Top GOP Hopefuls Prep for First Big Debate

First 2012 debate for Romney, Bachmann, Gingrich
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2011 10:44 AM CDT
Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty, Other 2012 Hopefuls Prep for New Hampshire Debate
It'll be the first 2012 election debate for Michele Bachmann.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Seven top Republican presidential hopefuls will gather this month for the first New Hampshire 2012 debate. Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum will meet at Saint Anselm College for the face-off, hosted by CNN’s John King. It's the first debate of the election for Bachmann, Gingrich, and Romney, and it will be held June 13, some eight months before the state’s primary.

The Atlantic snarkily refers to it as the "first GOP debate with recognizable candidates," thus distinguishing it from last month's South Carolina debate. As for Sarah Palin: “I don't think I'm going to be there,” she told reporters. “Thank you for asking, though.” (Read more Mitt Romney stories.)

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