Fox News/Google Republican debate tonight at 9pm ET

Later this evening, nine Republican candidates will take the stage in Orlando, Florida, in a debate sponsored by Fox News, Google and the Republican Party of Florida. Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson has been added to the participant list joining the “usual 8″ from the past two debates. The debate will feature questions from moderators along with video questions submitted via YouTube.

Air Time: Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 at 9pm ET on Fox News

Participants: Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Gary Johnson


Report from the Orlando Sentinel:

The GOP presidential debate from Orlando will spill into the next show Thursday night: “Hannity.”
Fox News and Google will present the event from 9 to 11 p.m. ET at the Orange County Convention Center.

Taking part, according to Fox News, will be these candidates: Rep. Michele Bachmann, Gov. Rick Perry, former Sen. Rick Santorum, former Gov. Mitt Romney, Rep. Ron Paul, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, former Gov. Jon Huntsman and former Gov. Gary Johnson. Fox News invited Johnson to the debate despite objections by the Florida Republican Party, Politico reports.

The debate is the kick off to the Presidency 5 event sponsored by the Republican Party of Florida. This 3-day event will feature forums, speeches and the culmination of the Florida Straw Poll on Saturday, September 24th. Report on the P5 conference from WMFE:

Sept. 21, 2011 | WMFE – Thousands of Republican activists, candidates and voters are arriving in Orlando for a three day forum sponsored by the Republican Party of Florida. “Presidency 5″ starts Thursday at the Orange County Convention Center. It includes a televised debate among the leading GOP presidential contenders and concludes with a straw poll.

The three day event is expected to draw national attention on its first evening as the leading Republican presidential candidates meet for a live debate Thursday evening on Fox Television.

Having nine candidates on stage is going to make for a much more crowded discussion where many candidates will be slighted for time. The past couple debates have been coined “the Mitt and Rick” show since moderators spent most of the lead off time focusing on Mitt Romney and Rick Perry.

86 comments to Fox News/Google Republican debate tonight at 9pm ET

  • ron paul is the only consistent candidate he has spoken the same views since he started his political career in the 1970s watch ron pauls speechs from the 1988 election when he ran as a libertarian he makes the exact same points he made now all issues that were never relevant and main stream back then but issues that every single candidate today talks about like its hot shit when in reality ron paul has been the only guy talking about it for years hes saying that we need to fix social secuirty need to stop wars need to stop running up the national debt because he has always beileved in it even when it wasnt a popular idea………. ron paul only consistent candidate !!!

  • ignore typos :\ typing fast because i have to leave

  • vhan

    @Joe Margaritta
    No one would, but Obama isn’t sole responsible for what little recovery we have. My question to you is are you ok with Obama giving orders to assassinate american people without due process?

  • I resent the media tyring to influence people into believing Romney and Perry are the only two candidates. I have found Herman Cain positive and refreshing. 2 points for Santorum, he just dunked over Perry. I even liked Mr. Johnsons ideas on education.

  • Greg

    Well I think Mr Perry just fell off the horse and got drug behind it on Illegal immigration. See Ya would not want to be Ya.

  • Who is the conservative business man who knew that he could not win a second term?

  • Mary T. Del Buono

    You see we have done this before…when will we learn…we cannot fix everyones life…even our own citizens should try to work…at a small job…at least…we cannot fix it all…just like we tried to help in Iraq…so hard we have lost so many men/women…we still have bases from WWII…in europe…and Pacific islands…etc…so I guess we need to have our service people all over the globe…
    can’t we say good bye to them…??? or should we stop being everwhere??? I am running in circles here … we do not solve one thing with a debate…what are we throwing under the bus by these debates…??? is something really happening to our nation the big boys don’t want us to see…and unite on??? churches are under attack again…too long here…to go into it…but schools are teaching the wrong things…money is being wasted on odd things…oh well…I better go too long again…posting this so we will pray for our nation…the party system is broken I think…we better get back to the Consistution…

  • Michele

    Who is the moderator with the bad hair hat?

  • Jason

    From what i’ve heard so far it would hurt us more by cutting the training of our armed forces and put us at an increased risk of attack.

  • All except Ron Paul serve the military industrial complex and the big banks.

  • Kevin

    Who ever wins has to think
    AMERICA first and stop the government from Killing jobs with bogus Laws and dumb plans on Over taxing people who work hard only to have it Taken away by some Rich idiot who got into OFFICE. I will tell you the American people will not tolerate this crap much longer!

  • two thumbs up to marc & don b. herman cain’s 9-9-9 plan is a viable one which will energize the small business sector to spend the cash they are withholding from investing…this paralysis is caused by obama’s ruthless attacks on business through mazes of regulations that has brought investment to a halt….a well thought out approach to creating incentive by businesses to invest the cash they are sitting on will reduce the unemployment rate by at least 50% within a short period…also, closing unnecessary federal agencies would save taxpayers billions…p.s. joe margaritta: i know you love obama..but, has increased the national debt to $16+ TRILLION (and counting), OBL’s hit contract was instigated by the Bush administration (10 years long), raised taxes under the guise of obama-care, threw Israel under the bus (like his white grandma & brother in kenya), and his ‘hope’ was to divide this country with his racism…and he “changed’ the economy to what it is today…if you still like this guy, then you are a f…..g idiot! p.p.s. my house went from $600K to $175K in the three years this Asshole has bee the president!!

    • Sorry to hear that Henry. I guess you were one of the “rich” that needed to pay his fair share. I went from 60,000 to about 53,000 and working alot more hours to do that. I find it laughable that anyone can continue to think the government doesn’t need to stop unnecessary spending. I’ve made cuts as I’m sure you and others have too. Time for our reps to do the same!

  • dianna

    I hate to say it, but it seems many people who leave comments are just bored and not really informed about the truth (or maybe they just don’t care) and the urgency of what our country is facing today. If we, as Americans, make the wrong choice again, our country will be, in all sense of the word, a third world economy and country….we may already be there. The only candidate who has any idea of what has been happening and how to try and correct it is RON PAUL.

  • Jim Rich

    The two dogs making a shovel ready job was plagiarized from Rush Limbaugh, who told that joke today.

  • American

    RON PAUL 2012

  • Money is keeping Romney and Perry ahead in the polls. Unfortunately, most people won’t even watch the debates. This debate did seem a little better rounded, allowing other candidates more opportunity to speak and be heard. Interesting that Cain was thought of so highly by other candidates and the media still pays into the coffers of Romney and Perry. I would like to see the candidates ask each other questions and give their responses without the juvenile behavior of the 2 (Romney and Perry) having their playground arguments. I’m tired of them telling what the other says, time to speak for themselves. I appreciate Gingrich being direct and on topic with his responses. I find Ron Paul interesting but just a little on the fringe. His son would be a better option.

  • Jay

    The average RON PAUL supporter knows more about the issues, their origins, and their solutions than most of the voting public combined. I attended the Orlando debate tonight and was shocked to find out I was sitting next to two “Delegates” who weren’t sure who all the candidates were! People are making voting decisions on stage presence and one minute sound bites. Read a book, check the facts! Why do you pay taxes, really? Why do we have military bases in Germany? Why are controlled substances illegal? Why do we have the largest prison population in the world? Who owns the Federal Reserve Bank? Hint, hint, it’s not federal. Why are we still at war??? 10 YEARS IS ENOUGH!!! RON PAUL 2012

  • john

    no matter what you think, ron paul, cannot beat obama. He should be in the administration of perry or romney as should cain, bachman, santorum, gingrich, etc.

  • Allen

    RON PAUL 2012!

  • Phill Lombardo

    The GOP audience at the campaign debate in Orlando actually booed a U.S. soldier, on leave from Iraq, when he asked a question about Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

    Shame on you all for not showing him the respect that he deserves!

    He earned his right to speak and be heard more than anyone in the room, including the candidates.

  • Tiffany

    I also see a Dream Ticket with a Romney-Bachmann Ticket Last Night 9-22-2011. I saw Mitt Romney very strong and Michelle Bachmann with the Tea Party Support, the Women support & the minority vote. The Two of Them are a Sure Win !!!!
    Romney – POTUS 2012
    Bachmann – VP – 201

  • Tiffany

    I thought Gov. Mitt Romney won Hands down Over Perry. Perry is way too weak on illegal immigration and other issues. But I believe even Legalized Immigration Need to Be Reformed. Such as even when Legalized immigrants come, if they want to buy a house or open up a business whether it’s a Gas Station, Duncan Donuts, Pizza Place etc. Welcome to America, But here’s the rub, Just No More Free Taxes for Seven Years b/c we cannot afford it anymore. As Legal Immigrants they are supposed to get the same equal Rights as American Citizens Not More Rights Than American Citizens. That is Not equality!!!!

  • Richard Lashoones

    Republicans have long touted that removing restrictions on off-shore oil drilling(drill baby drill) will lessen our dependence on middle eastern oil by increasing domestic oil supply which in turn will dampen domestic gas price increases as well as extending the future use of petroleum products for our country. It’s incongruent and unpatriotic that we have companies, like Petrohawk, that have sold US property drilling rights to China as well as recently reported oil company sales of gas to China, shipped from US refineries. Doesn’t this defeat the objectives of the drill baby drill philosophy? Shouldn’t US oil be for US consumers?