Republicans debate tonight @7pm on CNN

From the horse’s mouth:

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) — Ten Republicans who want to be president will take the stage Tuesday night for their first debate in New Hampshire, hoping to make an impression on the voters who will cast ballots in the nation’s first primary early next year.

The debate, sponsored by CNN, the New Hampshire Union Leader and WMUR-TV, will begin at 7 p.m. ET in Sullivan Arena on the campus of Saint Anselm College. Democratic candidates mounted the same stage for their first Granite State debate on Sunday.

And a bit more:

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) – Now it’s the Republicans turn. The ten announced GOP presidential hopefuls will debate tonight at St. Anselm College on the same stage where eight Democrats faced off two nights ago.

Immigration is shaping up to be a key issue.

Sen. John McCain and former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney clashed yesterday over the immigration bill currently before the Senate, which McCain helped draft.

McCain says that while the bill has flaws, it offers practical solutions to a vexing problem.

Romney says the bill just won’t work, while California Congressman Duncan Hunter says it would result in a “stampede for the American border” by illegal immigrants.

I’ve got to be honest with you, I’m less interested with the actual debate and more interested in Fred Thompson’s 9pm interview on Fox News after the debate.

I can’t imagine too much new information coming out of tonight’s debate. We’ve seen the Republican candidates in 2 prior debates already.


I’m betting that given the news about Scooter Libby getting 2 1/2 years in prison that there will be questions like “should President Bush pardon Libby?” or “would you pardon Libby?”