October 11, 2011 by staff 

GOP DEBATE TONIGHT LIVEGOP DEBATE TONIGHT LIVE, For 90 minutes tonight in New Hampshire, eight Republican presidential candidates sit around a wooden table and take pictures at each other and President Obama. The theme of The Washington Post / Bloomberg discussion, which begins at 8 pm, is the economy.

As Karen Tumulty, who is one of the journalists to ask questions, wrote earlier debates definitely changed the pace of the race. And the debate tonight, will probably trigger a new a new phase.
Here are five key things to look at the debate tonight:

1. Herman Cain is a competitor or a fake? In previous discussions, Cain was the candidate-not-great-sentence at the end of the stage, talking about his tax plan and his preference for 9-9-9 the Chilean social security model. Tuesday night due to his rapid rise in national polls, former CEO Pizza will sponsor the left Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry on the right.

So how do you deal when in the elbows and heels in the polls?

Cain has praised Romney’s business background, suggesting that he sees as a threat to Cain. In fact, Cain continued strong presence showing only help Romney. Perry, meanwhile, has more to gain by going after Cain. But you should consider whether tangling with Cain is really drilling down.

Whether you are attacked, to keep their place, Cain should be more specific about his economic plan, and show that he is more than a flash in the pan-candidate with a catchy slogan.

2. Romney can take a punch? Romney has come out of all discussions with barely a hair out of place, able to stay focused on their anti-Obama message, and forward and dismiss its rivals with a simple turn of phrase.

New Hampshire, with polls showing Romney with strong leadership, and national surveys indicate that it is at the top of the field and is considered strong on the economy, the six men and a woman sitting on the bedside table I saw lots-of-Romney now.

There is no better opportunity to try to knock Romney would be the main candidate to step on the economy, its perceived strength. He still has to face criticism for its sustained record in the private sector or as governor of Massachusetts. With attacks from all sides, it is difficult to ignore everyone. Romney must have more than a “good attempt” to answer in the list to defend themselves.

3. Rick Perry rebound? Perry individual performances debate has been very similar to the trajectory of his candidacy so far: strong starts fading, then the stretch. His Saturday Night Live worth showing in the last debate led to his downward spiral in the polls, and his statements about the military intervention in Mexico and the revelations about the hunting camp of his family as corrupt.

While it is true that many voters have begun to tune into the debates (available for your viewing pleasure tonight at and Bloomberg TV), the party bigwigs are paying attention. They are looking for a reason to give any of the 17 million and the man another chance, or write what was not sharp enough for the job.

In Florida, Perry looked like the guy who packed the night before and had memorized most of the material, but really do not know. In recent days, his team created a study hall full discussion with an imitation of Romney to train with. Attendees also ordered Perry to get more sleep. With three debates behind him, knows what’s coming – employment, tax, immigration, health, etc. You must take action tonight stable, safe, prepared and comfortable – or risk a sustained slide.

4. The debate topic is diverted? Although the discussions are among the more planned, bargained-on events in an election campaign, are also the most unpredictable. The format of this debate will be tighter than before, with a focus on the economy. However, much has happened in the trunk from the last debate that has nothing to do with the candidates economic plans.

In the week before the debate, there are two key things happened. First, was the revelation of a family hunting camp with a name Perry racially charged. Second, a supporter of Perry called Mormonism a cult, a charge that Perry rejected. Yes, the debate is supposed to be about the economy, but with two Mormons – Romney and Jon Huntsman – and a black man (Cain) around the table, can the moderators and candidates are not talking about race and religion? Or is there a clear moment in the air? Whatever happens tonight, with a black president in the White House and a conservative and a Mormon front black finalist in the Republican race and religion are sure to remain hot topics.

5. That struggles its way into a Saturday night live skit? Admit it. Part of the appeal of watching presidential candidates debate whether it is looking for a misstep or a strange moment that leads directly to the desk of the cast of SNL.

George W. did Bush really use the word “Strategery” to sum up his candidacy or is that Will Ferrell? Sarah Palin And Joe Biden really ask in the debate: “I can call you Joe?” Or is that Tina Fey? The point is that Saturday Night Live has a gift for developing candidates and all their tics and weaknesses from the beginning, in a way that is not easy to shake.

While Alec Baldwin is having on the performance of debate, Rick Perry, has missed the mark on Perry’s accent (which was more Mississippi than Texas), Baldwin nailed sleepwalking Perry approach to attack Romney. Baldwin could have skipped the yawning and falling asleep at the podium and just read what Perry said, and yet scored big laughs. It should not be so easy.

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