Big issue in tonight’s Republican debate: how will Jim Gilmore respond to George Pataki?

16 Sep

SIMI VALLEY, California—as the Republican presidential candidates prepare for tonight’s debate, all of America is asking the same question: how will former Gov. Jim Gilmore respond to the expected onslaught he will face from former Gov. George Pataki?

“Gilmore has been under the microscope this whole campaign,” said Noted Expert Dave McClellan. “We all know his policy stands, his personality, his track record. But we haven’t really seen what happens when a top talent like George Pataki takes off the gloves and comes after him.”

Pataki faces a make-or-break moment in tonight’s debate, needing to capitalize on his recent momentum. Gilmore, by way of contrast, is sitting comfortably in 13th place in the polls. “Gilmore just needs not to screw up,” said Noted Expert Laura Farples. “You can be sure Pataki’s going to bring the heat.”

The debate, which starts at 6 pm tonight (EST), will also feature former, or perhaps current, we aren’t sure, Sen. Lindsay Graham, as well as Gov. Bobby Jindal. Graham and Jindal have received less attention thus far in the race, although experts warned not to count them out. “These four guys are in a wide-open race,” said Farples. “There’s still lots of time, so anything could happen.”

The debate will be followed two hours later by another conversation. Unlike the earlier main event, this will be populated primarily by people without political experience.

Gilmore Pataki
Despite the crackling political tension between them, it was surprisingly hard to find a picture of Gilmore and Pataki together

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