Arizona debate matters for GOP's final four
February 20th, 2012
07:19 AM ET
9 years ago

Arizona debate matters for GOP's final four

Washington (CNN) - In no particular order, here are four things you should watch in this week's desert debate: Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich.

The final four have not shared a stage in almost a month: Not since Romney won Florida, Nevada and Maine. Not since Santorum triumphed in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado. Not since Paul won - well, Paul won nowhere, though he told me on CNN's "State of the Union," "It all depends on how you measure winning ... the bottom line is who is going to get the delegates ... and we think we're doing pretty good."

soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Narrowing of the American mind !
    Ping,Pang,Pong and Pung.

    February 20, 2012 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Draft Sarah Palin!

    February 20, 2012 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    You have to admit that bigotry wrapped in theology is still bigotry.

    February 20, 2012 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  4. ST

    Since there is no debate in Michigan before they go to vote, I will be delightful if Romney will be asked why he did not think the bail out in Michigan would work. A lift up is a lift up, unless one decides to put the money in the other pocket! And that is the crime.

    February 20, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  5. T'sah From Virginia

    In no particular order:

    1. Romney STUTTERS as he struggles to stay on top.
    2. Santorum FRIGHTENS you while he refuses to drop
    3. ginGRINCH will once again ATTACK the media because that's all he knows
    4. Paul's been here for 40 years saying the same thing HOPING his messages grows!!

    Obama 2012

    February 20, 2012 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  6. Anonymous

    Hopefully the other three candidates bombard Santorum back into the rear of the bus so we can see a legit candidate not some religious zealot who is going to get crushed by Obama in any real race.

    February 20, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  7. Marie MD

    What? No ugly sweater vest?
    There you have it America. The best four that the teapublikan party can come up with with the million of decent, honest human beings living in the US.
    I wouldn't even call it a bunch of clowns except for the entertainment value they are providing to the world.
    BTW – they do know where the heart is, right?

    February 20, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  8. rs

    I hope they have their citizenship papers, driver's license and birth certificates handy. They are heading into the Republican heart of darkness- they either won't be conservative (i.e. crazy) enough here, or they will be too looney anywhere else!

    February 20, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  9. mike

    The Republican debate will give S.N.L. some good laughs for there next show.

    February 20, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  10. diridi

    Nation's Four Clowns. No vote....ha..ha..ha...

    February 20, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  11. Al-NY,NY

    It will be entertaining no doubt. Informative in terms of real discusssion...not so much.

    February 20, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    First rule in polictics, when you are up to no good you should accuse your opponent of doing what you are up to. I am talking about class warfare. Republicans are waging war against every demographic in our society, up to and including themselves.

    February 20, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  13. diridi

    These are four clowns to the credit of this great big nation. Now Iran is pumping Oil to India and China. Why didn't Republican idiots analyze this forethought before, and push Energy-Efficiency Cars and Hybrid Cars,and Energy Efficiency Buildings, etc, Because they were bribed by Saudi. Obama2012
    PS: No matter what any one says, USA is #1 car driven nation. If we hurt these OPEC, PUSH Energy-Efficiency that's it, we win they lose...true.,

    February 20, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  14. Paula

    How many debates so far and willard has yet to put forth at least 1 of his 59 points

    February 20, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |