June 4th, 2007
05:26 PM ET
13 years ago

Who has most to lose in GOP debate?

Ten Republican White House hopefuls are set to square off in Manchester, New Hampshire, Tuesday night in a debate sponsored by CNN, WMUR-TV, and the New Hampshire Union Leader. This will be the third such outing for the GOP candidates over the last month. Is three times the charm? Which candidates do you think have the most to lose - or gain - headed into Tuesday's big event? Weigh in.

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  1. Nick D, Dallas, TX

    The answer to the question is the American People. WE the People are the ones with the most to lose. Every candidate, except Ron Paul, intends to permit the quiet disolution of the Constitution of the United States. The same will be so for Canada and Mexico as well if the Security and Prosperity Partnership, a.k.a. North American Union, continues as scheduled. The SPP is a little talked about plan already being implemented by the Bush Administration that is literally dissolving the borders between the US and Canada and Mexico for the sake of ultra-free trade. WE, the American People will be expected to provide the manpower to operate the new branch of the U.S. military called USARNORTH that will be the continental police force of the the new North American Union. No other candidate speaks of this, except Ron Paul, because the plan has no Congressional oversite and the mainstream media is fed mis-information by the Administration and The Council on Foreign Relations to trivialize the implications. This plan is VERY REAL and already in the pipeline. The Constitution and this Nation have literally been hijacked by secrecy AND secret societies among upper government circles. Ron Paul is an M.D., has delivered over 4000 babies, served in the military, and has been reelected to the Texas State Senate many times (9), IS NOT a member of any secret society, always votes (if even by himself) to keep the power with WE the People, and not the government or big business. He understands fully economics, foreign policy, and is evidently far more knowledgable about the history of this country than any other candidate. He is the only true patriot on any debate stage we've seen so far. He believes as the founding fathers of this nation that we should have a non-interventionist foreign policy. "No entangling alliances". Government ties are the reasons governments lie.

    VOTE RON PAUL 2008 or be a sucker when NAFTA Super Highway demolishes your neighborhood and allows Mexico to claim its sovereignty over a portion of Kansas City as a inland Customs port- Which IS part of the plan..
    WAKE UP AMERICA- the Bush Regime talks about closing our borders because of terrorism yet the SPP (which BUSH SIGNED) literally removes our borders. SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT IN THE UNION. RESEARCH AMERICA- Knowledge IS power. The truth will set us free. Find out what I mean and we all will see...... Peace to Everyone and God Bless Humanity.

    June 4, 2007 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  2. John Q. Public

    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, middle class workers and education...THATS who will losse!!!
    Ah...Mitt Romney. Mormen? uh NO!!!, Guliana? no, McCain, fossil/Bush lover...so that leaves oh yeah!!! PRIME TIME TV ACTORS AND WANNABES!

    I think instead of focusing on who will win the race to be president, they should ALL be thinking a lot more Global, like i hope we HAVE a world to govern after this presidents damge total final come in...Lets think about that AMERICA!!!

    June 4, 2007 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  3. Tanner DeLawyer, Deer River MN

    Ron Paul is the only candidate I care about on either side. The rest will only continue the status quo that is deteriorating our country. We need someone who wants to restore the values this country was founded on.

    June 4, 2007 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  4. vifrankini@yahoo.com

    Sam Brownback has the most to gain. Young, honesty comes across, untouched by Washington politics.
    Vito Frankini
    Arcadia , Ca

    June 4, 2007 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  5. Charles Zelnik, Kent, WA

    Romney has the most to lose. What day is it and what is his position? The anything to get elected approach is starting to become a liability over actually getting votes.

    June 4, 2007 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  6. CL -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL

    It is obvious that Rudy McRomney, being the three that the media seems to be drooling over, stand the most to lose.
    McCain shot himself hard on the immigration bill and his comment to Sen. Sessions in the backroom meetings on the bill, and Guiliani is probably still cramming tonight for his Ron Paul reading assignment. Romney is the only one left – it'll take more than Mormon attacks to bring him down.
    As for the one with the most to gain, Ron Paul is the only outsider that seems to relate with true conservatives and constitutionalists. He speaks great truth to the limited government crowd while maintaining a right-to-life stance. And a surprise to the establishment (i.e. Fox's text vote), Ron is "clicking" with the younger and info-crazed Internet/YouTube crowd.
    Conservatives are starting to see through the neo-con smokescreen. GO RON GO!!

    June 4, 2007 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  7. tim, kansas city, MO

    SAM BROWNBACK has nothing to lose and everything to Gain

    June 4, 2007 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  8. Bryan - Rosemount, Minnesota

    Rudy has the most to lose with the terrorists attack us because they hate our freedom slogan. Intelligent votes are going to see past this nonsense and realize bad foreign policy is too blame. Not to mention candidates will bring up he has donated to planned parenthood and is not conservative at all fiscally.

    June 4, 2007 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  9. Jeff Wilson, Vallejo, California

    McCain should stay home because the moment he opens his mouth about Iraq and Immigration the viewers will either change the channel or switch off their TV .

    June 4, 2007 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  10. Joseph/Virginia

    Look the repukes are done ... You repukes are sick and that line up of morans. I watch for the comedy act ... I do believe there is a new group of the three stooges there..Let's see Rudy, john, mit,Damn right they are better suited....

    June 4, 2007 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  11. Don, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

    The 3 with the most to lose are Rudy, John M and Mitt. With Fred Thompson entering the race, it appears he'll easily vault into a "strong 3rd" without any effort and it appears that the GOP is seeing Ronnie Reagan in Fred's candidacy.

    Rudy – he's on thin ice on many of his issues and his recent comments that it was a "trick question" (my quotes) when asked about the difference between Shia and Sunni just blew my mind. For someone who is "America's Mayor" and is an expert on the War on Terror (which I wish someone would get it right – it's the War on Terrorism) he really flunked the exam. McCain – just continues to get in his own way with comments that frequently require an apology or retraction or rewording....he's a very good Senator and should continue to focus on his role as a maverick in the senior house. Mitt Romney – I can't waste time typing about him.

    The other candidates – well hey folks, it's a democracy and they all get a chance to run. Hopefully they'll all run home soon. (Just like the Dems – send 'em all home except Hillary/Barack/Edwards) and let the three best duke it out.

    June 4, 2007 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  12. Kim Johnson, Cincinnnati, Ohio

    Why is that so many "republican voters" can't seem to think about anything but abortion and gay marriage. I also don't understand why "faith" is an issue either. We need someone to run the country, to figure out how to end the war in Iraq and keep our economy going and our jobs in the U.S. instead of overseas.
    Why don't we forget about asking candidates the moral questions which should be personal and ask them how they are going to keep our nation strong? That doesn't just mean a strong military. It means a strong economy with people working at good paying jobs. Currently a tremendous amount of our manufacturing has gone to overseas markets. We need them to focus on healthcare for everyone too. I personally don't care about anyone's response to the abortion issue. None of the republican can have a baby as far as I know!!!!

    June 4, 2007 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  13. Abdul Jacob, West Bloomfield, MI

    I think that Guiliani and Romney have the most to lose in this debate. Out of the three major candidates, McCain is the only consistent fiscal and social conservative, and I believe he has the experience and core decency to win the presidency.

    June 4, 2007 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  14. Valerie, Raymond, WA

    Americans will be the losers in all of this, unless the "lame-stream media" open their eyes and ears to the people who love liberty and freedom. Regardless of party affiliation, the only viable candidate in this race is Ron Paul. The Grand 'Ole Party Boys just don't want it to get out...Ron Paul has real solutions to all the issues. We The People win if Ron Paul earns the nomination.

    June 4, 2007 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  15. Gary Indianapolis, IN

    Giuliani and McCain have the most to lose here. Rudy sold us out on 9/11 and McCain has sold us out many times including the recent Immigration Bill. Romney is dangerous, but Ron Paul would win it all if given a chance by the media. We can't continue to be ignorant about our society and our future. Ron Paul can't fix everything, but he can right a lot of wrongs and restore that wonderful feeling of hope that fades away more and more each day.
    Most to Gain: Ron Paul
    Most to Lose: Rudy McRomney

    June 4, 2007 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    I believe that Mitt Romney will be our next president. He deserves that opportunity to provide inspired leadership for our country.

    June 4, 2007 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  17. Dan Caldwell, Mesa, Arizona

    Mitt Romney is an extraordinary leader who deserves to be our next president. Let us believe in his greatness and our ability to make a proper contribution to his campaign.

    June 4, 2007 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  18. Shelly M., Tucson, AZ

    Shame Shame Shame on all of you "religious bigots"....you support every walk of life except a Mormon? Romney is twice the republican and conservative as any nominee EVER....your bigotry cannot see past that.

    June 5, 2007 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  19. Joe Mellon Johns Creek, GA

    RON PAUL has the most to gain. Everyday more Americans are WAKING UP to his message of protecting individual liberty, limiting the role of government, and getting our troups out of harm's way.

    Who has the most to lose? Anyone who dares face off with Dr. Paul on a real issue (just ask "I've never heard of that" Rudy.)

    June 5, 2007 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  20. Ron Rosenberger, Pittsburgh, Pa

    Ron Paul has the most to gain because he needs exposure to the people for name recognition. He has a true conservative platform creating separation from the nine NEOCONS who all sound the same. I just hope he takes the next step and confronts the other nine NEOCONS and expose their irrational thinking.

    June 5, 2007 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  21. Erik Holland, Mich

    Rudy Julie absolutely, New Hampshire is a whole other beast than South Carolina and he will not get away with making smarmy comments about the other candidates without backing it up with facts.

    June 5, 2007 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  22. Dan, Omaha, NE

    Romney probably has the most to lose becaues Fred Thompson is now in the race and will take away some of his likely voters. McCain has a voting base that is fairly steady and is likely to gain as a result.

    I have to applaud the Ron Paul supporters for getting to the blogs and stuff, but he will not be the nominee. He is almost like the Dennis Kucinich of the right. My prediction is that McCain will win the nomination with either Huckabee or Fred Thompson as his running mate.

    June 5, 2007 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  23. Sharon Mancuso

    I hope the best man wins,Please notice I said man..
    We do not need another Clinton,for lots of reasons..

    June 5, 2007 03:50 am at 3:50 am |
  24. Phil W, Alpharetta GA

    Who stands to lose the most? Without question, the Neocons which includes CFR member Thompson. Ron Paul is the threat who speaks truth to power and who stands for Constitutionally based liberty.

    June 5, 2007 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  25. David Melton, Stockbridge, Georgia

    All of the Republican candidates in the race are Neo-Cons and do not deserve to represent the GOP because they are mostly responsible for its current problems (Iraq, etc.) – except for Rep. Ron Paul of Texas.

    Ron Paul is the only outsider candidate – and that means he is a Hollywood outsider too (Fred Thompson is cozy with the Hollywood elite and the Neo-Con "think tank" groups).

    I think Ron Paul's star is on the rise and people are going to get tired of hearing Guiliani invoke 9/11, McCain claiming that we are winning in Iraq, and Romney trying to convince us all that he is not a closet Liberal.

    Let's see how popular the so-called frontrunner from NYC is when more Conservatives find out about his record on Gay Marriage, Gun Control, etc. Let's see how long McCain can remain a credible candidate as the "surge" in Iraq ends in disaster And we can see how Romney's campaign has fizzled out on the grass roots level despite all of the money he raised.

    June 5, 2007 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
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