Political Checklist: Debate Offers Insight into GOP Field

The people looking to make a serious run at the Republican Party’s nomination to run against President Obama in 2012 will take the stage in New Hampshire Monday evening, giving Republican primary voters and the news media a chance to see the major players interact. Judy points out that the field may not be set just yet — former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and former Utah governor Jon Huntsman could still jump into the race. Watch Monday’s NewsHour for more on what is at stake in the first debate.

While the Republican field will likely focus on who has the best plan to fix a struggling economy, President Obama will be touting his green jobs policies at a plant that makes energy-efficent light blubs in North Carolina Monday afternoon. Judy says the White House wants to communicate that it understands the pain people are feeling around the country as millions struggle to find work.

And Hari and Judy also look at the latest developments in the scandal surrounding Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y. Judy notes that Democrats are divided on calling for Weiner to resign, but that some of the prominent women voices in the party, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., are calling on him to step down.

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