The Washington Times - September 7, 2011, 08:13PM

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The fourth GOP presidential debate is tonight at the Reagan Library. Here are few things to keep in mind:

The candidates debating on stage tonight are:

  • Michele Bachmann
  • Herman Cain
  • Newt Gingrich
  • Jon Huntsman, Jr.
  • Ron Paul
  • Rick Perry
  • Mitt Romney
  • Rick Santorum

In order to be eligible for tonight’s debate:

1. A candidate must have formally announced his/her intention to seek the Presidency.


2. A candidate must demonstrate that he/she has registered at least four percent (4%) support as the preferred nominee among Republicans in a methodologically sound and recognized national poll conducted by one of the following survey organizations since the November 2010 elections: Gallup, Bloomberg, NBC/WSJ, ABC/Washington Post, CBS/The New York Times, CNN, FOX and Associated Press. 

This is Gov. Rick Perry’s first debate and he goes in leading the pack and former front-runner Gov. Mitt Romney by double digits, according to Gallup. With the Gov. Perry in the race now, most are looking forward to see how well he does against Romney and Rep. Michele Bachmann.

Rep. Bachmann comes to this debate with less wind at her back since she won the Iowa Straw Poll on August 13, but she still maintains some tea party support. However, she did lose veteran campaign manager Ed Rollins, recently. Bachmann will have to shine some in tonight’s debate to make up for the support she lost just by Perry’s entrance.