Sept. 12th Tea Party GOP debate tonight from Tampa, Florida, on CNN

Tonight in Tampa, Florida, eight Republican candidates will take the stage in a debate sponsored by CNN and The Tea Party Express. Questions will come from moderator Wolf Blitzer, however, questions will also be delivered by citizens in the audience and from Tea Party events around the country.

Full Video: Watch entire CNN Tea Party Debate Video

Air Time: Monday, September 12th, 2011 at 8pm ET on CNN

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

Report from the Miami Herald:

WASHINGTON — The tea party movement roars into the Republican presidential spotlight Monday night, as grassroots conservative-coalition members are scheduled to question GOP candidates at a Tampa, Fla., debate.

The two-hour debate, co-sponsored by the Tea Party Express and CNN, promises to include some topics that rarely come up in national political forums, such as the candidates’ views of the Constitution and the Federal Reserve.

The debate, which begins at 8 p.m. EDT, will be closely watched because the tea party movement, through a loose collection of grassroots groups barely two years old, helped elect scores of Republicans to Congress last year.

This year, Republican presidential candidates are aggressively courting the movement’s eager-to-work followers and trying to tap into their influential social and fundraising networks.

Coming on the heels of the Reagan Library GOP debate, this Tea Party-centered event could have a different flavor than previous debates. I’m hoping that audience questions will lead to an even more substantive discussion than we just witnessed at the Reagan Library, which in itself was fairly good.

Look for entitlement reform to be a lengthy discussion especially considering the eruption over Rick Perry’s assertion that Social Security is a “Ponzi scheme.” Michele Bachmann will also be looking to get back into the forefront after she was essentially shut out of the discussion in the Reagan Library debate which was dominated by Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. Ron Paul also was a bit jilted on many topics last time around and I will assume that he will field more questions tonight from the audience.

89 comments to Sept. 12th Tea Party GOP debate tonight from Tampa, Florida, on CNN

  • PLEASE!!!!

    Please we can’t require participation in health care? BUt all states require auto insurance is that constitutional? Everyone gets healthcarenow, just show up in an ER!!!

  • James Barton

    Why is Blitzer letting the candidates side-step his questions? Perfect example: Bachman won’t answer question about the 30-year old uninsured person…instead blathers on (again) about how she’s been opposed to Obama-care. Come on Wolf, you’re supposed to be a professional.

  • James Barton

    Why is Blitzer letting the candidates side-step his questions? Perfect example: Bachman won’t answer question about the 30-year old uninsured person…instead blathers on (again) about how she’s been opposed to Obama-care. Come on Wolf, you’re supposed to be a professional.

    This is not a duplicate comment.

  • Clarice Barber-Page

    On the issue of immigration, does it include immigrants other than Latinos, and Caribbeans? Because the only race I hear discussed is Mexicans and I know for a fact that Asian, Russian, other European and African immigrants are a problem in our country as well.

  • Great Night! Santorum is a pitbull! Perry got ROCKED!:

  • Laurie wenner

    Uninsured people who have a health crisis should be sent to training hospitals with no right to sue, unless they can and want to pay for their healthcare on their own.

    • guest

      You might be surprised to find that many of them would accept this offer with open arms. Likewise, people with little money should have to go to “training” auto-shops with no right to sue. Children with little money should be sent to “training” schools with no right to complain about a poor education. It is absolutely time that we accept that those with less, for any reason at all, are less human and thus less worthy of our compassion. Uninsured people should stop spending the 500 to 5000 dollars or more a month that health insurance costs in most places in the United States on cheap, poor quality food and housing and should start buying their own health insurance. Actually, this is a rather poor solution. We should follow the advice of one member of tonight’s audience and just let them die. It’s only the morally right thing to do, after all money IS everything.

  • TiBo

    People at this debate CHEERED the idea of letting uninsured sick people just DIE rather than have public health. Who are these people and what the hell is wrong with them?! That’s NOT American, that’s NOT the society that we and our ancestors built, I’d rather pay half my income in taxes than live in an anarchistic society that would do that. If anyone here was one of those people, are you REALLY saying you’d stand by and let children die, let your fellow Americans actually DIE rather than have public health?!

    • Kim

      Very well said TiBo I also heard the people cheering about letting the person die i wonder if they would feel like that if that person was their parent,grandparent children or someone else that they love?

      • guest

        Who in good conscience could ever feel this way? I was shocked that we have sunk this low. It is simply humiliating as a citizen of this country to see people cheer the idea of allowing their fellow humans to suffer and die because they aren’t wealthy enough to pay. I am ashamed that my fellow Americans can be that cruel as a group.

  • papahotel

    OK I saw the entire debate, I believed Govenor Perry will be the nominee he looks more a like a President.

    He doesn’t matter the Job, job, we are asking not going to return to the US no matter what will be the President. US economy is going to be in a whole for long time. Unless we cut all the Trillion speding overseas in Country that we don’t need to be there.

  • Sue

    Perry crashed and burned tonight. I don’t really like the guy but it was still hard to watch. What a shame they didn’t let Paul talk about the Federal Reserve.

    • guest

      Paul is bad for business, but possibly good for people. He will never be president.

    • Tiffany

      I agree. But, as much as I hate to say it, they never do. They try SO hard to hide everything he has to say. But a LOT of people INCLUDING me know he’s the best one out there for the job. If Ron Paul doesn’t get nominated to run for president, I’m not voting for any of these other worthless assholes. I’ll WRITE his name on the ticket and check it!!

  • ldlrmtle

    Excellent debate – all of them are at least passionate about CHANGING the one whose always talking out of both sides of his mouth–and is a pathalogical liar! OOOOhhh, its time YOU GO! For anyone who likes to complain of those trying to change and fix America, if you don’t like who you see, then stand up there with them, if you can do better! Otherwise, focus on the one who WILL become the next leader of this great land; lest she’s run into the ground by the current admin again!

  • Rhonda in Idaho

    So “Why can’t anyone hear the one voice that has the experience, intelligence, and answeres to this nations problems” Newt Gingrich will fight for our country, protect it, bring it out of the pit we are now in, and make us proud again to be in this country that he loves”. Mitt has no backbone, Ron Paul doesn’t either, and may I add Huntsman is just plain strange. Rick Perry can’t be trusted, and Michelle and all the rest lack the experience. The news media keeps Newt out of the headlines and out of the spotlight, but everything he says outdoes anything any of the rest can come up with. He is way ahead of their league. Just listen to him and try to hear what he says one time and see if you just might be curious to hear more.

  • MMG

    Ron Paul is the only one who has any integrity. All of the others are neocon warmongers who will say anything to get elected. The only reason Perry has started badmouthing about the Fed is because Ron Paul’s been talking about it for decades, and Americans are finally listening.
    They don’t want to give Paul a chance to answer the questions, because they know that he would beat the pants off the other phonies if people could only hear his ideas.
    A true Republican doesn’t go looking for wars in other countries and meddling in their affairs.

  • Bead Stallcup

    Ron Paul is the only candidate who is actually trying to tell us the truth. The rest of these jerks are nothing more than another GW Bush. TV-brainwashed Americans can’t see it, so they elect Perry or Romney.
    If one of these jackholes gets elected it will out of the frying pan and into the fire. Pathetic earthlings, who can save you now?

  • stewman

    hermain cain is the man. he has the most common sense and smarts without the political bs to get this country turned around. he is also smart and served as chairman of the board for the federal reserve in kansas city. he’s not just a pizza man…

  • beth

    Rick Perry is part of the bilderberg group. He is being primed by the nwo order to take over from Obama and propogate more of the same. Please choose your candidate very carefully. I know who mine is. R O N P A U L!!!

  • Liberty

    Seriously, this 2012 administrative team is the last economic hope for the United States and Americans:

    President Michele Bachmann
    Vice-president Newt Gingrich
    Secretary of State Mitt Romney
    Secretary of Treasury Ron Paul
    Secretary of Commerce Gary Johnson
    Secretary of Energy Rick Perry

    “Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Barack Obama loses his.”