Politico and NBC News have announced the eight confirmed participants for the September 7th Reagan Library debate in Simi Valley, California. Of course, the list is missing former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty whose place will essentially be taken by Texas Governor Rick Perry.

Air Date: Wednesday, September 7th at 8pm EST on MSNBC

Report from Politico:

The eight qualifying GOP presidential candidates have agreed to attend the Sept. 7 Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation debate.

The Reagan Foundation, in conjunction with POLITICO and NBC News, will announce Thursday that Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum plan to appear on stage at the Reagan presidential library in Simi Valley, Calif.

The post-Labor Day debate, the fourth this year, will be Perry’s first since announcing his candidacy Aug. 13.

Former first lady Nancy Reagan sent an invitation to the presidential hopefuls who meet the eligibility standards, which require that a candidacy be formally announced and that a candidate captures at least 4 percent in one of eight national polls.

MSNBC will broadcast the debate live from the Reagan library’s Air Force One Pavilion at 8 p.m. ET. POLITICO will stream the proceedings live on its website.

CNBC and Telemundo (in Spanish) will also broadcast the debate.

Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor of “NBC Nightly News,” and John F. Harris, editor in chief of POLITICO, will moderate.

Each debate thus far has gotten better in terms of candidate interaction and the energy of the questions. I can only assume that with a new participant on stage, one who is ruffling a lot of feathers, we can expect to see a great show of policy discussion and some stinging jabs between candidates.


  1. I noticed that Representative Thad McCotter is not included in the debate. I like to know why? Everyone has too much rules and regulations and forgetting our First Amendment. He has a right just like everyone else to debate. Something is very wrong with the picture.

    • It’s because the RNC and DNC make the rules, now. Before, the debates were hosted by the Women’s League of Voters. When Ross Perot “upset” their game, they went to the WLoV and told them to *** off, that they “wouldn’t be needed any more”, that the DNC and RNC would handle that.

      In order to “qualify” (whatever that means to each party’s debates) for a national debate, you must receive at least 20% of a primary. How does someone do that, who isn’t plugged into the money machine?

      So, as you point out, YES, there is something wrong, and it’s that the RNC and DNC control the ENTIRE process. Ron Paul is the man. He’s not a Republican, but he knows that without a D or R in front of his name, he can’t get in.

  2. So….why is Thad McCotter not in this debate? Oh yeah, because he’s not being included on a lot of national polls. But why isn’t he included on a lot of national polls…? Oh, because nobody knows who he is? But why doesn’t anyone know who Thaddeus McCotter is? I mean, he’s a sitting Congressman and the former Chair of the Republican Policy Committee…..Ohhhh, okay. It’s because he’s not allowed to participate in nationally televised debates.

    So it goes.

    The media can cover a harmless earthquake and Kim Kardashian’s wedding ad nauseum, but they can’t give a legitimate candidate the time of day (or spell his name correctly).

    • I too am deeply disappointed that Thad McCotter is not included in this or other debates. He is a highly qualified candidate with a solid background and his voice deserves to be heard.

      It’s unfortunate that we end up with candidates who have the most most money to buy recognition, not the ones with the most practical solutions to restore our nation.

  3. As someone who has lived in Texas my whole life, I know that once you hear Perry, you won’t like him. He hasn’t debated here but won because of his hair. When he talks, it shows his arrogance and ignorance.

  4. No Gary Johnson? What exactly is the media afraid of? He’s the only Republican candidate who isn’t completely out of his mind. Why continue to deny him a national forum to voice his opinion? Pathetic, irresponsible journalism all around.

    • Lulu, I highly suggest you check out Jon Huntsman if you are looking for a Republican candidate thats not out of his/her mind.

  5. Former New Mexicco Governor Gary Johnson is tied with Cain and leads huntsman ans Santorum in the polls. Why is he excluded from the TV debate in Simi Valley? Has it come down to TV ratings impact? The public is only exposed to the bizzare crazies who pump up ratings. Meanwhile we don’t get to hear about more moderate candidates who might actually make some sense in what they have to say.

  6. Gary Johnson, Paul Huntsman….more of the same. You want a real american president who stands for the people? Ron Paul 2012! That is the only sane option.

  7. Why isn’t Fred Karger being included in these debates? Is the GOP really that scared of having a really solid candidate who just happens to be gay?

  8. Why anyone in the GOP is participating in a NBC “debate” is beyond me. The entire news division whored itself out to the Obama administration on the instrutions of its corporate master, General Electric.,

    MSNBC is nothing but an attack machine for the Democratic party. No GOP candidate should be offering up his neck.

  9. According to the most recent CNN/ORC national poll, Gary Johnson is ahead or tied with three of the invited participants in next week’s debate sponsored by NBC, Politico and the Reagan Foundation. However, Johnson has not been invited to participate? Even if the national elite media doesn’t want to hear his ideas for balancing the budget now, cutting defense spending, or keeping the government out of so-called social issues. Funny how the media controls who is a “Presidential hopeful” and who isn’t.

  10. Move up the date of the DEBATE! The President planned a congressional hearing requiring Congresswoman M.Bachman and Congressman Dr.R.Paul to attend and miss the debate…

  11. Is this debate open to the public? I would love to go watch it live!

    Also, it saddens me that Gary Johnson isn’t invited. Besides Ron Paul, he is the only one that advocates for pulling out our troops in the Middle East and other areas.

  12. I have to agree with the other posters. Although, I don’t support Johnson (I support Ron Paul), he and everyone else running should get an even platform to debate and present their ideas for the American people to decide who is best to support and vote for.

  13. RE: Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor of “NBC Nightly News,” and John F. Harris, editor in chief of POLITICO, will moderate.”

    Let’s hope just HOPE we get questions on the issues.
    No more questions like: “which do you prefer Coke or Pepsi?” [insult to American people]

    To: Brian Williams & John Harris
    Re: REAL questions ON THE ISSUES this time – 2 hour debate make it worthwhile.
    Ask Ron Paul what questions he wants talked about and ask Glenn Greenwald and Judge Napolitano what questions should be asked…….. no status quo junk.
    All but one candidate is for “business as usual”.
    All but one is for “Super Committee of 12” [unconstitutional].
    Since WHEN did Congress give up their Right to negotiate/ discuss/ amend/ or decline laws presented to Congress? If Super Committee of 12 law does not get vote in REAL Congress – then Super Committee of 12 will enact THEIR OWN LAW…………. WOW – THAT IS A FELONY – a 2nd Congress is not legal.

  14. Unfortunately, most moderators don’t ask the hard questions at these debates and do not demand a “yes/no” or “for/against” answer. I asked Bret Baier, who was a moderator at the last debate, to ask 3 related questions. They were:
    1.) America has 326,000 troops stationed in 150 foreign countries. China has 1,981. How is it that China can survive with only 1,981 of their troops offshore while America needs 326,000? Why can’t we bring them ALL home?
    2.) Why don’t we quit the totally useless UN?
    3.) Why don’t we quit the totally useless NATO?

    I have asked California senators Boxer & Feinstein and Rep. Eshoo to respond to these questions and all have completely stonewalled me. They refuse to answer. Why? Probably, because California has a huge defense industry. Write your congressmen and ask them to respond. In the meantime, Brian Williams and John F. Harris should be demanding answers.

    At these debates, we need specific questions and specific answers, not a lot of fluff.

    • Any I the only one inviting friends over, buying a bunch of drinks and party foods and planning on watching Ron Paul school everyone???

      This should be fun! Also, Obama trying to overshadow this debate has only given it more attention. Sweet. Ron Paul to the rescue.

  15. I would like to ask all the candidates two questions please.

    #1 What parts/areas of my (our) personal life should Government have no role in or right to legislate?

    #2 What parts/areas of my (our) Business should Government have no role in or right to legislate?

    Much Regards
    Brian K
    Lauderdale By The Sea, Fla.

  16. I really just want one question asked:

    Under your potential administration, would you pardon Holder or Obama for their involvement in Fast & Furious and the associated deaths?

  17. We need an opportunity to hear Johnson and McCotter. We have heard the others debate, and having a debate that excludes Johnson and McCotter undermines the purpose of the debate if the purpose is to make us better informed and benefit the primary process. Include Johnson and McCotter or many of us won’t bother to watch.

  18. First of all, Johnson and others were not excluded due to someone’s whim. As stated above, “… presidential hopefuls who meet the eligibility standards, which require that a candidacy be formally announced and that a candidate captures at least 4 percent in one of eight national polls.”

    Second, it drastically reduces my confidence in this reporter and the website organizers when grammar errors exist, in the lead sentences (no less), and are not corrected prior to posting. For instance, “… the list is missing former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty who’s place will essentially be taken by Texas Governor Rick Perry.” WHO’S is a contraction for WHO IS, as in “Who’s proofing these submissions?” The correct word should be WHOSE, as in “The copy editors, whose job it is to proof articles, perhaps need a few more sessions with their grade school English grammar teachers.”

  19. The Following is What is Different and Better About Ron Paul Over All Others:

    He has never taken a government junket.

    He does not participate in the lucrative Congressional Pension Program.

    He returns a portion of his annual Congressional Office Budget every

    He has never voted to raise taxes.

    He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.

    He voted no to the bankster bailout.

    He voted no to raising the debt ceiling and warned us against
    the “Super Congress” part of the legislation that resembles both
    an “ Enabling Act” and a “Politburo.”

    He has never voted to restrict gun ownership.

    He has never voted to raise Congressional Pay.

    He never voted to increase Executive Branch Power.

    He will Reinstate The Constitution and Save The Republic

    He will END the unconstitutional FED.

    He will phase out the unconstitutional IRS beginning immediately 

    He will secure the borders

    He will limit Big Government in your private affairs

    He will stop Illegal immigration and no amnesty

    He voted against regulating the Internet

    He is almost the only candidate for President in 2012 who actually served his country.

    He was a flight surgeon during Vietnam.

    Ron Paul’s popularity is so high among U.S. service members that the Texas
     Congressman’s presidential campaign has received more money from U.S.
    soldiers than any other candidate in the 2012 presidential race.

    He voted against the Iraq War and warned us against going forward with
    an undeclared war.“Let it not be said that no one cared, that
    no one objected once it´s realized that our liberty and wealth are in
    Jeopardy” July 10th, 2003

    He voted against the unconstitutional and un-patriotic misnomered so called “Patriot Act”.

    He supports a non-interventionist foreign policy yet a strong defense

    He will end the inflation tax He is a true Constitutional

    He would have soundly beat Obama in 2008 because Independents trust him and like him.

    We could have had a V8 instead of McCain´t in 08

    Ron Paul for President 2012

    Because no one else can be trusted to say what he means and do what he says like Ron Paul does.

    Ron Paul is the man of the hour. They used to laugh him for being way ahead
    of the others in his thinking and his warnings. Now, they are not
    laughing because what he predicted is coming to pass. Now, he is being called
    a prophet for having warned us and still calmly suffered through the
    barbs. “First they, ignore you, then they fight you, then you
    win.” Gandhi

    “I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no
    vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of
    justice is no virtue!” Barry Goldwater”

    When fascism goes to sleep it looks under the bed for Ron Paul.

    Senator Barry Goldwater´s son, former Congressman Barry
    Goldwater Jr. endorses Ron Paul. Ron Paul has been warning us for
    so long of the impending economic disaster we are seeing today,
    and he has been purposefully working to wake us to realize we
    must change our course to save the Republic. He speaks the truth with unvarnished power; He needs no teleprompter to carry on an intelligent discourse for over two hours to a packed auditorium of twenty and thirty something voters! He may not be the  tallest, or the most strikingly handsome candidate, he doesn´t have “pretty hair”  but people want the Real Deal. Ron Paul is the real deal.

    • Dave,

      Ron Paul wants Iran to have nukes because they feel left out and unprotected. We do not need for insane dictators to have nuclear bombs.

  20. Would like to hear the candidates address the issue of the large sums of money given to the various Arabic countries. Two Billion a year to Egypt, 1.5 billion a year to Jordan, and over 3 Billion to Pakistan. Not sure how much to the Palestine people who advocate genocide of all Jews living anywhere in the world. Then there is the issue of the IMF fund, of which the U.S. contributes 17%. All of this is being done with 42% of every dollar borrowed and the U.S. taxpayers get to pay interest on the borrowed money. WHY!! AND would any of the candidates try to change this?

  21. Once the Republican party has totally dismantled ALL forms of democratically elected government in the United States, will the American people lie down and take it or will we rise up and begin a second American Revolution to take back our country from your corporate masters?

  22. will this be a debate or just another bash the president hour? Lets hear some real ideas and show the people you can do more than just repeat talking points and give false numbers. this is not a game anymore, our country needs more than just slinging the BS around. tell us where are the jobs coming from and stop with the only answer is to cut taxes and destroy regulations. give us something real if you can.

  23. I’m excited to see that Ron Paul is making some headway this year. Even if he doesn’t get the nomination, at least it shows people are starting to listen to his fiscal, Constitutional policies. If you haven’t been to his website, you should check it out. Don’t listen to all the news shows who just twist his words around. The mainstream media is afraid of Dr. Paul because plenty of Dems appreciate his social policies. Basically he believes that your private life is none of the Federal Government’s concern. He’s the opposite of President Obama, who believes that everything that goes on should be the domain of the Federal government.

  24. We need to skip over five or six of the Carl Rove type Rinos that paved the way for Obama; some younger, newer ideas like Thaddeus McCotter. The Republican train left the station in 2001 but all the conservatives were left standing on the platform.

  25. Also, i’m PO’ed that former NM governor is not included either. He annouunced his presidential bid 6 months ago.

  26. You can’t keep a good man down, and those who try will regret it when U.S. Representative Thaddeus G. McCotter (MI) gets his turn.
    I know that I am learning a lot about who plays fair, and who fears fair play.

  27. As far as I am concernced Newt is the man with a point by point plan of action. He has knowledge of laws that have been passed that need repealing.

  28. Why any Rebublican hopeful would go on a program aired by NBC and having Politico as a mate, whether they have the numbers to be invited or not, is unclear to me.

  29. Why was the debate not aired on public television? When I couldn’t find it on FREE TV I had to resort to the internet, what’s up whidat? Note of clarification: Got rid of satelite and cable over a decade ago (I heard that a lot in the debate “a decade ago!” Sounded kinda cool and important so I thought I’d throw it in, and besides, it is True!)

  30. I couldn’t find the debate either. I don’t subscribe to MSNBC. Nobody watches it anyway. I don’t think Paul has enough support and he is kind of goofy on getting rid of our military, other than that he is OK. I think that Romney is the best bet as far as experience and economics. Gingrich is the smartest otherwise. Rick Perry signed a dream act for wetbacks…so he is out in my book. HE is as bad as the morons in California. If Obama gets his way, there will not be an election. Think about it. He said he intended to fundamentally change America even if it meant he would be a one term president. He and Rahm will come up with a crisis to postpone the election and declare martial law (see changes to the Patriot act)and stay in office. Hide and watch!

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