The Republican candidates debating Tuesday night can most likely agree on one thing: Foreign policy isn't going to decide the 2012 presidential race.
But each of the eight debaters will still have something at stake when they take the stage in Washington for the CNN-hosted 11th debate of the year.
For the candidates atop the polls – Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich – the debate is an opportunity to let voters imagine them in the White House Situation Room as commander-in-chief. For Jon Huntsman, it's a chance to showcase his diplomatic bona fides.For underdog conservatives, such as Rick Perry, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann, the debate provides an opening to ask Republican voters for another shot at looking presidential.
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