GOP presidential debate

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Fox Cancels Monday's Debate

After Trump, Kasich drop out

(Newser) - Fox News, apparently uninterested in hosting a forum in which Ted Cruz debates, alone, on live national TV, has canceled Monday's GOP presidential debate. Donald Trump was the first to drop out of the Utah debate, claiming on Wednesday that there have been "enough" debates already , and John... More »

So Who Won: Fox or Trump?

Well, it's not exactly clear

(Newser) - Who won Thursday night: Donald Trump or Fox News? The early word seems to be that there's "no clear winner," as the Baltimore Sun puts it. Trump, of course, skipped the Fox News GOP debate, and other networks including CNN and MSNBC ran portions of Trump's... More »

Donald Trump: CNBC Is Lying About My Poll Numbers

He complains debate will be 'unfair'

(Newser) - Poor Donald Trump is having a really hard time accepting his new No. 2 spot in the polls . "After a great evening and packed auditorium in Iowa, I am now in Colorado looking forward to what I am sure will be a very unfair debate!" the presidential contender... More »

Here Is Your GOP Debate Drinking Game

'Drink every time Carly Fiorina makes a joke about her own face'

(Newser) - It will likely come as no surprise to you that there are quite a few GOP debate drinking games out there in anticipation of tonight's event , but the one authored by Matt Taibbi over at Rolling Stone is particularly amusing. "The event is taking place in California at... More »

Santorum Slams GOP Debate as 'Insult to Voters'

Rick Perry, Carly Fiorina also respond to missing cut

(Newser) - Rick Santorum isn't pleased to have been left off the lineup for the first primetime GOP debate tomorrow. In fact, he says Fox News should apologize to the candidates who were overlooked and to the American public. In an interview with NBC News , he says the method of picking... More »

Tonight's Debate Could Change the Race

Santorum's on the hot seat, Romney's back is to the wall, Gingrich needs a comeback

(Newser) - It's been a while, but America's favorite political game show is back. Yes, the Republican presidential candidates will square off in Mesa tonight for their first debate in nearly a month. Here are the storylines in play:
  • The final showdown—The stakes are "about as high as
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Gingrich Loses Mojo, Romney 'Devastating'

Romney came prepared, forceful, enough to win Florida primary

(Newser) - With the Florida primary looming on Tuesday and Newt Gingrich surging, Mitt Romney needed a decisive win against the former speaker in last night's debate —and he got it, the media largely agrees.
  • Romney was well researched and relentless in his attacks on Gingrich. But the biggest surprise?
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Romney, Gingrich Tussle Over Immigration, Money

Comparing our investments is like comparing mouse, elephant, says Newt

(Newser) - Tonight's Jacksonville, Florida, debate is a biggie for more reasons than one: It's the last before the state's Tuesday primary; it does not, like Monday's debate , feature a ban on applause; Newt Gingrich knows he needs to bring it ; and ... after a seemingly endless stream of... More »

We Need More Debates— and Loud Ones

Let the crowds make noise: David Weigel

(Newser) - The Republicans debate again tonight , and there's plenty of carping about how there's too many of these things. Not from David Weigel at Slate . He wants more, more, more. If they weren't debating, the candidates would be in choreographed campaign mode, which reveals little. "The ideal... More »

Romney Jabs Hard, but Debate Too Tame

Local issues, quiet crowd make for dullish contest

(Newser) - Last night's GOP debate wasn't the most exciting of the primary process, with a focus on local Florida issues and an audience instructed to keep quiet. While newly combative Mitt Romney revved up the contest by attacking Newt Gingrich's lobbying for Freddie Mac and ethics as... More »

Jon Stewart: Real Star of SC Debate Was...

...the audience, declares the 'Daily Show' host

(Newser) - Sure, the pundits may have deemed Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich the winners of Monday's South Carolina debate, but Jon Stewart thinks the audience was the "real star." After all, we're talking about a group of people who booed when Ron Paul mentioned the Golden Rule,... More »

Romney: I'll Release Taxes ... in April

When he'll most likely have clinched the nomination

(Newser) - Calm down, everyone. Mitt Romney will release his tax returns … just as soon as he has clinched the GOP nomination. "If I become our nominee, and what's happened in history is people have released them in about April of the coming year and that's probably what... More »

Newt Gingrich Leads Charge Vs. Romney

GOP hopefuls again face off in New Hampshire debate on 'Meet the Press'

(Newser) - A scant 12 hours after last night's debate in which Mitt Romney emerged largely unscathed , the Republicans who would be president are again facing off in New Hampshire, this time on Meet the Press with David Gregory moderating. Newt Gingrich answered the overriding question of whether the pack would... More »

What Needs to Happen in Tonight's Debate

A candidate-by-candidate breakdown

(Newser) - Republicans will face off in yet another debate tonight, one that a GOP strategist dubs "the most important two hours of the campaign for Iowa," so the Des Moines Register asked political operatives, strategists, and scientists to weigh in on what each candidate needs to do. Here's... More »

Newt Gets Scrappy in Iowa

Candidates attack Gingrich on policies, personal morals

(Newser) - Front-runner Newt Gingrich took a few licks but stood his ground tonight at the GOP presidential debate in Iowa, Politico reports. After Romney described himself as a businessman—not a politician like Gingrich—Newt fired back: "Let's be candid. The only reason you didn't become a career... More »

Huntsman: Trump Debate 'a Joke'

And he's not the only one who thinks so

(Newser) - The saga continues: Donald Trump thinks Jon Huntsman is a "joke candidate." Huntsman thinks Trump's debate "is a joke." More from the candidate's comments, made today, plus other reactions to the controversial Dec. 27 debate:
  • Huntsman: "This is not about ratings for Donald
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GOP Debate's Clear Loser: CBS

Bachmann's torqued over misfired email, complaints abound

(Newser) - If Rick Perry was the big loser in Wednesday's debate , then last night's CBS/National Journal debate also has an official whipping boy: CBS. Michele Bachmann is ripping the network for the lack of time she got, and she's got ammunition in the form of an errant email... More »

Will Perry Quit? 'Oh, Shoot, No'

Texas governor goes on media blitz after debate 'oops'

(Newser) - Rick Perry freely admitted that he “stepped in it” last night when he forgot the name of the third federal agency he would eliminate. But will his debate gaffe lead to the end of his campaign? "Oh, shoot, no," the Texan told the AP this morning. "... More »

So, Who Else Lost the Debate?

Because Rick Perry obviously did

(Newser) - The moment that will live in infamy from last night’s debate , the gaffe that overshadowed everything else, was Rick Perry’s utter meltdown as he forgot one of the agencies he himself wanted to eliminate. But there were other people onstage, and here’s how people are grading them... More »

Who Will Survive Tonight's GOP Debate?

Stakes are high for everyone except Mitt Romney, maybe Ron Paul

(Newser) - With Iowa just two months away, the stakes are high for tonight’s GOP debate. Politico describes it as an “elimination round,” with everyone except Mitt Romney—and maybe the seemingly immovable Ron Paul—“one misstep away from political death." Here’s what to watch for:... More »

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