Posted by on September 12, 2011 in Blog

Make sure to tune in tonight to catch the CNN/Tea Party Republican Debate at 8pm EDT. With the debates picking up steam, it will likely be quite a show to watch.

We’ll definitely be watching to see how Rick Perry and Mitt Romney attack each other over social security, especially after Rick Perry referred to the entitlement program as a “ponzi scheme” in last week’s debate. Though some applauded Perry for his boldness, Romney used the opportunity to attack Perry’s penchant for unpolished, off-the-cuff remarks, saying: “if we nominate someone who the Democrats can correctly characterize as being opposed to Social Security, we would be obliterated as a party.”

In addition, we’ll be keeping an eye on the remaining candidates, who, as they slip into increasing obscurity, may try to up their antics even further to maintain the media spotlight. Michele Bachmann will doubtless find some way to surprise us, though we’re not quite sure how Herman Cain can top his latest campaign ad, which features him singing God Bless America against a backdrop of human screams.

That fact that the debate is sponsored by the Tea Party might very well be occasion for the candidates to pander to some of the prejudices of the far right, but we’re hoping that Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman, Rick Perry, and Mitt Romney will at least stay clear of the more blatant Islamophobic fear-mongering that has come to characterize almost all their opponents.

As the official election season approaches and each candidate’s polling numbers appear to be leveling out, this debate may well determine the levels of support the Republican contenders will maintain going into the nomination, so make sure you don’t miss it!

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