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October 4th, 2012
02:39 PM ET

Live Tonight: Newt Gingrich and Jennifer Granholm debate the debate

Coming up this evening at 9, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes back former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and former Governor of Michigan Jennifer Granholm to debate last night's first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

Monday, Granholm joined Piers Morgan from the set of her show "The War Room with Jennifer Granholm" to talk about debate preparations. Two days before the debate, the former governor predicted Romney would be declared the winner of the debate by the media "regardless of actually what happens."

The last time Gingrich was on the program he explained what Romney needs to do to win the election. "He has got to stand up, he's got to be very firm, and very aggressive," the former presidential candidate said. "He's not in a competition to be likable, he's in a competition to be capable."

Tonight we'll also hear from former Senator Rick Santorum, former Romney debate coach Brett O’Donnell, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and many more. It all starts at 9 tonight.

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  1. Hanna

    Nothing was wrong with President Obama. MItt Romney is a Lier just like Gingrich is.

    October 4, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • RealtorAna

      @hanna – name it. What did Romney lie about? Did u even watch the debate?

      October 4, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Hanna

        http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/oct/04/mitt-romney/mitt-romney-says-20-million-will-lose-health-insur/

        October 4, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Charles Green

        Pierce,
        Don't be so nieve, you ever heard of sandbagging, go look it up, you guys kill me with the importance of these debates, they mean nothing, what "idiot" is undecided @ this point, over 30 states are allready early voting. I guess this gives you guys something to talk about for a week, last nites debate reminded me of a cat playing with a mouse, republicans bought into it, they have such low expectations of "MITT" that they will take what they think is a victory and run with it. Watch what happens over next few weeks.

        October 5, 2012 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Your argument is more effective when you can spell LIAR.

      October 5, 2012 at 3:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Sue

    Romney is a lier, is lier, is a lier and Gingrich knows this.

    October 4, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • RealtorAna

      FYI: Lier... L-I-A-R. Did you even watch the debate? We know you can't spell, spell, spell – but can you name what he lied about? I'll hold my breath.....

      October 4, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Griff.

    "Bye!!!!!

    October 4, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Wake up America

    Please check Facts from Lies.

    October 4, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Mary

    Granholm was a catastrophic failure as Govenor of Michigan and left the state so much worse economically after eight years as govenor, why on earth would anyone listen to anything she has to say.

    October 4, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Michael

      Absolutely true. The state's a wreck (I live there). Not quite as bad as California but give it time.

      October 5, 2012 at 3:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • andrewlitclass

      She ruined my state!

      October 5, 2012 at 4:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Curiosity usa

    Big BIrd is living an AMerican dream, why would he need more funding from the government? Mitt Romney might speak many lies yesterday, but this wasn' t one of them. He was very sharp on this point.

    October 4, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. John Hessler

    Why anyone would choose Jennifer Granholm as a part of a debate is a practical Joke. The worst governer in Michigans History . She is a second string quarterback of the worst team in a league and she is in a league of her own. She had great Ideas and Enthusiasm but the Job was bigger than she was.

    October 4, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Orest Yuzda

    How can you tell Mitt Romney is lying???????????? His lips are moving!!!!!!!!!!!
    You people have had eight years of hell under the Republicans, why on earth would you want more of the same crap??.

    October 4, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • John Hessler

      Who is You people and what is Hell ,do your lips move when you talk...

      October 4, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Sara

    Mitt Romney vs. Newt Gingrich: making 'moderate' a dirty word
    Moderation is no virtue, at least when it comes to the brewing battle between Republicans Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich over who is more deserving of the label conservative.

    October 4, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. sally

    was Romney being a BULLY last nite against Jim Lehrer,,seems like it...& being RUDE..how many residences does Romney own..they asked McCain this 4 yrs ago..also asked hm how many cars did he own..& American cars ? he lied..said he owned all American cars..WRONG...owned 12 foreign cars & 1 American car....

    October 4, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • John Hessler

      What does being rude have to do with how many residences he owns

      October 4, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Carmella

    President Obama was probably tired. He has a lot on him. Not only is he campaigning but he is also running the country.All Romney has to concentrate on is campaigning. President Obama needs to get some rest. He also needs to stop using the same talking points he says the same thing all the time. All he talks about is clean energy and invest in education. While i respect him, he needs to expand his talking points. It's the same dialogue we heard in 2008.

    October 4, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • John Hessler

      We all make our own beds to sleep in

      October 4, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jackie

      Sure – busy jetting to Vegas, going on the View, and meeting movie stars would tire me also.

      October 4, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • John

        No one is noticed unless seen

        October 4, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      I hope you're kidding.
      Obama went to Vegas to fundraise the night of the attacks in the Middle East. He goes on the The View, Letterman, meets with Jay-Z, etc, etc, instead of meeting with world leaders. Excuse me for missing where he's taking his presidential duties so seriously.

      Plain and simple, Obama mailed it in last night because he was unprepared. To me, beyond all else, that is COMPLETELY unacceptable. He's not a 3rd grader who forgot about a math test. This was an important debate for his re-election campaign for the most position in the world. If he can't find time for practice and evidently presumes it's all beneath him, what does that say about the way he treats the day to day activities of the office?

      October 5, 2012 at 3:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Planner922

        His reaction time could have been slower than usual because he had been up all night talking with Turkey trying to prevent the start of WWIII. Or did you forget that Turkey and Syria were bombing each other this week?
        And there's Mitt, he's been shooting his mouth off all month about things concerning foreign policy that he knows nothing about that makes the President's job that much harder.
        To tell you the truth, I don't know how he kept himself from slapping the liar in the mouth before things got started.!

        October 5, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  12. roberto

    Carmella is correct..Pres. Pbama is running the country..he has a job..while Romney doesn't really work..probably a billionaire..has his $$ stashed away in 6 different countries..he will begin WW 3 & 4..cut Medicare,,,sox security..Medicaid..he doesn't care @ the poor middle class seniors veterans....he has a huge ego & a strong ego..he wants the power to be the President..but he will not work hard at it like Pres Obama....very spoiled & a bully ....He looks down at 47 percent of us...

    October 4, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Casual Observer

    Obama lost the debate because he did not have a TelePrompter.
    In his public speeches, notice that he always looks from side to side, looking at the TelePrompters on each side, which are filled with words that were written by his writers.

    October 4, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Carmella

    The problem with Romney is he is indecisive and he is people pleaser. He was a one hit wonder last night. Romney is not ready to be President he might know how to run a company but he is weak on foreigh policy. With all the violatility overseas we need someone who won't look like a deer in headlights when the unrest comes form Iran. Plus Romney seems like he would be quick to take us to war. To him people are numbers he has no compassion. As long as the numbers add up he could care less who he runs over.

    October 4, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. v.gerrard, Ireland

    Romney didn't win the debate he just blustered more hot air than Obama but it had no substance. The referee guy gave him more time to bluster as well, but we learned nothing of his economic plan for US because he said it would take too long to explain it. He also avoided trickily the question; "Did he support a voucher/s system for social welfare recipients? Wait & you'll see, Romney's luck won't last...

    Also, Romney, seemed last night like a man who did what he was told to do by his spin advisers/hacks re; the debate, to talk a lot. But his advisers forgot to tell him when talking, to give an impression that would reflect on the viewers he knew what he was talking about. He failed miserably, because the people of US still don't know what he's going to do, still don't know his plan to rescue the economy, & still don't know the real "Mitt Romney"!

    October 4, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Carmella

    All i can say is if President Obama wants to be re-elected he better do his homework. Review the debate he just had and get some facts. He needs to outline what he's done and what he is going to do going forward. And ask Romney some hard hitting questions about deductions and the rumor that he is looking to take or housing dedecutions from us.

    October 4, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  17. gloria

    Mitt Romney was talking to an empty chair last night.

    October 4, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jon

      Was he ? Or was he full of ....

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jun/21/mendacious-mitt-romney-bid-liar-in-chief

      October 4, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. helenecha

    Jennifer looked like a pretty girl. Newt seemed to have a hard time to make her grow up within overnight.

    October 4, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  19. reallyruforreal

    Mr. Newt no disrespect but that a lie about a doctor want take anymore medicare patients I am on medicare and have yet been turn down by any doctor for a fact put to the front of line cause they know it's guaranteed funds.

    October 5, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  20. NOBAMA2012

    'Discouraged' workers face tough road back to employment!

    Are you feeling the effects of four years of failure? Why don't you try another four years of the same? Who was it that said that failure is the desire to repeat mistakes with the hope that good results will eventually happen?

    Well you can thank the Failure in Chief, Obama!

    23 million America's unemployed or underemployed!
    Unemployment over 8% for 43 months and counting!
    The price of a gallon of gas has doubled! Under Obama's failed leadership!
    49 million Americans on food stamps!
    3.6 million more Americans on Social Security Disability Insurance!
    Backdoor amnesty for illegal aliens!
    Democrats in the Senate have not produced a budget in four years!
    51% of college graduates cannot find a job! Because of Obama's failed fiscal policy!
    $5.5 trillion in new federal debt, under Obama!
    In Obama's twisted logic, he will not tell Americans, that the top 20% of all American income earners pay 87% of all federal income tax.
    Will not enforce all federal laws equally! Will enforce DOMA!
    Ambassador Stevens was murdered in Benghazi, Libya! Obama lied about his death!
    Obama's foreign policy failures are notable, he has lost. Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Yemen, Libya!

    Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
    –Aldous Huxley

    Remember: Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Romney/Ryan=2012 and beyond!

    Nobama2012!

    October 5, 2012 at 12:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Akinlabi Olawuni

    I find Piers Morgans comment / open invite about President Obamas refusal to appear on his show quite rude and arrogant. He wouldnt pass such comments about Queen of England. The message was too flippant to be addressed to the President of United States. The President doesnt need to appear on Piers Morgan Tonight to win or otherwise.

    October 5, 2012 at 4:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Gigi

    Mitt is a lier. November will be here pretty soon. The Americans don't buy it. He still flip flap without saying how he works with his policy, tax, etc. Sobit.

    October 5, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Martha

    You are the one who's rude and arrogant not Obama that is not his style. you, the teaparties and the R are very errogants have no idea what is life about stop crying. Because of your arraogancey that is why all foreign countries dislike you.

    October 5, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  24. JOHNNY

    WHY OH WHY WAS THERE ONLY 1 MODERATOR? IN PAST DEBATES THERE WAS 2 OR 3 OR 4...THIS WAY THEY COVER MORE GROUND..IN THE VICE/PRES DEBATE WILL IT BE CANDY CROWLEY? SHE WILL BE MUCH BETTER THAN JIM LEHRER....HE SHOULD RETIRE PERMANENTLY..TOM BROKAW WOULD HAVE BEEN 1000 PERCENT BETTER & ROMNEY WOULD NOT HAVE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF HIM.....

    October 9, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse | Reply

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