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. Jerry Goetting, Wyckoff, NJ 07481

    Question to ask at the Republican Debate: If elected President would you issue an Executive Order superseding President Clinton's, Executive Order EO 13166 thereby establishing English as the the official language of the United States of America?

    June 4, 2007 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  2. Chris L. Pitman, NJ

    The most to lose? Not a hard question, but it requires a two-part answer.

    1. Until someone else moves up substantially, Guliani, McCain, and Romney are the only Republicans with anything substantial to lose. Fred Thompson is the most likely to take something, but since he hasn't joined the top three, one can't believe that this could be a one-and-done situation.

    As for the remaining six, a strong performance accompanied by a weak response might be the necessary impetus for an independent run.

    2. The group with the most to lose on Tuesday is the Democrats. A strong performance by a relative centrist/Anti-Bush candidate could make the Democrats appear as if they are all extremely far to the left. While many people are against Bush, they are also scared of someone who comes across as extreme in the opposite direction. Hillary's "the differences between us are minor" comment is something that could haunt the Democrats. An eight-headed monster, regardless of affiliation, will drive independents away.

    June 4, 2007 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. Doc, Denver, Co

    What is a ronpaul? Is it some new kind of debate?

    June 4, 2007 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. Marcus, Temecula, CA

    I think the front runners obviously have the most to lose. Giuliani and McCain have to perform very well in order to stay in the lead. Romney has raised the most money in New Hampshire and he could pull ahead of one or both of the leaders. The surprise of the night might be Ron Paul. He trails only Romney in dollars raised in New Hampshire and with 44% of the state being Independents, he could fair very well with their audience.

    June 4, 2007 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. Sean, New York City, New York

    Rudy and McCain have the most to lose, simply because they're the front runners.

    If Rudy puts his foot in his mouth again like he did last debate w/Ron Paul, he could wind up in big trouble.

    Ron Paul stands to have the most to gain, as his exposure has been exploding and he's the only TRUE conservative, fiscally, socially, and constitutionally.

    June 4, 2007 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. Melissa Peterson, Skokie IL

    I think that all of the Republicans are in severe danger, especially ones like McCain who sing "Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb bomb Iran" (to the tune of the Beach Boys' "Barbara Ann"), or Romney who for a religious man, is abour as un-holy as it gets.

    If the Republicans want any chance of winning, they need to convince Chuck Hagel to run (or someone like him) who has gained more respect for speaking up when he knew party was being mishandled by Bush.

    June 4, 2007 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. Howard Cihak, Alexandria, VA

    Which ONE has the most to lose? It's always the front runner, and that's Rudy. All it would take is a concerted effort by Romney and McCain to attack Rudy where it hurts. If Rudy cannot repel those attacks convincigly, he WILL lose ground. This is precisely the strategy Romney and McCain must follow because they cannot hope to advance their candidacies by waiting for Rudy to stumble.

    June 4, 2007 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. Tim Frye, Baltimore MD

    Guliani has a lot to lose if Ron Paul follows up on their argument about the root causes of terrorism and 9/11. In fact, all the candidates better watch out for Dr Paul. His honesty and traditional conservative bonafides are unmatched.

    June 4, 2007 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. Moe Green, Las Vegas

    Speaking as a moderate Democrat... Rudy is the only "real" person in the entire race REP/DEM included... so he has the most to loose.

    The rest of the Candidates DEM or REP show no real backbone or ability to lead in good times or bad.

    June 4, 2007 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  10. Matt, Lakeville MN

    I, for one, want to know where Presidential candidates stand on moral and ethical issues. Their personal beliefs will dictate more than just their views on abortion or gay marriage.

    June 4, 2007 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  11. JB

    Correction Robert in Hawthorne..
    Carter was the worst in past 100 years

    June 4, 2007 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  12. Jim Sherwood, OR

    The republicans have nothing to lose because the Bush Adiministration has already brought the party to it's knees.

    Good luck in the poles.

    June 4, 2007 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. Scott Ruesterholz, Rumson NJ

    John McCain has the most to lose. He is on the edge of exticntion as Rudy Giuliani is improving every day. Just a not to all republicans, Rudy will win more demorcats than every one else combined so vote for him he is the right choice!

    June 4, 2007 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  14. Len Schulwitz, Portland, OR

    Considering the former CIA chief of the Osama bin Laden unit has come out and explicitly stated that Giuliani's position on 9/11 expressed in the last debate is wrong, I'd say Giuliani is going to have a tough time convincing us that the CIA chief is wrong.

    Thus, Giuliani has the most to lose. However, that's only assuming that CNN's questions are going to be hard-hitting.

    June 4, 2007 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. D Castleton, San Antonio, TX

    If Republicans would actually start dealing with the real issues of this country (the ones that actually affect more than 10% of the populous) they might possibly gain some draw from independent and non-partisan voters.

    Most of the country is so sick and tired of everyone fighting about abortion and gay marriage (the hottest issues that have nothing to do with most of us) that we're dying to hear from someone who actually has something new and relevant to say. That's why the Democratic candidates are getting so much attention right now.

    Let's focus on our real issues – the war, global warming, Darfur, immigration, health care, social security, education, etc. and quit haggling over moral issues that should be politically ousted by the separation of church and state in the first place. Since when did America forget that sacred constitutional element? The ultra-conservative/evangelical stronghold on the Republican party is really so, so exhausting and discouraging. Keep your moral convictions to yourself. Teach them to your kids and utilize them in your own life. I do. But don't tear the country apart over such heated issues that affect so few people in this nation.

    Those of us who still have genuine hope for this country are anxiously awaiting Gore to step in and win the presidency that was stolen from him seven years ago.

    PS – I am pro-life and opposed to gay marriage. However, I don't really feel that those convictions are relevant to politics, and if they are, there are far more important issues for us to deal with right now.

    June 4, 2007 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. David ,, Los Angeles, CA

    The ones who still refuse to admit Americans are dying in Iraq for Exxon and Haliburton have everything to lose.

    June 4, 2007 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. Jonathan, Birmingham AL

    I am fed up with the "war on terror" excuse that is being shoved down our throats by our leaders. Giuliani's plan to continue down this path of fear-mongering will backfire. At least Ron Paul seems to have an idea of what's going on in Washington and the rest of the world.

    June 4, 2007 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  18. Rob, Boca Raton, FL

    Giuliani has the most to lose from the debates. While Republicans appreciate his bravada after Sep. 11, his stand on social issues does not help him with Republican primary voters. The more the primary voters know about Giuliani, including his job performance as mayor of NYC, the less support he will have.

    June 4, 2007 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. Farmer John Fort Scott, KS

    McCain is the only true republican left, and religion should be deciding factor in an election. After all this country was founded on religion and should keep it's solid base there. If we lose sight of that we will end up like Venezuala, or Cuba, or France and Spain.

    June 4, 2007 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  20. Jade, Bay City Tx.

    After watching the cnn democrate debate. It seems that only the "top tier candidates" will gain in these dabates. Since that's who most of the questions were directed to. How can these other candidates get ahead if they are constantly censored by the lack of air time.

    June 4, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  21. Tim, Cincinnati, OH

    Rudy has the most to lose because he's the front-runner. (Duh!)

    June 4, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  22. Ryan, Demorest, GA

    It doesn't matter. Romney is our next president. Every question he is asked if gives a clear and articulate answer and contrary to McCain's statements, he gives his plain for illegal immigration everytime he brings up the subject. Watch him outshine and outclass the others in this debate just like he did in the first two.

    June 4, 2007 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  23. Paul, Riverside CA

    Rep. Ron Paul has the most to gain. He may not have the most contributions to "campaign" or more appropriately advertise from corporate lobbies (our largest detriment causing corruption), but with the popularity of the internet, he is becoming increasingly popular due to his views on limited government, his interest in pulling out of foreign affairs that have nothing to do with the U.S.,his ideas about strict border control and deportation of illegal immigrants, and his strict policy on never supporting a bill that violates our constitution. He is the only candidate who clearly recognizes the need for decreased spending, thus eliminating the need for higher taxation. Take a look @ Ron Paul in '08.

    June 4, 2007 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  24. Andrew, Seattel WA

    They all have a lot to lose. No one has a lock on popularity right now, with the exception of Mitt Romney, who has no chance at even being a serious contender due to his religion. They are in a tough situation since the USA on a whole has moved much more to the center socially while at the same time has developed a strong mistrust of most things republican. I honestly believe it is Rudy's republican nomination to lose in this process. I'm not sure if I believe we have a chance in hell at defeating a democrat for the office, or from preventing them from increasing their majorities in either house.

    June 4, 2007 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  25. Felicia Duncan Cincinnati Ohio

    Hopefully, Rudy will lose. He might (emphasize might) make a good President, but I don't want a woman who is so power hungry she wants to move into the same house as his wife and kids after she obviously contributed to the break up of his marriage to represent the women of America.

    June 4, 2007 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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