Analysis of the Republican Debate in New Hampshire

Analysis of the Republican Debate in New Hampshire

Morning-after analysis of the Republican debate in New Hampshire. How the candidates’ arguments could shape the early presidential race and frame key issues for voters.

Seven Republican challengers met face to face for the first major debate in the run-up to the Republican nomination. Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty and Herman Cain sparred over health care, jobs, and U.S. involvement in Libya. But the candidates primarily focused on President Obama rather than each other. The debate was billed as the most important event of the Republican nomination process so far. But did the candidates set themselves apart? And will this early debate matter in the voting booth? Analysis of the Granite State’s first Republican debate.


Ron Elving

Washington editor for NPR.

Michael Tomasky

special correspondent for Newsweek and The Daily Beast; editor of the quarterly journal Democracy.

Stephen Hayes

senior writer at the Weekly Standard and a Fox News contributor.

Susan Page

Washington bureau chief for USA Today.

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