Tonight at 8 P.M., MSNBC will be hosting the next GOP debate of the 2012 election cycle. Attending will be Jon Huntsman, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Michelle Bachmann, Ron Paul, and making his presidential debate debut....Rick Perry. You can watch it streaming online here.
It seems many of the "top tier" candidates have been going through some rough spots in their campaign lately, which should make for an interesting debate tonight. For example, Bachmann had two of her key staffers step down. Also, the wildfires aren't the only thing from Texas putting heat on Gov. Rick Perry- he and fellow Texan Ron Paul have recently been exchanging metaphorical blows in response to Paul's new campaign ad. It's fitting that this conservative battle seemingly over who is more Reagan-esque will take place tonight at the Reagan Library in California. Overall, this should be interesting.
All of these GOP candidates are competing to challenge President Obama, who is currently facing low approval ratings, in the general election next year. While Obama will not be present at the debate tonight, he will address a joint-sessions of Congress and the American people in a televised speech that will be broadcast tomorrow evening.