Republican Debate GOP Debate 2011


  • Candidates: US Can Thrive With Less Government
    By: Jeff Cox
    Wednesday, 9 Nov 2011 | 10:43 PM ET
    Candidates on stage at the CNBC GOP Debate.

    Herman Cain swatted away character issues, Rick Perry couldn't remember which federal agencies he wants to eliminate, and all the Republican candidates agreed that the way to save the government is by shrinking it.

Top Debate Moments

  • Romney: America Faces a Crisis     Wednesday, 9 Nov 2011 | 9:13 PM ET

    Romney says people on both sides of the aisle realize it's time to worry about America. We're headed toward being Italy if we don't change our course, he says.

  • Tackling the Student Loan Bubble     Wednesday, 9 Nov 2011 | 9:30 PM ET

    Insight on the rising price of student tuition and how to make education more accessible. "Inflation is the big problem," says Ron Paul. "Look at where the bubbles come from--the Federal Reserve." Newt Gingrich also weighs in.

  • Cain on Housing, Fannie & Freddie     Wednesday, 9 Nov 2011 | 8:51 PM ET

    I would turn those GSEs into private entities, says Herman Cain. "The government does not need to be in that business. I would find a way to unwind Fannie May and Freddie Mac."

  • Ron Paul on Taxes & the Fed     Wednesday, 9 Nov 2011 | 8:35 PM ET

    CNBC's Maria Bartiromo asks Rep. Ron Paul about his tax plan. He says it's not a tax issue, it's a spending issue, and the price-fixing of interest rates by the Fed is ripping off people on fixed income.

  • The Future of Social Security     Wednesday, 9 Nov 2011 | 9:18 PM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli asks former House Speaker Newt Gingrich about his views on tax cuts and social security funding.

  • Housing Crisis Caused by Regulations?     Wednesday, 9 Nov 2011 | 8:46 PM ET

    CNBC's Steve Liesman asks Mitt Romney about the housing crisis. Romney says the housing problem was caused by government interference, and Gov. Rick Perry says regulations caused the problem. Also, Michele Bachmann and Newt Gingrich weighs in on Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac.

  • Candidates on Occupy Wall Street     Wednesday, 9 Nov 2011 | 8:23 PM ET

    Should government do something to address growing inequalities? "I want to be the President of the 99%. I also want to be the President of the 1%," says Jon Huntsman.

  • Perry: And The Agency I Would Cut Is... Wednesday, 9 Nov 2011 | 9:29 PM ET

    An awkward moment during tonight's appearance on CNBC's GOP Debate, Governor Rick Perry couldn't recall the third agency he would cut in his budget plan if he were elected President.

  • Bachmann on Creating Jobs     Wednesday, 9 Nov 2011 | 8:18 PM ET

    How can we create jobs in America as quickly as possible? Rep. Michele Bachmann says we need to cut corporate taxes and cut regulation in order to keep business in this country.

  • Should We Let Italy Fail?     Wednesday, 9 Nov 2011 | 8:09 PM ET

    CNBC's Jim Cramer asks Rep. Ron Paul he let Italy fail and take our banking system along with it.

  • Corporate Profits vs. Job Creation     Wednesday, 9 Nov 2011 | 8:26 PM ET

    Do public companies have a responsibility to create jobs or make money, asks CNBC's Jim Cramer of Mitt Romney, who says you can have both.

Republican Candidates

  • Michele Bachmann Tuesday, 22 May 2012 | 6:30 PM ET

    U.S. Representative (Minnesota): State Senator; Attorney

  • Newt Gingrich   138 Tuesday, 22 May 2012 | 6:30 PM ET

    Speaker of the House, U.S. Representative (Georgia); History Professor

  • Jon Huntsman Tuesday, 22 May 2012 | 6:30 PM ET

    Ambassador to China, Governor, Utah; Deputy U.S. Trade Representative

  • Ron Paul   137 Tuesday, 22 May 2012 | 6:30 PM ET

    U.S. Representative (Texas); Physician

  • Rick Perry Tuesday, 22 May 2012 | 6:30 PM ET

    Governor, Texas: State Representative; State Agriculture Commissioner

  • Mitt Romney Election Bio Tuesday, 22 May 2012 | 6:30 PM ET
    Mitt Romney

    Former Governor,  Massachusetts


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