90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Friday, December 9, 2011

Candidates Ramp Up For Saturday Debate

Republican presidential hopeful U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., speaks to local residents during the Five Seasons Republican Women's Christmas Party, Thursday, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (AP)

Ahead of Saturday’s debate in Iowa, Republican presidential candidates are campaigning there– except for Newt Gingrich. Gingrich is in Washington, D.C. doing a book signing, which is adding to criticism from those who say Gingrich is on a book tour that has become a presidential campaign.

“He’s done nothing to disabuse that notion when he has a book signing a couple hundred feet from the Capitol, the day before the big Iowa debate,” ABC News editor Rick Klein told Here & Now‘s Robin Young.

The debate is expected to be a showdown between Gingrich, the new frontrunner in the polls, and Mitt Romney.

Romney Takes Aim At Gingrich

Thursday, Romney launched his most scathing attack against Gingrich so far, with supporters such as former Missouri Senator Jim Talent calling Gingrich unreliable and untrustworthy.

“They’re aiming at issues of credibility, conservatism and consistency. This is a full bore attack,” ABC News editor Rick Klein told Here & Now‘s Robin Young about the Romney’s push against Gingrich.

“They’re bringing up the kitchen sink against Gingrich,” Klein said.

Will Ron Paul Become Third Party Candidate?

ABC News commentator George Will is expected to make some comments about Ron Paul this weekend.  Paul denies he is going to become a third party candidate, but some, including Will, are worried that he will, to the detriment of Republicans.

Rick Klein says that if Ron Paul wins in Iowa, “it makes New Hampshire a real wild card.”

Guest:

  • Rick Klein, senior Washington editor for ABC World News, and host of the ABC News political webcast “Top Line.” Klein joins us from Des Moines, Iowa.

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Spotlight

Here & Now resident chef and cookbook author Kathy Gunst shares her list of the best cookbooks of the year.

Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

December 18 Comment

College Counselor: ‘A Deferral Is Not A Denial’

Lisa Micele shares tips for applying to college — especially for students who have been deferred under early decision.

December 18 17 Comments

America’s Political Dynasties

Americans under 38 have only experienced one presidential election that did not involve a Bush or a Clinton.

December 17 2 Comments

Atticus Lish’s ‘Preparation For The Next Life’

The author's debut novel centers on an unlikely romance between an Iraq veteran and a Uyghur from China.

December 17 3 Comments

Diagnosing Ear Infections With Your Smartphone

The CellScope Oto is a clip-on gadget that turns a smartphone into an otoscope — the tool doctors use to check out a patient's eardrum.