Candidates enter critical phase after possible final debate
February 23rd, 2012
10:39 AM ET
11 years ago

Candidates enter critical phase after possible final debate

(CNN) - With what could be their final debate behind them, the candidates battling for the GOP presidential nomination planned to resume zigzagging across the country Thursday, fighting for support in more than a dozen states holding contests in the next two weeks.

Up next are Arizona and Michigan on Tuesday, followed by Washington state on March 3 and 10 states on March 6, Super Tuesday.


Filed under: 2012 • Arizona • Michigan • Republicans
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  1. logicnLA

    I would hope there are more debates if no one person is a clear nominee after Super Tuesday.With all the rhetoric on the campaign trail , it's nice to hear some rebuttal.

    February 23, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. Marie MD

    Critical phase? These clowns flatlined months ago. It's amazing what science can do to keep the rhetoric of hate and lies and absurdity alive!

    February 23, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  3. IndeePendant

    To all you Ron Paul supporters out there – Ron is exploiting your emotions to do two things in this campaign. 1. To promote his Son for a similar future campaign or get him an administration seat in future Romney govt. (if Romney wins Presidency), and 2. To provide a shield for Romney during campaigning and debates by going after whoever is troubling Romney at the given moment (he went after Perry, then Gingrich and now Santorum). Have you guys seen, he never or hardly goes after Romney, even though he has been a flip-flopper on almost every conservative issue. In fact he went all the way supporting Romney, when Romney made 'Safetynet' comments. What's the 'deal' (made) between Ron and Romney? Is he Romney's scrooge in the campaign? Is this a fraud being payed on voters by Ron and Romney? Should it be investigated?

    February 23, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    The GOP is critically ridiculous.

    February 23, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  5. Anonymous

    You are correct IndeePendant. Sad to say, it sure looks like Ron Paul has sold out. I hope his supporters will channel continue to channel their energy in positive directions, though.

    February 23, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |

    Larry, Curly, Moe, and Shemp.

    February 23, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  7. ST

    How nice that GOP debates are reaching to an end. Let them burn their money instead, while Dems are accumulating money on their side, waiting the really fireworks of ads to take place!

    February 23, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    Hopefully, the critical phase they are entering will be reality, but no one should hold their breath expecting them to admit that.

    February 23, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  9. REG in AZ

    It is just politics yet you would like to see something that instills trust, that you could put some faith in. Saber rattling, especially when Bush-Cheney have so vividly proven the futility and the drastic costs of war, just doesn’t do it; it gets attention but even Ron Paul clearly states that we just can’t afford another war. Then just always aggressively attacking, blaming and faulting Obama may satisfy those with their already formed biases but it gets old and disgusting quickly for everyone else. And lastly, the over use of the “I” pronoun may give the candidates satisfaction but without substance and specifics, only hype, it is all simply talk. It would seem that these debates are more aimed to impress the speakers themselves and those already firmly aligned, without ever giving the uncommitted and the independent much in reality.

    February 23, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. Sorensen

    They are all critical!!! The more they talk, the worse it gets. Womens rights, contraception, gay people, bible-bangers,
    etc. The GOP is in so deep trouble, they may never recover. We should be so lucky!

    February 23, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  11. george of the jungle

    Paul and romney working in tandum during the debates was quit the site. I guess Rand will end up as mitts running mate or ol paul will have a new position. None of these clowns are fit to serve in the highest office in the land. Obama 2012

    February 23, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  12. Jeremiah Deem Tulsa

    The GOP is beginning to remind me of the disunity that once defined the Democratic party.....just different squabbles. It appears trying to cling to conservative morals is benefiting candidates with some voter and alienating others. But in the end, who cares – Romney is going to win anyways.

    February 23, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Super Tuesday is going to be a day of campaign reconciling for someone.

    February 23, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. redjacobson

    Dr. Paul knows exactly what he is doing. He takes on the candidate behind Romney on purpose ....... he is after delegates and the nomination and so far he is doing quite well.... tho he does need to win a caucus or primary pretty soon. May have already won Maine. Regardless his supporters will stay with him all the way for the restoration of America is at hand. Ron Paul 2012.

    February 23, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. Nothing new here

    It has been long time for the GOP leadership to initiate Plan B.
    As in, bringing in some candidates that are actually on the primary ballots in all the states, for one thing (Santorum and Newt fail on that test, thank goodness).
    This pandering to the extreme right has cost this party dearly. I could ask – what it worth it???? But I think I just answered my own question, thank you.

    February 23, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |