Republican presidential hopefuls head to Philadelphia

    Republican presidential candidates

    Republican presidential candidates

    A veritable who’s who of the nation’s GOP notables will gather Thursday through Saturday in Philadelphia for the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference. 

    Philadelphians will get a chance to see candidates including former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, business executive Carly Fiorina and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham.

    Rob Gleason, chairman of Pennsylvania’s Republican Party, joined host Dave Heller on NewsWorks Tonight. “It’s very important to come here,” Gleason explained.  “The debates have been set up — seven or eight debates we’re going to have — and a lot of it is going to be based on polls in order to go to the major debates. 

    “And to come to Philadelphia, which is the sixth-largest media market in the United States, this is a great chance for you to raise your numbers so that you are in the debates,” he said. Gleason went on to note that while Southeastern Pennsylvania leans blue, recent turmoil among the region’s Democratic elected officials may cause some to consider voting Republican in upcoming elections.

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    Together we can reach 100% of WHYY’s fiscal year goal