GOP Candidates To Debate On CBS Nov. 12

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — CBS will present the Campaign 2012 season’s first network broadcast of a Republican Presidential Primary debate on Saturday, Nov. 12, beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. The event will also be webcast from with an additional 30 minutes online for post-debate political analysis.

Saturday will be the first time Texas Gov. Rick Perry appears on stage with his fellow GOP presidential rivals following Wednesday’s Republican debate in which Perry couldn’t remember the third federal agency he had pledged to eliminate. Although he was at the top of the polls when he entered the race in August, Perry’s standing dropped after a series of poor debate performances in September.

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CBS News’ Scott Pelley and the National Journal’s Major Garrett will moderate the evening’s discussion, which will focus primarily on national security questions. Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., will host the event held in conjunction with the South Carolina State Republican Party.

“Scott Pelley and all of us at CBS News look forward to a spirited discussion of the issues with all of the Republican candidates in Spartanburg,” said David Rhodes, president of CBS News.

“This debate will examine the critical questions of America’s role in the world, now and in the future,” said National Journal editor-in-chief Ron Fournier.

During previous Republican debates, the main eight GOP candidates have sought to define themselves against each other and President Barack Obama. The CBS News/National Journal debate will reveal the candidates’ views on wide-ranging foreign affairs topics, such as the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the changes throughout the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, and the global war on terror.

  • Maria Holmes

    It certainly would be refreshing if CBS would allow ALL candidates to answer questions instead of focusing on only 2 or 3. There are more candidates than the choice of the channels. Perhaps the channels are thinking that the voters are not capable of choosing a candidate on their own. That the purpose of the focus on the “chosen” 2 or 3 is to sway the voters into supporting the candidate of your choice. The Republican Debate tomorrow should be an impartial debate giving each candidate equal time to answer questions on the issues to benefit the voters into making a decisive choice. IF not I’m sure that the voters are more than intellectually capable of changing the channel.

  • William Butler

    WHAT WOULD REALLY WORK FOR ME – What if the candidates actually answered the questions, instead of spouting some other anti-something… (Sorry if you see this comment twice. I cant see my first submission, but I made one…)

  • Frank

    Ask Gov. Perry if he will cut foreign aid tozero for Isreal also?

  • john

    One minute sound bites doesn’t do it…except for Newt who is schooled in this type of interaction. The arrogance of the media overwhelms me. Our voting public deserves more.

    • Unbeliever

      If you read CBS website about the debate you will notice they are gleaming over who will ask the gotcha question…. Seems pretty lame that they are not really interested in the answers since their lord and savior is in office now.

  • Jo Ellen

    How do the rest of the candidates feel about repealing all the Agenda 21 rules Obama has put in place? Newt is the only on addressing this.

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