Tonight, the 2012 GOP field of candidates will duke it out in Las Vegas at a debate hosted by CNN and the Western Republican Leadership Conference, starting at 7:00 p.m. Central time. Who are you placing bets on?
Here are my opinions on what the candidates need to do tonight:
Herman Cain needs to gain some refinement tonight. He should tone down the humor a bit, and show he is serious about the job. He needs prove he’s got more depth in areas other than the economy. He’s also going to have to do more than say 9-9-9 all night long.
Mitt Romney needs to keep doing what he’s been doing, as much as it makes me crazy. He is the most Presidential one on the stage, and he’s strategy is working. If he doesn’t screw up he’ll come out just fine. Look for the candidates to take him to task on the article that came out last week linking Romneycare to Obamacare.
Rick Perry needs to wake up. He cannot afford another sleepy debate performance. We all know it is not his strong suit, but he needs to caffeinate. Badly.
Michele Bachmann needs to bring her fire, and get into the details. Her talking points are getting old…she needs to show some depth and make people think twice. Avoid the following phrases: foster parent, tax lawyer, titanium spine and one-term President.
Newt Gingrich needs to keep slinging his zingers, and keep reminding us all that he’s the smartest on the stage. Debates wouldn’t be the same without him. Its almost like he is the Professor and the rest of the candidates are Freshman. If it weren’t for all the baggage…
Rick Santorum just isn’t developing into a good candidate. It has nothing to do with his stance on issues, but more with his personality. He comes off as unlikeable and rigid. Sorry.
Ron Paul…well, he’s just Paul. Whatever he does won’t change a thing.
And, Jon Huntsman…well since he’s doing SO well in the polls, he didn’t need to come.
Well, there is my pre-game analysis of tonight’s CNN debate. I’ll be live tweeting the debate starting at 7PM Central Time, using the #CNNDebate hashtag. I serve wine. Be there.