The following is a transcript of the 2008 Republican presidential candidates debate hosted by CNN, WMUR-TV and The New Hampshire Union Leader. The participants were Senator Sam Brownback, the former Virginia Gov. James Gilmore, the former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, Rep. Duncan Hunter, the former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. John McCain, Rep. Ron Paul, the former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Rep. Tom Tancredo, and the former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson and the moderator was Wolf Blitzer.
MR. BLITZER: So let’s meet the candidates. We’ve asked for no opening statements. However, I’d like to ask each candidate to — in one short sentence, about five seconds or so, to introduce themselves to the voters of New Hampshire.Let me begin with an example. I’m Wolf Blitzer, and I’m with CNN. (Laughter.) Let’s start across the stage, and we’ll begin with Tom Tancredo.