Republican Debate October 18, 2011: Where to Watch Live
GOP Debate: Republicans Debate 'Western Issues' on October 18. Watch Live.
The Republican debate starts at 8pm ET/5pm PT on October 18. This, the eighth GOP debate so far, will mainly focus on issues affecting western states. However, former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, will not be attending.
The October 18 GOP debate will be held at the Venetian Resort in fabulous Las Vegas, sponsored by CNN and the Western Republican Leadership Conference (WRLC), of which the debate is a part. Anderson Cooper will be moderating. Bruce Buffer will not be introducing the candidates, but it would be cool if he did.
- Watch the Republican Debate Live on CNN
- Follow on Twitter: #CNNDebate (#tcot will also be active during the debate)
- CNN Liveblog: Republican Debate in Las Vegas (Very slow pageload)
- CNN Politics on Facebook
Jon Huntsman is boycotting the debate because of Nevada's move to push forward its caucus to January 14. Five of the eight GOP primary candidates are boycotting the Nevada caucus, but only Huntsman is boycotting the debate.
Jon Huntsman barely met the threshold to qualify for the debate, which is 2%. With his campaign suffering a cash shortage, every debate is a chance for Huntsman to get sites like ours to talk about him afterward, a chance on which he has yet to capitalize.
Let's look at the participants in the October 18 Republican debate:
- Mitt Romney
- Herman Cain
- Michele Bachmann
- Rick Santorum
- Rick Perry
- Newt Gingrich
- Ron Paul
Republican Primary Candidates Standings
Here are the Republican candidates' standings so far: Mitt Romney and Herman Cain are neck and neck, on average. Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are trailing. Meanwhile, it's looking dismal for Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman, and not much better for Michele Bachman.
Herman Cain has taken center stage from Mitt Romney and Rick Perry at least for now. That may not be a good thing for Cain, since the public is now paying attention to his words, be they spoken (the tragicomic 9-9-9 Plan) or sung (Imagine There's No Pizza).
Herman Cain is in the crosshairs of everyone else on that stage. That crack about the electrified border fence? We'll see how that plays in a region with a high Latino population.
Meanwhile, Ron Paul just wants you to google him. Rick Santorum wants you not to google him. His campaign site has clawed its way to #2 in Google's search rankings... but you probably don't want to know about #1. It involves Number Two. Moving right along.
On October 17, Michele Bachmann co-hosting a phone-in town hall meeting with Donald Trump, who apparently just found out about it. 5% of polled voters actually care what Trump thinks (see previous link): do you think that number is too low, or too high?
As for Jon Huntsman, there's always (or only) New Hampshire: he's hosting a "First-in-the-Nation" town hall meeting at 7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT. Maybe afterwards, Huntsman will comment on the debate via Twitter, as has Gary Johnson. You know his daughters will have something to say.
If you're watching the debate live, be sure to keep a Twitter feed in the corner of your eye: it really makes the whole exercise more entertaining. Two-thirds of Republicans have yet to make up their minds on who will get their vote.