New Hampshire GOP Field Set for Monday’s Debate

Seven Republican candidates will take the stage in Manchester, New Hampshire on Monday night. Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Herman Cain, and Ron Paul will take to the podiums in what many consider the first real debate of the season since it includes most of the heavy hitters that were not in the South Carolina debate in May.

Conspicuously absent from the stage is John Huntsman who said he would not debate until he formally declares his candidacy. Huntsman has been unofficially campaigning a great deal in New Hampshire already. Skipping this debate might prove risky since he has all but ignored Iowa. That strategy backfired on Rudy Giuliani in 2008. Romney and Gingrich also showed little interest in Iowa. This is either an acknowledgment of Bachmann’s strength there or admission of the Mormon disadvantage.

The debate could be the make or break moment for Gingrich what with all his recent misfortunes. Rumour has it that other campaigns were already trying to poach his supporters and donors after his staff bailed on him this past week. There are also rumblings of a late entry by Texas Governor Rick Perry into the race if Gingrich drops out after the debate.

The debate will be hosted by CNN from 8:00 to 10:00pm ET. Let the Obama bashing begin.


About Mr. Universe

Mr. Universe is a musician/songwriter and an ex-patriot of the south. He currently lives and teaches at a University in the Pacific Northwest. He is a long distance hiker who has hiked the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. He is also an author and woodworker. An outspoken political voice, he takes a decidedly liberal stance in politics.
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