About the Debate

AboutDebateOn Nov. 12, Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., will host Republican presidential candidates for a debate focusing on foreign policy and national defense. The debate will be a one-hour live broadcast on CBS, followed by an additional 30 minutes that will appear on Face the Nation, CBSNews.com, NationalJournal.com, and will be made available to CBS affiliate television and radio stations. 

Scott Pelley, anchor and managing editor of the "CBS Evening News," and Major Garrett, congressional correspondent for National Journal, will moderate the debate. The debate will air Saturday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT live on CBS Television Network.

Sponsors for this debate are CBS News, the National Journal, and the South Carolina Republican Party.

The debate is the first event under Wofford College’s recently endowed Hipp Lecture Series on International Affairs and National Security. The lecture series was established by Wofford alumnus Van D. Hipp Jr., a former chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party. Hipp currently serves as chairman of American Defense International Inc. in Washington, D.C., and is on the board of directors of the American Conservative Union and the National Capital Board of the Salvation Army. He is the former deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Army, where he oversaw the bulk of the mobilization for Operation Desert Storm. 

The staff of the Sandor Teszler Library has prepared the following guide for issues that will be discussed at the debate.

Wofford will provide a Campaign Visibility/Free Speech area on the evening of the debate. If you plan to utilize this area, please familiarize yourself with the rules that have been put in place to ensure the safety of all participants.