January 30th, 2008
09:20 PM ET
6 years ago

The Gipper Ticker

WASHINGTON (CNN) –In Wednesday’s Republican presidential debate, there was a sense of Ronald Reagan in the air, and it wasn’t just because of Air Force One in the background. Place four Republican candidates on stage in Ronald Reagan’s library, and the former president’s name is bound to come up at least once or twice. In Mitt Romney’s case, he referenced the former president nineteen times.

The Ticker kept track of how many times each candidate mentioned Reagan’s name:

Mike Huckabee: 7

Mitt Romney: 19

John McCain: 8

Ron Paul: 3

- CNN's Alex Spanos


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  1. Gene in Idaho

    Why can't CNN and other news media, like (Fox News, and MSNBC) give equal time to all canidates in the debates. Why are they picking the president for this country and not letting the American people pick the one most qualified.
    It is to bad that John Mccain has to be so dishonest in his attacks against Romney. John McCain is a liberal democrat running in a Repulican party.

    January 30, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  2. charlotte

    I thought Ronnie was running for re-election.

    January 30, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  3. deborah holland

    CNN-I don't have to turn you on and you are turning me off with your baise and lies.
    Anderson-What happened to "Keeping Them Honest" ? You promised Ron Paul and then cut him short.

    January 30, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  4. VALINTINO CROSS

    I am so grateful that I lived a life of two terms with President Reagan I think that all the candidates are paper dolls compared to such a great leader. It was like having Abraham Lincoln back from the dead. I think the debate was fitting to have at the Reagan Library to remind the American people where they are in relation to the times of Reagan. It made people more aware of Ronald Reagan’s legacy and what true leadership is meant to be and what should be cherished. If there were any leaders in tonight’s debate was Huckabee at the end he defined the entire evening by putting everything in perspective. All the candidates are looking after there own self benefit, Reagan truly loved this country I don’t see that in any candidate but Huckabee. And that is truly what is needed. God Bless Ronald Reagan and God eternally preserve the United States of America. Thank You for Everything… Sincerely, Valintino Cross

    January 30, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  5. Rolando Bini

    All your comment are only about McCain and Ronmey. What about Huckabee or Ron Paul? Why are you so biased? You want to chose the next president instead of the American people.
    No one is closer to Reagan than Ron Paul.
    Ron Paul led the Texas Reagan delegation at the national Republican convention. He was one of only six incumbent Republican Congressmen to support Ronald Reagan over Ford in 1976.
    Here is a direct quote from Ronald Reagan "Ron Paul is one of our outstanding leaders fighting for strong national defense"
    Funny that although Ron Paul is the one closer to Ronald Reagan, he is humble and does not try to get credit for that. On the other hand those who are far away form him, particularly McCain and Ronmey mention Reagan all the time.

    January 30, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  6. Ray from PA

    I believe there should be charges made against CNN, Fox and MSNBC for violating the FCC regulations for giving and allowing ALL Candidate Equal Time. Their licenses should be suspended and the parent companies should be fined heavily. This was the Mccain Romney BS Hour. I don't watch Fox or MSNBC anymore and not it looks like I won't be watch CNN either. I'll be surprised it the have the guts to post this.

    January 30, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  7. What he said

    Huckabee sounded better than ever! Schneider is right. I've noticed that Huckabee's message sounds more and more like Ron Paul. Tonight, especially so.

    Point for point Paul is the most like Reagan.

    January 30, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  8. george k.

    Ron Paul as President would make America a greater laughing stock around the world than it already is with Bush. McCain and his infantile comment about the French president also prove he has not got the matturity to operate in a sophisticated fashion with the rest of the world. Romney has operated int he real world (including that world outside the us). Romney 08. .

    January 30, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  9. EllenB4Hillary

    Will the Republicans EVER stop with the Reagan worship? Ever??

    January 30, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  10. Jack

    I think we should count the amount of times that John McCain has called himself a "foot soldier" for Ronald Regan - He really needs some new material...

    January 30, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  11. David. Gresham, OR

    To make it fair it should be number of times per minute of speaking time they asked. I'm not a Ron Paul supporter but it was obvious how they were cutting him off and giving Romney as much air time as he wanted. Give Huckabee and Paul a fair chance too.

    January 30, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  12. Jon

    I am putting my money on Dr. Ron Paul!!! Thanks CNN for having him but you could have givin Ron Paul the same chances to speak that the others had.

    January 30, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  13. xtina - chicago IL

    Well to be fair, the Democrats sure are conjuring up JFK a lot lately

    January 30, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  14. Jon

    I am with Mr. Gresham from OR. My money is on Dr. Ron Paul. This was unfair and unAmerican and that's why I am for Dr. Paul. If mainstream media is unfair he must be on to something.....maybe the constitution. That constitution made this country what it was. Lets take it back vote Ron Paul.

    January 30, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  15. Pat M

    Well now Bush has two legimate excuses for his lame decisions. He can blame it on his alter ego McCain or his alter ego Romney ! One Bush leaving and his twin sibblings battling over his seat. Well being a shrub I guess we could expect seed germination normal ! Two more war mongers minus any strategies who want to "Stay the Course" is not what America needs.

    HUCKABEE gets my nod. He was the only one who carried a Presidential air and had a sensible statement that didn't include a barb. Congrats Huckabee.

    January 30, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  16. Ron

    Dr. Paul was the only candidate on stage tonight that Ronald Reagan had endorsed in the past. Also Dr. Paul was one of the first individuals to support Ronald Reagan for president. I was also disappointed that Dr. Paul and Gov. Huckabee were not given one forth the time to respond as McRomney.

    January 30, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  17. Ryan

    Im surprised Ron Paul was even able to utter a sentence much less mention Ronnie Reagan. CNN did a horrible job at giving each candidate a chance to speak his opinion.

    January 30, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  18. deborah holland

    It is clear that CNN wants a semi-senile old soldier, that has no grasp of America's finances or of Americans weariness of war, to be our president.
    I don't and as with Don, My money if for Ron Paul.
    I also agree with Ray of P, CNN should pay for misinforming, dysinforming, and cheating the American people out of an informed decision. There is too much at stake to let these Communication Giants to decide through manipulation of the news, who our president is.

    January 30, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  19. T, Anderson

    Wow! Huckabee was incredible tonight! And Ron Paul made a bit more sense too. But the media's front runners were just brats. They were so un-Presidential in their attacks on each other, their wasting time on semantics, and their facial expressions – all of which communicated that they were concerned for themselves, not this country. Mike Huckabee, you have my vote!

    January 30, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  20. melissa

    :)

    January 30, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  21. Ray from PA

    Huckabee with his lets build a highway speech sound more like FDR than a conservative. He said that being a governor means you know how the Federal Government works with all the agencies. Well any leader that knows so much would realize that building more highways does nothing to reduce traffic, it actually increases traffic. Huckabee is a tax raising liberal who lets his religious beliefs paroling murderers to commit more murders in a neighboring states.

    January 30, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  22. deborah holland

    It is clear that CNN wants a semi-senile old soldier, that has no grasp of America's finances or of Americans weariness of war, to be our president.
    I don't and as with Don, My money is for Ron Paul.
    I also agree with Ray of P, CNN should pay for misinforming, dysinforming, and cheating the American people out of an informed decision. There is too much at stake to let these Communication Giants decide, through manipulation of the news, who our president is.

    January 30, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  23. Heather in ND

    For all the times that CNN didn't mention Ron Paul and give him equal questions and time to speak.......................................

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    Need I say more?

    January 30, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  24. The American Audience

    Instead of counting how many times Reagan's name appears. How about how many times each candidate's name mentioned?

    John McCain 39 times

    Mitt Romney 24 times

    Mike Huckabee 15 times

    Ron Paul 11 times

    Why is CNN so biased?

    January 30, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  25. Chris

    I don't appreciate all the smirks from McCain and Romney during the brief stints that Ron Paul was allowed to speak . That's really disrespectful and extremely unattractive behavior.

    January 30, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
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