Final showdown before Florida's crucial primary
January 26th, 2012
09:04 AM ET
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Final showdown before Florida's crucial primary

Jacksonville, Florida (CNN) - There will be four candidates on the stage Thursday night at the final GOP presidential debate before the Sunshine State's primary, but for the two men in the middle, the spotlight might be a bit hotter.

The latest public opinion polls suggest that the battle for Florida's 50 winner-take-all delegates - the largest catch so far this primary and caucus season - is turning into a two-man race between former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    I hope they keep holding debates until the race becomes academic with a clear front runner.

    January 26, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  2. w l jones

    These two men been lobbying voter so long untile they are to old to be president. Bless

    January 26, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  3. SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    I can't wait to see the look on Boehner's, McConnell's and Cantor's faces when Obama is reelected. It's gonna be a true Kodak moment. They are plotting and scheming right now to do a repeat of their anti-Obamaism in his 2nd term.

    January 26, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  4. Dave

    Mitt Romney has an impressive record of turning bad situations into better ones. He fixed financial problems in numerous businesses, budget deficits in Massachusetts, and saved the Olympics. Gingrich, in contrast, is a Washington insider who profits by serving in the lobby.

    January 26, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  5. Lacey O'Rourke

    Santorum failed to make ballot in 4 states. It is a waste of time to read or write anything about him unless it is for the late night comedy TV shows. People should know this, so they won't waste their vote.

    January 26, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  6. CoJo

    As we know the republicans/Tea party want to cut the deficit right? Well Now Gingrich is trying to play JFK and wants a goal to have a moon base
    By 2020… now where are they going to get THAT money? I’m all for NASA, but not under republicans… they want to cut medicare & SS and other
    Benefits and go the moon? Yea I know he’s going to try to get the private industry to do most of the work, problem is (in my opinion) private industry
    Would not have touch what JFK did without a lot of government funds too. If the Tea party doesn’t jump on this then they are not being consistent.

    January 26, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  7. rjjohnson

    I loved the last debate where the audience was not allowed to clap/stand etc... It was a fabulous debate which allowed the candidates the opportunity to answer the questions without being interrupted. It also keeps the candidates from using this as a tactic for manipulating the audience with their answers and in that way does not influence others!!!!

    January 26, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  8. Keith in Austin

    It's a win-win scenario for the Country! Whoever wins the GOP nomination will be a vast improvement to our great "Divider-In-Chief and his destructive Socialistic agenda!

    January 26, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  9. PTNY

    Mitt in the White House, Slumdog Millionaire!! $200 million dollars and living in the White House! He would most certainly be slumming. Would he have the backbone to inhabi and act like a slumdog.... rambling around an tiny old building and pretending for as long as possible that he and his wife are not “Above it all”? Oscar Nomination if they could.

    How would the white house change? Patience...Soon his wife will freak out and start renovating the small White House to resemble a small palace in Dubai.
    Michelle’s garden would be replaced with an conservatory filled with the rarest flowers and birds.
    The chefs and dinner menu would change drastically to foods only the super rich are accustomed to, like unborn calf.
    Air Force One will become a burden for it takes too long to get his entourage ready in time for his spur of the moment jaunts, unlike the speed his private pilot and airplane can get him there now. Things will change, but how?

    January 26, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |