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  • Constitution Hall to Host GOP Debate

    Republican candidates will gather for a debate on foreign policy and national defense on Nov. 22 at DAR Constitution Hall. The debate, presented by The Heritage Foundation and American Enterprise Institute on CNN, will be moderated by Wolf Blitzer.

    Constitution Hall, located across the street from the White House, was built in 1929 by the Daughters of the American Revolution for its annual convention. Today it is one of the largest event venues in Washington, D.C.

    The debate will include eight Republican presidential candidates: 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. It will air nationally on CNN and CNN en Español and worldwide on CNN International, CNN Radio and CNN.com.

    Correction: An earlier version incorrectly reported the Nov. 22 debate would be the first presidential debate in Washington, D.C., since John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon squared off in 1960.

    Posted in Ongoing Priorities, Scribe [slideshow_deploy]

    39 Responses to Constitution Hall to Host GOP Debate

    1. @hilldw11 says:

      Are tickets available for this debate?

    2. Susan M. Baker says:

      Why not Hugh Hewitt moderating, or Mark Levin or Michelle Malkin, Dennis Prager , Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh or Laura Ingraham?

    3. patrickmspeaks says:

      Don't really give a damn, as my preferred candidate, Governor Gary Johnson, is left out of yet another debate, while equally poor-polling candidates (when Johnson is actually included in the poll) like Santorum and Huntsman are given air time.

      • Justin Rogers says:

        I feel your pain, Patrick. As a Paul supporter, I'm kinda' used to having my hero marginalized but what they're doing to Johnson is even worse than what they did to Dr. Paul in 2007/2008.

    4. patrickmspeaks says:

      Don't really give a damn, as my preferred candidate, Governor Gary Johnson, is left out of yet another debate, while equally poor-polling candidates (when Johnson is actually included in the poll) like Santorum and Huntsman are given air time.

    5. Sara Windham says:

      Wolf Blitzer? Really? Why not Britt Hume? Why not some one NOT in the media. I'm over watching left wingers trying to set up good candidates for a gotcha moment.

      • northwardthinking says:

        These candidates have demonstrated that need no help with the 'gotcha'. Cain on Libya or China? Perry and DOE? Bachman and HPV? The moments that have most damaged their credibility thus far were not at all set up by the media but by their own gross incompetence on basic issues.

    6. David says:

      Are tickets available for this debate?

    7. Al from Fl says:

      I would guess that most repubicans that vote in the primaries view FNC so why so many on CNN? Must be the establishment republicans who think that the liberals and democrats will vote for their man? Nevertheless I'll watch it but would rather see conservative personnel host the debate. This is the primary afterall.

    8. Keith says:

      Why no Gary Johnson?

      • Burn Neo-Cons says:

        Because they are neo-con dirt bags. Don't buy into the crap the try and pawn off as constitutional.

    9. Christina says:

      My sentiments exactly.

    10. Irvin Craig Githens says:

      I won't be watching this debate or anything else anymore that CNN has to offer since they decided not to include Gary Johnson.

    11. @TaxMaiden says:

      I'm shocked and disappointed that the Heritage Foundation would exclude the candidate for small government, fiscal responsibility, free markets and individual freedom. Shouldn't all the candidates' voices be heard? Please reconsider including Gov. Gary Johnson.

    12. 1611biblethumper says:

      Let's watch another attempt to belittle or censor Ron Paul. The media is predictable and pathetic. Ron Paul is the ONLY sane choice for president.

    13. Jackie says:

      I'd like to see Fred Karger get airtime. He's the only non-batshit crazy republican I've heard in a long time.

    14. James Peterson says:

      I would like to know if someone could submit a question to all those that attend — For all those that express the need to attack Iran or use military force in some way in any country — would they be behind reinstating the Draft so that everyone is or would be eligable to go into harms way? And if so, are they willing to make sure that there are no deferments and would they make sure that their sons and daughters (or grandchildren that are eligible) would serve and go into the war zone?

    15. Lynn Farrington says:

      Wolf Blitzer? Why are Republican candidates being vetted by the liberal media? It makes for more sense to have Republicans question Republican candidates.

      I would also change the polling percentage percentage required to participate. Either open it to candidates like Johnson and Karger, or eliminate candidates like Huntsman and Santorum. The free airtime of multiple debates is creating options for voters, allowing us more visability of under-funded candidates.

      • Bert says:

        I don't even know who Johnson and Karger are, but Huntsman is one of the liberal media's candidates. Santorum is an actual conservative, and his numbers resemble Newt's from a couple months ago, so anything can happen.

    16. Mabel says:

      Buddy Roemer and Gary Johnson should be included. We already know the views of the other candidates and the two who are excluded don't just bow to the tea party.

    17. Bert says:

      Would it have been too hard to say how long it is scheduled to air?

      • It's airing at 8PM ET. I apologize for the oversight.

        • K2K says:

          I assume that CNN will re-broadcast at 11 pm ET?

          It would be a refreshing change if every candidate had to answer the same questions.

          I hope one of the questions will be about how to justify the DoD budget-busting F35JSF, still plagued with technical issues, that now has even Canada questioning their purchases. It appears that Turkey is finally excluded from the F35JSF.
          But, another question is whether Turkey under Erdogan is a reliable (or even necessary) NATO member who has tried to force NATO support for Turkey's military violations of Iraqi Kurdistan – and why is the USA selling helo gunships to help Turkey murder Kurds?

    18. Bob Lowell says:

      Would someone PLEASE ask each or even just one of the candidates what they would do about the 15 million foreign nationals already ILLEGALLY trespassing in the United Sates. It seems like a pretty important issue to me! Oh, I forgot that they are not taking American jobs or using social services paid for and intended for American Citizens. Yea, aren't we lucky that the U.S. law only applies to some….

    19. Kevin Noe says:

      I have a question. With all the billions of dollars they have spent on bailing these banks and other big corporations, why don't they buy out the american people who make lees then a certain amount and pay taxes and let them start over. Give tax payers that are in the middle-income bracket and the poverty level money and not just these little cut backs that they give.

    20. Ben says:

      How can I get tickets to this event? I really want to go!

    21. Gary O says:

      Of course CNN is trying to host as many of these Republican events as they possibly can…this is the only way to get ratings for CNN.

      The powers that be at CNN aren't stupid and it's only a matter of time before CNN and MSNBC start showing a lean towards the center, otherwise they'll end up like Air America or the Dodo bird.

    22. Doris Gary says:

      Our country is in a terrible shape. We are fast loosing America as it was . All we hear is criticism of Pres. Obama and our country is seemingly going bankrupt and diving into socialism so why hasn't he been replaced instead of talking it to death. Our president has this obsession to tax the rich and they are the reason we got here and I would like to stay..Look what happened to Bill Clinton for romancing Monica.At least he didn't bankrupt the country and try to make all of us buy health insurance which welfare will have to pay for. I dont't get it. Also our debaters should have more time. They are the reason for all the hullabaloo and 60 seconds later they have to stop talking, The debate is for one hour and they have 12 minutes of it.

    23. Bob says:

      Wolf Blitzer – CNN's version of fair and balanced – if you like your balance tilting far left.
      It will be interesting to see if Speaker Gingrich has to correct Mr. Blitzer when he make his inevitable editorial comments.

      Please reconsider including Gov. Gary Johnson.

    24. MartinS says:

      It's telling that even the Heritage Foundation considers the so-called left wingers and leftist media as more reliable than their won right wing media. lol.

    25. matt says:

      Ron Paul and Gary Johnson would agree. I was wondering, how many other countries around the world have armys stationed everywhere? Have we become exactly what we escaped from when we created this great country? We wanted freedom, we didn't want to be told how to live…. why are we now going around the world telling other people what to do? Freedom is freedom, and the statement "all men are created equal applies around the world." Look how mad we got when we got attacked, they fathers, wifes, brother and sisters just like us. Wake up people.

      • Free says:

        Generally, Matt, we do not have our military stationed in those other places telling people how to live. We are in those other places watching what other people do. Have you not yet learned that the world is a really small place? Americans with no connection to the military would be amazed if they knew all that some are willing to sacrifice on their behalf to keep us safe and free. Thank God for our military and intelligence men and women!

    26. leonidas says:

      I hope that Ron Paul has the opportunity to quiet the detractors that curse him as a "Pacifist". He is NOT a pacifist. If Congress declares war, as Commander-in-chief he will carry out his orders, make war with the declared enemy, "….win it and be done with it," and I quote. But he will NOT take the extra-constitutional step of making war on his own volition as President.

    27. Chris says:

      I can't believe there are people who actually want Ron Paul.Then again Obama became President.

    28. Chris says:

      I say we should change the voting age to 21.We already have enough uniformed voters.Want proof that's easy. Obama is our current president.

    29. Gianna says:

      How can we get tickets to watch the debate live?

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