Republican Debate October 11, 2011: Where to Watch Live
Republican Primary Debate: Focus on the Economy
The would-be Republican presidential candidates will square off at Dartmouth College for a debate on the economy. The debate starts at 8pm ET/5pm PT on October 11. You can follow the GOP debate live via the links below.
"It's the economy stupid" has never been more relevant, as the US remains mired in an economic slowdown. The Occupy Wall Street protests have been grabbing headlines, and will have to be acknowledged in some way during the debate.
The Republican Debate Participants:
- Rick Perry
- Mitt Romney
- Herman Cain
- Ron Paul
- Michelle Bachmann
- Newt Gingrich
- Jon Huntsman
- Rick Santorum
Rick Perry's campaign has turned into a gong show, and he'll need to perform well tonight in order to survive.
Meanwhile, everyone is starting to care what Herman Cain thinks, despite his bizarre and often arrogant press encounters. Cain has stated that he's targeting Romney, and is looking past Perry. His own policies have yet to be examined with any degree of detail, but that will change as of tonight: Herman Cain had better bring some facts this time.
As for Michelle Bachmann, we all understand by now that it just isn't going to happen, and the same can be said for Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum (Google him).
Look at Mitt Romney, who just secured Chris Christie's endorsement, for a better understanding of how religion plays into US politics: evangelical Christians don't think that Mormonism is Christianity, and they will be mobilizing against him. As far as the religious right is concerned, his performance in the debate is irrelevant.
Jon Huntsman and Ron Paul are still fighting for acknowledgement, never mind recognition. Jon Huntsman is too moderate for an increasingly right-leaning GOP, and Republicans have yet to embrace Ron Paul, to put it mildly.