Denver, Colorado (CNN) – Just what can viewers expect to see when President Barack Obama and rival Mitt Romney square off at the first presidential debate in Denver Wednesday night?
While the conversation might at-times be freewheeling and off the cuff, both candidates will have to operate under the confines of the hard-and-fast rules established by the Commission on Presidential Debates.
Tune to CNN for Wednesday's presidential debate coverage starting at 7 p.m. ET on CNN TV, CNN.com and via CNN's apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. Web users can become video editors with a new clip-and-share feature that allows them to share favorite debate moments on Facebook and Twitter.
Mesa, Arizona (CNN) - It's been a difficult few days for Rick Santorum. Fairly or unfairly, you always know you have a campaign problem when the media are asking you about statements you've made about Satan and Hitler.
To his credit, he's not ducking and weaving. He's not shying away from answering these questions and others involving his stance on the most sensitive social issues out there including gay rights, abortion, contraception, religion and a woman's role in the military.FULL STORY
Oklahoma City (CNN) – Newt Gingrich would not divulge Tuesday whether he's prepping differently for Wednesday's CNN debate, but indications from his campaign schedule suggest otherwise.
After a bruising debate performance nearly a month ago in Florida, the former House speaker has a chance to redeem himself this week in Mesa, Arizona.
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.
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.FULL STORY
(CNN) – The four leading Republicans seeking the GOP presidential nomination have accepted invitations from the Arizona Republican Party and CNN to appear at a debate next week in Mesa, Arizona.
The Feb. 22 debate will take place less than one week before voters in Arizona and Michigan head to the polls. Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have all qualified to participate in this debate.
(CNN) - Candidates seeking the Republican presidential nomination will be invited to participate in the Arizona Republican Presidential debate if they meet objective polling criteria, CNN announced Friday.
The nationally televised February 22 debate is being co-sponsored by the Arizona Republican Party and will take place in Mesa six days before Arizona and Michigan voters head to the polls.
(CNN) – Because I’ve now moderated three of them, I know it will sound self-serving when I say I’ve really enjoyed watching all the Republican presidential debates. There have been about 20 so far, and they have been informative. Like the millions of Americans who’ve watched them on television, I’ve learned a great deal about the candidates. They’ve been really instrumental in shaping public attitudes.
Millions and millions of Americans who’ve watched the debates are now better-informed voters.FULL STORY
(CNN) - The CNN Political Ticker is live blogging the CNN Florida Republican Presidential Debate in Jacksonville. Check here for live updates throughout the event and be sure to follow @PoliticalTicker, @CNNPolitics and use #CNNDebate.
Participating in Thursday's debate are former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, and Texas Rep. Ron Paul.
10:39 p.m. ET – Read the full transcript from tonight's debate here.
10:29 p.m. ET – @EWErickson: Live by the debate, die by the debate. Romney got the better of Gingrich and Gingrich is probably locked out of a FL win. Will be tough.
10:09 p.m. ET – Read a transcript of the third 30-minute chunk of tonight's debate here.
10:06 p.m. ET – Speaking to CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, Santorum said he was the first candidate to campaign in Florida. Santorum said he had raised twice as much money in the past three weeks than it had in the first nine months of the campaign.
10:03 p.m. ET – Speaking to CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger, Romney said he had a "terrific" debate. When asked about his attacks, Romney said "When I'm shot at, I'll return fire. I'm no shrinking violet."
10:02 p.m. ET – Following the debate, CNN National Political Correspondent Jim Acosta and CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser take you inside the spin room.
10:00 p.m. ET – Blitzer closed the CNN Florida Republican Presidential Debate and said good night.
9:58 p.m. ET - Gingrich pointed to his role in Republican takeovers of Congress, and said the election was a "big choice" that would go to the core of who America is.
Santorum said his values were consistently conservative, and that he had stood for values that were often unpopular.
9:54 p.m. ET – Paul cites national polls that show him competitive with Obama. Said he's for limited government, an idea popular with Americans.
Romney said he was for dramatic change in Washington that would allow economic recovery. Said he was on the outside and knew how business worked.
9:52 p.m. ET – Last debate question to candidates before Tuesday's primary: Why are you the one person on stage to beat Obama?
9:50 p.m. ET – Read a transcript from the second 30 minutes of tonight's debate here.
9:46 p.m. ET – Paul said his religious beliefs wouldn't affect his governing. Said he would only be beholden to his oath of office.
Romney said he would seek "guidance of providence" in making big decisions.
Gingrich said he would look to God because the job carried such large responsibility. Said there was a war against Christianity in America by secular elite.
Santorum said rights come from God, and that the role of government was to protect rights.
9:45 p.m. ET – Question: How would your religion affect your decisions as president?
9:44 p.m. ET – Santorum praised Puerto Rico, and said he supported self-determination for the island.
9:43 p.m. ET – Question from the Hispanic Leadership Network: Do you support statehood for Puerto Rico?
9:41 p.m. ET – Gingrich also stikes a strong tone on U.S.-Israel relations, and said "technically" the notion of a Palestinian people was an invention of the 1970s.
9:40 p.m. ET - Romney said there can be no space between Israel and the United States.
9:38 p.m. ET - Question from an audience member who identified himself as Palestinian-American: What would you do to bring peace between Israel and Palestine?
9:37 p.m. ET - Gingrich pointed to his role in the Helms-Burton act, which strengthened the U.S. embargo to Cuba. Said Obama was ignoring Cuba.
9:35 p.m. ET – Romney said Obama had been ignoring Latin America, something he would change as president. Said he would use every resource to make sure that when Fidel Castro dies, people of Cuba can enjoy freedom.
9:34 p.m. ET – Paul said sanctions are well-intentioned, but they end up helping dictators and hurting people. Said there wasn't threat of Cuban invasion, and that American people had changed their minds on Cuba.
9:32 p.m. ET – Santorum said he would stand with the Cuban people, but that we shouldn't reward countries that harbor jihadists and supporters of Iran.
9:32 p.m. ET - Question: What will be your approach toward U.S. policy on Cuba?
9:30 p.m. ET - Gingrich said he is much closer to Reagan, pointing to statements from Romney's past that demonstrate more liberal leanings. Romney counters, saying he's never voted for a Democrat when a Republican was on the ballot.
Jacksonville, Florida (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich sparred Thursday with Mitt Romney over immigration policies as tempers flared in the CNN/Republican Party of Florida debate in Jacksonville.
Gingrich charged Romney's immigration policy would result in the deportation of grandmothers who are in the country illegally. Romney has advocated for "self-deportation," a policy that involves making economic conditions so difficult for undocumented workers that they choose to leave the country to find better opportunities.FULL STORY
Jacksonville, Florida (CNN) - I am blessed with a great team of producers and researchers who have helped me craft a lot of strong questions for tonight’s Republican presidential debate here on the campus of the University of North Florida. First of all, let me thank them. Hopefully, I won’t disappoint our viewers tonight.
This will be my third Republican debate in this presidential cycle. The ones I moderated at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa and at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., I thought, were solid and informative. We focused on some of the most important issues impacting Americans. I will try to do that once again tonight.FULL STORY