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. michael c hunt st louis,mo

    rudy is in the hot seat because he has yet to make the case that he is a true conservative. in my opinion he will not and cannot make such a case because he is , in essence, a "rockefeller" republican and out of step with the primary voters. romney needs to continue to talk the talk. at this time romney seems to be the hot candidate.

    June 4, 2007 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. Frank Brady, Kansas City, Missouri

    The Republican establishment and the news media stand to lose the most if they continue their viciously biased efforts to marginalize and demonize Ron Paul.

    On the other hand, if he is given a fair hearing, the GOP and the nation have the most to gain. Of course, that would spell disaster for Rudy McRomney and the rest of the establishment hacks so it's not likely to happen.

    June 4, 2007 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  3. LeftyLosey

    They all do. Anyone of them can beat Hillazilla. She has the lock on the Democratic nomination because her base is strong. But she is hated in the public domain as much as Bush. Obama is the only hope for a Democratic White House..

    June 4, 2007 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. Scott, Boston, MA

    Mitt Romney will be our next president.

    June 4, 2007 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. Rob

    Hopefully that stuttering....mumbeling crossdresser with a lisp.... Rudolph Giuliani loses.... Yeah..... I bet you scare those terrorists away with those three qulities you posses real well.
    It took a national tragedy to make you shine !!!!!!

    June 4, 2007 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. Will Noble; Portland, Oregon

    Absolutely all of them, save for Ron Paul.

    The rest? They've all 'pandered', to one degree or another. Paul is the only one of them who makes any logical sense.

    Of course, this means that the RNC and certainly Fox News will attempt to hoist him on a petard, solely based on the fact that he isn't one of the 'crowd', and not a Neocon.

    I called five friends shortly after the last debate, and asked who they'd vote for – Fred Thompson, or Ron Paul. They all said that Thompson 'looked and sounded' Presidential, while Ron Paul didn't.

    There you have it. Five professionals who are otherwise educated would vote for the status-quo rather than for genuine change.

    I fear for America.

    June 4, 2007 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  7. Michael - Las Vegas, NV

    Since its still close, I think everyone has much to gain or lose. Candidates need to stake out a clear position on Iraq, Immigration, energy policy and government in general (more or less government). Americans care about those issues and want straight answers.

    June 4, 2007 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. Nemer. Lansing, MI

    I think John McCain has the most to lose if he continues to support Bush's Iraq policy, so he needs to try to distance himself from Bush starting Tuesday.

    June 4, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  9. edward wayne bloom nevada henderson

    edward bloom have been hard the news from klastvthe news have been talking bout the war ansd the whaite house have been doing and trying to stoped the war /byedward bloom

    June 4, 2007 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. Daniel Yelle, Ludlow, Massachusetts

    Will the GOP debate tonight follow last night's format of allowing most questions and follow-up responses to be directed to the so-called top tier candidates? Aren't all the candidates running for president?

    June 4, 2007 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. Avery H, Orlando, FL

    Now that people have had some time to think about Ron Paul's comments on 9/11, Giuliani has the most to loose after his ridiculous retort to Paul.

    June 4, 2007 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  12. Dennis

    The democrats have the most to lose. They are all losers

    June 4, 2007 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  13. Josh, lincoln, ca

    Romney has the best chance to gain. He's the only guy with momentum in the top three.

    At this point the obscure guys don't have much of a chance except for VP.

    McCain is coming off as a grumpy old man more and more.

    Rudy has the most to lose. He's on top right now, but a big debate on abortion or other key issues can sink his ship; he has much to lose and not much that he can gain unless ron paul sends him a few more softballs to hit on the war on terror.

    June 4, 2007 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  14. Matthew, Atlanta, GA

    McCain – He risks being taken to task by Mit Romney and Rudy Julliani for some of his centrist positions and apparent pandering to far left democrats. Experience wise he has never beenn a governor or mayor of a huge city like New York.

    June 4, 2007 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  15. Robert, Hawthorne, NJ

    Lord Comb-over and the Zombie John McCain have the most to lose as they are supporting the worst president in the last 100 years.

    June 4, 2007 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  16. Ed, Rochester, NY

    It is time to take religion out of government. How a person views abortion or even gay marriage should not be a deciding factor of who become a US President.

    June 4, 2007 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  17. Rob, Cleveland, OHio

    Everyone has everything to lose. The entire debate will be conducted under the spectre of Fred Thompson. If none of the current candidates say anything to really jump out in front, the morally conservative, fiscally responsible former Tennessee Senator (already being compared to Reagen) will step in and sweep up.

    June 4, 2007 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  18. James P

    Rudy has the most to lose. His ties to his business in Spain and Texas are going to be questioned. Ron Paul's comments have opened some eyes and ears. It's about time the American public has a questioning attitude instead of a sheeple listening attitude. McCain is next in line to lose out. He talks and acts less like a president everytime he steps in fron of the camera.

    June 4, 2007 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  19. Parry, sausalito

    Romney has the most to lose because he's bound to reveal his penchant for crappy science fiction novels and get called out for his absurd hunting and varmint comments.

    June 4, 2007 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  20. Corey (Tampa, FL)

    Absolutely Mitt Romney has the most to lose. He's catching alot of people of guard & could become the runaway frontrunner. He has the most to lose because Fred Thompson looks to be throwing his hat in the ring & if so he will hurt Mitt the most. I hope not but that appears to be the case.

    June 4, 2007 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  21. Chuck, Newington CT

    they all do...thanks to their current "Commander in Chief"

    June 4, 2007 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  22. MJ, Durham, NC

    Abortion and Gay Marriage have little to do with religion itself. They are moral and ethical issues, and while organized religion does comment on those topics, it is a person's own beliefs that dictate how they view such topics.

    June 4, 2007 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. Robert, New York, New York

    Who has the most to loose? Clearly the American people. None of the GOP candidates presents a viable vision for the future of the country.

    But Rudy Giulianni is the candidate who could suffer the most. If the line of questioning is tough enough, America will find out just how poorly New York's former mayor really performed prior to wrapping himself in the flag and the ashes of the victims of 9/11.

    June 4, 2007 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  24. Mike, Merritt Island, Florida

    Rudy is in front for a reason. He truly does resonate. Leadership. Results. Being a moderate helps in this election.

    June 4, 2007 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  25. Patrick, Waunakee Wisconsin

    Tommy Thompson – Gone

    Why is this babbling fool in there – he conveniently left Wisconsin for his job with Bush and dumped the 1st budget deficit in Wisconsin History on his Lt. Governor. He's a drunk (just listen to him at Lambeau Field after the packers won the super bowl) – and frankly, Wisconsin was a better place without him.

    So – Tommy Thompson is by far the biggest loser.

    June 4, 2007 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
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