CNN and the Tea Party Express have announced the confirmed participants for the September 12th Republican “Tea Party” debate being held in Tampa, Florida. This debate comes just days after the Reagan Library debate and will feature the same candidate lineup baring any unforseen events. You can submit your questions to the debate here.

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 CNN:

Washington (CNN) – Eight Republicans vying for support from tea party activists will face off later this month in a CNN presidential debate cosponsored by the Tea Party Express and tea party organizations representing every state in the nation.

The “Tea Party Republican Debate” will take place Sept. 12th in Tampa, Florida – the host city for the 2012 Republican National Convention. Florida is also a key state in the race for the GOP presidential nomination.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer will moderate the debate, which will feature questions from guests inside the hall as well as from people attending viewing parties around the country. It will be broadcast live nationally on CNN, CNN en Español and CNN Radio, around the world on CNN International, CNN en Español and streamed on

Last month, Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced he would run for the GOP nomination, joining Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, businessman Herman Cain, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman on stage in Tampa.

CNN crafted objective criteria – modeled after criteria the network used at the June debate – to determine who would be eligible to participate in the Sept. 12th debate. Participants needed to achieve a minimum 2 percent threshold in an average of national primary polls to be invited to the debate.

I am looking forward to letting citizens ask questions as opposed to the moderators who usually have their own agenda. I am wondering whether citizen questions will focus more narrowly on the economy, a topic which moderators in previous debates have not adequately explored in my opinion.


  1. I would appreciate a format giving each candidate 10 minutes each to address the same set of 3 questions : 1.Economy-how to get business environment improved to create jobs, 2. How to get the country out of debt over time so our children and their children can live a decent life without being in poverty and indebted to China, and 3. How to deal on a long term basis with terrorists and national security without having our country involved in so many large scale wars.
    Have each candidate do this without interruption or rebuttal. Just let us hear the actual vision each has for dealing with these issues.

  2. I think NBC had it right the other night: a minute to answer each question and then an interruption by the moderator if they go far beyond that.

    There has to be maximum discretion given to moderators.

    I would also like to see more philosophical questions such as: When are taxes appropriate? rather than do you support the Bush tax cuts?

  3. Gov. Gary Johnson reached 2% in CNN’s own poll beating several attending and he tied Cain. His continual exclusion by the MSM at this point is almost to the point of laughable. His voice should be heard along with all the others.

  4. I would like to see Ron Paul not be ignored like it seems he always is. I would like to see CNN step up, man up and be unbiased not only in their questioning, but all other things they do. Sadly, the man who wins every debate (Paul) wont get any respect from CNN or any other media outlet because they fear a change in the status quo.

    Why exactly are Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman still trying? They should just tell their 3 and 4 followers respectively to vote for Ron Paul and then gracefully bow out of the race.

    Ron Paul 2012.

  5. Israel presently is in severe diplomatic crisis, especially with Egypt and Turkey. And the Palestenians will go to the UN for recognition as a state. What should the position of the US in this situation? Should the US support Israel as a Jewish state, meaning that those who are not Jews have no rights in that country? Given the duplicity of the Palestinians, can anyone trust them to comply with any diplomatic agreement, which would be attained after much difficulty?

  6. i think they should split the wall right down the middle and split israel the other way .the fair way two pieces with equal sea shore and land .what is so hard about that

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