• The Heritage Network
    • Resize:
    • A
    • A
    • A
  • Donate
  • Eight Major GOP Contenders to Debate Foreign Policy and National Security

    The eight Republican presidential candidates have confirmed they will attend the Nov. 22 debate hosted by The Heritage Foundation and American Enterprise Institute on CNN. The debate will focus exclusively on foreign policy and national security.

    The debate will take place in Washington, D.C., at a location to be announced shortly. It will air nationally on CNN and CNN en Español and worldwide on CNN International, CNN Radio and CNN.com.

    “Heritage is delighted to have this opportunity to increase public understanding of the candidates’ positions on critical foreign policy and national security questions requiring American leadership in the second decade of the 21st century,” Heritage President Edwin J. Feulner said.

    The candidates include businessman Herman Cain, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, Reps. Ron Paul (TX) and Michele Bachmann (MN), former Gov. Jon Huntsman, and former Sen. Rick Santorum.

    The debate will mark the first time that either Heritage or AEI — two nonprofit, nonpartisan research institutes — has sponsored a presidential debate.

    Posted in Featured, Scribe [slideshow_deploy]

    22 Responses to Eight Major GOP Contenders to Debate Foreign Policy and National Security

    1. patrickmspeaks says:

      You're missing a candidate, Governor Gary Johnson, who has been systematically eliminated from most of the debates.

      Thanks for marginalizing candidates that you can who probably seriously disagree on the very issues you're covering.

      I would be curious why I should even care about the content of the debate, as it will be 7 candidates agreeing on everything and Ron Paul.

    2. magsvalue says:

      Go Ron Paul 2012!!!

    3. John F.J. Sullivan says:

      Um, is that truly *all* the Republican candidates?

    4. Tammy Rainey says:

      there are more than eight candidates. Why do you people continue to coddle Huntsman and Santorum while trampling Gary Johnson? It's a travesty and you should all be ashamed of yourselves and i will not watch your dog and pony show unless you are fair.

      If you think only "important" candidates need crowd the stage, fine – then drop Huntsman and Santorum. otherwise you are making a mockery of yourself.

    5. Kitty Humphrey says:

      Why would you have a debate with CNN???? They are so biased and ask so many "gotcha" questions. Why didn't you have the debate with FNC?????

    6. Tammy Rainey says:

      Why do your tweets on this subject keep saying "all" – you do not have "all" you have most.

      Even this headline is incorrect since in reads "eight major" – that's nonsense, there are nine.

      Either Gary Johnson is major, or Huntsman and Santorum are not. if you wish to be a fair broker, you should either host six, or nine – not eight.

      As it stands, you and the other debate hosts who have made this mistake have inserted yourself into the process and I call on you to do better.

      Either that, or do us the service of making a post explaining why Huntsman (in particular) and Santorum are "major" and Johnson is not, other than debate appearances which you lot have controlled arbitrarily.

      • lights on says:

        I think they're only talking about the ones that'll be there? But the first commenter mentions he is systematically eliminated? How does that happen without publicity?

    7. winston says:

      I hope somebody hammer that leftist GOP candidate Paul on his irresponsible views.

      • Bobbie says:

        leftist GOP? You want peace on earth don't you? It can't come from irresponsible world leadership. So know that it comes from the individual and commonsense. Ron Paul knows both and doesn't make exception to either when it comes to America.

        • mishiro says:

          If Ron Paul became president, this is what America would have to worry about…………NOTHING!!!! BECAUSE AMERICA WOULD NO LONGER EXIST!! We will have been invaded and destroyed by incoming missiles from all over the world especially Russia, China, N. Korea, and the middle east SIMULTANEOUSLY after we have withdrawn all our troops from all over the world and become an isolationist nation again. Of course we would wreak havoc on those invading nations as well, but America will never be America again.

    8. jim richter says:

      Lets go with rick perry after 27 years he will learn to debate and remember hes never lost an election. he has some new ideas that deserve consideration. Like loser pays in lideration. come on rick Jim Richter

    9. jim richter says:

      what reply would you like I owned a famous New York restauarant and I had aseat on the nyse. if that not enough Ive voted conservative since Ike when I was 21 than they moved the age back to 18

    10. Lloyd Scallan says:

      To call any of these shams "debates" is doing a disservice to the American people. These are "gotcha" displays to entertain, not to truly answer or inform. Anyone that would call them debates have never watched a real debate.

    11. Helen Spingola says:

      Looking forward to this!! Newt can sometimes be brilliant; hope this is one of those times!!

    12. Ed Mosshammer says:

      Why would you have this debate on liberal CNN and not FOX?

    13. Renee Hoff says:

      I agree, Helen. I think Newt is brilliant, and I also hope he shows it this debate; he may have ample opportunity with CNN. He is incredibly articulate, cuts to the chase and says it as he sees it, with which I generally agree. We need a nominee who can debate well with Obama and beat Obama! And I also consider "who would be able to speak well and work well with foreign diplomats?" I think Newt could do that well. With those considerations, I don't think Perry is our man.

      • Tammy Rainey says:

        I would seriously spend 10k if i had it to spare to see Newt and Obama go one on one in a debate like he did with Cain last weekend. The humiliation (of Obama) would be remembered in song and story for generations.

    14. NMDromero says:

      Gary Johnson deserves to be on stage, his credentials are better then anyone else in the Field.

      Some of Governor Johnson's accomplishments include:

      Turned a 1.5B deficit to a 1.0B Surplus
      Reducing taxes $123 million annually.
      Eliminating the state's budget deficit.
      Shrinking the size of state government by 1200 employees (without firing anyone).
      Leaving the state government with all-time high bond ratings.
      Enacting major welfare reform, which cut government welfare spending by 30%.
      Shifting state Medicaid to managed care.
      Bringing the New Mexico state government and the Navajo nation leadership together to finally resolve century-old disputes over water, gaming, and other issues.
      Privatizing half of the prisons in the state saving Millions per year
      Shooting down campaign finance legislation.
      Attracting many new private and parochial schools into the state.
      Repealing the Little Davis-Bacon Act, thereby allowing non-unionized labor the ability to be employed in construction of new schools and other public works.
      Overseeing the construction of 500 miles of new, four-lane highway (designed, financed, built, and guaranteed by the private sector).
      Policies helped Create more than 94,000 new Private Sector jobs
      First New Mexico Governor to challenge education status quo and propose statewide voucher program
      Restored State General Fund reserves to more than $222 million from a low of $28.1 million
      Limited annual state budget growth to 5.0% during eight years in office
      Cut taxes 14 times while never raising them-a first for New Mexico
      Vetoed 32% of the total number of bills submitted for his signature

      For more information on Gary Johnson go to his website: http://www.garyjohnson2012.com
      or his Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/govgaryjohnson

    15. Reed W says:

      Looking forward to Tuesday Night – Thanks to Heritage and AEI for sponsoring – the more "mainstream press" Heritage and AEI receive – ALL THE BETTER!!! I hope many Americans tune-in who have never heard of The Heritage Foundation nor American Enterprise Institute and then join! I also hope it is Jim Carafano who sits in with Wolf. Thanks again for all you do!

    16. Neal P says:

      Yes, Gary Johnson should be included! What a disservice to exclude him.

      He and Ron Paul are the best bets for balancing the budget and solving the debt problem.

    17. Mike W says:

      I am truly fed up with the news media deciding that Gov. Gary Johnson somehow doesn't have credentials and experience AT LEAST AS GOOD as this group of eight. He should most certainly be INCLUDED in these debates. The news media continues to act as king-maker and focus on gotcha controversy for ratings. At least Gov. Johnson knows which federal agencies he'd plan to shut down……….oooops…….but by all means let's keep the likes of ole forgetful Perry and ole soundbite Cain in lieu of including the thoughtful positions of Gov. Johnson. I will studiously avoid CNN and all news media which discriminate unfairly like this.

    18. Elle says:

      We should stop the wars and focus on our country, for all you stupids out there think of it this way. We should not police the world why we are in shambles, thinking of the idea this way, I'll say keep giving everything from your house, money , furniture, etc… pretty soon you can't pay for your house, you don't have furniture (jobs, schools etc.) , next your house (America) will be in shambles.
      We will are not world police, it's costly and isn't our right!

      I'm voting for Ron Paul 2012!

    Comments are subject to approval and moderation. We remind everyone that The Heritage Foundation promotes a civil society where ideas and debate flourish. Please be respectful of each other and the subjects of any criticism. While we may not always agree on policy, we should all agree that being appropriately informed is everyone's intention visiting this site. Profanity, lewdness, personal attacks, and other forms of incivility will not be tolerated. Please keep your thoughts brief and avoid ALL CAPS. While we respect your first amendment rights, we are obligated to our readers to maintain these standards. Thanks for joining the conversation.

    Big Government Is NOT the Answer

    Your tax dollars are being spent on programs that we really don't need.

    I Agree I Disagree ×

    Get Heritage In Your Inbox — FREE!

    Heritage Foundation e-mails keep you updated on the ongoing policy battles in Washington and around the country.

    ×