October 17th, 2011
05:07 PM ET

AC360 Behind the scenes at CNN's Las Vegas debate

Anderson and the Anderson Cooper 360° crew are in Las Vegas preparing for tonight's Republican presidential debate. View the photo gallery for a sneak peak, and join us at 8 p.m. ET when the candidates take the stage with Anderson moderating the discussion.

If you submit your questions to CNN, they may be asked at the debate! You can also submit them on the CNN Politics fan page on Facebook and by using #CNNDebate on Twitter.

soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Chris G

    At what piont will the United States stop down sizing the US military? For intance the serious number of US Navy sailors in the engineering feilds that are being PTS out.

    October 19, 2011 at 12:34 am |
  2. Gloria Lindsay

    Tough talk on presidential debate, congratulation Mr Anderson great moderator! you give the spice to the debate!

    October 18, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  3. Joe

    Why is it that in the CNN chat, close to 50% believed Romney won the debate and about 35% believed Ron Paul won and the rest didn't come close. Yet Cain is still getting a lot of attention, Perry and Santorum are getting attention yet Ron Paul once again is shun. Not even one political analyst after the debate mentioned Ron Paul. Ron Paul had some very good responses, some of which Mitt Romney and other so-called "electable" candidates agreed with. Why does mainstream media continue to dismiss Ron Paul?

    October 18, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  4. Kate

    I don't see anyone left standing – they all looked ill equipped to deal with reality.

    October 18, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
  5. Jeanne

    I have never missed Ross Perot more than I did tonight... Is he still alive? Perfect candidates if we want to continue things just as they are in this country, maybe even make them worse.

    October 18, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
  6. HS

    Thanks. Anderson Cooper for asking fair amount of questions to each of them, especially the time Ron Paul deserves to show his knowledge and what he will do to help this country, based on his extensive experience.

    October 18, 2011 at 9:07 pm |
  7. john Howard

    WHO IS the only Canidate that has been t rueful with the American public, Has been saying the same thing for years. the only way out for America is noted smaller Government, Stop giving money to Other Government, leave S/S & Medicare alone for know. and Quit spending money on thing we do not need and Improve job growth if you do all the above?

    October 18, 2011 at 7:56 pm |
  8. Doug Diamond

    Cain is a conservative who wants less government and a stronger economy. Why would he not associate the Americans for Prosperity and the Koch brothers? They are conservative and interested in the constitutional governance of the nation.

    October 18, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  9. David Bennett

    What is the Republican plan to get SERIOUS about deporting illegalls and securing the border in this country?

    October 18, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  10. Kimo Pinkerton

    Why is Ron Paul ignored by almost the entire Media establishment? He polls high and has won several polls yet he is almost completely ignored.

    October 18, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  11. Bill in SC

    would Mr. Cain consider the following adjustments to 9-9-9:
    1. EXEMPT food and medicine from the sales tax (reduces major impact on poor)
    2. INCLUDE each stock/bond/option trade recorded by the major US indexes (and build reciprocal agreements with all foreign exhanges as well to avoid those investment dollars flowing overseas) as a purchase subject to sales tax (makes "the rich pay their fair share").

    October 18, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  12. Steven Felker

    Clearly, we're in an economic hole that took time to dig. 1. what do you see as the historic basis in legislation and economic forces for the devastated economy? 2. What do you propose as a short term path toward recovery? 3. What do you propose in long term structuring to insure we don't get there again? Please be pointed ans specific.

    October 18, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  13. PJ Douglas

    Why is our military not protecting our southern border and freeing Cuba re The Monroe Doctrine instead of going around the world freeing and protecting other countries? Will you reverse that ridiculous policy?

    October 18, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  14. Kevin Kusek

    With all the controversy regarding Herman Cain's "999"plan, he seems to be the only candidate recognizing the "elephant" in the room" which is the complicated, unfair income tax code. My question is, "what is your plan to bring fairness to a tax system which will improve revenue and fairness to all, eliminating deductions and reducing rate percentages for all tax payers?

    October 18, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  15. Joe Kauffman

    What is the the role of the Federal Government? Do you as candidates believe that the Government should have as big of a role as it does in so many areas? Do you agree with what the Constitution says about the role of the Federal Government?

    October 18, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  16. Byron

    CNN please try to avoid the cliché questions and ask some things that Americans really care about.
    I know as the State run Media, your job is to carry the water for Democrats and destroy Republicans but just once can you scrape up some journalistic integrity for this?


    October 18, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  17. Jim Koepke

    If you became president, where would you begin to fix the errors of the Obama administration?

    October 18, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  18. Gary Ingold

    Do you believe in the concept of "shared sacrifice" as a means to balance our budget and get our economy moving again? If so, how would suggest that "shared sacrifice" be best implemented?

    October 18, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
  19. Brian

    What are these canidates thinking. Why would you want to go on a channel LIKE THIS, and be questioned by someone LIKE HIM? These 'reporters' are only interested in tripping up republicans so they can have a clip of them, so they can continously ask some silly question. Why bother. Try some other group, one that is not connected to the liberal media.

    October 18, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
  20. phil

    Ron Paul is the only suggestion I have. Even if the criticisms are right and his foreign policy and all would be bad at least he would get in there and act as an informer for the people from the inside.

    October 18, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
  21. Sid S

    In your view,what is the biggest threat to the security of the United States? Islamic Terrorism, a nuclear Iran, financial implosion, loss of freedoms, TEA party activisions, or the "occupy Wall Street" protestor movement?
    How would you address the issue?

    October 18, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
  22. Tony Marshall

    Has the time come for congressional term limits AND effective limits on campaign finance contributions?

    October 18, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
  23. jim hays Prosper, Tx

    To the GOP candidates.......Do you believe that both the elected Congress and the elected President have gone too far relative to States rights over the past 50 years ? If so, what can be done? If not, how can we explain the meaning of the 10th Amendment ?

    October 18, 2011 at 11:41 am |
  24. Thomas M

    What is the path forward regarding illegal immigration. A pragmatic and FAIR plan is needed to address this problem, which is 30 years in the making. We as Americans caused this via our negligence of the border–whether on the Left or Right. Now, like it or not, we, as a nation, are not going to boot 30 million people back over the border without serious, and possibly violent, social ramifications.
    What is you plan to address this?

    October 18, 2011 at 11:38 am |
  25. Rebecca S

    With the economy's financial situation in disarray and ' corporate power' running the government why is "the GOVERNMENT" (who is supposed to be for the people) NOT doing more to help the middle class. We are getting squeezed for every penny they are NOT entitled to. Case and point, although I pay my mortgate every month, Wells Fargo's unfair practices sends someone over to my home every month on the 16th of every month to see if it is occupied and charges my account $100 (designated as other fees). Is the government going to provide additional oversight and investigation into these 'big greedy thug's"' unfair practices?

    October 18, 2011 at 11:31 am |
  26. james hallan

    How is choking off energy production in the US effecting the economy?

    October 18, 2011 at 11:23 am |
  27. Dennis Galliera

    What do you propose to do about big money influence and all the corruption on both sides of the aisle?

    October 17, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
    • phil

      Ron Paul is the only suggestion I have. Even if the criticisms are right and his foreign policy and all would be bad at least he would get in there and act as an informer for the people from the inside. (I meant to put this in reply)

      October 18, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
  28. Francie Baron

    Why has nothing been said about Hermain Cain's association with the Americans for Prosperity and the Koch brothers?

    October 17, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
    • Ronnie G

      Why is it so important to you? A lot of us are about Americans for Prosperity. Are you against prosperity for Americans?

      October 18, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • Kate

      By the way Americans for Prosperity educates people and engages them in the free market system and limited government.. What is wrong with that. Francie makes it sound like it's a big bad bogeyman or something. It's a good thing.

      October 18, 2011 at 1:13 pm |