February 16th, 2012
07:38 AM ET

Thursday's live events

The race to the Republican presidential nomination continues on February 22 with a GOP debate in Phoenix.  CNN.com Live is your home for all the news from the campaign trail.

Today's programming highlights...

8:30 am ET - Romney roundtable - Looking to keep his momentum going following wins in Maine and at CPAC, GOP candidate Mitt Romney holds a roundtable discussion on fiscal issues in Monroe, Michigan.

9:30 am ET - Contraception insurance hearing - The controversy surrounding President Obama's guideline shift on contraception insurance coverage is the subject of a House Oversight Committee hearing.

12:30 pm ET - Santorum on economy - Now neck-and-neck with Mitt Romney in some polls, GOP candidate Rick Santorum looks to keep his momentum going as he addresses the Detroit Economic Club.

1:00 pm ET - Gingrich in California - GOP hopeful Newt Gingrich looks to keep his presidential aspirations alive as he speaks to the Asian-American Leadership Forum.

10:00 pm ET - Ron Paul rally - Rep. Ron Paul is also still in the GOP race, with his primary focus on caucus states.  He holds a campaign rally for supporters in Seattle.

CNN.com Live is your home for breaking news as it happens.

Filed under: Elections • Politics • Republican Party
soundoff (33 Responses)

    Grumpy Old People debate in Pheonix?!
    If canes and walkers are allowed as weapons, I am totally there for a front row seat!

    February 16, 2012 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      If they're using canes and walkers in the race to Phoenix, it's going to be a long, slow race....

      February 16, 2012 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. Liberal & Proud

    Well, glad to see President Obama's poll #'s on the rise. Any fool that is stupid enough to vote any of these GOP clowns into office should simply go join a circus. I think Ringling Bro.'s Barnum and Bailey are looking for a few good additional acts.

    February 16, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. Drug money doctors

    The last thing we want is generic brand pharmaceuticals becoming more popular. Those little drug companies don't tip the doctors who push the most drugs. President Obama's healthcare plan is a move away from Big-Pharma, stripping them of their illegal 12 year hold on newly developed meds. We want a guy like that fat guy what's his name for President.

    February 16, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. 'Audit the Fed for the 1st time ever' assoc.

    We would like to see ANYONE besides Obama become the next president. Obama steadfastly refuses to allow US to audit the fed/central banks doing business in the USA. And he thinks the military desrves better laws than we do. (sodomy is a violation of US Military Code. Preposterous)

    February 16, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      Who exactly is this WE you speak of ? Surely you don't claim to speak for all of the people. If you do, that's quite an ego you have there.

      February 16, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. AMERICA 1st

    The only people that nobamas socalled healthcare plan is the insurance companies, not any of the American people!

    February 16, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. @America 1st

    Good thing health insurance profits account for less than 4% of our healthcare costs huh. I wonder what your avg. doctor/prescription wirter's profit margin is. Surely more than 4%.

    February 16, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    Romney should just avoid Michigan altogether! I cant imagine his popularity would increase much here, just because he decides to pay us commoners a visit!

    February 16, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. @America 1st

    American's spend more on pharmaceuticals than they do on national defense, and you blame health insurance companies with their meager 3-4% profit margin? What would you say the profit margin is for one single seroquel pill taxpayers give those on early social security disability ? Taxpayers get billed about 40 bucks for each pill prescribed. Even if it cost Big-Pharma a whole dollar to produce one pill, look at the associated gross profit margin.(400%) And I doubt that it costs but a fraction of a nickel to take some crude oil and make some pills out of it. ALL PHARMACEUTICALS ARE BASED ON THE PETROLEUM MOLECULE. OILBRAIN

    February 16, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  9. @Bobcat

    Focus on the principles rather than the personalities. ty

    February 16, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      Hit a nerve, did I ?

      February 16, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Now chrissy, you know you should view it as an honor that Romney would even consider coming to a state like Michigan. It would seem to me like you would be first in line to shake the mans hand.

    February 16, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. @Bobcat

    No, you did not hit a nerve. You did the old gossip lady thing. Even Alcoholics Anonymous understands what eventuallt happens to those who focus on personalities rather than principles.

    February 16, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      Just what the hell are you talking about ? Did you miss your meds today ?

      February 16, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      bobcat...would it have helped you know if the word sodomy was in the post somewhere?

      February 16, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  12. 'Audit the Fed for the First Time Ever' association

    @Bob..."We", as in those of US who can see the wisdom behind auditing banks.

    February 16, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    Hello, bobcat and chrissy.

    I was told by someone that they disliked when people use many, many, many usernames...including the cowardly @(name)...

    I was told by another person that the FR will never be allowed to be audited, no matter how much people want it to be.

    I'm sticking with banasy©.

    February 16, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      Hello bnasy

      Yeah, it became painfully aware of who I was dealing with after the first post. What cha goin ta do ?
      And to the whatever gung hoe posted below, I use the one name I always use, bobcat (in a hat) ©. If you have a guilty conscience, deal with it yourself.

      February 16, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • pmk1953

      Howdy everyone. Yes, Banasy, I treated Dee right for Valentine,s Day. I cooked dinner and got her some earrings. She was happy, which made ME happy. (obscene snicker here) We had a nice evening together. Powder was happy to see her mommy. She pestered Dee for about an hour before she sttled down.

      February 16, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Aw, that's nice.
      I'm glad Valetine's Day was good for you, wink, wink, nudge, nudge...

      February 16, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Just wanted to dispell any myths, lol.

      February 16, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. gunghoe

    talkintoyurself again bobcat witch name ye using today

    February 16, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Hey, there, troll gung hoe.

      February 16, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  15. gunghoe

    hi girl banasy.

    February 16, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Hey, there, fake gung hoe.

      February 16, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
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