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Tonight on AC360: A mega post-debate show
January 19th, 2012
07:30 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: A mega post-debate show

Unless you've disconnected from all forms of communication today, you know there was a rapid succession of political breaking news:

  • Former Governor Rick Perry suspended his campaign and simultaneously announced his support for Newt Gingrich.
  • Mitt Romney's victory in the Iowa caucuses was actually Rick Santorum's win. The final tally from the Iowa GOP is 29,839 votes for Santorum and 29,805 votes for Romney – a difference of 34 votes.
  • Marianne Gingrich told ABC News and The Washington Post that her ex-husband, presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, offered her an open marriage while he was having an affair with a woman named Callista Bisek – now his wife.
  • According to a Politico survey released Thursday morning, 37% of likely South Carolina Republican primary voters say they are backing Romney, with 30% supporting Gingrich. The poll indicates Rep. Ron Paul of Texas at 11%, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania at 10%, Texas Gov. Rick Perry at 4% and 8% undecided.

What's the obvious link between these events? They're going to make for an edge-of-your -seat, finger-on-your-Tweet-button type of debate. With so much at stake, the Republican presidential candidates are going to feel the pressure to come out on top. Anderson Cooper and CNN's political team are standing by to offer their conclusions and look ahead to the big-picture impact. Anderson will be looking at the candidates' claims and Keeping Them Honest. Plus, he'll have a highly-anticipated interview with Newt Gingrich, and Gloria Borger will talk with Rick Santorum.

Tune in to CNN for the debate at 8 p.m. ET, immediately followed by the AC360 post-debate show.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Deb

    First time I've been disappointed in your panel. His name was Ron Paul, He was on the end. How could you miss him?

    January 21, 2012 at 12:39 am |
  2. travis

    this what a joke of a post debate. you laughed at the prospect of mentioning ron paul during a post debate 50 minutes into it. You ignored him during the debate. Just admit your agenda is with Israel and that you are trying to marginalize Ron Paul already. Good god.

    January 20, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • Deb

      This made me so angry too! It was irresponsible to disregard Mr Paul so completely.

      January 21, 2012 at 12:32 am |
  3. J Rice

    John King should run for president before Newt should. Newt sorry to say your a loser. Cheated on all your wifes and you have the gall to call out John King for asking the question. So Newt who are cheating on this wife with. I have a new add for Newt "Put a Swinger in the White House...Vote for Newt". Isn't a Newt a Lizard and isn't a lizard a snake. Another add for Newt, "Put a snake in the White House ...Vote for the Lizard, I mean the Newt". Hurray John King you had the nerve to ask the question all of america wanted to hear.

    January 20, 2012 at 9:40 am |
  4. John

    I think Rom Paul won the debate. In fact ,I think that he knocked right out of the park.

    January 20, 2012 at 8:42 am |
  5. Jorge B

    Why was Ron Paul not mentioned in the post debate analysis? All Anderson and his colleagues spoke about was the non sense of Newts he said she said personal life. I know it gets ratings but it has nothing to do with the issues facing this county. Get it together.

    January 19, 2012 at 11:13 pm |
  6. Gary

    So much for reporting the facts. You are so afraid of Ron Paul you blatantly ignore him. Simply appalling. Your bias is disgusting. Shame on you.

    January 19, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
  7. Lori Pollock

    We in Canada realize even realize there were FOUR persons debating. Sad you were too scared to even mention Ron Paul's name.

    January 19, 2012 at 11:06 pm |
  8. Brenda Burr

    Mr. Gingrich being the best debtor does not equate to the best candidate to beat Obama. American needs an honest,moral man who will defend the Constitution and has the expertise to improve the economy- Mitt Romney

    January 19, 2012 at 10:36 pm |
  9. Tom Reid

    There was a 4th guy up on the stage tonight and while you might prefer he doesn't exist, he was there and you should talk about it.

    January 19, 2012 at 10:35 pm |
  10. Brenda Burr

    Perhaps the question could have been been "Were you or were you not unfaithful to your wife?"Could you bring in your best friend to counter that? I believe that your wife would be the best source. Do not pretend that you have not behaved inapproproately by blaming the moderator. You may have repented,but I that does not then open the door for you to run for the highest elected office of the land,The President of the United States.

    January 19, 2012 at 10:34 pm |
  11. Lois Rodgers

    I believe Gingrich on his statement Tthe accusation is false..." If it were true, it would have surfaced long ago.

    January 19, 2012 at 10:33 pm |
  12. Paul Berg

    Why was the Economy not the first and main issue. How about natural gas and energy?

    Ex-wife's and abortion, get a grip and focus!

    Is CNN short for DNC, you should be embarrassed claiming to be a news station.

    January 19, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
  13. Shoshana Perry

    Do you think the reason Mitt Romney won't show several years of tax returns is because he received money from the bail out?

    January 19, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
  14. Dr. Habib Siddiqui

    I did not think John King acted fairly as a moderator. He tried to bypass or did not allow enough responses from Dr. Ron Paul. That is called extremely hostility or bias against Dr. Paul. John king should not host debates where he can't be fair to all the participating debaters. I was simply disappointed by his repeated attempts to ignore Dr. Paul from being heard. Shame on John King

    January 19, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
  15. Denise Meridith

    I do not often agree with Newt, but I thought his opening response at the SC debate was great. I usually like and respect John King, but, his initial attempt to use the excuse that CNN did not originate the story was weak. CNN has been talking about the issue all day. Those who continue to transmit and promote gossip are as guilty as the originators. Romney summed it up nicely: Let's get onto the real issues.

    January 19, 2012 at 8:42 pm |