June 13th, 2011
04:39 PM ET

What do you want to hear from Republicans at tonight’s presidential debate?


The hall at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire is nearly ready for the first CNN Republican Debate. (PHOTO CREDIT: Bryan Monroe/CNN)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

We're about 17 months away from the 2012 presidential election. A handful of Republican hopefuls have already declared they will challenge President Obama, a few others have indicated they will do so in the coming weeks.

If unemployment doesn't come down and people don't start to feel more optimistic about their future, the GOP's biggest challenge will be to avoid snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

Tonight seven Republican presidential hopefuls will debate in New Hampshire, live on CNN starting at eight o'clock. We're likely to hear a lot about the sad state of the economy, how President Obama has failed at job creation, why this country is so deep in debt, and how each of these men and women think they can change things. There will be promises of no new taxes, and steep cuts to government spending. Mitt Romney, who has emerged as the early frontrunner in the field, will have to defend attacks over the universal health care law passed in Massachusetts when he was governor. And Newt Gingrich will try to convince voters he's serious about running after most of his staff abruptly quit late last week.

This is just the second in a series of debates scheduled for Republican hopefuls. The characters will likely change over the months - Jon Huntsman, Sarah Palin, Rudy Giuliani and Rick Perry are all possible additions in the coming weeks. The issues, however, are likely to remain pretty much the same.

Here’s my question to you: What do you want to hear from Republicans at tonight's presidential debate?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Abby in Texas:
Clear, rational, thoughtful, intelligent, common sense, and compassionate solutions to America's problems without the Bible-thumping, self-serving, righteous right wing rhetoric. Something more than big government bad, small government good. I really doubt we'll hear anything close to that.

David in Alexandria, Virginia:
In a word, Jack: Moderation. In a couple more words: Positive vision for the future and a plausible path to get there. I'm so tired of the left 15% of the country and the right 15% of the country firing ideological artillery shells at each other over our heads.

Kevin in California:
Their plan to return the wealth of the middle class back to the middle class from the upper one percent. Their plan to increase exports. How their Christian family values square with eliminating Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

Claudia in Houston:
I'd like to hear what jobs were created by extending the Bush era tax cuts for another two years before they start debating about what jobs Obama hasn't created.

Chris in New Jersey:
I want to hear their plans to really change the structure of our government. Particularly, Ron Paul needs to get vocal about the fair tax and abolition of the IRS. The biggest thing the GOP needs is someone who can explain the original intent of the Founding Fathers and how this country was run for 200 years when the federal government was extremely limited in size and most of the governing was done at the state level.

I would like for each candidate to be asked what sources their contributions come from. Are they financed by corporate and special interests or by private donations?

Greg in Arkansas:
Less criticism. Fewer slogans. A couple of new, practical ideas, preferably with some details, to fix the problems in our country that will benefit all of the American people, not just the voters that they agree with.

Stacy in St. Augustine, Florida:
This cast of clowns is the best that we can do. We apologize America. Check back in 2016.

Filed under: 2012 Election • GOP • GOP Ticket • Republican Party
soundoff (204 Responses)
  1. Russ in PA

    I want to hear them tell us how they will get us out of all of the wars. And how they will return us to a free market system. And how they will end the welfare/warfare state. And how they will end the Patriot Act. And how they will put a stop to bail outs and hand outs.

    In short, I believe Ron Paul will be the only one to fit that bill...

    June 13, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  2. Chicago Jim

    "Lets all quit the GOP and start our own political party"

    June 13, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  3. Ed

    St George UTAH

    1/ How are they going to fix jobs?
    2/ How are they going to fix the deficit?
    3/ How are they going to fix the economy?

    Only one way fix jobs! Everything else fixes itself providing we do not spend to much.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  4. Tony Hunter

    Jack, I want to hear... "We apologize profusely for the unprecedented mockery we have made of our positions and our constant demeaning of the U.S. Constitution. In light of our continued failures and inability to serve the American people in any kind of beneficial way, we all humbly resign our current positions, and urge ALL of Washington, including the office of the President to follow our lead, so that the American people can start from scratch and choose a truly representative government. God bless America!"

    June 13, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  5. Tony Hunter

    Oh, I'm from Indianapolis, IN. 🙂

    June 13, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  6. Larry Feierstein-Denver

    First request "SOunds of Silence". Too much verbage and not enough substance. They all talk a good game against the current administration, but bring something REAL to the table, go out on a limb.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  7. Mike

    The GOP has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to realign themselves with traditional conservative foreign policy values (i.e. non-interventionist) thereby achieving their goal of restraining runaway government spending with an even hand, dismantling both the Warfare and Welfare Nanny-State.

    i.e. End the wars. Declare victory tomorrow and begin to bring home forces from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and Libya. Stop subsidizing Europe's defense and leave obsolete NATO. Focus spending on actual National Defense.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
  8. Wolowitz

    I'd like to know why they think ancient ghost stories of gods, angels, fairies and the Bogeyman are literally true, while simultaneously thinking that provable, observable, measurable science and math are false.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  9. MNResident

    I want to hear a couple of these candidates anounce they are quiting the race. The Republicans need to stop fighting each other and winnow this field down fast so they can concentrate on beating President Obama and ending this long national nightmare.....

    June 13, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  10. Bruce

    Jack, I would like to see them discuss the economy, the mishandling of America by Pres. Obama, and the fact that they all have to have unity to prevent socialism from turning America into another Europe.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  11. Charles, Lansing, Michigan

    The truth. Giving tax breaks to the rich during the Bush administration wreeked havoc on the ecnomy. However, they continue to condem Obama for wanting to invest in infrastructure, which would put people to work. I want to hear decent alternatives or they should hold their respective tongues.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  12. Willda Ritter, Arvada, CO

    Unfortunately, there isn't any of the candidates that fill the bill to replace Obama. Jeb Bush might be able to save the Country from Obamagate, but so far, none of the Republican candidates really stand out. And what is needed is a landslide.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  13. Nina Phillips

    Technology has made millions of workers obsolete. Many are over 40 and even with all the retraining in the world, these people will never make as much money as they once did. I would like to see this issue addressed honestly and realistically.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  14. Mark in Oklahoma City

    Someone BRAVE enough to actually TELL the viewers the laundry list of PROMISES that Candidate Obama made to the American people in 2008 and then have the guts to say that not ONE of them has been kept. That's all anyone needs to hear.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  15. Jim


    I want to hear them explain how they will continue to sell the notion that tax cuts and entitlements for wealthy persons and mega-corporations should be financed by trashing Social Security, Medicare, and other programs designed to assist the bottom 98%.

    Reno, Nevada

    June 13, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  16. Conor in Chicago

    Anything that doesn't need an obsession with Ayn Rand as a pre-requisite for it making sense to you.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  17. John from Alabama

    Jack: I want to hear solutions and not bashing Obama. I would like to hear a republican talk about fixing social security, but I do not believe I will hear it. I do not want to hear about Paul Ryans fix for medicare, but rather a solution that is more favorable for those of us over 55 years of age. When I hear, "all you folks over 55 want have worry about changes in medicare" it means several things to me. One, everybody under 55 is about to be screwed, and two, it is not a solution. The Republicans want the middle income group to be smaller and the lower income group to be larger. If your not part of the solution your part of the problem. I hear no solutions from the republicans.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  18. Bill Weber

    Genuine ideas, more ideas and even more ideas on how (if elected), a candidate is going to get us out of this mess we're in. No name bashing, no putting the blame on others, no excuses and most of all don't make yourself to be something that your're not.
    We, (the voting public) are tired of the same old and tired lines put out by politicians who really want only one thing-to be elected. I can tolerate wanting to be elected but be honest in what you say and what you mean.
    i (we) want to be able to believe in our electoral system which is supposed to bring forth the best of those who want to lead this country.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  19. Ken Hall

    An honest discussion about the impossibility of the capacity of the USA's 2-4% of the proven oil reserves worldwide to source the roughly 25% of the worldwide production that the USA consumes daily, no matter how many wells are drilled.
    Ken Hall
    De Kalb, New York

    June 13, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  20. Greg in Arkansas

    Less criticism....
    Fewer slogans....
    A couple of NEW practical ideas .....(preferably with some details)
    To fix the problems in OUR country, that will benefit ALL of the American people, not just the voters that they agree with.

    June 13, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  21. Kevin in CA

    1) Their plan to return the wealth of the middle class back to the middle class from the upper 1 percent.
    2) Their plan to increase exports and balance to trade revenues.
    3) Finally, how their Christian family values square with eliminating Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

    June 13, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  22. Jayne

    There are several questions that would separate the wheat from the chaff real fast. They include: 1) Would you, as President, sign the Paul Ryan budget that ends Medicare as we know it?; 2) Do you believe in evolution?; 3) The Bush tax cuts haven't created any jobs – do you intend to continue them even though they have added a trillion dollars to the national debt?; 4) Keeping in mind the fact that solar panels have never killed anyone, what is your energy policy?; 5) Do you believe in climate change?; 6) All of you want to overturn Roe v. Wade. What are your plans for the support of millions of unwanted children?

    June 13, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  23. Joshua D Murray

    Jobs, jobs, jobs and people like Newt Gingrich to should andmit to all of his lies so we won't be stuck with canidates like that. And other canitates like Cain Don't belong there either because he isn't even a republican.

    June 13, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  24. Lori - PA


    I would like to hear them talk about the economy, unemployment, proposed spending cuts, and the ever growing national debt. I would like, also, for them to apologize for wanting to get rid of Medicare and Social Security while allowing oil companies to continue getting tax breaks/subsidies. But I'm not holding my breath.

    June 13, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  25. Larry, RI

    For once, just once, the TRUTH!

    June 13, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  26. Bill Lane , CA

    How are they going to better at creating jobs when they said it is not the Governments job to create jobs.

    How can they condemn the Presidents programs when all they have done is block everything he tries to do.

    Why are they trying to lower the debit on the back of the middle class and the poor as well as seniors while giving 700 billion tax breaks to millionaires and tax breaks to oil companies who make 34 billion every three months?

    Last but not least how come only the Republicans no what the American people want?

    June 13, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  27. JAB in Missouri

    Nothing. They are running in Iowa. Run the debate in Iowa and leave the rest of us alone.

    June 13, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  28. Jane (Minnesota)

    If I were to watch it (and I'm not). I'd like to see them to explain how they think all those tax cuts or "Trickle down" (or upward redistribution of wealth) economics is going to be effective in creating jobs and stimulating the economy when history says that it hasn't.

    June 13, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  29. KB and JB central Florida

    what are you going to do to get job growth,
    what are you going to do tobring manuacturing to the US
    and what going to do to lower energy costs.
    and what going to do to bring all US troops home.
    and what going to do to get Mexico to clean up its act.

    June 13, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  30. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    I want to hear they're willing to raise taxes on people making over $250,000 a year, instead of taxing the hell out of the working men and women we have left. That they will make corporations like GE paid taxes instead of paying nothing. I also would like to hear them say they will shut down the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and bring our troops home keep their noses out of our social issues like abortion and gay marriage. Plus I would like to hear them say seriously, they will work together with the democrats and stop playing politics. If any of this happens I will prepare myself to meet my keeper because this is a true sign the world is coming to an end.

    June 13, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  31. Loren

    Some common sense rather than just ideological gibberish. The longstanding principles of the Republican Party play to the American people, but too many candidates pander to the extremes, resulting in unelectable candidates. I hope to he hear one that can speak some plain truth and not pander to get votes.

    June 13, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  32. lou

    Since Romney is the front runner, and he is pushing his business experience as the key to getting us out of this economic crisis, I would like to know exactly what he did to earn his millions. I've read that he was an equity banker, buying troubled businesses, stripping them of assets and workers, then re-selling them for a profit. How will this experience help us create jobs in this country?

    June 13, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  33. Gary H. Boyd

    A forthright acknowledgement of the absolute disdain and contempt the American people have for both the administration and the congress today. I want them to address that reality and I want them to say "We hear you America and we are committed to correcting that attitude".

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    June 13, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  34. David of Alexandria VA

    In a word, Jack - moderation. In a couple more words - positive vision for the future and a plausible path to get there. I'm so tired of the left 15% of the country and the right 15% of the country firing ideological artillery shells at each other over our heads.

    June 13, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  35. Richard Hill/Colebrook,NH

    Jack what I would like to hear is some constructive/bipartisan methods of moving this country forward. From where I stand, the GOP have been nothing short of obstructionist-the party of NO since Obama was elected. Their actions have made me redefine what GOP means. GOP = Tax Breaks For the Rich, I got Mine Screw You, If It Ain't White, It Ain't Right!

    June 13, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  36. Carl


    I don't want to hear from any of the corrupt idiots!

    June 13, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  37. Bob D Iowa

    Two things Jack,

    First what do they think of RyMed and the effects on Medicare for those that are now receiving it. Truth being it will affect all not just those under 55 while providing hefty profits for private insurance companies

    Second are the Social Issues of the Christian Taliban going to control your actions if elected?

    June 13, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  38. Chris (NJ)

    I want to hear their plans to really change the structure of our government. Particularly, Ron Paul needs to get vocal about the fair tax and abolition of the IRS which is nothing more then yet another bloated and inefficient government agency. At the same time I want to hear that they are serious about actually balancing the budget because I, and many others as well, feel that they haven't really gone after actually balancing the budget in the way that America wants. At the same time they haven't done a good enough job explaining the reforms they are trying to enact. The biggest thing the GOP needs, is someone who can explain the original intent of the founding fathers and how this country was run for 200 years when the federal government was extremely limited in size and most of the governing was done at the state level.

    June 13, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  39. Patsy, Texas

    Three things, Jack:
    1. Why are the Republicans against the individual mandate for
    health insurance, in fact suing over it, when they presented the
    exact same mandate in 1993. I think Orrin Hatch wrote the
    bill, and now is against it. Legal then, legal now.
    2. How does MItt Romney explain his actions while head of
    Bain Corp. when he took over companies, fired the employees
    then sent the jobs overseas, Thousands of jobs were lost,
    and now, all of a sudden he has an answer to create jobs?
    How exactly.
    3. Why are they so adamant for immigration reform, when
    Bush wanted to do this, and Congress and the White House
    were in Republican control, but they rejected his efforts?
    Thank you.

    June 13, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  40. Jim in Gardendale, Alabama

    Jack, I want to hear some FAIRNESS! So far, their proposed cuts have been unbelievably unfair and unjust. I'd love to hear how they want the Bush tax cuts repealed, Medicare and Medicaid fraud and corruption cleaned up before any cuts are made, ending the wars, ending wall street welfare and giant oil company subsidies, development of an effective energy policy and a policy on immigration reform, and finally, a plan to save social security rather than privatize it. I can dream can't I?

    June 13, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  41. Gerry

    That they will put the good of our country first and foremost and stop the Democrats from giving it away.

    Ash Fork, Az.

    June 13, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  42. Brad, Portland, OR

    I want to hear about how they're going to create more American jobs.

    Republicans campaigned for Congress talking about creating jobs, but all I've heard them say now that they're in office is that we need to cut taxes for the wealthy, eliminate regulations on business, and ban abortion.

    I haven't heard one word about creating new jobs for Americans.

    Then there's Romney, the Republicans' "experienced businessman" who "knows how to create jobs," but unfortunately the jobs he created were all overseas when he acquired US companies, fired the American workers, and outsourced their jobs.

    June 13, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  43. Brady

    I want to hear why they won't be letting a two term governor with a successful past of cutting spending on the stage.

    June 13, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  44. Ken from Pinon Hills. California

    I want to hear someone tell the truth.
    Tell us the party contributed to our national debt, as did the democrats. Tell us it was all right your wealthy constituents, methodically diminished the working persons and the middle class by exporting millions of their jobs out of the country.
    Tell us you don't care if your fellow citizens suffer or die because they have no medical insurance.
    Tell us war is a must when it isn't.
    Tell us the debate is about more of the same old trickle down.

    June 13, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  45. bonnie from NJ

    How about that they will abolish the Bush Tax Cuts for the wealthy, they will stop subsidies and foreign aid, end the useless wars, make corporations pay their income tax and punish the ones who have exported all of our jobs. However, if that is what I heard, either someone dropped some hallucengenic drugs in my coffee or I just completely lost my mind. As we all know out here in realityville, it just doesn't matter what they say anymore anyway, I don't know why anyone would even bother to watch.

    June 13, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  46. Ed from Texas

    "We totally screwed things up when we were in charge and we're sorry."

    June 13, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  47. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    The successful GOP candidate has a number of executive solutions to offer American voters. One surefire campaign promise that may generate public interest would be an agreement with the telephone companies to bring customer service operator jobs back to the U.S. Another fine example of GOP winning strategy could be to lobby Bill Gates to lighten the heavy workload on Microsoft employees by doubling the workforce. Republicans can win the 2012 Presidential election by actually producing jobs.

    June 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  48. Mark

    I would like for each candidate to be asked what sources their contributions come from. Are they financed by corporate and special interests or by private donations?

    June 13, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  49. Tina Tx

    I want to see in writing just what they plan to do to get my fellow Americans back working? All I have heard is the typical bashing of the president and no concrete plan of what I will do different if you choose me. It is still the same old dog & pony show.

    June 13, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  50. Steve Newman

    That they won't sling mud for a change.

    June 13, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  51. Iris in L.A.

    I would like to hear what they are going to do to help the average, working, middle-class, American. And giving more tax breaks to millionaires and corporations, seeing to it that we don't have affordable health insurance and gutting Medicare is not what I mean.

    June 13, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  52. Jane in CA

    Some evidence that they are living in the same world as the rest of us. Some indication that they actually have a real plan to govern for the good of the country, not the good of the Republican party or the top 1%. Even an ability to acknowledge demonstrable facts would be welcome.

    That is what I want to hear. I do not expect to hear it.

    June 13, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  53. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    The truth?

    June 13, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  54. Bryan, Colorado

    I want to hear how the republicans are going to save the country from a president who continually fails. The beginning of the end for Obama second term.

    June 13, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  55. Joe CE

    An understanding that extreme right positions cannot win the general election. I expect the opposite.

    June 13, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  56. barbara in nc

    Absolutely nothing. I won't be watching. Will find a re-run of something I missed when I was working.

    They lie anyway - they all lied last year (2010) when they said THEY would create jobs if they were in power - all we've heard is anti-abortion, anti-Obama, more gun rights, etc.

    THEY ALL LIE to get the power to go after their social agenda.

    June 13, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  57. Sylvia from San Diego, CA

    I want to hear how they are going to fix the unemployment problem. Too many people for too long are unemployed or underemployed. Thankfully, I am not one of them but my heart goes out to them.....

    June 13, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  58. james in greenville nc

    Jack, not a thing. There are too many Republicans in and too many Republicans in the shadows. And it is way too soon to start thinking about this. At the downward rate the economy is going I doubt any Republican will even put themselves on the ballot.

    June 13, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  59. Nate NC



    Palin for 2012.....

    June 13, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  60. Bud Rupert

    That because our problems today are complex and multifaceted it takes both the and public and private sectors working together to find real solutions to our troubles. That the worn out cliches, hackneyed phrases and sound bytes that have been used since the 1930's is insulting to the voters intelligence and sounds stupid. And, let's forget the myths that small government, lower taxes and creating confidence is what we need. We had all that with plenty of confidence in the 1920's and look what happened. That's what I'd like someone – ANYONE to say. They won't, but they just might get elected if they did

    June 13, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  61. Rich in Texas (The Job State)

    I want to to hear that they are going to be the adult party, stop wasting everyones time and actually try to solve this crisis our country is in. I am fed up with both parties Jack . Wake up people, we are in deep do do!

    June 13, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  62. Michael in Albuquerque, NM

    I want something that will make for great jokes tomorrow. It’s not clear if this debate will cause any major momentum shifts. For one thing, that’s hard to do when nobody has any momentum. Mitt Romney is the front runner. And for the most part, he’s running from his own record. You might see the other six attacking Mitt Romney, while Mitt Romney pretends not to know who this “Mitt Romney” is. It’s possible that the other candidates may pile on Mitt Romney. And a pile of these candidates is a real pile of… well, let’s just say it’s a real pile.

    June 13, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  63. Bud Rupert

    That because our problems today are complex and multifaceted it takes both the public and private sectors working together to find real solutions to our troubles. That the worn out cliches, hackneyed phrases and sound bytes that have been used since the 1930's is insulting to the voters intelligence and sounds stupid. And, let's forget the myths that small government, lower taxes and creating confidence is what we need. We had all that with plenty of confidence in the 1920's and look what happened. That's what I'd like someone – ANYONE to say. They won't, but they just might get elected if they did

    June 13, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  64. Cee, La

    Nothing.....they are all as exciting as watching paint dry.....a pitiful bunch......

    June 13, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  65. Rich McKinney, Texas

    I want to here the republicans drop their plans to modify Medicare and to cut taxes for the rich. If they do either of those things then they have just made Obama a two term president. You don't mess with grandmas healthcare and you don't cut taxes for people who pay almost nothing already with all the loop holes built into the IRS system.

    June 13, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  66. Alex in Wiscosin

    I seriously want to know what type of voodoo they hope to cast on the country that will allow them to significantly reduce the debt while they cut revenue over the next ten years without throwing the poor, the elderly and the children of the country into the middle of the ocean without a flotation device. Praying to the Gods of Big Business for jobs after offering the middle class as sacrifice doesn't seem like a good plan to me.

    June 13, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  67. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    I already know all the GOP talking points. I expect to hear the same "cut taxes and create jobs" mantra that won them a majority in the House of Representatives in the midterm election. But in the classic "bait and switch" style of the GOP they have only focused on abortion and can't pass a budget acceptable to mainstream America. And yet the average voter has such an obscenely short memory of how the economy was run into the ditch that the same tired rhetoric might put a Republican in the White House. ~sigh~

    June 13, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  68. Steve, Clifton, VA

    I want to hear at least on of them stop blaming Democrats for a situation that both parties contributed to and offer some thoughtful and intelligent solutions to the ills of America.......

    June 13, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  69. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Corrected: Jack: To be honest–how about a "feel good story" about the nation and the economy. "Republicans are in a deep funk. They're going to have to send out doses of Prozac in the (Republican National Committee) direct-mail pieces

    June 13, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  70. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua

    That they are going to stop fiddling with women's health while Rome burns.

    June 13, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  71. Tom in Desoto, TX

    That they will take a lie detector test afterward the so called debate.

    June 13, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  72. chris

    of course bash obama and obam care but to start really gettign somethign done about us gettign gouged att he pump and how to cut trillion dollars at least in the next year or so

    June 13, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  73. Rosemary

    It is not what I would like to hear, which is HOW THEY ARE GOING TO CREATE JOBS!

    But, it is what I am going to HEAR and that is how President Obama is leading us down a Nazi / Socialist Path and how Obamacare is not good for the Country.

    All of they them are going to do is to SEE which one of them can say it with most GUSTO.

    None will give any REAL SOLUTIONS!

    June 13, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  74. Karl in Flint

    I want to hear specific details from the GOP, the Greedy Old Politicians. Specifics of rational spending cuts, specifics for permanently fixing the Social Security and Medicare trust funds, specifics of reinstating Clinton-era tax rates, specifics for elimination of subsidies to farmers and corporations that don’t need them, specifics of regulating Wall Street, specifics of congressional term limits and public only election financing, specifics of lobbying limits, specifics of a national health system that covers everyone, I just want the specific details of making our government represent everyone in America, not just the select few, as the Republican Party has done for far too long. Am I asking for too much?

    June 13, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  75. hlnjr U. S. A. barton MS

    I want hear what I would like to hear.
    But i'm sure i will hear plenty lies Jack

    June 13, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  76. Michael Roepke

    For most of my adult life the Republicans have tried to make their party synonymous with Christian values.

    So, I would like to see:
    Truth and not political spin and exaggeration.
    Brotherhood and not warfare.
    Community of all Americans and not lust those who agree.
    And Love. Not of America, but of Americans. All Americans

    June 13, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  77. Sandstone.

    "Conflict! I love conflicting arguments. Like Kick-Boxing! Or 'Australian- Rugby. "

    June 13, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  78. Bit

    Hi Jack-

    A few things:

    I want to hear Newt say he will follow his staff that ran out last week
    I want to hear Romney say "ObamneyCare"
    I want to hear the remaining of them pander to the TeaParty

    Prattville, Alabama

    June 13, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  79. Barbara Henry

    I'd like to see a Republican candidate that's truly an honest person (not a politician) and in love with this country tell me they HEAR AMERICA ..that they HEAR us and they KNOW the perils we've been going through! The current establishment has done nothing but apologize for our freedoms to other nations, blame everything that's wrong on Bush, run our deficit so high that even our children's children will not be able to repay it. What will this person promise? What can this person deliver? How can this person give faith and allegeance back to this country and to the American people? There's been way too much lip service already. The candidate for the Republican nomination better have their ducks in a row because it's going to be hell in 2012! What will their plan be?

    June 13, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  80. Ken in MD

    How about the truth. No rhetoric, no catch phrases like "Obamacare", no skirting the questions... just the truth. I think that may be asking too much of today's politicians.

    June 13, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  81. Ralph Sato

    What is your position on Congressman Paul Ryan's plan to change Medicare into a "premium support" program?

    June 13, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  82. andyz Lynn, MA

    Silence! Total, beautiful silence.

    June 13, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  83. Kevo in New Mexico

    That Donald Trump is now a member of the hair club for men and the Tea Party is out having tea somewhere.

    June 13, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  84. Chuck from Maryland

    Fewer lame and factually inaccurate anti-Obama sound bytes and something vaguely presidential. Trump's out. Huckabee's out. Without Grumpy and Dopey, one of the other five will have to step-up.

    June 13, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  85. Kevin SD CA

    Close the southern border down and roll back slave labor, and labor abuses, repeal Obamacare, take back all bailout money and give it to those of us whom know how to handle our finances, put all local, state and federal accounting on the internet in real time read only format, get government surveillance out of our streets and private lives and put the cameras in all government offices and broadcast the images online so the public can see what their local, state, and federal governments are up to, audit the federal reserve, do not raise the debt ceiling, put all public officials, and employs on a merit pay system which forces them to take real responsibility for their careers’. Require all that any foreign country individuals wanting to own private property in the USA to have the same protection and private property rights in their perspective countries for US citizens or not be given rights in the USA.

    June 13, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  86. Karla

    I would hope that one of them would stand up be a man and say... its not about me... its not about any of you... its about both parties coming together... and looking out for the hard working american.... struggling... but they wont say that... because they and thats both parties really dont give a damn about the american people.... its about two things one keeping the rich donors happy... and screw the american workers... and two... its about control... thats the main thing control.. they care nothing for truly getting things done just getting control and stayin there.... and thats both parties...

    June 13, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  87. Trevor Taylor

    How about asking THIS question...
    If cutting taxes on the wealthy is such an excellent economic idea, why did the economy collapse well after they were implemented? Further, how do you explain the stagnant wages for 90% of the public, but exploding wages for the wealthy under Republican policies this past decade and going back to the 1980's?

    I would love to hear the answer to this one Jack!

    June 13, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  88. Matt Toohey

    I am not sure I want to hear anything from any politician because all they have to offer is verbal fluff that the majority of voters accept without question. I don't know any politician that has anything of real value to offer.


    June 13, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  89. Merry Bindner

    More Crises are Occurring as you Speak, Now!
    -– ( How are Survivors/ and Others in Need>> Going to Receive Assistants?? (So Badly Needed) to Eat/ Clothing/ Shelter/ and Education and Work and Medical NEEDS?)
    -–Now is NOT the Time to REMOVE..What is Already in Place and Make It More IMPOSSIBLE to Get What ""We the People"""...Need...NOW!
    -–(Is Any ONE...Willing to LOOK at the Picture AS IT IS< NOW?< and Not LOOK At Back in the GOOD OLE DAYS..It Will Not Work...Today!..)
    Sincerely Yours, Merry Bindner(Candymom+)

    June 13, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  90. Karen Meyer from Naples, FL

    Hi Jack,
    I was just reading that $6 BILLION in CASH was "lost" or "stolen" in IRAQ. that sewer. HOW can that be? Give us oil in place of it. ASK
    the REPUBLICANS, THEY were in POWER at the time. OMG

    June 13, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  91. TSO-Wenatchee, WA

    "I QUIT"

    June 13, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  92. curtis in philadelphia

    Something of positive substance, not a load of Obama bashing. I bet I'll be disappointed.

    June 13, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  93. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, I'd love to hear some common sense, but I'd bet the house that I'll hear nothing more than the same old right wing tripe. By the way, I already lost the house to the Bush recession, caused by the same policies that this bunch tonight will be supporting.

    June 13, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  94. Cy Gardner

    OOooohh! I hope they tell me more about how we can save the economy and balance the budget if the rich don't have to pay any taxes. And I'd like to hear more about how we should increase subsidies to rich corporations like Exxon and Archer, Daniel Midlands while destroying Medicare..
    And I am hoping that they will reassure me that, past experience aside, there is no need at all to regulate the anarchic casino that we call Wall Street. Those people know what they're doing and have America's best interests at heart. Oh, and unicorns. I'd like them to tell me where I can buy my own unicorn. Cy from Arlington, VA

    June 13, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  95. John in Phoenix

    I want to hear a discussion about why the current mess in Washington, DC is unsustainable and what we (together, as a country, not one political party or the other) must do to get things back on the right track so all Americans, including future generations, can enjoy the blessings of liberty and prosperity.

    June 13, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  96. Gordon NJ

    Since they all want to outlaw abortion, ask them how long they would send an 18-year-old woman to jail for a self-induced 'coat hanger' abortion. They all say they want to jail the doctor, not the woman, but isn't that like jailing a hit-man, and freeing the person who hired him? Ask life-begins-at-birth Santorum how he would avoid the need to investigate any miscarriage as a potential manslaughter or murder. I've never seen a journalist keep a Republican on the hook to answer these questions.

    June 13, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  97. Terry in Chandler, AZ

    Silence Jack. Complete silence.

    June 13, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  98. Mary Steele Yorktown VA


    Jobs Jobs Jobs is what I want to hear. I want them to tell us that when they are elected they are going to kick out 8 million illegal workers and open those jobs up for 22 million legal immigrants and citizens!!

    Yorktown VA

    June 13, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  99. Rick McDaniel

    I want to hear an end to their bigotry and ostracism of gays and women's rights.

    I want to hear an end to their personal desire of tax breaks.

    I want to hear that they are interested in doing good for the country, and not just for themselves.

    I want to hear specifics on how this economy can be turned around, and they better make it believable.

    I want to hear how they are going to create jobs......and skip the stupid "tax breaks will create jobs" routine........we all know that did NOT happen, when they had control!

    June 13, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  100. Mr. D

    They could start off with a slide presentation by Newt cruising to Greece while watching "the rocket's red glare.". Following this, Mitt could tell a story about the Morman Trail and the health problems encountered on the trip west. Ron Paul could end the evening reading us all a bedtime story. Oops, we will already be asleep by then.

    June 13, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  101. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    I want to hear How they are going to "Fix" all of our Country's problems so we can return to a secure and productive society that it was before. How will they bring back the American Dream?

    June 13, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  102. Gigi Oregon

    Admit they are the rotten apple in the failure of the jobs situation for our unemployed workers. And corporate America has made you rich by staling the ceiling debt debate..

    June 13, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  103. Deborah Seibert,. Co

    Why can't we use oil shale or oil sand to put millions of people back to work. We would also have jobs for transportation of the oil and jobs for support people. We also need out of Iran and Afghanistan and ESPECIALLY Pakistan. Bring our troops home. Stop spending money until we get under control. We are going to need austere measures.

    June 13, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  104. James Szakonyi in Nebraska

    Couldn't care less, Jack. The current crop of candidates seem to only have the destruction of labor unions and the middle class at the heart of their philosophy. As they drive the country toward default, a lost decade, or another Depression they have the money to bail on the country when things go from bad to worse. The rest of us don't, we're stuck here!!!

    June 13, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  105. Dee in New Paris Ohio

    Overwhelming silence! I would like all of them to just shut up and go away. I am sick of their talk and their fake concern for the state of our country!

    All they want to do is beat Obama, not do anything to fix our problems!

    And, I would watch WRESTLING or NASCAR before I would watch a Republican 'debate'!

    Debate? Yeah, right!

    June 13, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  106. Renee Peoria,Ill

    What I would like to hear is precisely what we won't hear: honesty without political rhetoric. I'd like to hear ideas that work for regular people not big business and people who already have more money than they need. The Republicans seem to think that we've all forgotten that it was their policies that got us into this recession. I haven't forgotten! Any Republican who tries to lay all the economic troubles at Obama's feet – I'm not voting for. I'm not all that crazy about everything Obama's done, but if the Republicans want my vote they're going to have to do a lot better than blame him for the mess they got us into. And yes, they WILL have to raise taxes on the top 2%! Otherwise, I'm voting for the Democrats again and it won't matter who their candidate is.

    June 13, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  107. dave in nashville

    I want to know exactly how many private sector jobs each one ever created against how many they had a part in losing.

    June 13, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  108. Eve of Texas

    I want a candidate to say, “I will not take campaign bribes from large corporations, unions or any other entity. I will tell the truth; I will get the US out of the middle east; I will not ask for earmarks; I will not do more damage to the poor and middle class; I will not pretend to be religious for show or to impress my colleagues; I will not use abortion, gay marriage, or other hot-button issues that jacks up the fanatics; I will not be a pervert; and I promise to be loyal to my constituents and the constitution.”
    What are the chances of ANY of them saying ANY of this?
    Eve of Texas

    June 13, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  109. Donald in New Mexico

    Former N.M. Governor Gary Johnson is a serious candidate. It is a shame he is not in tonight's debate. As for what I want to hear tonight, I want to hear if anyone breaks Reagan's Law – Tho shall speak no evil of fellow Republicans. Seriously, ANYTHING NEW !

    June 13, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  110. Kim Smith

    The only reason I'll watch these clowns is because of a proven old addage: keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Tonights debate should provide a clear example of why our country is in the shambles it is in.

    June 13, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  111. mark in arkansas

    If I bother to watch, I'd like to see someone tell the truth. Don't tell us what all of the Democrats are doing wrong, don't spout the rhetoric and cheesy cliches every politician knows by rote. Answer direct questions with direct answers, and get to the bottom line.

    June 13, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  112. Clay

    Jack, I would like for a couple of them to condemn the failures of the neo-conservatives and progressives that have infiltrated our once libertarian-leaning party. They need to identify every thing that President Obama has done to break his oath of office. They should promote the idea of defending success rather than punishing success, and condemn the idea of enabling delinquency and mediocrity that the progressives do so well.

    June 13, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  113. Clay

    San Diego, CA
    How's that progressivism working out for ya?

    June 13, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  114. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, New York


    I'll watch it the same way I watch all Republican debates. TV mute button engaged and the CD playing the Wizard of Oz classic, " If i only had a brain".

    June 13, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  115. Midwest Jim

    Ask them where the millions of jobs are that the 10 years of Bush era tax cuts were supposed to create?

    June 13, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  116. Doug Bedell

    The White House is beginning to show some real interest in cutting spending. I would like to know if any of the Republican candidates would give consideration to a move toward consolidating our military forces. I beleive that shrinking our military force from five services, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard to one consisting of an Army, Navy and Coast Guard would save hundreds of billions of dollars over the next twenty to thirty years.

    June 13, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  117. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I'd like to hear what jobs were created by extending the Bush era tax cuts for another 2 years before they start debating about what jobs Obama hasn't created.

    June 13, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  118. Bob Schroder Piedmont Quebec Canada

    I want to hear them blame God for all that's wrong with the US and that they've all become atheists.

    June 13, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  119. toni from OK

    Nothing, they won't tell the truth anyway. They have already shown me what they would do since 2010 – it is scary and the grass isn't greener.

    June 13, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  120. abby, texas

    Clear, rational, thoughtful, intelligent, common sense, and compassionate solutions to America's problems without the Bible-thumping, self-serving righteous right wing rhetoric. Something more than big gov't bad, small gov't good. I really doubt we'll hear anything close to that.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  121. Randy

    Fellow americans, your congress and president are daily being bought like rent mules by corporate and domestic terrorists and we will shut down the government until we have public financing of our elections. But i suspect we'll get the same old "liberals are bad and we're good" nonsense that we've been getting from both parties for decades.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  122. Anissa from Wilmington, North Carolina

    I want to hear an economical, detailed plan that would work in favor for middle class Americans-that means, the economy, jobs, healthcare, education, and the whole works.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  123. Rick in Tucson

    I am a 53 year old man, unemployed for over 2 years after being laid off from a 20 plus year career. I search daily for employment. I have been denied Health Insurance coverage due to years of being on medication to control Hypertension. I now can not afford prescriptsions to control my hypertension. Again, denied Health Insurance by United Health Care, Blue Cross, Blue shield in two states. What makes you think I will be able to get Health Insurance Coverage WITH A PARCIAL VOUCHER, if I live to 65?

    June 13, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  124. JENNA

    What do you want to hear from Republicans at tonight's presidential debate?


    They have nothing to say that we haven't already heard them claim and NOT deliver on.. Like JOBS. Didn't the GOP claim they were going to deliever jobs if we put them back in office. Well, they are back and there are NO JOBS, NO JOBS BILLS, NO JOB CREATION, etc..

    Talk is cheap!

    Roseville CA

    June 13, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
  125. Mike in Minneapolis


    June 13, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
  126. Robert from Canada

    The immigration reform people have been waiting for around the world. The US immigration system is broken, and needs to be fixed. After 9/11 and the recession, it seems as though it is at a standstill. I believe a proper immigration reform will help recover the economy far more than anything else politicians have come up with. The UK is a perfect example of immigration resulting in economic growth. The pound is prospering more than the euro and US dollar due to people from the EU entering the UK; those people are working, spending, and opening businesses which create jobs.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
  127. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    I would like to hear an adult speak for once.

    That would mean someone who is tells the absolute truth, who delays gratification, who brackets ego needs, and who faces reality in it's truest form, in other words a mature responsible person.

    To bad we won't hear that tonight, what we will hear is blame, scapegoating, generalities that will make a sane person gag, and sadly we will hear the same old rhetoric we've hear now decade after decade.

    God help us.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  128. GA VET

    Sounds like most of you have forgotten this is a REPUBLICAN debate.

    Comman sense, real world solutions and positive suggestions are not going to be on the agenda.

    I can't believe you are still asking how they plan to get jobs back to the US. Obviouysly, they don't care about those things. They still think getting riid of sex education, abortion, opposing gay rights and marriage will save America

    I'm disappointed by Obama but not enough to consider the American Taliban as an option.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  129. Bob in Kansas City

    I want to hear how we need to spend $6-700 billion per year on corporate socialism for defense but can't figure out how to fix Social Security and Medicare. Most of all I expect nothing more than the standard propaganda from all of them....btw, it sounded better 75 years ago in German.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  130. David Glenn Hicks

    I would like to hear a commitment to bring our troops home from Iraq
    Afganastan. A fair tax on all americans to pay for the unfunded wars in both countries. This would reduce the national debt and make our
    country a more secure place to live. This would set our handcuffed
    ecomey free to creat jobs and restore the american peoples faith in its
    goverment. . Also what types of cuts fair or otherwise they would make
    to the buget.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  131. Overby from Melbourne

    I want to hear them announce that Sarah Palin has decided not to run, and that she now has enough money that she is going into permanent seclusion. Up in Alaska.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  132. barbara in nc


    There will be nothing presidential, it will not be a debate. Call it what it is - 7 republicans with free air-time to consolidate their Obama-bashing.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  133. Cons Defeated

    We surrender

    June 13, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  134. Stephen

    We have lost the war on drugs, correct? So, Id like to see Ron Paul explain his theory of the future marketing of marijuana and how it should be state regulated like an ABC store. Im a supporter of any form of legalization, for recreation and/or medicinal use.
    If it became regulated by the state; our jails would become less crowded, we wouldnt have to go to shady people to get it, and those who could substitute pot for medicine could do it much cheaper. The "Pot" movement is much wider and deeper than most grey-haired politicians think! AND RON PAUL KNOWS THAT!

    June 13, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  135. Chuck Dunn, Maryland

    I'll begin and end with what I don't want to hear: broken promises.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  136. Judy in Colorado

    Jack, I'd like them to tell us where the jobs are that they promised last year. Don't bash Obama if you can't do any better yourself.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  137. Austin

    I would like to hear all of the Republican candidates say that despite the fact that they may disagree with President Obama on Economic and social issues, He is just as much of an American and a patriot as they are.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  138. Carol, Washington

    I want to hear only one thing from each of the GOP candidates: "I withdraw from the presidential race."

    June 13, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  139. Thomas Scalf

    I want to hear one of them say they aren't a social conservative.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  140. Claire

    What difference does it make what they say – they all lie. When have we ever been able to believe a word any of them say?

    June 13, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  141. Edward Kennedy Byrom

    SUBSTANCE .. but not holding my breath.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  142. Matt

    I'm not going to hear anything, Jack.

    I can't stand any of them, so I'm not tuning in.

    Saint Augustine, Fl

    June 13, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  143. dcbostonian

    I want to hear how they plan to unite the party and bring in independents to defeat President Obama. I want to hear someone who believes that party affiliation shouldn't be the only factor in policy making who can appeal to the Republican base in a primary and independents in the general. I'm so sick of partisan politics, it would be hugely refreshing to hear someone who wants to come up with concrete solutions for the whole country, not just the party. I know that politicians are too spineless to blaspheme the party in such a way, but hey, I can dream, can't I?

    June 13, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  144. James

    I want to hear something NEW! Not just the same old talking points we've been hearing for the last 2 years. I want to see some new ideas, ideas that will help all americans, not just the priviledged few.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  145. Cate Laskovics

    I want to know if they think religion is necessary to be a good leader and if they would put atheists into cabinet or leadership positions. 15% of Americans claim no religious affiliation; why arent candidates courting them?

    June 13, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  146. Dan

    I want the rest of the field to say "Ron Paul was right all along"". But what we're actually going to hear is a bunch of people trying to sound like him and hijacking his message.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  147. Chuck from Huntsville, AL

    I want to hear what they can do..I don't want to hear about President Obama or the Democrats.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  148. Bruce

    I would like to hear specifics not "i am going to create jobs" I would like to hear how removing regulation will make the economy better when lack of regulation was a significant cause of the implosion.
    But we are going to get talking points. Please not if you comb your hair right nobody will notice the point on your head. .

    June 13, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  149. Ruth M.

    I would like to know which of them wants to be PRESIDENT

    June 13, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  150. Abel P. Ochoa, McAllen, TX

    What do I want to hear from Republicans at tonight's presidential debate?

    The Republicans ran the entire 2010 midterm election campaign on getting jobs for all Americans who were looking for work. The Republicans won so where are the jobs? Do they think American voters are going to forget all the promises they made?

    June 13, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  151. Bill in Maine

    Jack, I'd rather hear what you had for dinner last night than to listen to their rhetoric...at least I'd feel that what I was hearing was honest and something tangible.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  152. Vera

    Jack, I want to hear how they can create jobs step by step and not what Obama has not done .

    Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    June 13, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  153. Jeanne, Atlanta Ga

    I am a republican who is ready for these candidates to stop the talking points and be clear!!!! They think we don't get it....but we DO...quit acting like polititians. Tell us specifically what you will do.....we already know what Pres Obama has done so save some time tonight and leave that out!

    June 13, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  154. Curt

    What is each candidate's position on the Ryan budget?

    June 13, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  155. Reuben

    What I'd really like to hear from the Republican candidates is a series of concession speeches. I'd also like to hear a resignation speech from our "governor" Rick Scott.

    Delray Beach, Florida

    June 13, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  156. Fran

    I's like to hear them say the budget cannot be balanced without tax cuts AND tax increases. I 'd like them to talk about cutting the military budget. And I'd like them to explain what cutting government regulations really means. Filling the swamps? Making workers work in unsafe conditions? My town employees group health insurance is going up 20% this year what's their answer to that problem?

    June 13, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  157. Admir in Norway

    I would like to see a viable candidate who can stand out this early already. Coming up with real and steadfast ideas and initiatives on how to reduce the deficit and what to do with the immigration situation in the US.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  158. Michael Wright

    I want to hear that every family will be able to enjoy an acceptable standard of living, with good quality of life, with only one breadwinner, who enjoys the rewards of satisfying work. Anything less is unacceptable for the "greatest nation in the history of the world."

    June 13, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  159. Jansen from Florida

    Jack, I would like to hear how they are going to handle Obamacare if elected into office and I would also like to hear solutions on creating more jobs, especially for those who just graduated from college. It is heartbreaking to make years of investment for a good job, and then graduate not knowing where you can find the opportunity to make your investment worth while.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  160. Ruth M.

    I would like to know which one of them wants to be PRESIDENT of the US and not POPE of the US. They need to leave religion out of the equation. If they don't they'll never be a leader to all the people of this great country. And our entire country needs a leader that will server all of us equally.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  161. SpaceColonizer

    Who cares what gets said tonight? Or I guess I should ask who really thinks that what gets said by candidates in this debate has anything to do with what they'll actually do when in office. I know who's going to win... the craziest one, because this early in the game that's what gets you the attention. It isn't until the actual primaries that people will vote for the one they think will win the general election. And as soon as that person is chosen, they'll start pandering to the middle. If it's Romney, his reputation as a flipflopper will be locked.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  162. Brian Blashfield

    Since about the only thing that will be different about the GOP/Tea Party debaters will be some slight variance in what they wear, it would be nice if one of them would break the mold and confess that the GOP was responsible for the mess we are in economically and promise to never do it again.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  163. Anthony from Old Bridge, NJ

    I know what I don't want to hear: the candidates blaming Obama and the Democrats for all the nation's problems. It doesn't matter whose fault it is; it matters whose going to be smart and creative enough to help solve the issues that are affecting so many Americans today. America needs these leaders to address problems such as the 9.1% unemployment rate, the threat of a second recession, terrorism, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. This may be a Republican candidate debate, but it's also a chance for Americans to think about the change they want to see done in this country.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  164. Carol in Cape Coral, Florida

    I'd like to hear less of the redundant rhetoric of promises, promises and more promises. The American people need to hear some HONEST and thought-through "solutions" to the mess that this country is in. No one in this debate tonight impresses me enough to the point that shows me that the GOP has found that one candidate with a chance to make this President a "one-term President".

    June 13, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  165. Hena

    I want to hear that they all plan on taking a pay cut as part of their economic plan. Oh, and that they will propose a 50% payroll cut for Senators and U.S. Representatives and give up their nice health insurance plans for a government plan or better yet, no plan. Maybe feeling the pain of Americans will help them get something done in Congress.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  166. Joni Mitchell

    Currently, taxpayers pay costs associated with uninsured individuals who get sick, or hurt, show up at hospital Emergency Departments and get treated without regard for ability to pay. Given that the individual mandates require individual responsibility to obtain coverage, why are you against it? Didn't individual responsibility, so government doesn't have to pay your bills, used to be a republican position? What do you suggest in it's place?

    June 13, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  167. Mara

    Hey Jack, I would love to hear something different, such as what are they planning to do about the decay of America. The old bridges, the roads, the fresh water problems. Are country is falling apart and all they want to do is slam each other. These should be the issues. And if they bring home all the service personnel, how do they plan to put them to work? I say again, these should be the issues.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  168. Scott, Sacramento CA

    Hi Jack,

    I would like to hear Republicans ask Corporate America how they're going to make jobs "insourced" to America and how they are going to keep their commitment of limited government by not legislating that woman cannot make decisions about their on bodies or saying that same sex couples cannot get married, effectively continuing legal discrimination.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  169. Brad in Brooklyn


    Given the rather interesting take on American history we've already heard from 2 potential Republican candidates (Bachmann & Palin), I'd just like to hear one candidate get their historical facts correct. I feel strongly that if a politician does not properly know our country's history, then they have absolutely no business writing our future history.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  170. Chuck Mazzitti

    I would love to hear a detailed plan for economic growth that is more than the usual "tax cuts" nonsense. Instead, I am sure I will get to watch the seven dwarfs jockeying to see who gets to play Ronald Reagan in the school play. I can hardly wait to hear them all bash the president and advocate a return to 1937, when the balanced budget crowd helped push unemployment from 14% to 19%. Maybe Sarah Palin can help them with their history lesson. I truly believe we get the government we desrve.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  171. Allen

    Lately, job creation has become a mind boggling issue in the US politics. Most of the Republican loyalists are on the offense, pinning the blame on the Democrats, especially President Obama. In this debate, I would like to hear the Republican presidential hopefuls table their plans to tackle the job creation issue.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  172. H Silva

    I would like to know since the Mormon church held extremely racist views toward african americans until 1978 not allowing black men to hold their priesthood and still not allowing women to hold the priesthood may affect the political views of a candidate toward women and minorities.

    Fresno Ca

    June 13, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  173. kathy from peoria az

    "The truth" but that won't happen. I don't even think they know what that is anymore. They have no idea what its like to be without a job, healthcare or for some the next meal. They need to start fighting for the American people again not for wall street, big corporations and mostly themselves. They have lost touch with reality when it comes to 90% of the American people. I think most politicians never worked a day of their life so they have no concept what most Americans go through.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  174. clint in cincinnati

    i would like to hear the truth. we need someone responsible and that will stick to what they say instead of getting into office and then branching off to make money. just remember the people that make the money for the companies

    June 13, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  175. Ken in NC

    I want to hear them apologize for driving our economy over the cliff and I want to hear them promise to work with and not against our President to bring our economy back. Now there is a real Republican nightmare.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  176. Shawn from KY

    I would like for them to be honest, and tell America how it was there policies that drove the economy over a cliff. More importantly, tell us how they plan larger tax cuts for the richest of Americans and how they plan to deregulate Wall Street to more easily take advantage of Main Street. I would like for Romney to admit that the best thing he has ever done was see that the people of Massachusetts could receive medical care and stop running from Obama care which will save up to 40,000 lives each year.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  177. Wayne

    I don't want to hear about Weiner, Gay Rights, Abortion, Old Rhetoric, or Obama's brthplace. I want some brutal truth about the economy, I want to know that we are leaving Afganistan, I want the government out of private enterprise, how we will bring manufacturing back, bring farming back, bring companies back, create jobs, balance the trade deficit and the budget. I want to know that colleges can not get federal aid unless they can place at least 90% of their graduates. I want to know that we are getting our of the business of war and rebuilding other countries. I want to hear about taming wall street and the banking thieves. How about somebody just stepping up, thinking outside the box with fresh ideas delivered in cornbread language.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  178. Michael A

    I want them to all promise to give up their government supplied healthcare and go the free market like they want the rest of us to do.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  179. P. Christy

    What are the candidate's stances on medical marihuana?/ (decriminalizing marihuana)?

    June 13, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  180. Sara

    Jack, I will watch, but all of these candidates are not saying anything differently. Romney and Newt will say what we've been told for decades. They will stake claim on "old tried" and "failed" policies of yesterday that today, we All know has failed. Romney will "pretend" until the CNN moderator challenges him on his "flip-flops".

    Michelle and Herman will seek to outdo each other on the "mistruths" and Pawlenty will talk about his "far-out" plan for America's growth, while not having the guts to say "Obamney Care" to Romney face.

    What America need is a "shifting" of gears for the future of our country and not "make believe" promises based on yesterday's policies.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  181. Marcus

    Until 1978 you couldn't be black and be an elder or deacon in the Mormon church. Mitt Romney was over 30 years old before this change happened and accordingly he should be forced to answer questions like 'What was it like to be a member of an officially racist organization? In what way are you glad that's changed, if you are glad?' The late Senator Byrd had to answer questions about being a member of a racist organization in his youth yet the press has continuously let Romney sidestep these questions and paint those that would seek to ask them as being un-American. I say it's is long overdue he answers these questions as we have a right to know why, for example, he didn't leave the church in protest for being officially racist.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  182. Fyne, Chicago

    Some like this: My fellow Americans, I understand that our country is facing daunting problems that demands the collective effort of all us to solve. I am also further convinced that the country cannot afford the inevitable scorched earth presidential political skullduggery that unseating the president will demand. For the good of the country, I have chosen to forfeit my personal presidential ambition, and call on my fellow presidential wannabees to shelve their own ambitions; and let us join hands in working together as Americans towards finding real and non partisan politically motivated solutions to the problems facing this nation, and to truly secure our future. God bless you and may God continue to bless the United States of America.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  183. James

    I want to know just one thing, will the Gov't get out of the way so America can finally get back to work. The Dems claim trickle down wealth doesn't work, but apparently trickle up poverty does. 9.1% unemployed, and that's really not the accurate number.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  184. Rocky Twyman

    Editing of Comment, Sorry for the typo. hopes this is better.

    I want the Republicans to stop bashing Obama and present some serious solutions to the economic problems facing America. The fact that they want to give more tax breaks to the wealthy enrages me. Frankly, I have no real faith in either party. Frustrated, I and other colleagues have started The Pray Without Ceasing political Party. We need some divine intervention to solve these serious economic problems. We intend to endorse a Presidential candidate in the near future. Stay tuned.

    Rocky Twyman, Founder
    Pray Without Ceasing Party formerly the Pray at the Pump Movement

    June 13, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  185. Criss Vanderburg


    I'd like to see the candidates discuss real solutions to the problems facing America today and not simply political rhetoric. The problems we face today are not easy ones to solve and some, such as the deficit, will require some sacrifice or compromise on everyone's part. So, instead of pointing out what every other politician is doing wrong or providing vague responses in an attempt to walk the middle line, let's hear the details of what you would do to fix our nation.


    June 13, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  186. Kris

    John King should push them for specifics. "I know how to create jobs" is not a plan! Listing Pres. Obama's failures does not make Romney a visionary. But it is unto John King how hard he will push them to be specifics and mumbo jumbo generalities.

    LCF, CA

    June 13, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  187. Sara, Jacksonville, FL

    I'd like Republicans (actually both parties) to free us from the influence of big corporations, lobbiest, and the wealthy. Let's set up a federal election fund that provides each candidate that reaches a set threshhold of support a set amount of money to run for office–no more/no less. No corporations, no PACs, no billionaires can donate or influence elections. Then perhaps we'll have a government that puts the interests of the American people, and not corporate America, first.

    I'd like to know how they think a for-profit insurance company can ever reign in and solve our health care problems more than a non-profit, universal payer model could. It's counter-intuitive that any for-profit business, responsible to shareholders, would want to do so.

    I want to see them give up all of the tax breaks and propose a flat tax which treats all Americans and corporations fairly. No more loopholes. No more my CPA is better than your CPA.

    I'd like to see them call out the stupidity of some of their members–such as Palin and Bachman. How can the US compete in the World if we elect idiots who don't know basic facts of history? We need to return to valuing education and intelligence–not folksy charm and idiocy.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  188. Richard

    I'm not interested in the Republican social agenda. I want to know their plan to create jobs with the understanding that lowering taxes for the rich or" job creators" as they say( any congressional conferment hearing has proven the only hiring is illegal aliens and hence no one gets confirmed). and eliminating regulations has proven NOT to create jobs. So what's the plan other then old Republican talking points?

    San Diego

    June 13, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  189. roger

    Are you kidding jack I rather not listen to any politican Republican or Democrate same old faces same old chatter about how they are going to change things. Jack there's a better chance that Lebron James and the Miami Heat will win games 7 and 8 then any of those idots comimg up with anything constructive. 15 trillion in debt and counting.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  190. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    The GOP debaters will make certain that I will hear what I want to hear. Is not this one of the givens of politicians?..promise them everything and give them nothing. So far a great success !

    June 13, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  191. Ralph Spyer

    Debate the 3 wars , Ron Paul wins. Debate giving the most aid to Israel ,Ron Paul wins again. Debate states rights ,Ron Paul wins again

    June 13, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  192. Murray Ross

    I want to hear just one bold polition say that he has a plan to stop this insane political process that takes 2 years and billions of dollars to complete. It makes as much sense as the automoble mogels arriving in Washington in their private jets asking for bailouts when the unemployment rate is 9.1 % ,families are loosing their homes and we can't see over the debt ceiling.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  193. Thom Richer

    That they will stop their attacks, stripping of benefits and retirements and increased taxing of public employees, especially educators, and the blue color workers and leave Medicare and SS be. I can dream can't I? Those before me did.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    June 13, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  194. ronvan

    Dear Jack: What I want to hear is NOT what I will hear! Just another bunch of jabber jabber, finger pointing, excuses and on and on. Think I will watch Swamp People, they make more sense.

    Ron Columbus, GA.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  195. James

    I'm a Union plumber and it's simple house hold economics. Spend less then you make, put away a little for a rainy day. See, it doesn't take an economist to figure that one out. Now tell me how their going to do it so I can go back to work.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  196. Lishy, aspiring Politician!

    Four questions:

    1) How do you plan to tackle the traditional Republican stereotypes in regards to issues like Homosexuality, Worker's Rights, and Imperialism, and live up to the Republican ideology of opportunity?

    2) What is your stance on net neutrality?

    3) In regards to government transparency, can we trust your administration never to subject Americans and their allies to the likes of declassified CIA experiments on the public which harm us?

    4) In this age of connectivity and social networking, what is your stance on the controversial wikileaks website?

    Please answer at least one!

    June 13, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  197. Richard

    I want to hear all of them say that they are withdrawing to support President Obama's 2008 campaign agenda, starting with providing true universal healthcare to all, withdrawing forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, and extending the President's effort to turn the economy around. Help the President or get out of the way. They could reduce the entire debate to a simple cheer: "Yes we can!" Short of this, just bring on the dog and pony that appeared on Anderson's Cooper's birthday.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
  198. Rex in Portland, Oregon

    I really want to hear all of them tell me just how great the republican party's record has been, especially in economics. I would like to hear them explain (again) how reaganism is SUCH A BOON and how the trickle down economics we inherited from the republicans is working so well.

    I would like to hear from them how peace has befallen our country and the entire world through their efforts over the last 30 years.

    I would like to hear how the republican policies have secured our national defense and our borders, protected us against illegal immigration, kept our money in our country, increased our job count, provided for this country"s citizens' security and well being, etc etc.

    I'd like to hear more of republican ethics, generosity, benevolence.

    I'd like to hear again the most misunderstood phrase in their jargon "big government" repeated over and over thus pounding home palinology as a science of misrepresentation through the misunderstood phrase.

    I'd like to hear from McCain once again (not likely tonight, eh?) just how he "knows how to win a war".

    I'd like to hear from the governator just how to decrease deficits and debt and taxes while increases services. (Good job, Arnie!)

    I'd like to hear ad infinitum all that lovely stuff which they repeat over and over and pretend to believe - but I'll be too busy to tune in. I think I have a fingernail to file.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  199. lynnej in nc

    That after tonight, we're all going to shut up until Labor Day 2012 where the voting public won't get sick of looking at us while we lie about tax cuts and Medicare.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  200. Mark in Houston

    I would like to hear them go the entire night without talking about abortion

    June 13, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  201. Susan

    When are you going to CREATE THE JOBS you promised during the last election? And when are you going to stop the war on women?

    June 13, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  202. Calvin


    I want to hear why each candidate thinks he/she will be able to beat Obama.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  203. charles stansberry

    I would like to know if any of them have any idea how many jobs the Obama WH has destroyed personally since being elected. Closing 789 Chrysler dealerships put between 88,000 to 100,000 people out of work in 26 days. Some of the stores closed were the top volume dealerships in the areas they served.Every thing that these stores bought from Chrysler was paid for before or when it was delivered at the dealerships.It cost Chrysler nothing extra to operate these stores. The advertising cost was distributed among all the dealerships. How many coal miners , oil rig workers and distribution people have been put out of work? This president could help this country more by just playing more golf and having a party every night and just stop spending. Tennesse hillbilly over and out

    June 13, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  204. bruce

    Perhaps how they will curb the Rothschild ownership of our government.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:55 pm |