Republican Presidential Debate: January 23
Tonight is the first debate after former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s dozen-point win over former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in South Carolina. This debate, hosted by MSNBC, NBC News, National Journal, Tampa Bay Times, and the Florida Council of 100, will be held at the University of South Florida in Tampa. It will be broadcast on NBC starting at 9:00PM EST (6:00PM PST).
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich
Gingrich has pulled into the lead in the latest Florida polls. And he’s found his debate rhythm. We should expect him to be his usual Newty self, but will that help him keep his lead?
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney
Now that his inevitability is not so inevitable, what will Romney do tonight to come out fighting? Or has he written Florida off already?
Representative Ron Paul (R-Lake Jackson, TX)
Now that Gingrich has snatched defeat from the jaws of Romney’s victory, Ron Paul has a chance to step in and work a brokered convention. What might he do tonight to help that cause?
Former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA)
Santorum also has little hope beyond a brokered convention. Fortunately for him, he has the blessing of the evangelistic religious leaders. Presumably, that means he really has to appeal to them, rather than to Florida voters, if he wants to stand a chance at a brokered convention.
So what do you expect tonight? And what should be tonight’s drinking phrases?
- Newt Gingrich or Mitt Romney: Who Should it be America? (votingamerican.wordpress.com)
- GOP Race Is Now a Tossup (pjmedia.com)
- Romney Commits To Two Fla. Debates (myfoxphoenix.com)
- Mitt Romney on Monday’s debate in Tampa: I’m in (tampabay.com)