Seven presidential hopefuls of the Republican Party attended the debate at St. Anslems College in Manchester, New Hampshire, to determine the presidential nominee of the Republican Party.
The debate can have a substantial effect on the primaries and are important chances for the public to compare the candidates side-by-side.
The debate was attended by former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, U.S. Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN), former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain.
The contenders, who took the stage for almost two hours, debated the gaps that have plagued the Republican Party for most of the past two years.
In addition, the contenders made a unified attack on the Obama administration over the economy, healthcare and budget deficits.
The debate was hosted by CNN, WMUR-TV and the New Hampshire Union Leader.
The next debate will be held in Iowa on August 11, 2011 and will be hosted by the Iowa Republican Party and FOX News. This will be followed by a national debate, hosted by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, NBC and Politico.
The next United States presidential election will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. It will be the 57th quadrennial presidential election in which presidential electors, who will actually elect the President and the Vice President of the United States on December 17, 2012, will be chosen. Barack Obama, who is eligible for a second and final term as President, has announced that he will seek nomination to be the Democratic Party's candidate in this election.
The 2012 presidential election will coincide with the United States Senate elections where 33 races will be occurring as well as the United States House of Representatives elections to elect the members for the 113th Congress. The election will also encompass eleven gubernatorial races as well as many state legislature races.