2012 Presidential Campaign

Can Newt Gingrich cement his place at the top of the GOP race during tonight’s Iowa debate?

There have been a lot of Republican presidential debates in recent months, but tonight’s event in Iowa could actually be both important and fascinating. Important because it’s do-or-die time for some of the strugglers, and fascinating because we’ll get a chance to see who really heads into the upcoming Iowa vote with confidence.

Mitt Romney’s task is to keep his head down and avoid making any more offers of $10,000 bets. He’s looking stronger in Iowa than elsewhere, and just has to keep things on track. His main rival Newt Gingrich has the harder task, and needs to show he’s likeable while also fending off what are likely to be regular, carefully-rehearsed attacks.

Then there’s Rick Perry, for whom this might be the final chance to show he’s still in the race. Ron Paul, meanwhile, is looking more convincing by the day and needs to keep his momentum going by making sure he’s heard, which isn’t going to be easy. Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman need a miracle.

But this isn’t a debate anyway. Not really. It’s a chance for the candidates to blather on and occasionally interact in a stilted way. A debate would be a long, back-and-forth event where they would be able to focus on a topic long enough to draw out some actual arguments. Still, it should be fascinating to see whether the candidates can change their positions ahead of the imminent vote.

Discussion

One thought on “Can Newt Gingrich cement his place at the top of the GOP race during tonight’s Iowa debate?

  1. Good point: it’s NOT a debate. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see one? Alas, it’s been a long time.

    But this event, which is not a debate, it nevertheless, kinda fun to watch. If you don’t agree, you need to find a bingo game and have fun checking off the catchphrases.

    We think Newt needs to run away from that comment about Romney (and capitalism) destroying jobs and instead show off some of that visionary stuff. Mitt needs to avoid the Newt-bashing – just just looks bad, and do that “I’m above it all” thing. Ron Paul should keep doing what he’s doing, because it’s working in Iowa. bit.ly/tfTbxk

    Posted by Reasonable Views | December 15, 2011, 11:14 pm

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