January 30th, 2008
09:34 PM ET
15 years ago

People meter: undecided voters weigh in


Watch voters weigh in on the most heated moments of the debate.

(CNN) – The four remaining Republican presidential candidates got down to the heart of the issues in Wednesday night’s CNN/LATimes/Politico debate moderated by Anderson Cooper.

A dozen undecided male and female Republican voters weighed in on the candidates' responses as the debate progressed.

The red line graph across the screen represents voter’s approval or disapproval of the candidates’ responses.

People meter: Watch Romney and McCain argue their conservative records

People meter: Watch the candidates compare themselves to Ronald Reagan

–CNN's Emily Sherman

soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. Michael (Houston)

    I think republicans should unite around John McCain. He is more likely to unite and build a consensus than would Romney. Romney would further polarize America, much more then Bush/Cheney. I think McCain can attract many democrats who will be upset when their choice on democratic side loses in the primaries. People either Love Hillary and hate Obama or vise versa. McCain is a person I can comfortably vote for if my candidate (Hillary) loses. McCain is honest, a patriot and hero to most Americans and can be trusted.

    January 31, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. cheryl Arizona

    I totally agree that the media is picking the nominees for president. They have created a Rock Star in Obama with no insight on what he would do. McCain they give so much attention to because of his military record of being POW. People have busy lives and they only hear the little sound bites the media wants them to hear. Most people are worried about how they are going to pay their bills and take care of their families to pay attention to the election. It really is sad that we have the media to do this.

    January 31, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  3. Adam Powell - Las Vegas, NV

    I am an American, and I want another debate to replace what I watched last night. That was not fair and equal!! At least Huckabee had the balls to say something about it.

    January 31, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  4. Attacks by the Establishment on Ron Paul Continue

    And then there were four!

    January 31, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  5. Dana, California

    I cant understand everyones interest in McCain, he's a dotty old man with attitude, his war experiences and love for the present war will do nothing different for this country but keep us there for years to come. Every time Hukabee talks he shows he's unelectable although last night he didnt embarress himself. Now it appears the one chance we have to put an outsider with CEO experience in place and his race seems all but over. Whats with Arnold endorsing McCain, you knucklehead, do you listen to the issues? If McCains on the ticket in Nov, I'm going obama.. What have we got to lose?

    January 31, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. Jim Kansas

    Well, as a Republican who has been feed up with the part for years, if I vote for a Republican canidate it would be for John McCain. And the reasons I would vote for him are the very reasons that right wing ultra conservatives who have dictated party policy are oppsed to McCain. As far as Rommney goes, the very fact that he is a buisness man is enough to ensure I would not vote for him. Buisness interests have bben placed over the interests of Amercan voters for too long, I am not interested in bring buisness savy to government, if I tried to run a buisness like government it would fail, the same is true the other way around. Government ran like private sector buisness is destined to fail, why, because government is not and can place profit above the welfare of the nation. Government must insure that what is best for the nation and the people happens not what is good for buisness.

    I am about as Conservative as you can be, but I do not want buisness mentality running my nation, nor do I want right wing fundamentiat telling me what is right and wrong, or how I am suppose to act or think. As long as John McCain does not court the right wing christain fundamentalist of the party and acts as an American Canidate, I shall support him.

    January 31, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. FleetingThoughts, America

    McCain is an old style leader – he "bosses people around".

    Romney is the new leader – participative leadership that brings teams together to accomplish real tasks.

    Rally to Romney, the Ronald Reagan of our time.

    January 31, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. Amy

    Anyone but Obama or Clinton, but the best choices are Ron Paul and Mike Huckabee.

    January 31, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  9. Tom/S.FL

    CNN and Anderson Cooper destroyed this debate. It's plain and simple. Anderson Cooper should be fired. Cnn should be banned from American households. I hope their ratings coincide with the quality of the debate they held. "0" Of cours they probably won't print this either.

    January 31, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. Buffalo Bill

    Why did the democrats in Florida show up to vote? They knew that their votes would not count. To take the time and go out of their way for something that was futile I do not understand.

    Up here in the Northeast we have heard that the main reason that there was such a large turn out in Florida is that there was a very important vote on the ballot (not the candidates name) that would affect all individuals in Florida Is this true or a figment of someone's imagination that wants to slant the truth?

    Please Florida respond.

    January 31, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
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