June 5th, 2007
10:53 PM ET
4 years ago

No shakeup from the 'red zone'

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Did anyone win Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate?

"God no... and it's almost obnoxiously early," said Michael Kiernan, an undecided voter from Merrimack, New Hampshire, who attended the debate.

Kiernan was picked to sit in the "red zone" during the debate, an area reserved in the front of the stage for voters who have not decided whom to back in the presidential race.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney all received praise for their performances. Basically, little happened Tuesday night to shake up the top of the field - at least in the eyes and ears of those in red zone.

Here is a sampling of observations from audience members who sat with Kiernan:

Darien Lauten, Durham, New Hampshire: "I was so impressed with the field. I thought they were so knowledgeable. I think I was impressed with the camaraderie between them. I think McCain or Giuliani stood out. I think Ron Paul was a little bit out of it."

Laura Varela, Merrimack, New Hampshire: "Maybe Ron Paul and Tom Tancredo were a couple of the losers. I think Mitt Romney might have been a winner. I am not sure about John McCain because of his answer on immigration. I think Rudy Giuliani might have been a winner."

Erin Flanagan, Bedford, New Hampshire: "The last time I was so excited by McCain... I don't have that sense now."

Cynthia Kiernan, Merrimack, New Hampshire: "I'm leaning a little towards Giuliani... still not 100%." (She wants to hear more from him on gun control).

Salman Malik, Londonderry, New Hampshire: "I think Giuliani won but I was intrigued by Ron Paul. I was not familiar with his policies but now I think they are worth exploring."

Ann Weikers, Manchester: "Giuliani was the winner for me. He was quick on his feet, had a presidential presence and was firm with his answers."

Dave Simmons, Windham, New Hampshire: "I think McCain won. He started off slow but finished strong. I was disappointed with Romney, he didn't stick to the issues."

–CNN Political Editor Mark Preston


Filed under: John McCain • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire • Race to '08 • Ron Paul • Rudy Giuliani • Tom Tancredo
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. ereimer

    I would love to see Ron Paul do well in the election. He's on point regarding many of the issues (censorship, spying, privacy, Iraq) and he's not McCain-stale or Guliani-phony.

    June 7, 2007 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. J.J. , Canyon Lake, TX

    This is amazing! This reminds me of Ross Perot having to say, "Can I talk?!!" during the debates way back when. Ross Perot was a loud businessman while Ron Paul is a composed intellectual. This is putting him at a disadvantage when the media (CNN blew it!) is only zooming in to the 3 main talking heads and their vice-prez wanna-be's. Why can't the best candidate ever win anymore???

    I'm a tree huggin, gun totin', anti-abortion Independent, and I really want Americans to know more about DR. Ron Paul. Let's get serious about fixing this country's mega-problems!!!

    June 7, 2007 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
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