Chat Transcript: CNN GOP Debate in Florida

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Republican presidential hopefuls Rick Santorum,  Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul participate in the CNN Southern Republican Leadership Conference Town Hall Debate in Charleston, SC Republican presidential hopefuls participate in the CNN Debate in Charleston, S.C. (Emmanuel Dunand/Getty)

The Republican candidates convene in Jacksonville, Fla. tonight for the final debate before the Florida primary. The Republican Party of Florida hosts Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum as they make their final pitch to Florida’s diverse communities.

Join It’s A Free Country as we host a live-chat of the conversation starting at 7:45! We expect to have a live-stream of the debate here, but you can visit CNN's video page for more information.


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Comments [17]

Ana from Florida

What's wrong with florida? As a state are we actually AFRAID of achieving something good in the country? I turn sixteen in less than a month & i KNOW this country NEEDS someone like RON PAUL, we definately DO NOT need another bush president like the previous THREE and yes, obama is a 3rd term BUSH. FLORIDA OPEN YOUR EYES! IF A 15 YEAR OLD CAN FIGURE IT OUT WHY CAN'T YOU? Don't let America get screwed again..

Jan. 27 2012 06:44 PM
Janice Williams

Can you please tell the nominees to talk about issues only and to please stop this personal assisation on each other all they are doing is lossing this election to Obama which one of us want. Stick to the issues only we are all tired of this crap we want ro hear about the issues only. Thank God for Rick Nad Ron the are the only ones wanting to discuss the issues.

Jan. 26 2012 11:38 PM
Timothy Fisher from The Poconos

Thanks to wnyc for hosting the livechat. both informative and cathartic. i often listen via the web when my own station is doing something i'm not too interested in. go public radio

Jan. 26 2012 10:05 PM
angie from atlanta ga

lol, notice how newt was evasive on the wife question!!

Jan. 26 2012 09:51 PM
The Slias

Why does Mitt Romney keep agreeing with everyone. Lead!

Jan. 26 2012 09:47 PM
Bob Forslund from Batavia, Il

I see many comments and emails that say those that are Senators and Congress are excluded from the programs that they legistrate for the general population, specifically social security and health care. I believe that is a fundamental flaw, where you (legistraltors/government employees), dictate policy that you yourself, do not participate. Will you change this policy?

Secondly, you are able to dictate your own pay raises. Would you allow the American people vote on your pay raise?

Bob Forslund

Jan. 26 2012 09:43 PM
Suzanne from Montana

Now we are asking about the candidates wives? Seriously, do we care? Do we vote for couples now? Is this a news or a gossip channel? Get to issues we care about. What about energy, the pipeline from Canada to Texas?

Jan. 26 2012 09:23 PM
Ron from north pole

who are these people making the useless comments ?

Jan. 26 2012 09:21 PM
fm from nyw

glad to see a tough debate on healthcare

Jan. 26 2012 09:21 PM
Jennifer from Florida

Ya know, bigalnino, i think thats because this is actually a debate between the four of them. Not between the four of them against PRESIDENT Barack Obama. Wait until its his turn to debate and well see how bad his policies compare to any four of these idiots ideas

Jan. 26 2012 09:14 PM
Kaye from Westchester, NY

Who is going to reform the insurance system? Clearly you can't expect them to reform themselves or they would have already done it. They set the rates and all the conditions under which they will or will not insure people. Without government regulation, how will this change?

Jan. 26 2012 09:08 PM
Aram from Los Angeles

Only Ron Paul understand economics and has a record of a saint in congress that no other politician has.

Jan. 26 2012 09:07 PM
Don Moler from Girard,Ohio

Both the GOP and the news meida except CNN neglect Ron Paul and what they don't understand is that we, Ron Paul and his loyal supporters, hold the royal flush in this poker game. If Rand paul or Ron Paul run third party we
definitely can put Obama back in the white house even though it is
the last thing we want to do. If you continue to prevent us from
getting our message out, we may just play our hand. Don Moler

Jan. 26 2012 08:58 PM

Would love to watch this without all the jackass comments in the background.

Jan. 26 2012 08:55 PM

Wolf keeps guiding the debate to have
them attack each other and stay away
from Barack's bad policies.

Jan. 26 2012 08:40 PM
aspen from Ohio

The field is a farce!! If I were to vote, it would go to Romney. There are no statesmen in the race, just white ment dedicated to getting the BLACK "N" out of the White House. That seems to be their mantra. The President is treated disrespectfully by media and candidates, his records is deliberately misrepresented by the candidates and the media never calls them out on it!!!!!

Start debating and stop bashing each other and the president!!! You shame this country!

Jan. 26 2012 08:15 PM
Ben from Killeen

Let's get this thing started

Jan. 26 2012 07:55 PM

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