CNN New Hampshire GOP Debate: Join in now
June 10th, 2011
03:00 PM ET
12 years ago

CNN New Hampshire GOP Debate: Join in now

(CNN) - CNN invites you to participate in Monday's first debate between 2012 Republican presidential candidates in the key early voting state of New Hampshire.

Seven presidential contenders will take to the stage on the campus of Saint Anselm College: Rep. Michele Bachmann; businessman and talk show host Herman Cain; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; Rep. Ron Paul; former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty; former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney; and former Sen. Rick Santorum.

Politics is a topic of conversation that never lacks participants and readers on are already weighing in with opinions on what they'd like to see in the debate.

SadieBoyd writes, "I hope that CNN will allow common folk to ask some of the questions." And wittywonka11 says, "I for one would like to see CNN pose questions that its viewers submit."

That's exactly what CNN has planned. Viewer questions and comments from, Facebook and Twitter will be moderated and selected for display on a monitor inside the debate hall, in on-screen graphics and embedded in a filtered stream on

During the debate broadcast from 8 to 10 p.m. ET, readers can follow minute-by-minute updates and instant analysis on the Political Ticker live blog. Reader comments posted on this page will be included with viewer feedback from Facebook and Twitter and embedded in a stream alongside the page and displayed live in the debate hall.

Facebook users who "like" the "John King, USA" page can participate by adding their comments to a real-time conversation during the debate. On Twitter, CNN will be using #CNNdebate to organize the discussion and select tweets to be included in the stream of comments from and

Some readers are even debating the debate itself.

CactusThorn writes, "This is ridiculous having a presidential candidate debate over a year before elections. No wonder the campaigns run through so much cash. There should be a limit on campaign time and spending." To which Bahccster replies, "I would rather have the time to decide which I like best, there is no need to rush something so important."

weardbeard writes, "Let's use the common sense approach to these debates. The first question should be, "have you or your committee accepted any campaign funds from Special Interest Groups and/or Political Action Committees?" Their answers will tell you who is qualified to lead their party, and who is in it to make money for their own agenda."

What would you like to ask the candidates? Join the debate that's going on now then watch Monday on CNN, or our mobile platforms.

– On Monday, June 13, CNN will host the first New Hampshire Republican Presidential Debate, live from Manchester, NH at 8 p.m. ET. Follow all the issues and campaign news leading up to the debate on and @cnnpolitics on Twitter.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    I wouldn't spend 5 minutes listening to those republicans lie, spread hate and fear, and denigrate our PRESIDENT.

    I have better things to do.

    June 10, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    CNN is either going to ask them to cite all facts, evidence, statistics and historical record that their trickle-down daydream unicorn fart ideology has actually worked over the past 40 or so years...including in the question contrary statistics, evidence, etc., that not only has the randian voodoonomic halucination not even come close to being reality, but that wealth and assets and ownership in this country have only trickled-up and debt trickled down...or CNN is not even close to serious about hosting an honest debate. Get on it or get bent.

    June 10, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. Anonymous


    "When will the GOP finally repudiate the idea that tax cuts for the ultrarich creates jobs, since this his been repeatedly disproved by history?"

    June 10, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Our nation ran as a $300B surplus for the final 3 years of the Clinton adminstration. A rise in unemployement, caused by a small recession at the start of the Bush-43 administration began the first of our deficit years. The Bush Tax Cuts increased the annual deficit with the promise that it would be short term, and would be corrected by jobs growth. The predicted jobs growth never materialized despite booming markets. The current recession caused unemployment to spike higher. Do you acknowledge that we have a revenue problem, and what new steps would you take to increase our revenue stream?

    June 10, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. Justin

    What would I like to see in the debate? Gary Johnson.

    June 10, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. Lando

    Watching the Loonie Tunes is better..

    June 10, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. Shellah Garrett

    Let Governor Gary Johnson into the NH debate! He is a legitimate candidate and a former governor for Pete's sake! It is ridiculous to exclude him because he may have less than 2% in the polls. How can he GET 2% if he is denied an opportunity to give his positions in the debates. This is really about CNN and the mainstream media attempting to marginalize Gary Johnson in the same way it was done to Ron Paul when he was denied participation in certain debates in 2008. And look at Dr. Ron Paul today! He is the grandfather of the Tea Party movement. He is constantly interviewed by the mainstream media - why? - because his views are completely different and actually offer solutions. His solutions also would get us out from under the thumb of the controlled two-party system. CNN needs to have the courage to let an alternative candidate like Gary Johnson SPEAK. Let Gary Johnson debate. Thank you.

    June 10, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  8. Joe M

    A question I'd like to see asked of all the candidates is whether they support letting interest rates go up.

    June 10, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. zbigniewmazurak

    Here's my question, then:

    Last year, President Obama signed, and the Senate ratified, in a lame-duck session, a one-sided New START treaty which is biased in favor of Russia. Under its terms, the US will have to make large cuts in its arsenal of nuclear warheads and their delivery systems while Moscow will be allowed to add them. It also greatly constrains America's missile defense options. If you are elected President, will you withdraw the US from that treaty? Yes or no?

    June 10, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  10. Jim in San Mateo

    Here's a question for you to ask each of them: Why should fair minded and middle of the road Independent voters vote for you?

    June 10, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |