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BLITZER’S BLOG: The importance of Monday’s CNN-Tea Party Republican Debate
September 9th, 2011
04:16 PM ET

BLITZER’S BLOG: The importance of Monday’s CNN-Tea Party Republican Debate

By CNN’s Wolf Blitzer

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - I’ve moderated several presidential debates over the years. I did five of them leading up to the 2008 election, including the Democratic debate between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles.

I’ve always learned important lessons in each debate that have helped me prepare for the next one. I’ve been reviewing those lessons as I gear up for the CNN-Tea Party Republican Debate here in Tampa at 8 p.m. ET Monday.

When I face the eight Republican candidates, I am aware that one of them will emerge as the GOP presidential nominee, unless someone else decides to jump into the race and wins the early contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida. That’s still possible, but at this relatively late stage it seems unlikely.

I know that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is still flirting with the idea, but the longer she waits the more difficult her mission. By remaining undecided for so long, she may have missed her moment.

Beyond that, I am also aware that one of these Republicans might in fact become the next president of the United States.

President Obama will certainly face a stiff challenge in the general election no matter who the Republican nominee is. No one appreciates that more than the president and his top campaign advisers: They will have a real fight on their hands.

That’s why these debates are so important. I want potential voters out there to have a better appreciation of these candidates – their strengths and weaknesses. I want to make sure we can drill down on where they agree and where they differ. When the candidates dodge the questions, I will follow up and press. That’s what the voters want, and I’m looking forward to this opportunity.

NOTE: The CNN-Tea Party Debate, moderated by CNN lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer, airs live 8-10 p.m. ET Monday, September 12, on CNN.
For full debate coverage, go to CNN.com/TeaPartyDebate

Press release: CNN, Tea Party Express to Host First-Ever Tea Party Debate, Sept. 12

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  1. gerald paddock

    hey wolf ask all of them this where is your plan for main street jobs and not trickal down jobs plans they have when is your party going to worry about the people in america not corperrations ask them that but im sure you wont being on the cnn republican show really wish there was a middle ground station to give the facks left and right not always its obamas fault thanks jerry

    September 10, 2011 at 10:57 am |
  2. Dave

    Ask Ron Paul this question. 'If law is broken, why is it necessary to prosecute the perpetrator, and if the Constitution is both fundamental law, and a fundamental law that applies to government, why do other candidates and office holders ignor, expand and violate the fundamental law without repercussion?' Thanks, I and my friends will be watching.

    September 10, 2011 at 10:25 am |
  3. Clifton

    Please, give Ron Paul more attention! I and a lot of people I know would love to hear more from him! Why is the mainstream media ignoring him?!?

    September 10, 2011 at 10:25 am |
  4. don ostrom

    Ron Paul is often labeled as an isolationist because of his views on foreign policy. Ask questions that clarify his stance on this issue.

    September 10, 2011 at 9:26 am |
  5. Eddie

    Wolf -although some people are opposed to these candidates – we would still like to hear THEIR ideas and not a party line or talking point repeated over and over again. So as a personal challenge to these candidates I'd like to have you for just one question (or more if you choose) – ask them to answer without using the following words:

    The President, Barack, Obama, This Administration, or Ronald Reagan.

    I'd love to hear those answers and I know a lot of other people would too. Thanks Wolf!

    September 10, 2011 at 9:26 am |
  6. Galen Manapat

    Wolf,

    The most recent debate in South Carolina was very good for the following reasons. Candidates could not listen to someone else and "adjust" their answers. Each one did not hear the preceding candidate speak. Everyone had equal time to address the audience without interruption, thus it relected the also fair debate in California hosted 3 years ago by Pastor Rick Warren. Jim DeMint, by the way was not throwing "softballs". to the presidential hopefuls.

    How you treat the candidates, and whether CNN squeases people out by not calling on them to speak, leaving only favored ones to speak, or whether candidates are "baited" will tell the your audience whether or not CNN is worth listening to.

    The recent debate in South Carolina was informative and worth listening to.

    September 10, 2011 at 9:25 am |
  7. Larry L

    I'd like to see a specific question (with no wiggle room) about removal of the cap on earnings (about 106k) for Social Security deductions. Economists know Social Security would be in far better shape if Americans paid their contributions based on every dollar earned, and not just the first $106,000. This has not been mentioned as a possible solution by any of the candidates. Why not?

    September 10, 2011 at 9:25 am |
  8. Willy Brown

    I hope you ask real questions about the future and not let this be another left wing smear event like the one on PMSNBC to protect Obamba.

    September 10, 2011 at 9:07 am |
  9. Henrietta Bowman

    Wolf, you said, "I want potential voters out there to have a better appreciation of these candidates – their strengths and weaknesses. I want to make sure we can drill down on where they agree and where they differ. When the candidates dodge the questions, I will follow up and press. That’s what the voters want, and I’m looking forward to this opportunity."

    I hope you follow through with this. I guarantee Ron Paul won't dodge the questions, but he can't answer if he is not asked. You want to see real answers? See sparks fly? Set Paul against Perry and vice versa. Perry is the dross; Paul is the gold. Viewers know Paul is being deliberately ignored. All we have to do is count the number of questions asked each candidate. Is the media so frightened of Ron Paul it thinks if it ignores Paul he will just disappear? Won't happen. This is being billed as the Tea Party Republican Debate, so by darned, ask some questions that will resonate with Tea Party folks!

    September 10, 2011 at 9:02 am |
  10. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    So for the next 14 months, the Republicans are going to have one of these "debates" every week? How many of these circle jerks is CNN going to headline and advertise for free? All it is is free support for the Republican Taliban party.

    September 10, 2011 at 8:30 am |
  11. Reggie from LA

    People are just not getting it. We complain forever and ever about whats not getting done economically, then stand by (being stupid as we are) and watch valuable resources dwindle because a bunch of "fiscal conservatives and Kochsuckers" pledge to the almighty and hateful Grover Norquist to never raise taxes...for political leverage and in keeping with making Obama look bad. Only in a hateful America.

    September 10, 2011 at 8:15 am |
  12. June Simons

    We would definitely like to see a true DEBATE format, rather than a question and answer period. Let each person state specific positions and defend them, developing a picture of each candidate's approach to governing. Voters could then choose based on real expectations rather than defensive rhetoric.

    September 10, 2011 at 8:00 am |
  13. Marr

    Mr. Blitzer – you might overestimate yourselves if you expect there will be a „debate“. The GOP/TP is so stuck in wanting the president to “fail” they just think if they repeat the nonsense they are talking about often enough, it will stick. So do get THE FACTS straight (2 $ Gas, ha, ha, we are Saudi Arabia, Ponzi scams, healthcare reform costs jobs, etc. etc.) and let’s see how they wind themselves out to that! Ask why they are so set to discredit the President and not taking any responsibility of their “NO, H E L L NO” stance! Ask them what they have done to work FOR the people and do not let them get away with well, well – it’s the Presidents fault. We all know, the economy would have been even WORSE with McCain / Palin (the thought of that alone gives one Goosebumps!) They would be by now in new wars God only knows where to pander to the “no contract/bidding/ job creators”!”! Remember, they want to take from the poor and the middle class but check on MILITARY SPENDING – no way! Ask them why young people in the military should risk their lives to protect the GOP/TP way of being the first to take from – and the last to give to the country? It would be your duty not to function as a mouthpiece for liars, but to confront them and to make them take responsibility for what they say! Only then is such a “gathering” a contribution to Democracy! But I think they will eat you up!

    September 10, 2011 at 7:50 am |
    • Ray

      "The GOP/TP is so stuck in wanting the president to “fail” they just think if they repeat the nonsense they are talking about often enough, it will stick." -See Ron Paul

      "(2 $ Gas, ha, ha, we are Saudi Arabia, Ponzi scams, healthcare reform costs jobs, etc. etc.) and let’s see how they wind themselves out to that!" -See Ron Paul (One silver dime can buy a gallon of gasoline.)
      "Ask them what they have done to work FOR the people and do not let them get away with well, well – it’s the Presidents fault." -See Ron Paul (Rarely mentions Obama, nor blames him, however speaks specifically on how to fix the issues, unlike the other 7 people on the stage that, I agree, DO say, "It's Obama's fault.")

      "We all know, the economy would have been even WORSE with McCain / Palin" -President Obama has done nothing but put us into more debt, create more mandates, and allow Ben Bernanke to print more and more money for these 'bail outs' and 'stimulus plans.'

      "They (McCain/Palin) would be by now in new wars God only knows where..." -See Ron Paul (His foreign policy is non-interventionalism, no policing of the world, and take our troops him immediately. President Obama has bombed Libya and has put more sanctions on Iran and other countries in 6 years than past presidents combined.)

      " Remember, they want to take from the poor and the middle class but check on MILITARY SPENDING..." -See previous comment on foreign policy.

      "It would be your duty not to function as a mouthpiece for liars, but to confront them and to make them take responsibility for what they say!" -Hate to tell you, but the media is run by government. They spread the lies to the masses because they know a majority of people wont dare to dig for facts or do any research to what the media says. They know most people will become sheep and follow into their cages quietly without disruption.

      Anyway, you need to know the facts before you make a generalization similar to the generalizations you're describing that are created by biased media. Kind of ironic. Either way, be informed and know each individual. Ron Paul is different, and truly believes in what he says. He doesn't constantly say "Obama this" and "Obama that". He doesn't avoid the questions or answer with general statements, rather, he answers directly and specifically. He's the only person in politics (currently running for the GOP nomination) that has a consistent voting record and has stood by his ideas for over 30 years. Dr. Paul predicted the housing and financial bubbles, the recession and collapse of the dollar.

      Before you spat off ignorant tirades, be informed.

      Thank you for your time.

      September 12, 2011 at 3:50 am |
  14. Ralph

    Mr. Wolfe ask these cronies if they'd be willing to initiate an Executive Order requiring the dismemberment of the biggest blood sucking governmental establishment that exist, Department of Revenue
    If half of the previous commentors are an example of the average cnn adherent, it is no wonder cnn ranks where it does in the news polls. Or maybe you picked these comments in an attempt to demonstrate your left wing superior intelligence by trying to make the general public appear dumb as a box of rocks.
    Poor HHN can't seem to comprehend Democrates as well as Repulican politicans have no idea what to do about the economy. Certainly Obama doesn't. His multi-trillion dollar stimulus plan hasn't worked. And now if we spend a few more billion it will certainly solve the problem.
    The bottom line is some fifty percent of the voting public can't comprehend (I'll leave to the readers to pick which fifty percent) is YOU CAN'T SPEND MONEY YOU DON'T HAVE. All printing more money does is devaluate the dollar. I don't care how good a specific program may be the sad fact is you can't spend yourself out of debt.
    Then there is poor David who can't understand why his governor won't give up his salary. I have a better question for you David. Why don't our million dollar congress representatives and the president give up their salaries and benifits until we get out of this economic mess they have gotten us into.
    Then we have Siad from AMERICAN Somalia. American? Really?Can you speak American better than you can write it?
    Hey Mr. American, let's ingnore them all, Republicans, Democrates,all the other parties and start all over.
    Dear Lil, pull yourself off the goverment tit and become part of the solution rather than your own state of confusion!!!
    That's All Folks; ni na da ni na naaa

    September 10, 2011 at 5:41 am |
  15. Carole, VA

    The GOP ran in '10 on 'jobs, jobs, jobs.' Where are the jobs? How many jobs have been created by the 'trickle down' policies of the GOP, either in the GOP-controlled House or the GOP filibusters in the Senate? How many of the 'job creating' wealthy Americans have, or would, actually use their tax cuts to hire employees if there's no market for their products or services? Take it to 'em, Wolf!

    September 10, 2011 at 1:00 am |
  16. Derek Allister

    Now, we all know the right thing to do for the people of Texas, and that is to take care of them. I am confident Obama will do the right thing because he is a moral man. However, will all those candidates acknowledge that goodness, repudiate the idea of "cut-cut-cut", and accept the fact that their rhetoric is simply an ill-disguised play to the mindlessness of their base? Probably not, but please, please, please ask about Tea Party philosophy, Rick Perry's budget record in Texas, and the tragic fire situation in his state. Thank you.

    September 10, 2011 at 12:41 am |
  17. Carole, VA

    Why, if Bachmann (& other GOPers) gleefully accept govt hand-outs in the form of farm subsidies, do they oppose govt spending, 'entitlements (which workers pay for their entire working lives), and govt in general? Considering Bachmann applied for & accepted nearly $300K in farm subsidies in a single year, how does that compare to the average salary of the American working class (those who are fortunate enough to have a job), or to the unemployment benefits paid to the average unemployed worker?

    September 10, 2011 at 12:40 am |
  18. Derek Allister

    I hope someone has the courage to ask the candidates how they reconcile their "cut-cut-cut" agenda along with their belief that the Federal Government is too involved with Texas' plea now for Federal assistance to fight the many forest fires in that state. Gov. Rick Perry slashed Fire and Forest Service budgets by up to 70% over the past few years, and now he has the audacity to ask Obama for Federal money? The Tea Party wants to limit the Federal Government's involvement in state issues; they want to cut Federal budgets. Yet now, a Tea Party state and a Tea Party governor comes running to Washington for assistance. The worst part of me says Washington should say "no" and let the state burn.

    September 10, 2011 at 12:18 am |
  19. David Lee

    Mr. Blitzer I Tweeted you Thursday afternoon but I will put it here too, only in English instead of "Twitter-ese." LOL. When you moderate the GOP debate please PLEASE ask more questions to candidates other than Perry, Romney, and Bachmann. One thing I've noticed is that they have been placed near the center (well Romney and Bachmann since the NBC debate was Perry's 1st) and for the most part the others have been just this side of ignored. Please pay attention to Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, etc. as well. Mr. Cain, for instance, was only asked five questions in the NBC debate. He has some great ideas and deserves his time. Let US, the Republican voting public, decide who we want to vote for. If undecided voters don't hear Cain, Gingrich, Paul, and Santorum as regularly as Romney, Perry, and Bachmann they won't be as educated. Thank you.

    September 10, 2011 at 12:02 am |
  20. Kenny

    Please ask Herman Cain what is his position on the Tea Party wanting to Remove Slavery from Student Textbooks in Tenessee, because they say it gives Slave Owners a bad rap. Herman Cain is a big Tea Party guy, i think thats a fair question for him that he is uniquely qualified to answer. Infact i would like to know every candidates position on that topic, as would the American People.

    September 10, 2011 at 12:02 am |
  21. michael

    wolf, the ponzie scheme which is known as social security, how much has the federal gov. borrowed from it and when are they going to pay it back??

    September 9, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
  22. Joshua Jones

    Dr. Mr. Blitzer,

    Please ask Gov. Rick Perry why he thinks Ron Paul's 1988 Republican Party Resignation Letter reflects poorly on the candidate.

    Also, please ask Dr. Paul if he is still consistent in his conviction that the GOP has lost its way, promoting big-government solutions, increased spending, military adventurism, and unbalanced budgets (where deficits don't matter with eternal debt financing).

    September 9, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
  23. Jimmy Goodyear

    Hello Mr. Wolfe ! Please ask the president candidates do they support any help to the 99ers? We were ignored again in President Obama job plan speech Thursday night.The Unemployment rate is horrible nationwide. Yes,Congress may help the newly unemployed,but mention,if you may ;the plight and misery of the 99ers everyone seem to be unaware of except CNN they know we still exits. CNN Ali Velshi mention the plight and misery of the 99ers often in his news hour. Please Mr. Wolfe do the same on your show. The 99ers still exits ! No Help from Congress. We are still Americans desperately searching for employment every day in this awful economy. Thank You very much Mr.Wolfe.

    September 9, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
  24. Pepper

    Here's a few ideas for you. Ron Paul is a physician, ask him about healthcare. He also says gas should be $0.10 a gallon. Give him a chance to fully explain that. Ask why the other candidates are acting like what he's been saying for 30 years all of a sudden is their idea. And by all means ask him about Bernanke and the Federal Reserve audit.

    Bet you won't though, you'll instead give him the stupid irrelevant questions. I hope you prove me wrong.

    September 9, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
  25. Gay boy republican

    Run Sarah run, we need u

    September 9, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
  26. Bill in Florida

    The words "importance" and "Tea Party" do not belong together ...

    September 9, 2011 at 9:10 pm |
  27. Henry Baca

    Stop IGNORING Ron Paul!! Unbeliveable how much CNN ignores Dr. Ron Paul! Be fair and give tbe man the attention he deserves! Ron Paul has my vote and everyone i know! RON PAUL 2012!!!!

    September 9, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
  28. up1652

    If Ron Paul really wants to win he should run as an indpendent ; especially if Perry wins the repub nomination.

    September 9, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
  29. dwt

    What makes this a Tea Party debate?

    September 9, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
  30. Benjamin

    Wolf, i hope at this upcoming debate the idiotic and intentional censorship of Dr. Ron Paul will not rear its head, but i am afraid, particularly with you, it will. I'll never forget the interview you did with Dr. Paul leading up to the 2008 election that you started with, after the normal pleasantries, 'You have no chance of winning." Dr. Paul said "sure i do' and you retored with 'No you Don't'. i hope that will remeber that ALL Americans have a chance of winning our Presidency; all it requires is the most votes. I hope, Wolf, that in this upcoming debate you are able to put aside you obvious personal bias agains Dr. Paul and give him equal air-time as the other, less qualified, candidates. I hope that you will remember to ask him questions that are just as important and in-depth as the other candidates, rather than your normal game of asking the others good question, while Dr. Paul gets questions like 'What do you think of gay rights', (which, as anyone who knows anything about Dr. Paul can tell you, he believes that all Americans have the same rights so there are no 'gay right's per se.). In short, Wolf, i hope that you allow the American people to hear him speak, certainly not more than the other candidates, but please not less. How can we, as a people, make informed qualified decisions about our leaders if Biased media makes a point of hiding one of our Candidates.

    September 9, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
  31. adam

    We have tried 8 years of Bush/Cheney/Repukes and it destroyed the nation. From 2 unfunded wars waged on lies, to the housing scam, from Bush's tax cuts for the rich to create millions of jobs to governance by FUD, from wall st. to main st, everything under Bush/Cheney was a FRAUD.
    From a projected $5 trillion surplus under Clinton to Bush's $13 Trillion in debts.
    So these Repukes are once again telling us they are responsible stewards of the nation's purse ? Really ?

    September 9, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
  32. CaliforniaBC

    Hey Wolfe don't let Gingrich chastize you for asking him those valid questions that he just happens not to like. That helath reform question was wholly valid given how much it has been tossed around during the various speeches. So asking any of them about it fair game. If Newt starts going off again about you inciting fights amonst themselves, please don't just sit and take it.

    September 9, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
  33. works4me

    Just another bunch of GOP mass-debaters...

    September 9, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
  34. Tam

    What intellectural level will this teaparty debate be on?

    September 9, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
  35. Kevin Sullivan

    Let's see, MSNBC waited 15 mins to include Michele Bachmann, and immediately afterward everyone on that station said her campaign was over. Yeah, Right ! I trust CNN will be much fairer and much more balanced! It is 5 months before the first primary; Michele isn't going away anytime soon. And don't be too shocked if Mitt (or even Rick) turns to Michele when they need a social conservative Veep !

    September 9, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
  36. Steve

    I'm not a republican or democrat, but will be watching with interest. PLEASE DO NOT IGNORE RON PAUL. The two other debates this year have, and its shameful at best that he is so blatantly biased against.

    September 9, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
  37. Court KAc

    If you want to make them answer the questions and get answers when they dodge the question, then just add this simple phrase to your repertoire: "I am sorry Candidate X, but I believe you dodged that question, could you please answer the question you were asked?"

    September 9, 2011 at 8:21 pm |
  38. Bob

    Let's go with the Republican plan: No unions, less cops, fireman (sorry 911 victims) , teachers, etc. less regulation of big business because we need more like Enron, AIG, Goldman Sachs, Leman Bros, Wall street crooks, banks causing housing collapse, no tax on rich, keep loop holes for rich on boats, planes, etc, keep tax break for big oil (they need more to add to their billions in profits, etc. more illegal aliens to work for nothing. take from medicare and medical (sorry old folks). Yep gotta love what they want for the new America. Oh yea,,,they have no idea how to create jobs. Neither do any of the commentors below. We are spoiled idiot brats who do nothing but complain. We still vote the same idiots from BOTH parties right back into office. OH yea if the idiot party of no gets in perhaps we can invade Canada (more money for Haliburton. less

    September 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
  39. Steve

    The only thing that separates Ron Paul from the other Tea Party groupies is that he is lost in the 19th Century while they are lost in the 17th.

    September 9, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
  40. MS

    Wolfe, Please ask – Which republican candidates associate themselves with the Tea Party idealogy? Can they demonstrate this by identifying their political affiliation as (T) to mean Tea Party instead of (R)? Or, are they just TINO – Tea Party in Name Only!

    September 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
  41. Sandra Attig

    Wolf, Ask the candidates if any of them have read the GAO report. If any answer yes, which I doubt, ask what one thing would the correct! It will interesting if they know what the GAO is! They are numerous duplications that spend millions that can be cut. Also if any one would eliminate the minting of the $1.00 coin of the dead presidents that accounts for $500K a day in vaults. Congress mandated the minting and only Congress can stop the insanity and wasted costs to store the unwanted coins.

    September 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
  42. Tullius

    Please make this a fact-based event. One of the major failings of the news media is it's failure to hold politicians to the facts. When someone makes an assertion the validity of which is not universally accepted as fact at this point in time, please ask them for substantiation. We all understand that there are timing issues in doing a broadcast of this type, but the fabric of our political debate is being frayed nearly beyond functionality by myths, falsehoods, distortions, and innuendo. When in promoting the alleged job killing aspects of the new healthcare law, Michelle Bachman touts a small business person who she maintains fired 10 people this summer to stay under the new law's threshold for employer funded health care. That provision does not become effective until 2014. Why would he have let them go three years before the threshold become effective? But this false anecdote with soon be quoted as evidence of the job killing bill. Do you job as a reporter: probe for the truth.

    September 9, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
  43. Jerry

    Ask them some tough, basic questions: What newspapers do you read? What country can you see from your back porch? To you, Is Pres. Obama first and foremost an American or a black man? Do you know there are other religions in the world, heck the US, besides Bible-thumping Christianity? Do you believe Sarah Palin is a genius or an idiot? Last, if elected will you invade the blue states?

    September 9, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
  44. John R.

    What the voters want is for you to quit ignoring the third, top-tier candidate, currently running third in double digits, by ALL national polls....RON PAUL!!!!! Word is already out that you will be too cowardly to include him in your after debate poll because Ron Paul won the post debate MSNBC poll. If so, you are a COWARD in it's worst form and should retire as a journalist. Ironically, you and others like you will cause Ron Paul to win the W.H. because of your blatant attempt to control the election process/outcome. What you and your Elitist bosses didn't count on is the power of the uncontrolled internet in the hands of a bunch of pissed off Americans. We will go to the poll in droves and cross the isle for the only anti-establishment candidate running, Ron Paul. And, CNN just like Fox and MSNBC before you will be exposed for the corrupt puppets to the Elites that you are and lose many viewers in the process. I don't know how you sleep at night with such bias..and you call yourself a journalist. More like a puppet...Ha! “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi ....Ron Paul 2012, it will happen, whether you like it or not!!!!

    September 9, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
  45. mcleodmn

    "Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployme­­­­nt insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes that you can do these things. Among them are a few Texas oil millionair­­­­es, and an occasional politician or businessma­­­­n from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid."

    President Dwight D. Eisenhower (R)­, 1954

    September 9, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
  46. Larry

    Hi Wolf
    I'm unsure what the invite criteria is but will Gary Johnson make the list ? He polls as well as Huntsman and Santorum but has so far been excluded. Being a Libertarian Republican like Ron Paul and a past governor like Perry & Romney I'm not sure why he has been ignored.
    Please offer something no other debate has so far, new voice and one unlike the usual suspects.
    Regards
    Larry in FL

    September 9, 2011 at 7:55 pm |
  47. Teapartyiscrap

    Just one question and an observation Wolf, If President Obama does get defeated and the Republicans win the presidency which is the only job in the country they want, will they cease to exist? Additionally, after such a defeat aren't the Republicans banking on the Democrats not behaving like they did during Obamas presidency in order to fix what they screwed up! I believe in 80% of what the conservative base wants but can't in good conscious vote for any of them given their desire to ruin America in order to get Obama'a job. What does that really say about America?

    September 9, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
  48. Real GOP

    My hope is that you will allow Michele Bachmann to express her views. The "debate" on the other network was a disgrace It was all Romney Perry and ignore the other credible candidate, Cong. Bachmann. To make it worse After the debate they called her a "debate loser" because she didnt say much, even though it was they who kept her quiet.

    September 9, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
  49. Another question

    Please ask the GOP-ers why anyone should take candidates seriously when they dispute accepted scientific theories on evolution & climate change. Isn't that the very "relativism" they used to accuse liberals of?

    September 9, 2011 at 7:47 pm |
  50. ThinkAgain

    Given that the definition of addiction is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result AND given that all these candidates continue to say that what we need to do is cut taxes further for the rich in order to create jobs, even though the last 10 years has proven this won't happen:

    Are any of these candidates willing to take do Step 1 at this debate and admit they are addicted to failed Republican policies and that the only way they can restore themselves to sanity is to abandon their addiction?

    September 9, 2011 at 7:47 pm |
    • ThinkAgain

      Should read: "Willing to do Step 1"

      September 9, 2011 at 7:47 pm |
  51. K3Citizen

    Mr. Blitzer: Please do not allow the candidates to avoid your questions. If they start avoiding questions by shifting blame on Obama, stop and rephrase the question. Perry avoided enough questions Wednesday that I really don't know his positions. If Perry dresses up as Bush again tell him to go to make-up and wardrobe. You have to treat them all like special needs students and talk really slow.

    September 9, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
  52. Mort

    Ask Rick Perry why he cut Texas fire department funding by 75 percent this year? And given that he did so, why is he now asking for Federal help in containing these wildfires? I thought the Tea Party and their ilk were dead set against ANY Federal spending at the moment.

    September 9, 2011 at 7:40 pm |
  53. sjmfury

    If the TEA PARTY still believes in their message then RON PAUL is the ONLY ANSWER.

    September 9, 2011 at 7:38 pm |
  54. Repukelican God

    This isn't going to be a debate. It is going to be a police raid. All the treasonous TEABAGGERS are going to be arrested and executed. Should get a 50 share, easy.

    September 9, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
  55. MLou Las Vegas

    Wolf, I really appreciate your interviewing/reporting never shows which side you are on or who you will vote for. Hard questions for whoever dares set down in front of you. That is a real talent!

    September 9, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
  56. gNOp

    Wolf, Ask them what they think "Separation of Church and State" means. Since they're "experts" on the Constitution, they oughtta know.... lol

    September 9, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
  57. George

    List of Questions
    1. Corporations give bonuses + increased salaries to execs while cutting jobs. Why is GOP still advocating more Tax Breaks for these corporations?
    2. Does the GOP have any other ideas/plans, other that (More Tax Breaks for the Wealthy 1%) to stimulate the economy?
    3. Who should our American leaders listen to more...The Middle Class or the Lobbyists.
    4. What do they think, personally of Rupert Murdoch, The Koch Brothers.
    5. Would they vote for a push to make campaign contributions transparent (a matter of public record)?

    PS: Tell ask they for specificity

    September 9, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
  58. Isaac

    ask them why the prefer belief over knowledge

    September 9, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
  59. jennifer in Houston

    Wolf, have you lost your mind? A "Tea Party Debate".. that has to be an oxymoron.

    September 9, 2011 at 7:27 pm |
  60. EKObserver

    Wolf, I echo the sentiments of other posters when I say that each candidate must be given a fair amount of time and questions, and that questions of importance should given so that every candidate may answer them. The fact that Perry has been annointed a front runner even before his first debate and that he is being considered one of the top two candidates when he hasnt really done a thing to deserve it, is very disconcerting. As a long time Ron Paul supporter, I sincerely hope that you give him time and questions commensurate to his national prominence. He is one of the top 3 candidates according to many polls and he deserves to be treated as such. Thank you.

    September 9, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
  61. Joseph Fragoso

    Hey Wolf,

    Please do me a favor and ask the candidates about what their positions on the issues are, rather than what their opinion is of Rick Perry's position on the issues. Secondly, don't pander to these candidates , but rather attack them as if you would any American criticizing Israeli foreign policy. Go after Romney and his pro-corporate stance on business, address Bachman's view on homosexuality, and ask Ron Paul if he thinks the only way to win the Republican nomination is to court the evangelical christian vote. Lastly, look Rick Perry square in the eye and ask Herman Cain a question. Do this repeatedly until Perry threatens to prosecute you for Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress. Then ask him what his ideas on tort reform are.

    September 9, 2011 at 7:22 pm |
  62. Jack

    This Conservative; and I am old enough to know what a Conservative is; thinks the tea party and it's so-call debate; at best a bad joke! At the worst an American Nightmare

    September 9, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
  63. us1776

    Just what part of "the U.S. is at its lowest levels of tax rates in history" does the tea party not understand?

    Does the tea party think the government can run on no taxes? To listen to them you would think so.

    What does the tea party think about the fact that the gap has grown huge between the rich and the middle-class over the past 40 years? And tax structure has everything to do with that.

    .

    September 9, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
    • us1776

      Also, what does the tea party think about drastically cutting the size of the defense budget and all the other national security black budgets that have grown totally out of control? We spend more on defense than the entire rest of the world combined. Our debt problem isn't due to social safety net programs. Its due to gigantic defense spending which is stealing money from everything else this country needs to be doing.

      .

      September 9, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
  64. John Brown

    Ask them why no matter how much we talk about change we continue the status quo of destroying our planet.

    September 9, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
  65. airwx

    Wolfe....do us all a favor....forget your ratings and the hype... just act like a journalist...we can make up our own minds

    September 9, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
  66. sean

    Why is this headline Tea Party Republican Debate? Are the only candidates present those that represent the Tea Party? The Republican party 's second name is not the "tea party republican" party. The Tea Party is its own faction of the political spectrum.

    September 9, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
  67. airwx

    Interesting concept...that you will face these people? Sounds like an adversarial role rather than a fact finder role which means we will hear only that which is irrellevant... your attempts at stirring controversy... instead of learning the depth of these people. Try something original.....be a journalist.

    September 9, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
  68. Maeve

    I would like to know what these candidates think of the Geneva Convention, torture, whether or not they believe torture was committed under the instructions of our government during the past 10 years.

    September 9, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
  69. Concerned

    Why is a major media outlet co-sponsoring a debate with this contrived, irrational and illogical "party"? The Tea Party represents the worst of the divided, uncompromising, close-minded segments of our population. Where was the CNN/American Socialist Party debate in 2008? Stop legitimizing these backwards extremists by giving them a national voice. They already have one over at Fox.

    September 9, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
  70. Charles

    Sorry, allow me to clarify: I offered a question for Mr. Blitzer to ask the candidates.

    September 9, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
  71. Charles

    Wolf, here's a question: If the overwhelming majority (say 90% or more) of the scientific community conflicts with what you believe to be true, would that be enough to change your mind?

    September 9, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
  72. airwx

    Interesting concept, Mr. Blitzer....you will "face" these people? Sounds like an adversarial role rather than a fact finder role which means we will hear only that which is irrellevant... your attempts at stirring controversy... instead of learning the depth of these people. Try something original.....be a journalist.

    September 9, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  73. Jose the Wrangler

    And for God's sake hold their various feet to the fire of fact, not the empty rhetoric they're so good at. Don't let Perry get away with claiming Social Security is a failure, or that science is not behind global warming, or any of these people claim that giving money to the rich creates jobs, a claim which has been proven, beyond any doubt, to be false. America does not need flat earthers as President, either scientific or economic ones.

    September 9, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  74. Barbara Jennings

    In light of three terrorists now on the loose, please ask the candidates if they would consider putting all young men from the Middle East on the no fly list to protect this country. Would be much easier than going to war every time we are attacked.

    September 9, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  75. Rick McDaniel

    Let's look at a serious question for the candidates.

    Would you vote for special taxes on US corporations to import their products from off shore, to level the playing field with China and other foreign manufacturing sources, to bring jobs back to the US?

    They would NOT pay the taxes if they manufacture in the US, using American workers. If they chose to stay off shore, then the country would receive additional revenue to help with taking care of the unemployed.

    This plan would cost the country nothing.

    September 9, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
  76. lauradet

    "One of these Republicans might in fact become the next president of the United States." Gag me with a spoon...yucky!

    September 9, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  77. Lil Magothy

    Hey Wolfe, you might ask our strict constitutionalist friends if, since the Constution specifically provides for the establishment of an army and a navy, but makes no mention of an air force, if they think the air force is unconstitutional. And if not, why not? You might also ask Rick Perry if he rejects, along with global warming and evolution, the theory of flight. And you might ask them all what the Constitution means when it says that the Constitution is established "to promote the general welfare" . Or is that just too broad?

    September 9, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
    • Logic =/= not your strong suit

      You do realize that in the context of the Document, the Constitution, in the time frame in which it was written, the idea of an "air force" was not even in consideration, so obviously in the purview of an army and navy receiving perfectly Constitutional funding, the air force would fall into the same category.

      Secondly, these were the smartest men of the day that wrote this document with a much mightier grasp on linguistics, definitions and the english language than probably anyone alive today. So do you really think the words "general welfare" would hold the meaning that we have today? That such subjective language would mean "well help those who need it when they want it" or to create and help farm a society where the general welfare actually matches up with the rest of the documents provisions, as also outlined in the bill of rights? Do you honestly believe that you're smarter than Ron Paul and can trick him with such a ridiculous question like that? General welfare does not mean, welfare for the general public. It means, promote the good of the nation, as outlined by the binding documents of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

      Lastly, to use the idea of rejection of the theory of flight as an equivalency to reject evolution and global warming is absolutely preposterous and speaks volumes to your actual grasp of philosophy, debating and what logical fallacies are. First of all, if we asked you to reject the idea of God on grounds that it cannot be proven, you'd also have to reject the idea of the big bang, something else that is inherently unprovable. So therein lies that nature of your line of questioning; false choices and false answers, designed not to find truth, but to merely humiliate, trick and trap another person. Secondly, science is not the art of forced consensus, it is the art of seeking truth inspite of consensus, man only need look at Copernicus and Magellan for that. Lastly, to put the dismissal of a new scientific theory, global warming, into the same camps as time tested theories such as evolution or flight, is a gross overstatement of the legitimacy of a theory that is literally only as old as modern satellites and infrared scanning.

      Seriously man. Read some books, brush on up your science, constitutional law, civics, philosophy, and most importantly, your history. You're not as smart as you think you are, nor as clever.

      September 9, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
    • ThinkAgain

      Another good question is what the Constitution means by "government shall establish no religion" in light of the fact that they all seem to want to impose their religious doctrine on everyone?

      September 9, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
    • John W

      By "general welfare" what they meant was that the Constitution and powers granted to the federal government were not to favor special interest groups or particular classes of people. Surely the government has violated that principle long ago?

      It's a good point though that the Constitution CAN be interpreted too strictly.

      September 9, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
    • Carole, VA

      I couldn't agree more! These 'strict Constitutionalists' (most of whom have probably never read the Constitution) are anachronisms. Did the founding fathers envision space travel, the internet, nuclear weapons... or ever telephones, TV, corporations & combustion engines... ?? Press them hard on the 'living document' vision of the Constitution.

      September 10, 2011 at 12:35 am |
    • Carole, VA

      Given the Citizens United decision, where in the founding documents is the corporation (which didn't exist) defined as a 'person'??

      September 10, 2011 at 12:48 am |
    • LNB

      Excellent, Smithers! I like your style. In addition, if the TB's are against big government in our lives, except in my bedroom and in my uterus, perhaps Mr. Wolfe can get some clarity there, as well. Obama 2012

      September 10, 2011 at 2:04 am |
    • Clifton

      Well, considering air planes had yet to be invented, I would suppose it would be hard to put such an idea into the constitution, however, the since the Navy uses ships/subs (vessels) that float/propel on/through a fluid (water) to conduct war, having an air craft that flies through a fluid (air) to conduct war is not really a huge stretch. As for global warming, evolution, and the theory of flight, the candidates have much better topics to discuss at the moment than scientific theory such as global warming and evolution. As for The Theory of Flight, are you talking about Aerodynamic (not really a theory if you've been on a plane in your lifetime) or the 1998 film? I'm kind of confused.

      September 10, 2011 at 10:33 am |
    • Clifton

      "If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare,
      and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare,
      they may take the care of religion into their own hands;
      they may appoint teachers in every State, county and parish
      and pay them out of their public treasury;
      they may take into their own hands the education of children,
      establishing in like manner schools throughout the Union;
      they may assume the provision of the poor;
      they may undertake the regulation of all roads other than post-roads;
      in short, every thing, from the highest object of state legislation
      down to the most minute object of police,
      would be thrown under the power of Congress.... Were the power
      of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for,
      it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute the very nature
      of the limited Government established by the people of America."

      – James Madison ( you know, the Father of the U.S. Constitution)

      September 10, 2011 at 10:37 am |
    • MikeB

      It originated under the Army's Air and Navy's Air components. The Air Force is a branch of the composite National Defense and is not an independent military.

      September 10, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • Jim

      The Air Force started out as an arm of the army, the Army Air Corps. They separated the two later but there is nothing unconstitutional about it. Stop being so ignorant and do some research. This stuff is only a few clicks away for crying out loud. If you want to have a candidate that ignores parts of the constitution then re-elect Obama or go with Perry or Romney, as they love undeclared wars. If you want peace and actually some prosperity, vote for Ron Paul. Most of all, do some research and be an individual.

      September 11, 2011 at 9:30 am |
  78. Me

    So, Mr. Blitzer, will you ask Ron Paul about the media's noticeable bias against him?

    September 9, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
    • oscar

      Absolutely, but I guess this is a question for Wolfe himself rather Ron Paul. The same concept with Al Gore and GW Bush. CNN is unfortunately biased and media as well. I lost my confidence in no bias information.

      September 10, 2011 at 5:45 am |
    • Dan in Albuquerque

      Yoiu may have missed them, but both Wolf and Piers Morgan did pretty good interviews with him a few weeks ago.

      September 10, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
    • g.c.kells

      Or will you direct all your questions to the media declared front runners, despite Paul's increasingly high polls? It really is shameful how Paul is marginalized in the media, particularly CNN and Fox. I'm not entirely convinced that he is the best candidate, but he is without a doubt a legitimate candidate with enough support to carry him into the general election. He is certainly a better representative of modern conservatism than Perry or Bachmann, and has more experience than either. Considering the importance the media plays in shaping public opinion, their intentional marginalization of a legitimate candidate seems entirely unethical.

      September 10, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
  79. bj

    I am not surprised at all that you would be co-hosting something with the Tea Party. My suspicions have come to light.

    September 9, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
    • Dan in Albuquerque

      bj: Mine are confirmed, too. It shows that a truly journalistic organization that gets accused of being left wing because they present both sides are noT afraid to present the most extreme of the political organizations that are part of those accusations. That's the difference between real news organizarions and propaganda puppets like FOX.

      September 10, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
  80. American

    Stop ignoring Ron PAUL! This is unbelievable.

    September 9, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
    • Sorry....

      I gave him a chance until he started saying something about fences keeping Americans locked in. Wierdo.

      September 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
    • Howard

      Ron Paul is an old fool, who thinks it's ok for Iran to get nuclear weapons. Wake up !!!
      The only candidate worse than him, is the two faced, lying snake, Barack Obama, who
      is selling America down the river !!!

      September 10, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
    • barrytm

      Agreed!

      September 10, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
    • Jack

      Paul is a joke...he's lucky to be in Congress. His son is a bigger joke. They are professional 'devil's advocates.' People get the government they deserve. With all that is a stake you're lucky if 51% of eligible voters vote in this country vote in a general election. Another joke. Actually we're fortunate it's not worse than it is.

      September 11, 2011 at 1:26 am |
  81. Said Duane

    Dear Wolf im Somali-American and i live in Chicago. I have a foriegn policy question regarding somalia and piracy Problem. Here is the question: what will do to help somalia stand on its feet and get rid of Alshabab and the pirates? Mr. Wolf piracy problem is now a major threat to the entire world trade and also Somalia's instability affects the whole region of East Africa. Please ask them this qustion. I wana know their views on this matter. thanks. im Said Duane in Chicago.

    September 9, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
    • adam

      USA is bankrupt and can't even take care of herself and you want USA to help yet another African nation ?
      Let them solve their own problems, if need be, survival of the fittest.
      You should move back there to help .

      September 9, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
    • Sharon Nelson

      I think this is a really good question. Unlike the previous, questions that are really not in line with what they voters need to know about so they can cast their vote correctly. thanks

      September 10, 2011 at 10:48 am |
  82. Greg

    Wolf, Here is what I think is an interesting question. Do you feel that people who have not yet announced their candidacy are doing so because they want to avoid the spotlight of a debate with you?

    September 9, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  83. Jas

    Wolf, as a voter and concerned citizen, I request you give all candidates equal time. The shenanigans that MSNBC pulled by ignoring candidates and really making it the Romney/Perry show was ridiculous! Please be cordial and equal to all of our nominees. (This includes Ron Paul)

    September 9, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  84. David Hill

    This year the Texas Legislature made huge cuts to funding education patching a 9 billion budget shortfall. At the same time, the Governer of our state is campaiging all over the country. When he is out of the state, his salary of $150,000/year must be paid to the Lt. Gov. AND Perry gets paid as well. Not to mention tens of thousands of dollars for a Texas security detail to accompany him. Is Perry willing to totally reimburse the Texas taxpayer for all these costs? The Texas taxpayer did not ask him to seek the presidency. Wolf, please ask Mr. Perry this question on Monday niight.

    September 9, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
    • rand

      I do believe donations fund his campaining costs unlike Barack Obama, who is using MY dime to traverse all over the country............

      September 9, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
    • Carole, VA

      Good question!

      September 10, 2011 at 12:30 am |
    • Tammy Saad

      Ask Governor Perry how gutting the budget for the Texas Forestry Agency seemed like a good idea when the state is in the middle of a severe drought.

      September 10, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
    • Sanity

      So, how much vacation and campaigning compared to Obama? Is Perry's wife using the state jet for personal travel with her friends?

      September 10, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
    • mario.

      David I love you question I hope he is asked

      September 11, 2011 at 7:33 am |
  85. Guy Simpler

    Wolf.... could you do us a little favor? Please STOP interrupting everyone. We're sick to death of you – and your guests – always stepping on everyone's lines. It gets so bad that we just turn you off. You set the tone for your show – which we try to watch everyday – but it's getting so bad we can't stand it. And it's everywhere on TV. What happened to your manners? Just plain stop it.

    September 9, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  86. John

    DO NOT IGNORE RON PAUL.

    September 9, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
    • Charles Ball

      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

      Wolf you should give everyone equal time except perry/romney. They got enough time the last debate. It's only fair.
      If you ask medical questions, constitutional and economics question, i'd like to think you would send some of those questions Ron Pauls way, he is an expert in those fields.

      September 10, 2011 at 2:40 am |
  87. HHN1999

    Please ask what they would do differently to stimulate the economy other than the same old stuff that doesn't work like tax cuts and deregulations. These policies obviously didn't work the last eight years!

    September 9, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
    • CaliforniaBC

      And ask them why they continue to claim the Stimulus was a failure when the most recent CBO report and other economic analysis have shown that it did.

      And while you're at it ask them how we pulled ourselves out of every other recession during the 20th century without stimulus. I bet they won't be able to answer because...whY?? Because there were no recoveries without government stimulus.

      September 9, 2011 at 8:43 pm |
    • LNB

      OH SO TRUE!! Please highlight the fact that the Bush tax cuts have created no jobs! GE pays no taex, got a refund AND then opened shop in China!

      September 10, 2011 at 2:07 am |
    • Charles Ball

      Search some of the stuff Ron Paul says about the economy, he is the only true expert in this field, if you are worried about the economy then Ron Paul is definitely your man. Look up Ron Paul Austrian Economics because if this debate is anything like the last debate then you won't hear much from Paul so you got to do the research yourself.

      September 10, 2011 at 2:46 am |
    • oscar

      Wolfe, I support this question and would add if they will help the president in congress (economy) or just being autistic and destructive

      September 10, 2011 at 5:52 am |
  88. kayla

    i agree with you, whenever you ask these candidates any questions they usually do not answer the question, they would talk about any and everything that has nothing to do with the question that was asked. PLEASE MAKE SURE THEY ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS PERIOD.

    September 9, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  89. Ray from Cecil County Maryland.

    Hi Wolf, Ask the Governor and former governors, How they feel about FEMA after it bails out their states from the Hurricane, Floods and Fires. When they need something they have no shame in using whats there. Later they want to eliminate it. Remind them the silent majority is getting aggravated with the constant negative bickering. It's time for grown ups to stand up and force a change in the negativity coming out of washingto and some of the states.

    September 9, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  90. Betty Belanger

    suggestion for debate: when explaining the ground rules, tell them if they do not answer the question they will be stopped, and you will move on. Please...do not allow what happened Wed. on NBC. It is a affront to the listening public. It's time they all quit advoiding some issues, and getting by with it. Thanks.

    September 9, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  91. joshua

    why is that conservatives feel the need to get hard core liberals to moderate their debates? i would prefer a nuetral commentator to ask legitimate questions about the economy, foreign policy, troop deployment. i hope we don't get the "do you believe in ghosts" type questions we always seem to have from cnn. people are hurting and they need to see some hope for change in 2012.

    September 9, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  92. Jim Thomas

    Quit debating and get to work gov.No more time off for any of you as you need to earn it.Ist cut gov. in half and the rest get your butts to work.2nd. bring back all the jobs from overseas now.3rd. get out of all wars period and bring our troops home.4th if you cut social security and medicare we cut all your benefits and wages in half also.5th quit spending money on stupid crap.6th cut off all foreign aid as we have millions of people here that need help first.Get smart gov.you have been dumb long enough.Jim Thomas Phx.Az.

    September 9, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  93. Texas Doc

    Its hilarious that you are even giving the Tea Party time. Read your own polls, America hates the Tea Party about as much as they hate Al Quaeda or the Taliban. What's worse is that they call themselves Americans. I hope all 12 people that watch this debate have fun, because they are the modern day version of the Know Nothings (look them up I know y'all don't know history).

    September 9, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  94. Thomas

    Ask Rick Perry about his connection with Enron energy and Country wide mortgage ?

    Ask Mitt Romney about his hawkish stance on Defense spending , also why none of his five sons volunteered for military service ?

    PLEASE !

    September 9, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  95. niki c

    i wish i could be as naive as the populas but i cant.
    commen sense tells me that given the magnitude of the attacks 10 years ago, that more than a car or truck bombing is in store for us on the 10 year anniversary.

    the training camps?....
    the terrorists network....
    the way binladen lived basically in squaller.... do you think it took him 10 years to plan a car or truck bombing for this anniversary of his greatest acomplishment ?

    i think that the recently released chatter is well thought out distraction for what could be on the way

    i pray im wrong
    god bless us and protect us

    September 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  96. vic , nashville ,tn

    Gingrich going after moderator in past two debates really bothers me. Many voters decide their candidates from debate

    I never miss CNN debate I hope candidates respect your question and answer those question

    September 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  97. Jason Hart Klein

    What if this is all a distraction away from some other Major Cities. With all the concentration on Ny and Washington every other city having a 911 event should be prepared as well.

    September 9, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  98. JT

    I like Wolf as the moderator for this. He wont back down from any candidate attempting to dodge an answer.

    September 9, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  99. clwyd

    I'd rather sit in front of a test pattern than watch these loony tunes that the right has been parading in front of us. Most need mental help!

    September 9, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  100. Greg

    Wolf, I hope you give each candidate equal time, do not let any candidate grandstand and interrupt and ask questions designed to elicit specific postitive responses as to what the candidate would do. Anyone can attack Obama and list negatives. I want to see why I should vote for one specific candidate over another.

    September 9, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
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