager he discovers the greater good is to be found between the two poles of left and right. Speaking as a registered independent who's lost all taste for partisan ideology, Romney seems to be a decent manager but he seems equally to have no core character and only one overriding belief: that he's entitled to be president.

    June 4, 2007 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  13. Getten Redi, Foster, Rhode Island

    Ron Paul will once again add to his base in this next debate. The more we hear from this great man the more it all makes sense.

    June 4, 2007 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  14. Thomas Horch, Urbana Ohio

    Rudy is a DEMOCRAT, McCain is a SELLOUT, and Romney can't get his story straight. Ron Paul is the only principled candidate and he has the courage and the conviction to lead this country. Dr. Paul is a statesman and a TRUE patriot! Oh and Fred Thompson is an actor who has a nice deep voice, but is wrong on most major issues and would take this country down the same path of destruction.

    June 4, 2007 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  15. Chris Fountain, Cumming, GA

    Ironically, I would argue Ron Paul has the most to lose AND the most to gain. He has picked up some traction throughout the Internet, but this debate format (assuming it is similar to the Dem's) will allow the candidates a better chance to express (and distance) themselves. While I personally agree with his war stance and his non-interventionist leanings, these are radical positions to many Republicans; he must provide eloquent defenses of them. If he allows the others to pigeon-hole him as un-patriotic (no matter how untrue that is), it could stop his progress in its tracks. If he avoids that and comes across as the wise and benevolent man he truly is, WATCH OUT! http://www.ronpaul2008.com

    June 4, 2007 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  16. shankar, newark, DE

    Ron paul is for real. Rest are losers.

    June 4, 2007 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  17. Sam Robles, Los Angeles, CA

    Romney will not stick his foot in his mouth; brilliant; could go all the way. Too late for McCain; should've run on a third party ticket in 2000. Giulani will not commit blunders; will wage a tough campaign. Thompson will not last. Some of the rest have good points, and will keep everyone on their toes, but don't have a chance.

    June 4, 2007 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  18. Lynn, San Diego, CA

    I think Giuliani has the most to lose in a Republican debate, being watched by Republicans to determine their nominee. I happen to be a Democrat, and when I watched the last debate, although I disagree with all candidates on most issues, I was surprised to find myself agreeing with Giuliani on a lot more issues than I anticipated. That must really tick off Republicans...

    June 4, 2007 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  19. Tom, Boston, MA

    There is no doubt that Mit Romney will be our next president.

    June 4, 2007 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  20. Matt, Chapel Hill, NC

    The Republican Party has the most to lose as they continue to play on hot button as opposed to stressing substantive issues. One day the Electorate (that's us, America) will become politically educated enough to understand and execute the deep necessary change to make the world a better place. (Notice I didn't say soon...)

    June 4, 2007 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  21. moonpie, south carolina

    Why would any republican care about ANYTHING that ANY of these candidates had to lose? It"s obvious by the past two elections that they don't care about ANYTHING....much less where the country may be headed....

    June 4, 2007 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  22. MANNY SAN DIEGO, CA

    I THINK MCCAIN. HIS STRONG ALLIANCE TO MANY OF BUSH'S POLICIES HAS GAVE HIM A BAD REP. AS MANY AS ALL THE OTHER BUSH'S SUPPORTERS HAVE. THE GOP IS IN A DEEP WHOLE WITH SO MUCH CORRUPTION, LIES AND STRAIGHT OUT IGNORANCE THEY WILL NEED TO THINK OF SOMETHING QUICK TO COME CLOSE TO BEATING OBAM/CLINTON 08. HINT HINT CHANGE YOUR VIEW ON THE IRAQ WAR. ISNT THIS A NATION OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE AND FOR THE PEOPLE. AND IF CLOSE 80% OF THE PEOPLE (AMERICANS) WANT TO END THIS WAR THEN LETS DO IT. THIS IS COMING FROM SOMEONE WHO SERVED IN OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.

    June 4, 2007 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  23. vb, Billings, MT

    Ron Paul is the oldest person running here. By the time the vote comes next November he will be 73 and obviously by the time the end of a 4 year term comes he would be 77! He sounds old as well. I think he has some good ideas but PLEASE, we need some new blood!

    June 4, 2007 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  24. Chris Fountain, Cumming, GA

    Mr. Robles, I am sure you are a bright person, but did you say 'Romney will not stick his foot in his mouth?" Why not? Is this the same guy who said he was a hunter all his life, yet had only hunted twice? Who shot 'varmints' (I just wish I had heard that audio coming out his mouth)? Who also said he would just 'double' the size of 'Gitmo?'
    Romney is a successful businessman and probably a good guy, but he is the quintessential panderer.

    June 4, 2007 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  25. Greg, Gainesville, Florida

    As a Democrat, I'd vote for Ron Paul, UNLESS Al Gore jumps in! The rest of the politicians, Republicans and Democrats are a bunch of self-serving losers! This is a scary time for America!

    June 4, 2007 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
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