GOP presidential contenders face off in CNN debate
Seven Republican presidential contenders face each other Monday in New Hampshire, in one of the first primary debates.
June 13th, 2011
07:16 PM ET

GOP presidential contenders face off in CNN debate

Editor's note: CNN hosts the first New Hampshire Republican presidential debate Monday night from Manchester at 8 p.m. ET. Follow all the issues and campaign news about the debate on CNNPolitics.com and @cnnpolitics on Twitter. Watch the debate on CNN TV, CNN.com and mobile devices. And participate with your questions on the live blog on the CNN Political Ticker.

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Seven declared or likely Republican presidential contenders will face off Monday in one of the first debates of the primary season, giving them the chance to separate themselves from the competition almost 17 months before the 2012 election.

With President Barack Obama intent on re-election, Republican viewers will pay particularly close attention to try to determine which candidates can defeat an incumbent who won in 2008 with strong support from independent, minority and young voters.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination in 2008, has emerged as an early front-runner in his second bid for the White House.

Profiles of the seven hopefuls

A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Monday showed Romney grabbing the support of 24% of Republicans and independents who lean toward the GOP. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin came in second at 20%, followed by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and the rest of the field.

Palin and Giuliani, who have not announced that they will join the race, are not participating in Monday's CNN/WMUR/New Hampshire Union Leader debate.

Scheduled to participate are declared presidential candidates Romney, businessman Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. Also taking part is Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who has yet to formally declare her candidacy.

Follow CNN's live blog for up-to-the-minute reports

As the current favorite, Romney will face almost certain criticism from his fellow candidates.

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  1. Aram

    I think all candidates are good. I do not like the idea of mentioning to Obama in every minute. I think he made some progress.
    I like to comment about the question of loyalty of Muslim to USA. It is a big and important question, because it is impossible to be American and Muslim at the same time. Every Muslim believe in Quran and Alshariaa Law. Alshariaa is not separate part of Quran you can drop, but it is distributed in all Quran sections (Suras). So it is impossible to drop. Alshariaa Law has a lot of item and rules against American constitution, so that it is impossible to be American and Muslim at the same time.

    June 13, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  2. Gretchen B

    None of candidates (republican, libertarian, tea party, or "other") admit to any mistakes made by any of their party's members, ever. Just blame the sitting president. Isn't that akin to treason? None of them admitted to offering to help President Obama (who has stood for the open door non-partisanship process). Americans are intelligent. We come from many backgrounds. Those backgrounds and cultures are more local in nature. The federal government was not meant to control everything. Every American should go back, read the Constitution & its original amendments, and then pick candidates who believe what the individual believes. Not "who can 'dis Obama the best". That's what's wrong with current government. No teamwork. They'd never make it in business, so why do we let them run our country?

    June 13, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  3. Gramling

    2 Questions: 1, Why are you and the network acting like Herman Cain was not even present. I'm listening to the your show and he has not even been mentioned. 2. Why are the vast majority of the postings you have on this site so clearly from liberals and so few from conservatives. Are you a Reporter or a Promoter?

    June 13, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  4. Robert Deardorff

    Enjoyed hearing Congressmen Ron Paul saying as President he would do everything he could to STOP foreign aid, and end military action(s). Michelle Bachmann made it clear that her interests are in the defense of the US not foreign entities.
    In addition, we recognize that our borders must be protected both candidates did an excellent job of of explaining there position.

    June 13, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  5. Cynthia

    We can now officially state Republican stands for Retro!! They want to take everything back... and not move into the future!

    June 13, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
  6. Thom Skinner

    All of the candidates want to get rid of Obamacare, My question is "How would you the deal with the spiraling costs and lack of universal access of the current system?

    June 13, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
    • Jane in CA

      Thom – Listen to Ron Paul, listen to his speeches for the past 25 years and realize he is probably the most, if not the only, consistent representative the US has seen in a century

      June 13, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  7. Clifford Olsen

    To all the candidates, Do you believe in the second Amendment, without excessive rules for honest citizens

    June 13, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
  8. Clifford Olsen

    A simple straight up question. Do you believe in the second amendment. Should we leave honest citizens rights alone ,without rules.

    June 13, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
  9. S. Mullin

    This "debate" is an absolute joke. Every single "Republican" candidate on the stage is either insane, a wholly owned subsidiary of a transnational corporation hellbent on destroying democracy in the name of profits, or both. These "candidates" are tools for their corporate paymasters. This is supposed to be a country of, for, and by the people...not of, for, and by the transnational corporations. The reason these "people" hate government so much is because it has a defect. It has the potential to be democratic. Ever wonder why someone who hates government so much can't wait to have more power in government? It's because they can't wait to turn government into a private tyranny. Don't take my word for it. Just scratch the surface, and find out for yourself...

    June 13, 2011 at 9:10 pm |
    • Joanne

      Could you elaborate by connecting the dots.....candidates' names and their direct connection to the three points you present as negatives.

      June 13, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
  10. Janet Kargar

    As a veteran, I would like to know what are the candidates going to do to benefit our military. Our Soldiers and their families are tired, bad medical care, multiple deployments, mistreatment within the Army specifically. Our military is growing weaker, and the US being a military country, how are they going to fix these issues

    June 13, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
  11. Guy Bondima from Baltimore .

    Should there be a limit on immigration for the moment since population growth in the U.S seem to outpace job growth? Guy Bondima from Baltimore.

    June 13, 2011 at 9:08 pm |
  12. Michael Richardson

    Jefferson believed that Income and Labor shouldn't be taxed. Do any of you support a Tariff Tax with Mirror Trade? Where we adjust our Tariffs to balance the tariffs or cheating on trade by our partners? We could end the Income Tax, Business Tax, Estate Tax, Capital Gains Tax, etc and it would force the government to cut spending to live within its means.

    June 13, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
  13. Aerum D

    Do they stand with Israel? Unlike Obama who wants to force Netanyahu to go back to the pre-1967 borders.

    June 13, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
  14. Pv2 Batek

    I enlisted in the Army on July 6,1976. What will you do in Iraq,Lybia, and Afghanistan?

    June 13, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
  15. greg

    you are ignoring gary johnson,the one gop candidate that would get pepople like me to vote republican.old school repubs like newt or romney,wont get us.effectively slitting the vote.we need to meet half way for the greater good of america.So GOP IM LOOKING FOR YOU TO EMBRACE GARY JOHNSON

    June 13, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
  16. RICK

    I am an American and maybe you can answer this question, why are their 4 Americans in a remote area of Peru known as: huamachucco, these Americans wear combat clothing and seem to spend a great time with the police in that area, they have tattoos: COMBAT VET ASSOCIATION..VETERANS HELPING OTHERS VETERANS..and their are no other Americans in this area, it is also called a Red Zone by the military in the area regrading terrorists. These Americans are frightening the locals,are they with the CIA, DEA or some other United States federal agency, this area has no Americans living in the area, extreme poverty, when individuals were seen looking at the tattoos, some of these men covered them rapidly, these men are around 50-60 years of age, can someone look into this????

    June 13, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
  17. Nicole B.

    During our biggest booms as a nation, it has started with investments in America's infrastructure. Why is that "bad" now?

    June 13, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
  18. C. Westman

    One question I would love to ask the candidate there: what do they think of Gov. Gary Johnson not being allowed into the debate, despite meeting published guidelines?

    June 13, 2011 at 8:12 pm |