June 5th, 2007
04:48 PM ET
12 years ago

GOP candidates take a test drive

Students stand in for the candidates as final preparations are made on tonight's debate stage.

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - As thunderstorms raged overhead at Sullivan Arena, St. Anselm College, the Republican candidates walked through the arena one by one to get their look at the stage and their waiting rooms.

Sen. John McCain looked at ease, R-Arizona, as he stood behind his assigned podium and, moments later, sat in the chair he'll occupy during the question and answer segment with the audience.

Next, it was former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's turn. He wore a smile from ear to ear as he walked past the empty red and blue seats and made his way onto the stage making sure to shake anyone and everyone's hand with in arm's length as he walked by.

The walk throughs were scheduled so that the candidates would be in the arena one at a time. But as Rudy was walking out, Sen. Brownback, R-Kansas, was waiting by the exit for his turn. There was an exchange of pleasantries between the two, a hearty hand shake, and a "How are you feeling, are you ready for tonight, best of luck to you" chat before they went their own ways, Giuliani still shaking hands as he made his way to his van in the pouring rain.

- CNN Radio Correspondent Steve Kastenbaum

Filed under: John McCain • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Judy, Woodstock, GA

    I have to say that I loved the CNN format for the Democratic debate. It was really enjoyable or at least interesting enough to stay tuned. Wolf is not my favorite voice, but he did a good job.. with the exception of asking questions requiring raising of hands, how juvenile. Keep up the good work tonight CNN. I will even be watching the Republicans. Less control, even if some don't feel they get their time in – time to step forward and wiggle your way in front of the others – if you want to be heard, make yourself heard. Don't blame the moderator.

    June 5, 2007 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  2. Merle Ferguson.......Camarillo,Ca.93010

    Why we should trust a politican knowing they take gifts and expensive trips from the lobbiest group.They don't have the interest of the people at heart when they let the oil companies and banks steal from the people.

    June 5, 2007 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  3. Anthony, Bloomfield NJ

    Guiliani is a one dimensional candidate in an ever changing world.

    June 5, 2007 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |