GOP candidates to appear at final debate before S.C. primary
January 11th, 2012
07:42 PM ET
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GOP candidates to appear at final debate before S.C. primary

Washington (CNN) - The half dozen candidates seeking the Republican presidential nomination will appear next Thursday at a primetime debate in Charleston, two days before the crucial South Carolina primary.

The January 19th event will be hosted by CNN and the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, the umbrella organization of the 14 states that make up the Republican National Committee’s Southern Region: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. It will be held at the North Charleston Coliseum.

Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum met the criteria and accepted invitations to appear at the debate, which will be televised on CNN, CNN en Español, CNN International, CNN Radio, and the American Forces Network.

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  1. Larry L

    Poor Jon Huntsman will be out of place in this gathering. He is rational, compassionate and places America before party politics. He is so hosed...

    January 11, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  2. gt

    goofy newt.. burns all bridges ,,, jerk will never be back as a power broker again..thats good news..

    January 11, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  3. Randy

    If Buddy Roemer is not included in the debate, then you have NOT included all of the GOP candidates, which is something you should really be ashamed of. And you made an exception for Rick Perry?? Inexcusable...

    January 11, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  4. tc

    there is going to be massive mudsling. vicious attack pacs armed with millions aginst romney.

    January 11, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  5. Jilli

    CNN – please ask Mr. Romney to defend the 10 million dollar bailout he and Bain got from the federal government – it was our money, and we have a right to know why the America taxpayers got left paying for his mistakes.

    January 11, 2012 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  6. carlos

    I hope they go all out against the VOLTURE......he deserves to be FIRED

    January 11, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  7. connie

    changed parties in 2008, knowing that mc cain couldn't win, here we go again,wil not support ROMNEY, says what anyone wants to hear. RON PAUL has no way of beating OBAMA , like PERRY, but he has no chance, SANTORUM too weak, we don't like GINGRICH, but he is the strongest canidate that can beat OBAMA

    January 11, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  8. GregD

    It would be very useful if you actually had the time of the debate in this article....

    January 11, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I would like Ron Paul explain what people should be do if he were to cut programs like Unemployment Insurance. What about the other social welfare programs that the federal government run? What would he do to replace them? Is there anything he would do to get private charities to get them to step in and cover what the federal government is doing now?

    For Rick Perry, he would need to explain why there were mandated HPV shots and requirements for women to get sonograms before abortions? Isn't that government overreaching into people's lives? If Perry claims to be pro-life, then why does he allow the death penalty? Wouldn't that be pro-birth instead?

    January 11, 2012 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  10. carrborian

    best reality show on tv! suggested drinking game; drink every time newt says "fundamentally," "profoundly," or "frankly." try not to get wasted, it's a school night.

    January 11, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  11. Conrack

    Enough with the ridiculous "debates". These political reality shows are nothing more than recitation of doggeral and propoganda created by the "candidate's" handlers and political strategists. I wonder how hard Abe Lincoln, vereran of the Lincoln-Douglas debates, would laugh if he saw one of these cheesey spectacles.

    January 11, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  12. Donkey Party

    Has there ever been so many debates to select the eventual loser to a sitting President?

    January 11, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  13. T'sah From Virginia

    Who's the narrator??? If the "BLITZ" is narrating, then it will be exciting!!!! Actually, Anderson did well also. This one will probably be just as exciting as David Gregory's!!

    I will be watching as I take notes on all of the BLURPS President Obama's campaign could use against them!!!

    January 12, 2012 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  14. Marie MD

    FINAL being the definitive word. About time!!!

    January 12, 2012 06:26 am at 6:26 am |