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January 19th, 2012
07:42 PM ET

Debate tips from a veteran

John King discusses what the candidates need to do in tonight's debate with Sen. Rob Portman, a debate veteran.


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  1. Peggy Littleworth

    Hi, I wish you had defended yourself from Mr. Gingrich by saying that you were giving him a chance to clear the air. His reaction was way over the top. His attack on you was unfounded.

    January 19, 2012 at 8:21 pm |
  2. Charles Davis

    Hey John,We are from Texas,we voted Rep.for Ronald Regan in 1980 and we voted Dem. in 1988for Bill,now its time to vote for a Rep.Is Newt a swinger or are we swinging,HAHA.WE would like to have a comment from you

    January 20, 2012 at 1:44 am |
  3. WC Tighe

    I am very disappointed with John King’s opening questions with the GOP debate last night. As a life long independent and CNN fan (CNN has been home page with all my PCs since September 11, 2001), I have had a lot of respect for CNN and John TV coverage over the years. Clearly last night was a disappointment. CNN is not focused on the real issues for our next Presidential election. I laughed pretty hard at Gingrich's reply in the opening segment. Nice job Gingrich. I was not going to vote for him if he became the nominee, but now I may reconsider after CNN is helping to set the stage for which candidates can handle themselves in difficult situation.

    January 20, 2012 at 8:42 am |
    • Tom Griffin

      It was a good question. Newt doest believe in gay marriage. But he can get married 3times. Where are all the souther preacher saying he is destroying family values? Suddenly not a word from the south. Gay marriage will be brought up and suddenly we will hear Newts opion and trust me he will not reply i cant believe we are talking about marriage. He will say gays should be allowed to get married and the south will rejoice. Hypocrite.

      January 20, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
  4. Liz Frary

    This is my suggestion for ALL jounalists to ask themselves before posing a question to the presidential candidates of ANY political party "is this a question Walter Chrokite would ask?

    January 20, 2012 at 9:58 am |
    • Tom Griffin

      Well Liz. I loved the question. Funny when gay marriage is brought up Newt does not reply, why are we talking about this we should be talking about other subjects. He is two faced, and Liz isn't it funny no Preachers are saying anything about this sinner that is destroying the vow of marriage...great question John!

      January 20, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
  5. Joan

    John King, what were you thinking? Yes, it may have been a fair question to ask somewhere in the debate, but it took the night to a new low right at the beginning and turned the audience off of your role unfortunately. You also kept ignoring Ron Paul and left him out until the audience prodded you. It was not a good way to start off the debate, it was a tabloid question and it fed into the mistrust of the media. Gingrich's ex may have a case but she lost points by doing the interview on the day of the debate and just before an important vote. Why didn't she do it weeks or months ago? Unfortunately she came off bitter and opportunistic which may not be true but is a logical percetion. The only one who was helped by this whole interview and question is President Obama because it has continued the perception that the whole Republican field is weak, has too much baggage and is just a big reality show.

    January 20, 2012 at 10:27 am |
  6. Jay Turner

    I want to thank you for addressing the topic of Gingrich's ex. I am in my late 20's and really have no recollection of the "baggage" Gingrich has. Many younger voters, myself included, do not have the vetted knowledge of these older candidates and we appreciate being informed of a candidate's history before making a decision of whom to vote for. I can understand why Gingrich was retalitory towards the media in his answer to John King during the debate, but honestly, Mr. John King was just doing his job, as is all the media outlets that have reported on this topic. Younger voters are more interested in a candidate's past, moreso than ever now. Given the amount of corrupt politicians, scandals, bail-outs and miltary use in foreign lands, we (younger voters) are quite curious about these candidates past history, both personal and political. All candidates, vetted or not, need to be prepared to have thier skeletons in the closet be exposed, even if they were already exposed in the past.

    January 20, 2012 at 11:05 am |
  7. Katherine Holmes

    I was in disbelief about how Newt Gingrich answered the question about his ex-wife and HIM wanting an open marriage. Not only was I disappointed in the way in which he answered Jonh King but also about how the audience cheered at his defensive reaction. This goes to show what type of moral ethics a lot of americans have. If you don't want to be answered questions about your past then DON'T run for president!!! I hope all of those cheering don't think Newt would have there backs when they need him. Its clear to see that he's all about himself and his own personal gains. Is that what America needs as leader? John had all the right in the world to ask Newt about his past relationship. This is one of the things that help voters determine how committed/dedicated one may be as a leader to the one that's help them out along the way. Plus he has the audacity to be defensive about the matter when he was on of the main people up in Bill Clintons face trying to push the matter when he had the scandal going on with Monica L., when all along he had a plank in his own eye, having an affair with his now current wife. He's a hypocrite!!! And anyone who does not see this is walking around a lost soul. Yeah... Newt is just what this country needs; a selfish, lying, hypocrite. We all know that South Carolinians are a bit behind economically now lets see how behind they are mentally. Keep up the good work John:)

    January 20, 2012 at 11:46 am |
  8. Nirmal Choubey

    John King's question to Newt was very timely and appropriate. I am glad he asked the question the way he did. I wish he would have stood up to Newt and highlighted the morality issues that his behavior showed. Newt in his response clearly showed his viciousness and any one voting for him should think twice. Do we want a person like that to have a finger on the nuclear trigger. Conservatives will be better off with Santorum win or loose.

    January 20, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  9. Newagedem

    I guess Freedom of Speech is according Newt terms.

    January 20, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  10. Tom Griffin

    Thanks for asking the question John. Why can't we talk about Newts marriages? So, it's okay to talk about gay marriage every five minutes but we can't talk about his cheating ways? Where are all the Preachers from the south saying how he is destroying the American family. We could potentially have a whore in the White House. Where is the religious right? John keep asking the tough questions but this time put that Sinner, Hipicrate, Poligamist, Bullshitter in his place. Thanks John.

    January 20, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
  11. Joe Gorton

    Republican candidates have adopted an effective debate tactic: when they get a tough question just deliver a beat down on the media. Moderators who do not respond forcefully become tools of their campaigns. Every time that happens the moderator should have the courage and wherewithal to simply say, "this is a debate, that means that I/we ask questions and you answer them. You do not get to determine both the answers and the questions. If you do not like a question you may politely refuse to answer." Unfortunately, no one at CNN will read this post so their debate moderator are going to continue to unwittingly support a campaign strategy rather than fulfill their obligations to the public.

    January 21, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
  12. tommy warren

    cnn , pro obama pro democrat.

    January 22, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
  13. Carolyn McMahon

    It is Gingrich who is despicable; he's a lying, hypocritical, serial adulterer. If that wasn't the right time to ask him about his escapades, when would you have it be asked? His style is always to attack the questioner, never to admit that he has made mistakes or is a very flawed person. What a sad place our beloved country has become when this is the kind of person who may be our next president.

    January 22, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
  14. Sumalee

    You deeinitfly know how to bring an issue to light and make it important. I cant believe youre not more popular because you deeinitfly have the gift.

    February 22, 2012 at 4:35 pm |