Debate the first showdown since dramatic changes in GOP field
October 11th, 2011
07:36 AM ET
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Debate the first showdown since dramatic changes in GOP field

Washington (CNN) - What a difference 19 days make.

The last Republican presidential debate was held nearly three weeks ago in Orlando. Since then, Texas Gov. Rick Perry lost his front-runner status in the national polls in the race for the GOP nomination, thanks in part to a poor performance at that debate, to constant attacks from the rival campaigns over his stance on illegal immigration, border security, and Social Security, and to his lackluster showing at a straw poll in Florida two weeks ago.


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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I would not trust any of these idiots as a street vendor, let alone president.

    October 11, 2011 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Seriously, would you buy a car from any of these people?

    October 11, 2011 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    On that stage stands over $100 million in corporate campaign contributions. Maybe that is why BOA is charging $5 monthly for a debit card.

    October 11, 2011 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  4. ST

    I do hope the debate will not be only on economy though it is the pressing issue. If one of them (if lucky anyway), will be sent to Washington, will not deal on only one issue: "economy". He has to deal with various issues. Please moderators, do your work as required, and make sure each issue related to people is touched. People need to know where they stand in order to make their mind!

    October 11, 2011 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    This is going to be sink or swim for Gov. Perry and Mr. Cain. Gov. Perry has had three weeks to prepare for this debate. Coming into another debate unprepared will all but doom Perry.

    Mr. Cain will enjoy a position in the front and center, right next to Gov. Romney, because of his rise in the polls to top tier. For his own sake, I hope he can come up with a credible excuse as to why he is on a book tour, has little or no organizational structure to raise money, no structure of political advisors, no structure to conduct campaigns in multiple states, all of which has more in common with Mayor Palin than looking like a credible candidate for POTUS.

    October 11, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  6. Tex71

    It is a sad commentary about the state of the GOP when an already radical right-wing nutjob gets trashed by his own party for not being radical enough.

    October 11, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  7. T'sah from Virginia

    Cain has made it to "center stage" – so I guess the battle will be between Cain and Romney. That would be a sight to see – "Cain versus Unable" – yes, unable to to stick to what he said in the past! This is going to be fun!!

    I hope they hit on POVERTY in this debate – No debate in all of debate history has ever asked questions in regard to "POVERTY IN AMERICA!!!" But they won't!!

    October 11, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  8. diridi

    Folks, Just do not vote any of these GOP animals, and Tea thugs...Obama2012. Let Clinton Tax Rate come least...

    October 11, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Let's see if the Republicans can maintain their hitting streak of consecutive debates without once mentioning the phrase "middle class." Gov. Romney was throwing the phrase around yesterday. I think he has noticed the same thing that I have. The conservative economic conversation has centered around their so called "job creators" and doing what is best for them, while completely ignoring the majority of Americans; the middle class, the poor, the seniors.

    October 11, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    If GOPer/TeaPers hadn't been so hell bent on destroying America this past decade, I'd actually feel sorry for them that these are the candidates they will be stuck chosing from. Not one of the wannabees represents middle class America, nor ever will. Not quite sure what the "dramatic change" this article implies is. It's the same folks that have been running for president all along. Unfortunately for each of them, none of the above is still the GOP/TeaPer frontrunner.

    October 11, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |