The storm clouds are building in New Hampshire. No, I mean literally. It's pouring rain and lightening is streaking across the sky. We're back at the Sullivan Arena on the campus of Saint Anselm College in Manchester. On Sunday, we heard from the Democratic presidential candidates. Tonight, the 10 Republican White House hopefuls will take the stage for our second live debate.
Given what happened in Washington today, I'll be interested to hear the candidates offer their opinion on Scooter Libby. If they were President, would they pardon the Vice President's former chief of staff? Also, while Rudy Giuliani is in the lead, will his pro-choice stand hurt him? We will also keep a watch out for the debate within the debate - the growing battle between John McCain and Mitt Romney. They've been raising the rhetoric in recent days, especially over illegal immigration.
It should be an interesting night. I'll be doing post-debate analysis with our team starting at 9pm eastern, and then from ten to midnight we'll have a special edition of "360". We hope to offer you something very different with our coverage, to cut through the spin and the sound bites and give you the facts on the candidates and where they stand on the issues: Iraq, immigration, the economy, abortion, health care, education. Given what the Democrats talked about we'll also see where the Republicans stand on "don't ask, don't tell." So often we hear politicians talk in circles. Tonight, we are keeping them honest.
The last time the Republicans met, they barely mentioned the name of our current President. Well, we think it's important that we get them on the record about the Bush agenda, his strategy in Iraq, and his ability to lead the nation.
The candidates will also have to face the big X-factor, Fred Dalton Thompson. His name and presence are already casting a wide shadow over the candidates. He may enter the race in early July, and that's guaranteed to shake things up.
Like I said, it will be an interesting night.
What questions would you want to ask? Let us know.
See you later.
-- By Anderson Cooper