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Now that Herman Cain is out of the race, who else should drop out?
December 6th, 2011
05:00 PM ET

Now that Herman Cain is out of the race, who else should drop out?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The implosion of Herman Cain's campaign to be the GOP presidential candidate seems to be just one more thing working in favor of Newt Gingrich and against Mitt Romney.

Since Cain suspended his campaign over the weekend, it appears Gingrich has been the beneficiary of a good amount of Cain's former support.

Gallup polling shows that over the past month, as Cain's support went from 22% to nothing, when he ended his bid, Gingrich's support climbed from 13% to 37%. That's a 24-point jump.

Mitt Romney's support has remained steady at 22% over the same time.

Overall, the first ever Gallup daily tracking poll in this race shows Gingrich leads Romney nationwide by 15 points, 37% to 22%. Gingrich's 37% is the highest Gallup has measured this year for any candidate.

Plus, Gingrich tops Romney in many categories:

His lead is especially large among conservative Republicans and tea party supporters.

Gingrich also fares better than Romney among every age group, among both women and men and in every region of the country. He's especially strong in the Midwest and the South.

Meanwhile the Gallup Poll shows all the rest of the candidates are in the single digits. That includes: Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman.

Once the voting starts in a few weeks in Republican primaries and caucuses, it's clear that many of these campaigns will come to an end pretty quickly.

But why wait? The handwriting is already on the wall for several Republican candidates.

Here's my question to you: Now that Herman Cain is out of the race, who else should drop out?

Tune in to "The Situation Room" at 5 p.m. ET to see if Jack reads your answer on the air.

And we'd love to know where you're writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

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  1. Dan in Aluququerque

    Santorum, Bachman and Perry shoild go. Huntsman should stay just to give us the relief of a sane statement occasionally.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  2. Cris Hernandez

    Now Newt, Romney, Huntsman and Bachmann need to drop out. Republicans want a candidate to beat Obama? Well, look no further than Ron Paul. A man who has overwhelming support from Independents and Democrats. He would handily beat Obama in the general. If only Republicans wise up enough to realize it. The way the polls are trending that seems to be in the near future.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  3. Noel Sivertson New Mexico

    Does it matter who drops out? The real Repubicans, save Jon Huntsman, are too terrified of the tea partiers to run. Unless a reasonable candidate emerges from a draft at the convention in August I think we will see the Republican party disintegrate. I don't think the American people at large are as bereft of a sense of community and social conscience as the party hijackers are. Let them pick the loser.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  4. Richard Texas

    Well if Cain dropping out is because of affairs then the next candidate should be Gingrich to hit the road. He has the same baggage as Cain when it comes to infidelity and lying. If not lying then omission of the truth. Either way one affair is no better or worse then another. I mean Gingrich went after Bill Clinton for the Lewinski affair meanwhile he was doing the exact same thing as speaker of the house with 2 different women. It is not the sex that is the problem. It is the lying that goes along with it. No one wants a liar for a president.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  5. Tanya Roberts

    Now that Mr. Cain has come to his senses, by his choice or otherwise, it is time that others do the same. America needs to get to the real task of looking at the remaining GOP candidates who are viable and have something to offer the country and not the other way around. To this end, it is now time for Michele Bachman and Rick Santorum to step down and out.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  6. Terry Wells -Hoosier Hillbilly-Greensburg,IN

    None of them! Newt & Mitt will cancel each other out and I think Ron should at least run against someone, so it at least looks legal. O! I forgot – Ron will get to fight it out with "The Donald" since he's going to decide to run. I see an ( (unknown at this time) coming in and taking over to make fools out of the media, republicians, and the people "US".
    Wouldn't that be a kick in the pants?

    December 6, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  7. Kirk

    Any Republican candidate who espouses either the Tea Party or Grover Norquist should immediately drop out. Only people who are willing to negotiate in good faith over the budget and jobs should run. Unfortunately, I don't see anyone on the Republican side who fills the bill. To call the current Republican candidates a clown show insults clowns.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  8. Rick Florida

    I guess first John Huntsman – can't raise money and isn't out of the single digits. Rick Sontorum our faith savior – he must like touring the United Staes on someone elses dime. Lastly our $2.00 a gallon gas lady Michelle Bachman. I think come January 3rd she might get one of those Migranes again. While it is nice to think they can make a difference, we the people don't.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  9. Ken in Victoria BC

    The others running for the GOP should remain in the race. They have come this far. Let the voters choose.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  10. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    I hope they they all stay in the race. Especially Bachmann and Perry because they're funny and make an otherwise dull debates into something that is enjoyable to watch. I like their take on history Perry still thinks you have to be 21 to vote.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  11. Brad, Portland, OR

    I think they should all drop out except for Michelle Bachmann.

    She'll be very entertaining when she tries to debate Obama.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  12. Fay in Abilene Tx

    All GOPers except Huntsman.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  13. Jim

    If you have the (R) next to your name.....you should drop out

    December 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  14. Greg in Arkansas

    The stealth candidates, you know, the "Men behind the Men"... the "King Makers".....AKA...Donald Trump, the Koch brothers, Grover Norquist and the TEA party leaders.....let the candidates run on their own agenda and not have these so-called coaches on the side-lines calling all the shots.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  15. Annie, Atlanta

    Mitt Romney, the job tanker, Newt Gingrich the insider for sale to the highest bidder, Michele Bachmann the anti-American one woman freak show who comes off needing some serious meds, Rick (man on dog) Santorum, and Jon Huntsman the traitor. That leaves Ron (crazy eyes) Paul, your guy, Jack. Of course that also leaves him having to explain how a millionaire could leave an ex-aide to die because he couldn't afford proper treatment. That will get him cheers from conservatives these days, so that's a good thing, right?

    December 6, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  16. Toni

    All of them Jack, including Obama! This whole process looks like a very bad reality show! And we wonder why countries like China don't take us serious?

    South Carolina

    December 6, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  17. Mike S., New Orleans

    The remaining joke candidates – Bachmann, Santorum, and Paul – should drop out, but they won't. Jack, if people were dumb enough to send you their own money so you could fly around the country first class and eat at five star restaurants on their nickel just to give speeches telling them what they want to hear – wouldn't you take the cash and enjoy the ride?

    December 6, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  18. Noel Sivertson New Mexico

    How about Donald Trump?

    December 6, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  19. Rich in Gainesville FL

    We're too close to Iowa now. We'll get some actual voting instead of more endless polls. This time next month, there'll be 2 or 3 less than there are now. That's soon enough.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  20. Bill of New Mexico

    Drop the candidates that have had media inspection as front runners, and have now fallen significantly in the polls:

    Bachman

    Perry

    Keep the candidates that have not had the media inspection as front runners:

    Huntsman

    Ron Paul

    Romney is in a class to himself. If flip/flopping and timidity are Romney's faults–leave Romney in the race.

    Newt is also in a class. The Republicans want him. The Republicans deserve him. When the public's memory is refreshed with Newt's history from the 90s, I doubt that Newt can win against Obama–even if Europe drags America into the dreaded double dip recession by the time of the 2012 elections.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  21. Ed from MD

    Cain is gone, Newt can go next. Don't need anyone named after something that crawls on its belly.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  22. B. J., Quincy, Il

    All of them, even the President.Let's get someone in there that doesn't want to play politics.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  23. James in Springfield, VA

    All of the Republican candidates because they have no chance of getting elected based on the way their own party has screwed them and this country in congress.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  24. Wolverine 1 Sterling Hts. Mi

    Everyone but John Huntsman

    December 6, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  25. David of Alexandria VA

    Everyone ut Mitt, Jack. Maybe people don't fully warm up to his collaborative style. But, polarization hasn't worked very well for anyone lately. Besides, he's the only one who is electable.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  26. marcia in west virginia

    ALL of them!!! If they are the pick of the litter them the Republicans are in real trouble.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  27. Ron WPAFB

    You guys, for lack of something productive to do with your time, like REAL news, have followed this bunch of loosers around for a year! Non of them should be allowed to run simply from the result the Republicans have had on ruining this country. I don't see a viable Candidate in the bunch that would cure our problems, they would finish the destructive job they've started! The Rich would be richer and then this country would dissolve into chaos!

    December 6, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  28. Bob in Kansas City

    In a perfect world the only one left should be Huntsman, the others have nothing to offer but insults and ideas that aren't practical or blatantly lean toward maintaining the status quo......

    December 6, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  29. Kenneth in California

    There are millions of republican voters out there that that are in the same economic boat as democrat and independent voters. Jobs are the number one priority and those who fail to discuss it, get out.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  30. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    I'm making a list, checking it twice and finding out who's qualified and nice; Those who should get out of the race are Bachman, Santorum, Paul, Perry, Gingrich, and Romney. That just about covers it Jack, to me they don't have anyone I'd want to vote for in 2012.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  31. bob z.

    i think the country would be able to survive if obama dropped out

    December 6, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  32. Lori - PA

    Jack,

    I don't understand how Gringrich isn't out as well. Especially as he's guilty of the same things that caused Cain to drop out. It's time for Gringrich, Bachman, and Perry to go. I'd rather see a showdown between Huntsman and Romney rather than Romney and Gingrich.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  33. Jk from Minnesota

    All of the ones the media has at one time or another annoited as the Frontronner. Why doesn't Buddy Roemer, John Huntsman get a lot of coverage – oh that's right, they aren't as fun for the media to cover – how could I forget - common sense makes a candidate undesirable in this crowd.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  34. Dave, Orlando, FL

    All of them except Jon Huntsman and Ron Paul. The Republican party has become so bizarre, it isn’t even a caricature of itself anymore. It is a frightening thing to be a real Republican these days – I know, I am one.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  35. Christian Jones

    If you want the best candidates the Republican Party has to offer, everyone except Romney and Huntsman. If you interested in the best candidate to get the party's nomination, everyone except Gingerich and Romney.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  36. Rob in NC

    I'm confused, Newt had 4,5, etc. affairs but he's ok now and Cain had some and he's not?!?! It is NEVER right to cheat on your spouse, so why is Newt suddenly forgiven? This race has come down to Newt and Mitt. The others where hoping for the bump that has been jumping from candidate to candidate but it isn't going to happen. At this point they all need to flee the scene of the crime.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  37. bud rupert

    Everybody but Newt and Mr flip Flop. Actually you can call them flip flop 1 and 2. But of course none will drop out until they run out of money. I guess they figure the exposure is worth big bucks in speaking engagements.- or book deals. It's either that or their egos are out of control.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  38. Rich in New York's Finger Lakes

    Due to his history, Gingrich should (and I believe will) be the next to withdraw.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  39. MYSTEROIUS

    What, and end the side show? We have 11 months worth of comedy upcoming .

    December 6, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  40. Jan K. in Asotin,Wa.

    I think the people will decide that through process. Personally I am enjoying the entertainment. I should have bought stock in a popcorn company! I hear sales are up.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  41. Rex in Portland, OR

    Perry. Bachman. Huntsman. Gingrich. Paul. Santorum. Romney. What we need is Palin back so she could drop out, too. Then the real hair – not Perry, but the Donald – should get in and drop out, too.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  42. Cy Gardner

    Between 75 and 82 % of likely Republican primary voters have committed strongly to hating Mitt Romney's guts. Maybe he should take the hint. cy from arlington, va

    December 6, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  43. Loren

    We used to have a campaign season that was parallel to the primary season. Now we're deciding who the candidate should be before we even have primaries? Why don't we just decide who is President by a public opinion poll?

    December 6, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  44. MARK, OKLAHOMA CITY

    Now, if we could only get the MEDIA to drop out things would be just dandy!

    December 6, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  45. John from Alabama

    Jack: I think they should all stay in the race. The more the merrier. The Republicans can fight it out to the convention. Maybe we will see a third party candidate, such as, Ron Paul. History being made while the Democrats win with President Obama and Vice President Biden. Makes complete sense to me, and most likely the rest of America.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  46. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    They should all drop out except for Mr. Huntsman who is clearly the smartest and best-educated candidate in the field. However, this is the Republican party where intelligence and knowledge are marks of shame; so maybe it's Mr. Huntsman who should get out of the clown car now.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  47. Kevin SD CA

    Hopefully everyone accept Ron Paul and Michael Bachman.

    Newt and Mitt are just more of the same establishment media darlings who will do nothing but continue to sell the sovereignty of the United States to the elitist criminals that have already destroyed us!

    December 6, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  48. Evinia Bruce

    all of them ..start over again ....maybe the Republicans can find someone with a brain!..right now they have Romney,no need to go into the flip-flopper rant ..[.isn't what they were accusing Kerry of?? and cost him the election?]..then there's the thing that crawled out from under a rock ,Newt,..family values anyone ??...the dumber than rocks,Perry ..lunatic Michelle ,and poor old Paul . could they be any more dispensible??
    BC CANADA

    December 6, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  49. Nancy

    Why was a big deal made of Herman Cain's possible infidelities, and not the known infidelities of Newt? I think the media thinks it can pick and choose who our candidates will be. Ron Paul 2012. Honest, humble, truthful, knowledgeable.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  50. calaurore9

    Keep everybody in. The more the merrier. Is it too late for Sarah or Huck? Let's enjoy the entertainment while we can. After the first few primaries, it'll be boring Zzzzomney I fear.

    Carol in Massachusetts

    December 6, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  51. Jayne in NH

    Two candidates, in particular, seem to be wasting their money: Rick Santorum and Mr. Huntsman. Santorum is lost amongst the other crazies and Huntsman is the odd man out because he's the sanest of the bunch and actually has a world view.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  52. Sylvia from San Diego

    Nobody. Let the shakeout take place organically.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  53. Al,, Lawrence KS

    It would be best, for the sake of the country, if they all dropped out and we started with a new batch of candidates. Nothing is more depressing than the prospect of any of these wackos becoming President.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  54. Pete from Florida

    Who else? ALL of them should jump out of this clown car. Isn't it time the GOP put up the candidates of real substance, like Jeb Bush and Chris Christie? Or is the GOP leadership secretly plotting to lose this election? After all, why take ownership of the country's problems if you don't know how to solve them?

    December 6, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  55. Jake

    the self-rightous hate-mongers...Santorum and Bachmann!

    December 6, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  56. Tim

    Every last one of them!!!!

    December 6, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  57. JasonP

    All of them.

    Jason
    Schenectady, NY

    December 6, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  58. vmax

    Who else should drop out? Anyone who is on Trump's reality show called "The Presidential Debate."

    December 6, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  59. John

    The ones with no leadership ability...that only leaves Romney and Huntsman.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  60. Todd- St. Cloud, MN

    I hope that all of the remaining Republican candidates stay in this race. In fact, i think it's a shame that not one Democrat showed some backbone and came forward to challenge Pres Obama for their nomination. The USA is in tough shape, Jack. Every American has roughly a $50K share in national debt and we can't even see the light of day. We need to hear as many ideas for solutions as possible to get this run away train under control. And yes, even those ideas as far removed from the political mainstream spectrum as Ron Paul's are welcome. The more the merrier.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  61. Dale in Austin

    Rick Perry is spending Texas taxpayer dollars, being protected by the Department of Public safety while he travels. He's dumber than a box of rocks and does not stand a chance. Come home rick, we miss your stupidity.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  62. Randall

    It might well be Gingrich. While his meteoric rise is impressive, he hasn't been up there all that long. Most of the other candidates, such as Romney, Paul, and Huntsman have shown staying power. Gingrich has only shown an upwards spike that at this point could either level off or collapse as it has for other candidates.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  63. John, Encino, California

    Anybody who agrees to attend The Donald's Debate should quit for the good of the country.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  64. Joe M

    I think Santorum is the next obvious candidate to drop out. He should the day after the Iowa caucuses, since he won't place higher than fourth at the very best. Huntsman, likewise, will drop out the day after New Hampshire unless he places higher than fourth, which is not very likely. Bachmann may or may not drop out after Iowa depending on how well she does there. Getting a third place finish is not out of the question for her, and might be enough to keep going for a little while longer. I think Perry can stay in longer, since he still has a lot of money to spend, even if he doesn't do extremely well in the first few states. Gingrich still has time to collapse before the early states, and doesn't have any organization or money really, other than what he's probably raking in at the moment. The other two, Paul and Romney, are obviously in it to the end, since they both have lots of money and huge organizations.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  65. Reddy

    Donald "duck" Trump should quit quacking.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  66. Chandler in Rockaway, NJ

    Jack,
    Every one of those arrogant Republican airheads makes my skin crawl. The fact that one of them might be elected to complete the destruction of this country through their fact-free ideological sound bite policies should terrify any American who hasn't got tea bags for brains.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  67. Karl in Flint

    It's time for everyone but Jon Huntsman to leave the stage. He's is the only credible candidate the GOP has to offer with a chance of beating Obama. Even Romney is too wishy-washy. I didn't say Huntsman would win but the rest of the GOP circus act is DOA. Whoever is the GOP candidate will tell the world the real truth about the conservative movement in this country. If they aren't as nutty as fruit cake, they have the moral of an alley cat.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  68. Marjorie

    All of them!

    December 6, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  69. AB

    Now that Herman Cain dropped out the race for the 2012 Republican Presidential Nomination, here is a list of candidates who should also follow suit:
    Newt Gingrich
    Rick Perry
    Michelle Bachmann
    Ron Paul

    December 6, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  70. Brett

    Donald Trump should drop out of the race, because apparently he still thinks he's in it.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  71. Harry Wortz

    Newt. He is delusional if he thinks he stands a chance at the presidency. The religious base of the GOP could never vote for an adulterer unless they talk the talk but don't walk the walk. Cheating on his spouse speaks directly to Newt's character and integrity as well as exposing his poor decision making skills. His nomination all but guarantees Obama a second term. For the good of the Grand Old Party Newt needs to step aside.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  72. lucy from houston

    Mitt Romney should hope they all drop out.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  73. Bob

    Michelle Bachmann..... Please make her go away for good.

    Roswell, Georgia

    December 6, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  74. tom angelopoulos

    Jack you are not trying. Today's question does not inspire a comment from me. I will check with you tomorrow.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  75. Carolyn in SD

    I don't get it. Gingrich has been sanctioned and fined for ethics violations, has taken money from Fanny Mae/Freddie Mac, had several extramarital affiars, and cheated on his dying wife and he has the Tea Party support? Doesn't this fly in the face of what the Tea Party purports to stand for?

    December 6, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  76. Ken

    Jon Huntsman is the only true unequivocal Republican standing. The rest are B rated performing entertainers in a town to town circus Freak Show. Now Donald Trump is back... Somebody, please somebody stop this craziness.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  77. john

    They all need to drop out next, ron paul is the only one that stands up for many of the changes that need to be made, but the other half of his views are so crazy they will never win the general election. And personally i dont think any of these GOP can's could win the whole thing. Romney honestly is the closest thing to a GOP can who could win the general election. The rest of them have too many political crazy view points to get a moderate to vote for.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  78. Jon in PA

    Huntsman, Santorum, Bachmann, Gingrich, Perry, and Romney should all drop out and let Ron Paul win. That is, if they actually want what's best for America which we all know is not the case.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  79. mktaylor

    All of them

    December 6, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  80. John M in Canada

    It's easy .. ALL of them should drop out because NONE of them are qualified to be President of the United States.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  81. Carl

    Bachmann, Perry, Santorum...should all go away

    December 6, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  82. apneni

    All of them, including Obama

    December 6, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  83. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    None of 'em should drop out. It's too much fun watching them debate.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  84. Cal

    There is no reason for anyone other than Romney and Gingrich to continue their campaigns. Perry turned out to be all hat and no cattle. Bachmann is the converse to George Washington–she cannot tell the truth. Santorum's holier than thou approach is just too off-putting. Huntsman is the only credible candidate in the bunch but that disqualifies him to be the Republican candidate. That leaves Paul, who cannot win outside of Texas. Maybe he will declare as an Indenpendent.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  85. Pimpson

    Everyone except Romney and Gingrich should all drop out after Iowa. They're just wasting people's time and money. Honestly these debates with all of them crowding the stage are a waste. Nobody cares what Paul or Huntsman thinks, they're not going to be the nominee. We only need to hear Gingrich and Romney now.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  86. Jim B, Dallas

    Michele Bachmann's campaign has been on life support for so long she's come to accept it as normal, only coming alive occassionally to hurl or tweet insults that please her way-out-in-right-field supporters.

    Like Charlie Brown standing alone on the pitcher's mound in a deluge, she just doesn't realize that not only is the game over, but everyone else on her team has taken their equipment and left the field. Sorry about using a baseball team analogy, but at this point, that's about how many supporters she has left for the other candidates to fight over. Please Michele...go home and dry off.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  87. J. Davis, Knoxville, TN

    The only ones who should stay in the race (I don't like either one, though) are Romney and Gingrich. The rest have no chance. I am an avid OBAMA supporter but at least I can praise Romney for never cheating on his wife (Gingrich cheated on one wife who had cancer and has had other illicit affairs). I disapprove of candidates who cheat on their wives! The Tea Party candidate Bachmann and Rick Perry would be disastrous in the White House; Huntsman is a smart man and Ron Paul's views are clearly stated, although I don't agree with them, but the Republican Establishment would never allow eiher of them to get the nomination.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  88. suresh

    The next to drop out should be Gov. Romney. He must know by now that Republican party has changed significantly in last few years and has become too conservative. A moderate person like him has no chance to get nomination. Even though he has tried to sound like a conservative, it has back fired on him to be a flip flopper. If I were him, I will quit GOP and join Democratic party which is closer to his views.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  89. Peter from Boston

    There was a TV program in the eighties called "The Gong Show". A bunch of pathetic wannabees would try to please the audience before the host would sound the loud and fatal GONG! We have not progressed very far since then, have we?

    December 6, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  90. Which Mor(M)on Romney Are We talking today...the Flip or Flops?

    All of them should quit...there is NOT ONE credible GOP candidate this election cycle!

    From Myth the Flip Flopper to Newt the serial Wife Cheater should pack it up and QUIT en masse!!!

    December 6, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  91. ken

    all of them. None of these so called front runners are acceptable to the populous at large. The country should stand up and refuse to allow any of these people to be elected to office. Better we have a provisional government until a new election is held with candidates we the people can accept than this farce. We have a Democrat that is in truth a moderate republican and republicans that only represent less than 25% of the actual electorate. If this is democracy then maybe we should rethink this political choice. Seems more like an Oligarchy run by big businesses and the wealthy who give us the illusion of democracy by putting this clowns in front of us and saying choose one.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  92. Alex

    I'm not a GOP fan, but if they want to win they need to stop the infighting ASAP. Romney and Gingrich are the only viable candidates left on the roster – the others should back out and pick a side. Only by being united do the GOP have a chance of beating both Obama and the inevitable Tea Party independent.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  93. Gigi Oregon

    I would like to see all the blowhards resign. Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman would be my choice to continue. I'm ready for less extreme and more common sence. I see why the younger voters are beginning to hear Ron Paul. Less war and more "We the people". Let's get rid of the corruption in Congress.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  94. ken, atlantic city, nj

    The $36,000. a plate dinner guest who said he would give us change and hope, the great obama. Wall street hedge fund managers, bankers, defense contractors, and big corporations need four more years of good times at the expense of main street. Don't change a thing brother!

    December 6, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  95. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, New York

    Jack,
    The Republican presidential primary only validates Andy Warhol's most famous theorem. But please can't we wait until each of these clowns emerges from their circus car for their 15 minutes of fame before we ask any of them to drop out ? These are tough times and we need some laughs.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  96. Gerry

    Most of them I would say except Ron Paul, the only candidate with good sense for America. Others will
    never survive against President Obama.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  97. ray

    Gingrich

    If you are truly conservative be careful about Gingrich:
    1) gop budget is social engineering 2) no loyalty to a couple of his spouses 3) paired up with Pelosi for climate change 4) ethics violations 5) repubs chased him out of the house 6) his latest religion: how Catholic really is he? 6) employed by Freddie and Fannie to the tune of 1.7m 8) wants to have innercity kids be given pay for non-skilled work(sounds like a Jimmy Carter program) 9) i don't need lobbyist money I take in 60k a speech10) missouri doesn't matter 11)allow illegal immigrants to stay legally 11) his think tank supported healthcare mandates for states 12) I had to ride in the back of the plane(Gingrich irritated the public so much, they forgave Clinton). etc etc.etc...

    If the south and evangelicals can't get behind Mitt because he is Morman look out. Gingrich is not a leader. At least Romney will focus on fixing Washington. If Gingrich gets to DC, he will be only concerned about how his speeches will be discussed in academia.

    Anyone but Mitt = four more for Obama

    December 6, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  98. Alva Puddin

    Who else should drop out? How about the entire GOP field. They really need to start over from scratch.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  99. Tim Brown

    Mihele Bachmann because her only hope was to get Cain suporters , and she got natta.

    Myrtle Beach, SC

    December 6, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  100. Whammybar

    They should all drop out. There is no Republican candidate worthy of being President. Maybe Ron Paul but he's not really one of them is he? They are all obsessed with one thing or the other and none of them have the best interest of the country in focus. The republicans keep stating that they want control and power. That's self serving. They never mention the leadership and responsibility. To much money involved. Really sad. It's a party of hypocrites that want to rule the world by force send it all to the same church.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  101. Bubba in VA

    That's easy- ALL of 'em.
    they're clueless, crooked, detached, and completely out of touch with Americans making less tha a million dollars a year, that contribute to their fat campaign coffers, and get special favors. When the Grand Oil Party can cpome up with a candidate that's credible and not a career political hypocrite and trust fund brat, or that doesn't belong in jail for blatant conflicts of interest, I MIGHT consider voting for them.

    Abraham Lincoln would weep to see what's become of his party.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  102. John B.

    All of them.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  103. Patrick

    The entiire GOP Party, because they are a bunch of mindless idiots (sorry, it that offensive to mindless idiots?)

    December 6, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  104. Sandstone.

    "The Texan (Perry?) should be the next to drop out, but a little later on. If he can't remember what's on his mind, how's he going to talk to other leaders?"

    December 6, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  105. Missie, from Orange Park, Fl.

    Well Jack,

    Here's the list...Newt (do we really need a President by the name of Newt???), Romney, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum. What a sorry bunch of candidates. I don't care what you think of President Obama..you can't possible tell me that any of the Republican candidates can hold a candle to him, even with the current economy. which by the way, is getting better every day (just look at the money being sent on-line and in the brick and mortar stores this holiday season). And on defense and keeping us safe, I'll stand by our President...hands down!

    December 6, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  106. Herman Portland OR

    Huntsman should go next. Then Santorum

    December 6, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  107. chromigula

    Obviously Michelle Bachmann should be next. Even though her brand of crazy is entertaining to watch, she's not doing any good for anyone by hanging on.

    Cut the thread, Chell.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  108. Ron

    If they make a movie about this this election, how about calling it...'8 Flew Over the Cookoos Nest'

    December 6, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  109. Tom Williams from Desert Hot Springs, CA

    None of them, it is to much fun watching to see which "Clown" will the last one on the "Mini Tricycle".

    December 6, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  110. Terry in Virginia

    The voters should drop out or at least tune out. We deserve a better selection than these jokers.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  111. Evangeline

    I feel Rick Santorum should be the next to go. This country is pleading for PEACE and he would obviously continue supporting the military industrial complex. We need someone like Ron Paul who will end the wars, bring the troops home and reestablish the USA as a credible, respected, peaceful nation once again. Rick Santorum's war-mongering banter scares me. I need to be able to look my children in the eye and say I did everything I could to promote peace.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  112. Byron

    Rick Santorum. Please! It's uncomfortable just to see him on the sidelines of debates, desperate to be called on so he can pick a fight with one of the candidates just so people will realize he's still there.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  113. Ron

    Santorum, Bachmann, Perry, Gringrich, Romney, Huntsman, & Paul. Let's see, have I left anyone out? No I don't think so.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  114. Matt, Silver Spring, MD

    Rick Perry should be the next to go. He's proven time and time again that he has no concept of what it takes to be in office. He can't debate well, so he couldn't get his policies past the house and senate, he has no idea what to do about foreign policy, and he doesn't prepare well for being out in public. He'd be a disgrace to America should he be elected.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  115. Randy - Las Cruces, NM

    I think to be fair to all there should be a bracketed arm wrestling contest. As you're eliminated, you go home.
    Wait, scratch that, my fear is Michele Bachmann would win.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  116. Steve C

    Gingrich. I'm sure he has a lot of skeletons still left in the old closet but the problem is the skeletons lying open around the rest of the house.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  117. JD

    Bachmann should go, although I would miss the humor provided by her lunatic rantings!

    December 6, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  118. Kevin

    The next logical drop out is Rick Perry. He is a true contradiction to the republican symbol because an elephant NEVER forgets. He has obviously forgotten that ideal as well.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  119. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    Frankly, Jack, I think they should ALL drop out. They should know they don't have a chance against President Obama. The fact that Bachmann, Huntsman, Perry, and Paul are STILL in the running after Herman Cain realized he was fighting a hopeless battle against the two big men on top, Romney and Gingrich shows that they have yet to get the memo and get out. I don't believe that Romney or Gingrich has a chance, but it's amusing to see them sling mud at each other while Obama sits back and watches.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  120. Dale N.M.

    Hello Jack

    The race just started there is plenty of time for a candidate to trip and fall, or somebody causing a candidate to fall.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  121. Richard

    Hip, Hip, Hooray for Newt, just think we will soon have "the First Trollop" in the White House. I think not!

    December 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  122. Phyllis Reed

    It's not only time for the remaining Republican candidates to step down – it's time for the Republican Party to produce a
    believable candidate.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  123. Ralph Nelson

    What a great question. Everybody except Huntsman.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  124. Renee Peoria,Ill

    Most of them had no business being in the race to begin with. Sadly, that means little to the travesty that is now the GOP. Out of touch doesn't even begin to describe them.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  125. Scott

    Michele Bachmann, athough her unique view of reality has made this Republican primary a joy to watch. She told Candy Crawley on Sunday that she does not support extending the "Obama" (not Bush) payroll tax cuts because they have not created jobs. Wait, the Tea Party candidate does not want to continue a tax cut? Because it did not create jobs?

    December 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  126. rpaulwmson

    Gingrich. He doesn't have a prayer of being elected, at least with intelligent voters. He is a proven liar, thief, adulterer, hypocrite,and failed Speaker, as well as being a pompius self-righteous boor.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  127. PiedType

    Everyone but Jon Huntsman should drop out. All the others have too much baggage and too little common sense.

    Susan
    Denver

    December 6, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  128. dave in nashville

    Let's see, okay, the pompous historian, the Bain Group job killer, the pray away gay gal, the puff chested pastor Perry would all make me happy to just go away. That leaves us with two stable men in Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman...Ron and Jon in '12 sounds good eh?

    December 6, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  129. Pete in Georgia

    You really need to ask this question ??
    How bout the current imposter in the White House ??

    December 6, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  130. carey georgas

    I think they all oughtta stay. A brokered convention would be quite cool. Something like that could alter the political landscape. Money can't buy the nomination in a convention setting. The winner would have to earn it, and use political skills which have not been needed in this country for nigh on to fifty years.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  131. Paul Hogue

    It doesn't really matter. The Tea Partiers who now run the Republican Party will never be happy with any candidate for very long because they won't pass their bizarre purity test. Gingrich is doing well now, but give it a couple of weeks.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  132. Aztec Phil

    Huntsman, Santorum, and Paul. Though I like these three the best of all the candidates, in today's GOP political atmosphere being intelligent as well as sane will not garner them any votes and so they might as well throw in their towels. Keep Perry, Bachmann, and Gingrich solely for the entertainment value, because none of them presents a credible threat to Obama. They will at least keep us amused with their mistakes, missteps, misquotes, and hypocrisy until the election, when they will fade back into the woodwork and Congress will take over that duty once again.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  133. Mark Hudson

    The next person to drop out should be President Obama to be replaced by Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  134. Bruce H.

    Oops. I mean Rick Perry. He can then take his time to learn the voting age as specified in the Constitution.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  135. Bill in Florida

    Hello Jack,

    I'm guessing we're not including Gary Johnson, Buddy Roemer, or Thaddeus McCotter. Neither Rick Santorum nor Michele Bachmann are going anywhere politically, but he's too proud and she's too clueless to admit it. Gingrich and Romney are vying for first place, and Ron Paul's supporters won't let him quit. So that leaves Rick Perry, whose campaign is going downhill, and Jon Huntsman, whose campaign seems to be getting some momentum. I don't think Perry will leave willingly, but I think he will be the next to fo, followed quickly (after the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries) by Bachmann and Santorum. Of the remaining three, I think Huntsman will eventually drop out, Gingrich's campaign will eventually implode, and Romney will be the GOP nominee. Since he's so unpopular with the Tea Party, Romney will pull a McCain and will select an ultra-right-winger as his VP choice, thereby ensuring that Obama will be re-elected, but by a smaller margin than he won against McCain in 2008.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  136. Derek from Richland, WA

    Any one so far right they can no longer even think about seeing us in the center. See you later Bachmann and Santorum! We need a decent alternative to Obama, not far right loonies.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  137. Jay of Tampa

    Plain and simple, they should all quit.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  138. Green Tea

    What does any of these clowns getting out matter? I don't believe that any of the Republican primary candidates represent a good choice for America's future.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  139. Randy

    Romney, huntsman, Bachmann, Gingrich, santorum, And perry.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  140. rapidone

    They should all go. Republicans are absolute garbage now and their constituents are either idiots, bigots or millionaires.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  141. Kayli

    I think the voters should all look at Gingrich's history. Sure, we can learn from our mistakes but I don't think he has...same old Newt, same old tune. Jon Huntsman has my vote.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  142. Joe Boreman

    Rick Santorum needs to drop out. The 'culture war' is to World War II as Santorum is to Hiroo Onoda, the Japanese soldier who fought in the Philippines until 1974. He has no charisma, no memorable ideas, and no chance.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  143. Aztec Phil

    I forgot Romney, but then, who hasn't forgotten him now and then? He has minimal vices to keep us entertained, and he is both intelligent and sane, so he might as well give it up now. He's no good as a Republican, so he might as well become a Democrat or a Libertarian. They are always looking for people with things like IQ points, attention spans, and good ideas.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  144. Pete/Ark

    Jack that would only take away more of the fun of watching the 21st century version of Punch&Judy. Please , EVERYONE stay in and keep swatting each other...you're funnier than the 3 Stooges.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  145. Mike Martin

    They should all drop out, just like they did in high school.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  146. JOE BROWN

    Jack,
    Me thinks Mr. Cain was a never was.

    Joe Brown

    Shelbyville, Tennessee

    December 6, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  147. BobL

    This is a 3 person race at this point (Newt, Romney, and Ron). I wish people would take a look at Huntsman rather than Romney, but in the end everyone else needs to move on.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  148. jnpa

    It is amazing how so many blogs are in favor of Huntsman by calling him sane, knowledgeable, normal, etc. yet he is in single digits in the polls. It seems republicans would rather support a far right Christian conservative who probably won't win the election rather than support someone like Huntsmans who may have the backing of independents and middle of the road democrats tired of the current administration. Very strange!

    December 6, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  149. Jack Illinois

    Jon Huntsman should run as a Third Party (Unity Party) with Hillary Clinton as his VP. It would be nice to have substance to vote for. Why are we afraid of brains and experience? This Illinois knee-jerk Democrat would vote for them.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  150. DP

    Answer: The whole party. Preferably ASAP. While you're at it, the democrats should drop out too.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  151. Mark

    Since all the (GOP) candidates have said that "god" told them to run for president, who will "god" vote for?

    December 6, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  152. Michael in Boulder

    Romney needs to give up. He has been running for 6 years and never polls above 23%. The GOP is clearly searching for "anybody but Mitt." Get a clue and move on.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  153. DBSaint

    The comparison of Cain to Newt fails becuase Newt's "relations" are old news no other Repbulican will bring them up becuase of the backlash from within the party. Bachmann and Santorum will go next because they are fringe elements and their money will run out. Huntsman will drop becuase he's not radical enough, and eventually Paul will drop because our elections at their core are nothing more than a beauty contest and the RNC doesn't think he's pretty enough. That leaves Mitt and Newt; and unless someone calls Newt on his flip-flops and affairs he gets the nod. Sorry state of the RNC.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  154. Ground Zero

    If i could just "pray" the Tea Party away.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  155. John

    They should all drop out. Not a single one of them is worthy of the whitehouse

    December 6, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  156. Pat in Michigan

    All of them should go. Not one of the Republicans running is a person who is a leader .A leader, not a politician.
    I fear for our country with the people who are in a position of authority now and see no one on the horizon.Catering to the lowest common dinominator and enstilling fear in old people is not what this country is about .Stop it now and do your jobs .

    December 6, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  157. Mike in Newmarket NH

    Anyone who participates in the Trump moderated debate should drop out or at least be required to ask Trump about the beaver tail on top of his head.

    I had some hope for Gingrich but I see the the implosion coming. Perry, Bachmann and Santorum are virtually out already. That leaves the candidate that no one wants; the nit witt, the candidate that will run another decade and the candidate that no one has heard of and they should have.

    Huntsman is the only candidate who is the real deal, has the resume and leadership experience. Unless you're waiting for Trump but he's more interested in celebrity and boosting his reality show ratings, and doesn't have the guts to run.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  158. Anthony W in Chicago

    Republicans should be very worried. Newt has no chance of beating Obama in '12. No one is going to vote for the definition of a Washington insider!

    December 6, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  159. Greg Turman

    Bushy quit watchin', a long time ago

    It's no watch Obama, don't you know

    Blamin' 'Ole Bushy, wearin' short pants

    In 2012, Junior got no chance.
    ----------------–
    Dubya needs to drop out of the race.

    Gregory Turman
    Dallas,Texas

    December 6, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  160. marybeth, massachusetts

    Ahh, Jack, but Cain hasn't dropped out; he has merely SUSPENDED his campaign. This leaves him free to return to it once he gets his wife straightened out by whatever lies he chooses to tell her, and it leaves him free to continue to raise money for his campaign.

    As for the others, I think they should ALL drop out, with the possible exception of Huntsman, who so far comes across as the only sane, moderate candidate, and that's why his poll numbers are in the single digits among Republican party faithful, the conservative base, and the radical Tea Party. Since the inmates are running the asylum, you can't expect moderation or logic. I'd stay clear them all out and start anew. The only problem is only the stupid (Perry, Bachmann, Cain), the arrogant (Romney, Gingrich), and the nutty (Paul) seem to want to run.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  161. JR Washington, DC

    Jack,

    Is all of them an appropriate response?

    December 6, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  162. mike

    Doesn't matter. The GOP is DOA this election. Romney and Huntsman are the only candidates who could possibly garner mainstream support in a race against Obama, but the tea party contingent (who cannot stomach even a whiff of rational moderate tendencies) and traditionalist WASPs (who won't vote for Mormons) will make sure neither gets the nomination. That leaves Gingrich, who would be the least palatable Presidential candidate since Bob Dole.

    This is a complete trainwreck, and I am shocked that the moderate wing of the GOP hasn't thrown a fit. It's like watching a football player run the wrong way down the field, and nobody is yelling at him to stop...

    December 6, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  163. Marjorie Shirra

    If you guys are so blind, deaf & dumb to not see, read or hear about Gingrich, how he made milllions, how he writes his books & sells the on the campaign trail, you'd better bone up on things. He has created many companies, put his wife & daughter to run them, accepted millions of dollars for favors to companies, has changed opinions to suit the public he is addressing, & is a Washingotn insider from way back. He is an egotistical man who is only interested in his own welfare & how much money he can make from present situations. He is now using Donald Trump to better his image. Wake up & kick him out. See the man for who he really is. At least Ron Paul has it right, but Romney has more solutions for the country than anyone else. He turned the World Winter Olympics around from a huge loss to a profitable venture. Mitt Romney is the only man who can find the solutions needed to rescue our country from the downward spiral it is in, thanks.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  164. Jbird

    Bachmann isnt seeming to be going anywhere, and she got told off by a gradeschooler

    December 6, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  165. Waylon

    Romney and Gingrich should go. Romney spending 100k to rid records is scandalous and a sign of someone you cannot trust. Gingrich has had multiple affairs and received money from bailout corp. In my eyes that is crime. Doesn't America want to step away from corporate leaders?!

    December 6, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  166. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    A better question Jack is which of the Republicans is worth voting for, you have dumbie, dumber, dumber, dumber, dumber and dumber running on the Republican ticket

    December 6, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  167. the truth

    Maybe you should look at the polls Ron Paul is in Second and Third in Iowa and New Hampshire. Why should he drop out but Romney stay in??? Will some news organization please cover the fact that Ron Paul has not remained steady and has not skyrocketed to the top for his 15 minutes, but rather has been building and building along the way. He is the only conservative running for the GOP nomination. Ron Paul 2012 (even if I have to write it in).

    December 6, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  168. John

    The GOP field of candidates is a massive FAIL. It doesn't matter which of the remaining drop out. They represent the 1%. Their party has penalized enough of the American public that none of them will be elected. The remaining 99% will ensure it.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  169. TinMT

    Everyone but Huntsman should step aside. He is the most rational, issues-focused candidate in the GOP. Ron Paul's appeal is limited to the stoners who just buy in to his legalizing drug schtick. They don't look past it to see his stance on foriegn policy, religion in government, and government interference with women's reproductive rights. Some Libertarian!

    December 6, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  170. Mark in Minnesota

    Most will probably drop-out, except for Bachmann - she is too full of herself, with visions of grandeur and self-importance (kinda like Sarah Palin). However, unlike Palin, Bachmann is smart enough to know that she doesn't have a chance to be the Republican nominee. She's going to hang-around, hoping to be asked to be the VP running-mate of the eventual nominee. Let's just hope the Republican nominee isn't dumb-enough to pull another John McCain stunt.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  171. Jim, Denver CO

    Jack,
    All of them should drop out, except John Huntsman. He is the only real moderate (and sane) Republican in the bunch. The rest of them are owned by some right wing group.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  172. Uncle Sam

    If I could choose one it'd be Newt (although they'll probably find a way to demote his frontrunner status like they did to Bachmann, Perry, Romney and Cain) so that our homeboy Ron Paul can shed some light on this nation. But, in all honesty, if the least qualified candidate had to leave now it'd be Rick Perry (OK maybe he may be slightly more qualified than a few of the others, but he's an absolute MORON question dodger). – East Rutheford, New Jersey

    December 6, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  173. Don McCarthy

    Everyone but Ron Paul. Clearly, the media is afraid of mentioning his name. How many Straw Polls has this man won? If people really want "Change You can Believe In", Vote Ron Paul!!

    December 6, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  174. Mike in Pekin

    Everyone byt Newt and Mitt may as well cash it in now. Mitt will be the VP candidate, unless he manages a turnaround as the primaries progress, because of his superior fundraising mechanism. He is also more attractive to independents and moderate democrats than any of the other conadidates. He would help Gingrich capture the center, which is absolutely critical to win the election. Any party line sychophant can capture their parties nomination – it is the General Election, where you have to reach outside the core of your party, where elections are won or lost.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  175. stvnkrs10

    I say we take a throw back from the old Richard Pryor movie and vote "NONE OF THE ABOVE!!!!!!!"

    December 6, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  176. the_dude

    Obama should drop out and do us all a favor.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  177. Ronald

    Jack, in general all the GOP/Tea Party candidates are lacking in ideas, solutions and substance. They are too committed to getting ideology to actually do anything useful for the country. Hanging on to the same policies that got us into this mess is all they seem to have in their bag of tricks. I guess I'm saying that they all should quit.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  178. John N. Seattle, WA

    Here's a radical idea...they ALL should go! None of them has what it takes to actually BE President of the United States of America, and most have VERY dangerous ideas about what direction our country should head in. Lets try again in four years when they actually have candidates that reflect the MODERATE conservative views of our Nation!

    December 6, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  179. Jim, Santa Barbara, CA

    Perry has proven that he is not qualified to be the POTUS, so despite his war chest, he should do the right thing and go back to cutting his "pay to play" deals in Texas.

    Bachman has shown to be too narrow in her beliefs, not close enough to the center. She should go back to her husband's anti-gay clinic in Minn.

    Paul has remained true to his beliefs, but his ideas range from interesting to outrageous. He wouldn't have a prayer in the General election, but he should stay in, if only to keep the other candidates honest.

    Santorum is like a fly in the ointment. He has some good ideas but his temperament is too immature for the job. He is still young, and has plenty of time to hone his political skills. He should bow out and go home for Xmas.

    I would like to see meaningful (not some travesty moderated by D. Trump, who will insist on promoting his self-importance at every turn) discussion between serious candidates. With Paul, Gingrich, Romney, and Huntsman, we might actually turn what has been a circus side-show, into a legitimate discourse over the future direction of our nation. We are way passed due.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  180. Fritzi Katz

    Santorum must go next... ideally go to Iran. He is a dangerous religious fundamentalist misogynist – dangerous because he both charms and enslaves women into second class subservience. He, like Rick Perry, thinks he can tell if a suspect is guilty and/or deserves execution commutation by whether he or she uses obscenity. Both Ricks promise as President to make Christianity the favored national religion, ban abortion, fire/prosecute gays, shutter Planned Parenthood clinics, and ban lifesaving stem cell research. Will witch burning follow apace?

    December 6, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  181. Rob in Kauai

    Donald Trump should drop out next. I mean really drop out and stop making this into one of his entertainment gigs.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  182. Irma of New Mexico

    Drop Bachman, Perry, Santorum, Newt & Romney....they want to play the TRUMP card.......that's their loss. Ron Paul and Huntsman should be the only ones running who have the intelligence and guts to stand on their own two feet and they don't need TRUMP's manipulating nor mentality. Bachman just seems to need TRUMP's advice too much especially since she has been there 4.....seriously four........I mean 4 times !!! What would she do if she became President......run to TRUMP....heaven forbid!

    December 6, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  183. Rajiv Shaw

    All of them. Send in Joe the plumber.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  184. joe

    Let them all stay in and continue to attack each other. It's a great show and the American people need to know just what lunatics the Republicans are.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  185. Katy Heys

    All of them. Because none of them can beat Obama. If Obama is beaten, then it will be by the economy. Then it doesn't really matter, any of the idiots the GOP is running this time will finish the job GWB started. Beginning with war in Iran.

    Katy, Tampa FL

    December 6, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  186. ja

    the entire group shoukld sit down, for once in american history, america turly stan united behind one president, obama, sounds novel, but look at the riches wasted by each, cain was even authorized secret service protection, until his demize

    December 6, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  187. Isaac

    They couldn't support a man that ONLY had one affair, so they went with the guy that's had 2 of them.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  188. Coflyboy

    None of them! Along with MAD magazine the GOP has been the main source of hysterical laughs for quite a while now.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  189. Scott peek

    Any candidate that wins Donald Trump's endorsement has my blessing to resign... "The Donald" has misinformed and dumbed down an entire electorate in order for us all to believe he is a true player in this election. Real issues/problems need to be addressed by authentic, solutions oriented candidates, not one beholden to a reality star sideshow.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  190. Will

    They might as well all quit and go home. The tea partiers have killed the republican party and doomed us all to another four years of Obama.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  191. Antonio666

    The only person in the GOP who has the stature to be a serious presidential candidate is Huntsman. With the exception of Romney, the others are all bad jokes. And Romney has turned into a Tea party prostitute.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  192. Arnie

    How about all of them? Well, except for Huntsman. I think he should stay in then I think we will have a nice serious debate on the issues. Other than that I will stick with the current President.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  193. swin5

    Let's see – Mitt lost to McCain who lost to Obama in 2008. And now you want to run Mitt again? Sounds like running Adlai Stevenson in 1956 against Eisenhower after he had already lost to Ike in 1952.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  194. Redseca2 in San francisco

    i want them all to stay in until "Walking Dead" comes back with a new season next spring. Otherwise there is nothing creepy to watch on TV Sunday nights.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  195. Dave, Cedar Rapids

    The God-Whisperers, Bachman, Santorum and Perry. They haven't got a prayer. Even God has a sense of humor.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  196. Walter Shmitt

    They all need to stay. This is entertainment at it's finest!

    December 6, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  197. ditty1991

    if ron paul does not win the gop loses. Ron paul supporters dont vote for status quo candidates.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  198. Joe

    Does it really matter? Find a drunk on the street to run against Obama and I promise the drunk will be more qualified. Obama is a complete failure.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  199. Marge

    Let's see McConnell, Boehner, Cantor, Kyl, Ryan, Walker, Scott, Kasich, and just about every other stinking republican out there. Then boy you could feel the fresh air blowing thru this country.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  200. notogop

    None of them should drop out. Too much comedic value here. Romney flip-flops more than a fish on land. Gingrich will be great entertainment explaining away his extramarital activity and thinking he is safe from exposure of House Ethics Committee findings. Paul is like an ignored step-child trying to get attention. Bachmann never has anything intelligent to say, but is always inflammatory. We just need Trump and Palin to get back in to really liven up things. These Teapublicans are great.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  201. Ron (Denver)

    All those that have been elected to an office at any level or been appointed to an office at any level! Instead of electing id10ts that cause problems like we have by caving in to special interestes, we need to rotate each one out after one term. Since these jokers have been around before, they don't deserve consideration.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  202. Mark LaNore

    All but Gingrich and Paul. Then if nothing else, the Republican ticket could very well be just those two. Gingrich has the foreign policy knowledge and Paul has the economic knowledge to make a good team.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  203. Bookenz

    They should all drop out.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  204. Kevin O.

    All but Romney, Huntsman and Paul should go.

    Perry – a GW re-run
    Bachmann – an all talk no show (in reality)
    Gingrich – Um he's kinda gross.
    Santorum – complains too much

    December 6, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  205. Rob J

    Let's see. The debates are now a reality show circus thanks to our media, so I guess our choices should be based on best hair cut. With this as our guide Huntsman is the nominee. Sorry Michele that 'Do just Don't

    December 6, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  206. The Left Wing - Huntington, WV

    The real problem is that many of them should never have run in the first place. Some were or almost were in it for personal gain outside of the political arena (Palin, Trump, Cain and Gingrich). Some of them don't have the ability to be a good President (Palin, Trump, Cain, Perry, Bachmann, Santorum). Romney seems to be in it for his political ego; he'd sure like to be president but is willing govern in anyway to get the chance. These people started without the ability or proper motivation and should never have run.

    That leaves Paul, and Huntsman. Paul has firm beliefs some of which are attractive to both the left and right (although it is not the same ones for each group), and some that each group detests. He should state his case and let the voters judge. Huntsman could probably do well in a general election, but is not conservative enough for the modern Republicans. He deserves a shot, but it is fairly clear what the Republican primary voters will do.

    Gingrich, I think ran to enhance his career as a lobbyist and paid public speaker. He is probably as surprised as anyone that he now leads. Unlike the others in the I'm in it to support my non-political career group, he probably has the desire and ability to capitalize when serendipity knocked although he will have to play catch-up in building an organization that he probably thought he'd never need. In addition, having a shot will further inflate his huge ego.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  207. Roy Pipes

    It's more than time for Governer Good Hair Perry to drop out. I'm tired of answering the question; Did you vote for him? Better to keep ones mouth closed and be thought a fool, than to open it and confirm it.

    Marble Falls, TX

    December 6, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  208. Kevin - Veteran in Illinois

    Let's see; Newt Lamegrich, Rick Scary, Mitt Slomney and Ron Small should all drop out. Michele Bachmann is looking more and more like the most sane Republican Candidate; which I believe is a Ancient Mayan sign for the End of Days (12/21/12).

    December 6, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  209. Rbnlegnd101

    So, Newt picked up the womanizer vote? Cain dropped out because of his hostory of woman problems, and it strikes me as odd that his support went to a guy with a long history of woman problems. If Newt gets the nominations, I bet we see the president doing a cover version of 99 problems.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  210. JonDie

    All the choices on the Republican side are about as good as the choices that Iranians or Afghanis have.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  211. Mark from New Jersey

    They should all drop out after they convince all the Tea Party recent electees to go with them. It will save the agravation of having to spend the time and money of voting them out. Huntsman can stay in. I wonder what his views really are when he doesn't have to pander to the crazies, and Obama does have to have someone to beat next year.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  212. Rayetta Croft

    The only one who has any business running for President is Ron Paul, and to a small degree Jon Huntsman. Too bad the Republicans don't have the sense to elect them.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  213. common sense

    It's still happening? I'm reading these comments and there are STILL people out there that would actually consider voting for Newt or Romney? What a sad, sad time for America. Ignorance has infected this country.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  214. Curtis in Philadelphia

    Another way to phrase this question: who should have never run in the first place and that list would include: Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman. Hell Jack, Santorum couldn't win his Senate seat back, let alone the White House, this field is a joke.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  215. StevensB

    I don't think it really matters who drops out next , or who should ....... It has all become like some kind of surrealistic kabuki theater , who knows what lurks behind the make up and stage sets ????? Oh for a true and wise candidate that could wear Eisenhowers shoes !!!!
    Steve , Santa Fe , New Mexico

    December 6, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  216. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    A better question is who is worthy of remaining? Can't think of one in the current crop.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  217. Jonathen

    All of them should go.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  218. brian from portland

    santorum, bachman, perry

    December 6, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  219. Art Herman

    All of them!

    Clearly this slate of candidates is about as embarrassing for the Republican Brand as can be.

    Well it looks like they are waiting for The Donald to tell them.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  220. BillW

    All of them should drop out. They are all a bunch of Scrooges........

    December 6, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  221. Brad

    How about all of them? Maybe if they start with a clean slate we can get at least one decent candidate out of the bunch.. maybe..

    December 6, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  222. Donn Kasper

    I don't quite understand the process. If the "polls" dictate who is leading, and the "leaders" get the majority of speaking time during the debates, how are we as voters to know just exactly what the views and policies are of those not deemed to be the front runners? I know plenty about Gingrich but very little about Huntsman and Santorum. And Bachman gets more press coverage than Paul, but has consistently been behind him in the polls. The next one to drop out of this race will probably be me.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  223. Michael in Albuquerque, NM

    Everybody but Huntsman, Ron Paul and Gary Johnson.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  224. jimmy in greenville nc

    Jack, I'm not quite sure who is in the race. Doesn't appear to be much excitement among the party faithful.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  225. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    As many as it takes to screw in the light bulbs at the RNC, by the way Jack, how many Republican nominees does it take to screw in that light bulb?

    December 6, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  226. Ryan

    Santorum, Bachman and Perry should go. That will give time for more people to wake up to Ron Paul – the only real conservative running.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  227. Willow

    The should all drop out except Huntsman.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  228. Sandstone.

    "Dial 999 for help, Obama is also wrong. Let those than can buy the goods and move the market on. Buy what the rich throw away in thrift stores, and help recycle things along, but do not waste good monies on such as me. We do ok, and ask for so little in return; but good government!"

    December 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  229. Tommy

    If you believe in honesty and integrity then all of them should go with the exception of Ron Paul.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  230. Susan from Idaho

    Question is, whom should the GOP bring in? Their runners so far are a company fouls.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  231. Willow

    They should all drop out except Huntsman.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  232. john

    Easy... Them all! When you have Michelle Bachmann standing up in front a University crowd telling them Creationism should be taught instead of Biological Science, and none of the other candidates called her out after, then its time for them ALL to quit. This is 2011, not 1411.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  233. Sheila in Virginia

    Hmmm! Well, I am for Obama at the top of the list to drop out even though he is not a Republican!

    December 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  234. Mike in Minneapolis

    The Republican candidates.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  235. BillW

    Wait a second, I think that after all the rest quit, then Cain should redeclare.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  236. Liam

    Gin-glitch the grinch.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  237. Dan from Palm Coast, Florida

    Jack,

    The national polls mean nothing. I believe that the media, generally speaking, influences national polls. The coverage that Trump, Bachmann, Perry, Cain, and Gingrich in that order was extensive the week before they shot up the polls. I also believe there are many closet Ron Paul supporters who love him but don't think he can win, and if he wins Iowa, the game changes.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  238. Jim

    Who should drop out ? ALL OF THEM and the sooner the better !!

    December 6, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  239. florian

    Everyone Jack!!! The GOP field is a joke!!! It would be a dark day for America if any of them becomes president!!!

    December 6, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  240. Andrew NC

    I think Sarah Pal....I mean Michelle Bachman should call it quits. How can she be serious about continuing her campaign at a steady 1% support.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  241. Peter

    Rick Santorum has not been in the race. Ever. I choose him.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  242. Doug

    I don't care who goes next but I surely hope Bachmann stays because she adds a lot of entertainment value to this election. First is the vaccine that makes you stupid. then it's the $2/gallon gas etc.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  243. Kielbasa Kid

    Gov Christie where are you?? Late in getting here means less time for the rest to dig into your past. So can blow it by us too on such short notice. Just Neuter Newt, Bury Perry on the Prairie and put mittens on the Waffle House guy.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  244. Conner Ingram

    Bachman and Santorum should both go. I would include Perry if it weren't for his cash reserve. Huntsman is kind of a toss up, as its obvious his funds are low. However the fact that he is getting a second look from many well regarded conservative ideologues and the very real chance that Newt could implode any second means that he should stick around for the long shot.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  245. Rob

    Everyone but Ron Paul should drop out as everyone else is a big spending democrat. Might as well vote for Obama at that point. Ron Paul 2012

    December 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  246. Kelly

    Maybe President Obama should drop out next...

    December 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  247. Thomas M. of Wisconsin

    Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney.
    They are both examples of what is wrong in Washington today. If they aren't lying to us, they are claiming to support one side, when its really the other.
    Ron Paul is the only one running who has stated the same views for 30 years, which I find very significant being as I'm only 19.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  248. Rob in PBG, FL

    Every one of them should drop out, except that drunk, illiterate Brazilian clown that won a congressional seat last year in Sao Paulo Brazil. He appears to be the only one qualified to lead this nation.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  249. Andrew

    All of them dropping out would raise a collective and enthusiastic toast of national joy.
    Andrew in Clearwater, Florida

    December 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  250. Flyingwolf from Manchester, NH

    All of them. Newt can stay - but that's because nobody will ever elect an amphibian for President.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  251. Courtenay

    Santorum. Santorum. Santorum.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  252. Dorian

    It's funny that the top three for the GOP believe in sleeping with other women and that it's okay. Whether it's under the guise of religion or personal reasons, it does not represent what America should expect from their leader.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  253. Jerome Golden

    Huntsman and Bachmann need to go. If you really want to know though, all of them need to go except for Romney and Santorum.

    Louisville Colorado

    December 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  254. Sue, Vienna, VA

    Too easy of a question. Answer – EVERY LAST ONE OF THEM! What a ship of fools! Wipe the slate clean and start fresh!

    December 6, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  255. Scott Stodden

    Well Jack To Answer Your Question From Last Hour I Say Donald Trump's Endorsement Doesn't Mean Squat To Me And It Shouldn't To Any Republican Candidate Running For President! Now, To Answer The Question For This Hour Jack I Say That Rick Santorum, Michele Bachman & Jon Huntsman Should All Drop Out Now Simply Just Cuz They Are In Single Digits And Are Not Moving Up AnyTime Soon But Rick Perry & Ron Paul I Still Think Have A Shot In This Thing, I Think Maybe After Florida If Nothing Happens For Ron Paul & Rick Perry Then That's When They Should Drop Out Cuz In The End We All Know This Thing Is Going To Come Down To Mitt Romney And Newt Gingrich!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    December 6, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  256. David from Nor Cal

    Well, the only real reason for Bachmann to stay in the race at this point is a potential future book deal describing whatever insperation entered her crazy head that lead her to say the most outlandish things with no merit whatsoever. Perry seems to be providing comedy relief as candadite Bush 2.0 . It really makes no difference because none of these candidates has a chance at beating Obama in 2012, and from what I've seen thus far, I'm quite glad of that.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  257. Sam in MA

    All of them. Maybe then republicans will scratch their heads and nominate somebody who can lead the nation, not only the narrow tea party agenda.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  258. VLAD

    all of them have to GO, sonner better except two front runners ROMNEY and GINGRICH

    December 6, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  259. Rags

    Huntsman is the only hat should prevail. All other should just leave.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  260. Tmac

    Obama needs to go. TR didn't win the presidency back either. We CANNOT survive on 4 more with Obama!
    In order Paul, Bachman, Newt, Romney, Huntsman. Perry has the best shot.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  261. Damon

    Jack, With the GOP calling itself the Moral, and Family Values party I cannot see how any true Republican could vote for Gingrich, Romney is more liberal then Obama, Perry has shown he is not ready for this job, Bachman, Huntsman, and Santorum all have almost no support. It is only Ron Paul that should be left. He has consistently polled over Obama and is the Republicans last chance to show they are the conservative party.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  262. josh

    Michele Bachman will bow out after she accuses Herman Cain of sexually harassing her.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  263. Matt in Kentucky

    I believe Santorum, Perry, Huntsman, Bachman, Gingrich, and Romney in that order. The only logical choice for restoring traditional family values, liberty, and honor to the Presidency of the United States is Ron Paul. No skeletons, no dirt, just plain, simple, and honest truth. Not to mention, Dr. Paul is the only candidate that is polling close enough to Obama to remove him from office.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  264. Teresa, Alaska

    This is easy. Bachmann needs to go. She has no chance at all to win this so why is she even in the race? Glad Cain dropped out. It is obvious why he dropped out as well.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  265. Billy Singleton

    Bachmann, Santorum, Perry, and Huntsman should drop out. Ron Paul should be nominated, and Obama will lose, as Mr. Paul actually offers a contrast. Obama versus Romney will be a plain Democrat versus Republican contest, with many independents looking at third parties or staying home, as with McCain, an Obama win. A Newt nomination would look more like sabotage, as he's probably the only candidate of the field that would have people coming out to vote -against- him, not just -for- Obama, another Obama win with the extra effect of further weakening what it even means to call yourself a Republican anymore.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  266. marc

    Santorum,Gingrich,Perry,Romney,How come Bachman isnt getting any air time when she gets time she seems to be the only one who actually address the issues Give her a chance, I think she is the only one wiho would be able to debate Obama

    December 6, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  267. koolaid4all

    obama...no seriously...obama

    December 6, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  268. Gary Hatchet

    They are all fantastic and should stay in the race; none of them will be able to beat our President, which is perfect.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  269. Kathleen Peterson

    Kathy in Norwich Vermont

    Jack,

    All of them should stay in. They are providing jobs for a lot of people in the campaigns. If they don't run, joblessness will rise.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  270. john

    I would say sarha palin twin sister michele bachmann!!

    December 6, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  271. VLAD

    They should all drop out. Not a single one of them is worthy of the whitehouse, maybe Romney thats all really!!!

    December 6, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  272. Betty from Iowa

    What I have heard from all of them-they all should GOOOOOO!

    December 6, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  273. amwa

    Santorum, Bachman and Perry should all graciously step down, Huntsman is the only one that could come close to qualifying out of that bunch.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  274. Ron from Florida

    Obama should bow out now. If he doesn't, the GOP will definitely control the House, Senate and the Presidency.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  275. Jack C. Cupertino CA.

    Good question Jack. I think Gingrich Romney and Perry should drop out of the race, but only.......only if they are replaced by Larry, Curly, & Moe. That way the I.Q.s would be very close.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  276. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    I don't want to call any names but the Man that committed infidelity during his multiple marriages and had the audacity to spearhead a robust effort to impeach a setting U. S President for committing infidelity and lying about it. This person has no moral standings when it comes to character and is the epitome of hypocrisy. This country has better men to serve as the leader of the great country and leader of the free world.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  277. Dan from Palm Coast, Florida

    Jack,

    I think the race is between Paul, Gingrich and Romney. At this point of the campaign with a settled field, there should be a rule where you have to be polling at above 5% nationally to participate in the debates. I can't wait until January 3rd, 2012, when Paul shocks the world and wins the Iowa caucuses.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  278. David P Vernon

    As a Democrat, I would just as soon they all dropped out. However, there have as yet been no votes taken, and polls don't actually count, so the correct answer is nobody who has any support now should drop out until they lose a caucus or primary by so many votes that it is clearly hopeless to continue. Cain did not drop our because of the polls, but because of the scandal. If "dumbness" was a reason to drop out, then all the Tea Party favorites should drop out – Bachmann, Santorum and Perry. Huntsman is the only one running who is not wholly committed to some totally wrong idea and he is dead last in the standings. There cannot be enough people stupid enough to vote for these doctrinaire bozos for one of them to win in November, but you never know...

    December 6, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  279. Phillip E

    all of them, they don't have a chance against Obama

    December 6, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  280. Eric in San Antonio

    Gingrich simply can't be the nominee, that would be political suicide for the republicans. I see Gingrich's support collapsing soon just like the others before him and i see those people flocking to Huntsman. He has the best chance of gaining independent and democratic support which is needed to beat obama in the general and he's not Romney.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  281. 2-Ray

    Rick Perry, should drop out because he was flavor of the month and self destruct at debates with his poor debate skills and his popular OOPS moment and Michele Bachmann, Should have done so months ago, she only talks about Obamcare.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  282. Arnel of NY

    Please, not Michelle Bachmann. The world needs more comic material.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  283. david

    dave from mi. mitt reminds me of a fish that jumps out of his tank and is flip flopping all over the floor. newt reminds me of 4 days after thanksgiving you are still eating left over turkey and its still old turkey its just been cooked differently. i think they should all drop out and the republicans should just start over with all new faces. it couldn't be any worse than this sorry looking field of presidentual hopefuls they have now!

    December 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  284. Bob Ames

    "Now that Herman Cain is out of the race, who else should drop out?"
    All of them. In a country size there ahs to be someone better!

    December 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  285. ELR

    I would love to vote for Jon Huntsman. He may be a little boring, but I would so take sane, intelligent, direct, and boring over less-than sane, less-than intelligent, morally challenged, and exciting any day.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  286. Frank

    I think all of them clowns should dropout they all represent the do nothing congress and the 1% who don't want to help our country but only want to defeat Pres.Obama!They should have took to heart that speak Obama did today then maybe just maybe God would have mercy and not beat the hell out of them with their own ignorance and words!

    December 6, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  287. Curt from Cleveland

    Who else should drop out of the Republican primary? Jack, that question is way too easy. There are so many good choices and so many good reasons for those choices.

    A better question would have been: Who should remain in the Republican primary? It's a much more difficult question, with no obvious answers. Trying to justify choosing anyone to remain in the primary would have challenged us to scrutinize the candidates closely to determine whether any of them are truly worthy of the nomination to contend for the most important position in the world.

    My answer to this latter question: Jon Huntsman. Unfortunately, he's been afforded little opportunity to participate in the debates. From what little I've learned about him, he seems intelligent, principled, and disinclined to pander to the far right fringe of the party. Of all who remain, he alone appears to have at least the potential to be a good candidate.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  288. Kathleen Peterson

    Kathy in Norwich, Vermont

    I agree with Mike -

    Doesn't matter. The GOP is DOA this election. Romney and Huntsman are the only candidates who could possibly garner mainstream support in a race against Obama, but the tea party contingent (who cannot stomach even a whiff of rational moderate tendencies) and traditionalist WASPs (who won't vote for Mormons) will make sure neither gets the nomination. That leaves Gingrich, who would be the least palatable Presidential candidate since Bob Dole.

    This is a complete trainwreck, and I am shocked that the moderate wing of the GOP hasn't thrown a fit. It's like watching a football player run the wrong way down the field, and nobody is yelling at him to stop..

    December 6, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  289. RichardJW

    Let's start with all of the candidates who have made appearances with Donald Trump. They have already demonstrated that they lack the common sense of a garden slug.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  290. Nancy

    They should all drop out, sign up for the Celebrity Apprentice lead by Donald Trump. The Don could film all the reality of politics. It is all just as ridiculus as reality TV anyway.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  291. LA Belle

    All of them.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  292. Rick- Atlanta

    They all shoud drop out on the grounds of mis-representation. They're running for President of the Corporate and Wealthy Associations of America... Not President of the United States of America.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  293. Michael Girsback

    Bachman, Santorum, Perry & Huntsman should cut their losses by dropping out now. Romney has been steady and Newt is currently the flavor of the month. But Ron Paul is not dropping out anytime soon...his loyal supporters, both civilian and military, will continue their grassroots moneybombs. Ultimately, it will be Paul & either Romney or Newt in the final stretch for the Republican nomination!

    December 6, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  294. Lee Thain Archer

    I think that all of them should drop out except Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, & Mitt Romney. Although Newt is on top of the polls, it will be obvious that Obama will beat him in a general election. As a Democrat, this pleases me. It also pleases me to know that Republicans will pick someone that has a conservative backbone rather than pick someone who they feel will beat the president and not being satisfied with their choice.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  295. Calunda

    Hopefully, the last to go, will be the next to go!

    December 6, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  296. Jerome Golden Louisville Colorado

    They all need to go except for Romney and Santorum. Yes, Santorum has far right values but if he can get his way on social issues via a constitutional amendment then good for him. Ron Paul is a cartoon character, Bachmann would round up Mexican families in a paddy wagon, Gingrich is a lying creep, Perry has Alzheimers and Huntsman is the dork of the century (for heaven's sake!)

    December 6, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  297. Eric Hatch (Loveland OH)

    All of them - none is truly qualified to be President. From a Democratic point of view, Romney's probably the hardest to beat, but Gingrich is the most dangerous because he's the smartest and most articulate. So as a Democrat, I want Newt out of there. As a Republican, I'd urge Ms. Bachmann to vanish. Exhe's about as significant as a water flea on a whale in any case, so she'd not be missed.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  298. Peggy Howard

    Bachman will never win, she is a woman. Huntsman an unknown, Perry who just seems weak, Santorium good guy,
    but can't get recognized. Paul, Gingrich and Romney should fight it out to the end!
    Great show! Watch it every night.
    Peggy from Wyoming

    December 6, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  299. Gail, Plano TX.

    All of them! They are a pathetic, impotent, group. And not 1 of them has the slightest chance to beat President Obama. That is why the field is so weak. So let the clown show continue!

    December 6, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  300. Rudy Padgett

    All should drop out except Ron Paul. None of the rest are even close to being considered good President candidates.
    Roanoke, Va

    December 6, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  301. Fred in GA

    Obama should drop out and not seek re-election.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  302. Michael Girsback

    Bachman, Santorum, Perry & Huntsman should cut their losses by dropping out now. Romney has remained steady and Newt is currently the flavor of the month. But Ron Paul is not dropping out anytime soon...his loyal supporters, both civilian and military, will continue funding the Paul campaign through their grassroots moneybombs. Ultimately, it's going to be Paul & either Romney or Newt in the final stretch for the Republican nomination!

    December 6, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  303. Robert Potocki

    It is the time for serious debate, and the non-viable candidates such as Perry, Bachman, Paul and Santorum serve only as a distraction. Like Cain, their continued presence serves only their personnel interests. Each will in the end write a book and some may dream of Palin like riches and a gig with FOX. Huntsman needs to remain. If the two front runners implode which is a distinct possibility, Republicans may come to their senses notice that the best man was at the back of the pack.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  304. Ron from Florida

    The only candidate that needs to drop out is Obama. He'll destroy the Democrat Party if he runs again and in the process turn over the House, Senate, Presidency, and the Supreme Court over to the radical right.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  305. Dana K.

    M. Bachmann, should be the next to kick rocks. It is plain to see that nobody, nobody not even her tea party crowd is looking at her. She is truly awful, she is a lair, and she wants to be MORE than she really really is. For one thing she just can't say enough about Pres. Obama. She has to mention his name every time she is in front of a camera. I wonder if she dreams about him as much as she talks about him. Watch the next debate, and you be the judge. I'm sure she will be there talking about Obama.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  306. Tim Cantrell

    Romney should drop out! Where do you get your polls from anyway? The Iowa polls I have seen have Ron Paul polling higher or within the margin f error from beating him. As a matter of fact a recent poll shows RP as the ONLY republican that beats Obama. Bachman and Perry should bow out now since their 'flavors of the week' are obviously gone. I'd like to see more attention to Huntsman because he seems pretty sane, but to be honest I think America is waking up to Ron Paul. Consistent voting for 20+ years. Even Romney follows his lead. He dropped out of the Trump debate didn't he?

    December 6, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  307. RichardJW

    Can we just fold this hand and ask for a re-deal?

    December 6, 2011 at 5:42 pm |