BLITZER’S BLOG: The importance of Monday’s CNN-Tea Party Republican Debate
September 9th, 2011
04:36 PM ET
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BLITZER’S BLOG: The importance of Monday’s CNN-Tea Party Republican Debate

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – I’ve moderated several presidential debates over the years. I did five of them four years ago, including the final Democratic presidential debate between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles.

On Monday, Sept. 12th, CNN will broadcast the "Tea Party Republican Debate," live from Tampa, Florida 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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  1. Marie MD

    CNN, get over it please. Don't continue to embarrass yourselves. Unless you have nothing better to do and I would consider watching grass grow more interesting NOBODY is going to be watching these same clowns bash the president and still not have one single solution to our problems.
    Yes, we know there are what, two or three more debates? WHO CARES!!!

    September 9, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The real importance is that tea baggers will see what daily changes the flip flopper will make in his positions. Perry on the other hand, will condemn social security, the stimulus that saved his budgetary behind, and how the government building a fence across Texas and manning it with federal agents is not taking government help. I think Amarillo is missing a rodeo clown.

    September 9, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The importance of Monday night is we will finally see Michele Bachmann submit to the Kochs and go home.

    September 9, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "The importance of Monday’s CNN-Tea Party Republican Debate"

    Let me finish that for you: " CNN, who hopes to make oodles of ad revenue by uncritically helping the GOP disseminate its talking points, ideology and inconsolable anti-Obama tyrades."

    We'll be watching, guys. Ask tough questions AND MAKE THEM ANSWER WITH SUBSTANCE or you're just wasting everyone's time.

    September 9, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  5. honestyingov

    Blitzer...Tea Party and ' importance ' should NOT be used in the same sentence. You and CNN, Tea Party Central , propping them up constantly just tells America how irrelevant YOU are as well. Pretending to be " Fox-Lite " doesn't cut it.
    Didn't that " BIG " DC Rally of theirs gather all of about 100 people. Of course CNN covered it. It was IMPORTANT to CNN.

    100,000 people gathered in the streets of Wisconsin for weeks on end in the bitter cold and you and CNN DIDN'T cover that. Ned I say more...?
    Of course no one will be watching YOUR debate next week. Turned off CNN over a year ago when you and the Network made these phony ' Clowns in Costumes ' a story. We already have Circuses for THAT.

    September 9, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Mr. Blitzer, I will watch the debate so that I can hear the rhetoric and see the body language. I, also, hope that you will ask my question I submitted on the Political Ticker a month ago. "Why is a personal* tax cut better at helping small businesses create jobs than a tax cut aimed at specifically at those actual small businesses, to the exclusion of S-Corporations?"

    September 9, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  7. Boomer in Mo

    Does not matter what any of them say, believe or do. Our federal government is poisoned, frozen and useless. They have all taken so much money from so many special interests, that they no longer know how to vote. New ones will be in the same boat; covered up with piles of money but can't remember how they were paid to vote. So they do nothing. We are doomed.

    September 9, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  8. Sylvia Saint

    Wolf –

    You are consistently weak at the follow-up; you too often allow politicians to revert to their "talking points" making you a tool in the public relations efforts of these people.

    Do your research. Know where these lying pieces of slime will slide.

    I personally think Rachel Maddow is the BEST in the business [regardless of her unabashedly liberal leanings]. She is smart, her team does comprehensive research, she thinks well on her feet, and unlike you, her voice doesn`t quake when she has to pursue a bobbing & weaving politician.

    Ask these Taxed Enough Already panderers what the "correct" level of taxes is and HOW THEY arrived at that number. When Cain says 9/9/9, be prepared and press him on why he`s OK adding regressive sales taxes which further burden the poor while gving the more affluent a lower income tax?

    Just 1 example of how you can serve the people`s and not the politician`s interests.

    September 9, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  9. Jilli

    I've seen about all I can stomach from the republican candidates. They're living on some alternate reality – some bitter miserable alternate reality. I'm not interested. I've seen first hand what Perry has done to the state of Texas, I'd hate to see it as the model for the country. Unless the moderators are going to press him on his enormous list of failures – horrible rankings on so many issues – then it's all just a waste of time.

    September 9, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. Ed Texas

    I bleieve the importance of Monday’s CNN-Tea Party Republican Debate will be for all of America to see what a one-sided, extreme right wing career politican Rick Perry really is. I think millons will see this man has no substance, but lots of hee haw rhetoric. Maybe Perry can explain the porn company he invested in (not to mention the enormous budget deficit he created for Texas). Why his time as Gov Texas went from surplus to approx $27B in debt. Also, why did he take stimulus money for a variety of projects and then criticizes President Obamas stimulus package. He's note a good leader, Governor and would make an even worse President than his clone, Dubya Bush.

    September 9, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    This debate will be significant because it will be the first one that will not be moderated by Tea Party members. Right?

    September 9, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  12. Ronald hendel

    The candidates all want to get rid of Obama care . I would like wolf to ask them what they would replace it with since everyone agrees the current system is a mess

    September 9, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  13. Pat Cafiero

    Could you ask the candidates if they think that you should become a citizen of the United States before you receive Social Security?

    September 9, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  14. T'sah from Virginia

    BLITZER’S BLOG: The importance of Monday’s CNN-Tea Party Republican Debate
    It'll give everyone on stage a chance to inflate, dictate, and try to equate
    With those who are watching and trust me, we’ll be totally LOST
    Because everyone on that stage will try to put across with failure – “I’m the boss?

    Every debate thus far was a Tea Party Debate – this one would be just like the other ones and the reason for that – it does not matter who’s asking the questions, liberals or the right – they will give the same OLD answers!!!

    Obama/Biden 2012!!

    September 9, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  15. mk1

    This will be another chance to see exactly how bizarre these candidates are and how bad they would be if God forbid any of them actually won the presidency.

    September 9, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  16. mike

    A debating tea party. Luckily it is scripted. Otherwise they would be going at each other like wild animals. The racists bigots verses the sexist militants. For the grand finale they wheel in the seniors and let them have it.

    September 9, 2011 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  17. Aj187

    Maria only one person has a plan to get the country back on track and doesn't even bash Obama, only his policy. That man is Ron Paul. And 5 million people watched the last debate, that's HARDLY nobody.

    September 9, 2011 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  18. nutzach

    ron paul! he is the man! lets bring the country back to the people and the principals we originally stood for. our mainstream media is nothing but to brainwash us,, check it out! you will see.

    September 10, 2011 03:32 am at 3:32 am |
  19. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    More proof that corporate media like CNN are not at all "liberal" despite the teatard whines to the contrary. If CNN was truly unbiased and willing to do the job of real journalism, here are the two questions that should be asked of every GOBPbaggin' candidate:

    1. Do you admit this history has taught us that tax cuts for the ultrarich do not create jobs?

    2. With poor and middle class American's making sacrifices during these difficult economic times, what sacrifices are you calling on big business and the extremely wealthy to make?


    September 10, 2011 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  20. diridi

    Perry is an idiot, totally known by its public. I still vote for Obama. He needs to do something on Jobs, I know it is congress, he needs to send legislative draft to congress and see it is passed. He needs to make it known to public clearly and loudly. So that they know. They know the fault lies to and with Republicans. He should stand firm, and clear....o.k, Let it be transparent....

    September 10, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  21. Republicans - The Not Intended To Be Factually Accurate" Party

    Despite runnning on Jobs, the Republicans showed their TRUE COLORS by focusing on the President`s birth certificate, attacking collectice bargaining for US WORKERS, attacking abortion [Kansas zoning laws & Texas mandated sonagrams to try to traumatize a woman out of her difficult decision], etc. I think the Teavangelists want to know more about the theocracy plans of Perry & Bachmann since the GOP will campaign on one thing, like JOBS, but then, if elected, will revert back to their core concerns. With Rick Perry holding a 8,000 person ptayer mtg a week before getting in, its pretty clear that he has a secret agenda. How about Romney and Huntsman? Where is Paul on theocray? He`s so nutty sometimes, we need to know.

    September 10, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  22. cali leftie

    I love these denates! It exposes the right for who they really are and what they stand for. The only one I would possibly consider, even as a dem is Huntsman. He's the only sane one out of the bunch. The rest are cartoon characters!

    September 10, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  23. WiredweirdinSF

    The importance is that it will give more the ultra liberal CNN, Obama toe sucking, union toadys more chances to blast those of us who work hard, pay taxes, and act responsibly. I'm sure we will see some corrupt union thug threatening to kill us and some welfare pimp like Maxine Waters wanting to send us to hell after she steals the money for her drug addicted constituents to spend on pants that are falling down and their subsidized homes full of large screen, 3-D televisions.

    September 10, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |