February 22nd, 2012
04:14 PM ET
2 years ago

Five things to watch for in tonight's debate

Mesa, Arizona (CNN) – Finality can be a driving force in critical decision making, and it goes without saying that tonight's presidential debate is weighing heavily on the minds of the four Republican presidential candidates.

It's the final debate before next week's critical Arizona and Michigan primaries.

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Jan Brewer meets the candidates
February 22nd, 2012
02:58 PM ET
2 years ago

Jan Brewer meets the candidates

Mesa, Arizona (CNN) – Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has met or is trying to meet all four of the Republican contenders while they are in the state for Wednesday's CNN/Arizona Republican Party debate. Her endorsement would be welcome by all of the campaigns.

Brewer met with Rick Santorum Tuesday and Newt Gingrich Wednesday, her spokesman Matthew Benson told CNN.

CNN LIVE: Tune in Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET for the last presidential debate before Super Tuesday, the CNN/Arizona Republican Party Debate hosted by John King. Follow it on Twitter at #CNNDebate and on Facebook at CNN Politics. For real-time coverage of the Arizona and Michigan primaries, go to CNNPolitics.com or to the CNN apps or CNN mobile web site.
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Polls indicate Romney on the rise in Arizona
February 22nd, 2012
02:56 PM ET
2 years ago

Polls indicate Romney on the rise in Arizona

Mesa, Arizona (CNN) - Is Mitt Romney starting to surge in Arizona?

A new poll released Wednesday, six days before the state's primary, indicates the former Massachusetts governor is holding a 16 point lead over former Sen. Rick Santorum.

CNN LIVE: Tune in Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET for the last presidential debate before Super Tuesday, the CNN/Arizona Republican Party Debate hosted by John King. Follow it on Twitter at #CNNDebate and on Facebook at CNN Politics. For real-time coverage of the Arizona and Michigan primaries, go to CNNPolitics.com or to the CNN apps or CNN mobile web site.
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Will they or won’t they wear ashes?
February 22nd, 2012
12:20 PM ET
2 years ago

Will they or won’t they wear ashes?

Washington (CNN) – “You’ve got something on your forehead.”

Every year on Ash Wednesday it’s how the awkward conversation begins. A well meaning co-worker points out a black smudge on someone’s forehead, not knowing it’s supposed to be there.

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New Poll: All knotted up in Michigan
February 22nd, 2012
08:11 AM ET
2 years ago

New Poll: All knotted up in Michigan

Mesa, Arizona (CNN) – Six days before crucial Republican presidential primaries in Michigan and Arizona, new polls indicate it's all tied up in Michigan between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, with Romney leading Santorum in Arizona.

According to an NBC News-Marist survey released Wednesday morning, 37% of people likely to vote in Michigan's Republican presidential primary say they are backing former Massachusetts Gov. Romney, with 35% supporting former Sen. Santorum of Pennsylvania. Romney's two-point advantage is well within the poll's sampling error. The survey indicates that 13% are backing Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, with 8% supporting former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

CNN LIVE: Tune in Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET for the last presidential debate before Super Tuesday, the CNN/Arizona Republican Party Debate hosted by John King. Follow it on Twitter at #CNNDebate and on Facebook at CNN Politics. For real-time coverage of the Arizona and Michigan primaries, go to CNNPolitics.com or to the CNN apps or CNN mobile web site.
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February 22nd, 2012
06:35 AM ET
2 years ago

Lots at stake in first debate in nearly a month

Mesa, Arizona (CNN) – Twenty-seven days. That's how long it has been between the 19th and 20th Republican presidential debates.

But that ends Wednesday, when former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas face off at a debate hosted by CNN and the Republican Party of Arizona at the Mesa Arts Center.

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February 21st, 2012
04:14 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum: 'I am not a manager. I am not a visionary.'

Phoenix, Arizona (CNN) – Rick Santorum dismissed the fundamental rationale for Mitt Romney's candidacy on Tuesday, arguing that the country needs a leader who understands fundamental American values - not just a turnaround artist.

"I am not a manager," Santorum said. "I am not a visionary. I am a guy from a steel town who grew up understanding what made this country great."

CNN LIVE: Tune in Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET for the last presidential debate before Super Tuesday, the CNN/Arizona Republican Party Debate hosted by John King. Follow it on Twitter at #CNNDebate and on Facebook at CNN Politics. For real-time coverage of the Arizona and Michigan primaries, go to CNNPolitics.com or to the CNN apps or CNN mobile web site.
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BLITZER'S BLOG: How many times will the tables turn between now and November?
February 21st, 2012
03:47 PM ET
3 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: How many times will the tables turn between now and November?

Mesa, Arizona (CNN) – Things appear to be moving in the right direction for President Obama and his re-election drive – at least a bit.

The unemployment rate has been steadily going down in recent months.

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Season finale? How debates have become the ultimate 'event' TV
February 21st, 2012
12:35 PM ET
3 years ago

Season finale? How debates have become the ultimate 'event' TV

Mesa, Arizona (CNN) - It's been 26 days since the candidates left the stage at the last CNN debate in Jacksonville, Florida, and the growling hunger pangs of the media have grown louder even as the candidates grow weary.

There have been 19 Republican presidential debates so far, and while some may have debate fatigue - including a few candidates - the forums have nevertheless proved to be illuminating experiences. They have garnered sky-high TV ratings and have become "event" television. They have helped to define several candidates while others fall from grace in front of the live cameras.

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Santorum will be center stage at Wednesday's CNN debate
February 20th, 2012
03:58 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum will be center stage at Wednesday's CNN debate

Mesa, Arizona (CNN) – It’s good to come back to the Phoenix area in advance of CNN’s Republican presidential debate at the Mesa Arts Center. The debate takes place Wednesday night. John King will moderate.

It’s amazing how quickly things have changed. Rick Santorum is now the front-runner. He will be center stage.

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