Republican candidates to debate in Arizona
February 14th, 2012
11:53 AM ET
11 years ago

Republican candidates to debate in Arizona

(CNN) - The four leading Republicans seeking the GOP presidential nomination have accepted invitations from the Arizona Republican Party and CNN to appear at a debate next week in Mesa, Arizona.

The Feb. 22 debate will take place less than one week before voters in Arizona and Michigan head to the polls. Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have all qualified to participate in this debate.

Filed under: 2012 • Arizona • CNN Debate • Republicans
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  1. Sorensen

    What are they going to talk about? People are so sick and tired of listening to all their irrelevant crap.

    February 14, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. Patriot Awesome

    Great, more footage for the Democrats to use in the election. All they're going to have to do is play excerpts from the debates to win.

    February 14, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Circ De So Crazy.

    Will they be comparing whose clown shoes are shiniest?

    February 14, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  4. ST

    It is better to win by debating than using horrible ads full of attacks and misleading!

    February 14, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    be careful not to let Gov Jan Brewer meet them at the airport...she seems to have issues when she has to do things like that.

    February 14, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. JimAR

    Are they going to pre-empt Bowling for Dollars again?

    February 14, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "Are they going to pre-empt Bowling for Dollars again?"

    Television Programming Rule No. 1: The more vapid, the better.

    Therefore, I'm going with "yes.'

    February 14, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  8. Jerry D

    I bet Brewer will greet these clowns at the airport with open arms, since they are all for the ideas she has to turn AZ into the first State to control its population with private prisons and no gun control.

    February 14, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    What are they going to talk about? People are so sick and tired of listening to all their irrelevant crap.
    Hey I know! They could talk about Obama's Chief Economic Adviser calling for an across-the-board Minimum Tax just like he is wanting for "only the billionaires". It has been so funny watching these guys suck people into the calls for tax increases by pretending it would only be on the richest of the rich. What he discovered was there are not enough billionaires or millionaires to keep up with his spending. Middle're up next! Open up your wallets a little wider. Pay your fair share 'cause Obama wants to pick some more winners in the clean energy industry.

    February 14, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  10. Larry in Houston

    @Four and The Door – why don't you "google" how many millionaires there are, in the U.S. Then – while you're at it, go ahead & google how many Billionaires there are, here in the U.S. – THEN, while your at it – 'google' how may Trillionaires there are, in the U.S. ( I think you will get an honest / educated answer) Anyway – I Can't wait til the Debate.

    February 14, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. Al-NY,NY

    Since it's Arizona, it's going to be Mittens saying "hey I'm Mexican." Santorum will definitely play the "obama hates Catholics" angle and Newt....well he'll say anything he wants and stand by it no matter how ridiculous. Expect them all to play the immigration angle big time so the anglo population will say "bully!!" Has the Sheriff "i don't care what they say, they're all illegals and should be deported" come out to stump yet? He'll rally the Anglos but the non-anglos go out the door

    February 14, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  12. Patriot Awesome

    I wonder what Four and The Door is going to change their name to when Obama wins the election? "Hating the Eight" ? "one percent descent"?

    February 14, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Sorensen wrote:

    What are they going to talk about? People are so sick and tired of listening to all their irrelevant crap.
    They are going to keep having debates until the Republican race is down to one candidate. Isn't that great? I like 'em.

    February 14, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  14. Mikey

    @Four – We need to increase revenues (taxes) AND reduce spending. It is the only way to balance the budget and the approach our President has been advocating all along. He just wanted to be careful not to do too much of either while we were/are in the midst of the Great Recession – the consequences of which might be catastrophic.

    If you could do me a favor, please explain how Mitt Romney is going to reduce taxes, increase military spending, not touch social security and medicare, AND balance the budget as he has promised. Please explain why he is such a bald faced liar. The American public is much smarter than to get fooled again on that one – it is exactly how Ronald Reagan tripled the national debt in eight years.

    How about "Eight is Great – I've learned not to hate!"

    February 14, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  15. Mikey

    @Rudy – Can they keep having debates until they are down to zero candidates?

    February 14, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  16. Patriot Awesome

    @Mikey How about "Eight is Great – I've learned not to hate!"


    I like the positive spin Mikey. I don't know if Four and the Door will like it though. He or she seems kind of grumpy.

    February 14, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  17. Four and The Door

    @Four – We need to increase revenues (taxes) AND reduce spending...
    I'll just refer you to a bill passed by the House of Representatives in April that shows a better way to balance the budget, increase revenues from economic growth and begin paying down the $16 trillion of national debt without raising taxes on the middle class like Obama is talking about now. You may know this bill as Paul Ryan's Path to Prosperity.

    February 14, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |