Big opportunity awaits candidates in second GOP debate (Updated)
UPDATED at 7:50 p.m.: Comment on the debate live here.
Opportunity abounds tonight for seven Republicans in the second presidential-primary debate of the 2012 campaign:
- Michele Bachmann, expected to join the race officially any day now, has an opportunity to make a different impression on political non-junkies (assuming any non-junkies will watch a debate more than half a year before the first primary) who may have heard only negative generalizations about her.
- Herman Cain has an opportunity to prove his strong showing in last month’s first debate wasn’t a fluke, and that he’s got more policy depth than critics claim.
- Newt Gingrich has an opportunity to show his campaign still has a pulse.
- Ron Paul has an opportunity to expand his appeal beyond a small, but vocal, group of fanatics.
- Tim Pawlenty has an opportunity to impress the common voter the way he’s been impressing some others.
- Mitt Romney has an opportunity to prove he’s the undisputed front-runner in what’s been an amorphous race so far.
- Rick Santorum has an opportunity to show that he can connect with voters on issues besides social ones — and/or to show that he can talk about social issues in a way that doesn’t put off voters who are more concerned about fiscal matters and socially moderate.
Guesses as to who’ll seize their opportunity are welcome.
– By Kyle Wingfield
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