The Republican debate question

Currently on the top of the Drudge Report:

Republican presidential candidates set for debate; rally around Bush or turn away?… Developing…

Good question.

In my opinion, you do neither. As a candidate, I would be trying to actually differentiate myself from Bush and the other candidates. Of course, I am disappointed that Fred Thompson will not be participating in this debate since he hasn’t said whether he’s running or not.

That being said, the Democrats spent the time bashing Bush. I think that for any Republican candidate to emerge, they would have to speak their mind independently of Bush.

Update

2008 Central has a nifty Republican debate preview:

The first Republican primary will be held Thursday night at the Ronald Reagan library from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm; matthews.jpgit will include Sam Brownback, Jim Gilmore, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, Duncan Hunter, John McCain, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Tom Tancredo and Tommy Thompson. reaganlibrary.jpgChris Matthews will moderate the debate which will air on MSNBC. Like the Democratic debate, it will also include questions gathered from the audience, in this instance from politico.com, which is cosponsoring the debate and will stream it live online. Matthews will be as critical as any of the candidates: How will he go about challenging candidates on Iraq? And how much latitude will he give lower tiered candidates?

You can read their further analysis here.

Also, here’s Chris Mathews lardball discussing the upcoming debate:

Thanks to 2008 Central.