SPARTANBURG, S.C. – CBS News and National Journal will present the first Republican Presidential Primary debate on broadcast television on Saturday, Nov. 12. David Rhodes, president of CBS News, and Ron Fournier, editor-in-chief of National Journal, announced the debate today, which will focus primarily on national security and will be held in conjunction with the South Carolina State Republican Party. Scott Pelley, anchor and managing editor of the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH SCOTT PELLEY, and Major Garrett, congressional correspondent for National Journal, will moderate the debate, which will be hosted by Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C.
The 90-minute debate will begin at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. The first hour will be broadcast live (8-9 p.m. ET/5-6 p.m. PT) on the CBS Television Network. Additional portions will be broadcast on FACE THE NATION, CBSNews.com, NationalJournal.com and will be available to CBS affiliate television and radio stations.
“The first debate of the campaign on broadcast television will be on CBS,” said Rhodes. “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 next month.”
"This debate will examine the critical questions of America's role in the world, now and in the future," said Fournier. "National Journal is proud to build on our 2012 election partnership with CBS News to give voters a thorough understanding of how each of the Republican candidates would take on these issues."
"The South Carolina Republican Party is excited to be a partner on the first nationally televised, broadcast network debate of the Presidential Primary season,” said Chad Connelly, chairman of the South Carolina GOP. “Presidential candidates and Republican activists across our nation know South Carolina's historic tradition of successfully choosing the Republican nominee, a tradition uninterrupted for over thirty years. We look forward to the November 12 debate on Wofford College's beautiful campus and continuing to demonstrate that in South Carolina, 'We Pick Presidents.'"
“In politics, everyone aims to be a winner, so, given our tradition of athletic success, Wofford College is an encouraging location for a presidential candidates’ debate. And given our national leadership among foreign study programs, we’re a logical place in which to hold discussions on the subject of national security,” said Dr. Benjamin B. Dunlap, president of Wofford College. “Most significantly, it’s our institutional dedication to ‘the unfettered pursuit of knowledge’ that makes us such an appropriate host as we welcome the candidates to our beautiful and historic campus.”
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.
During the Republican debates that have been held to date, the 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.
About CBS News
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About National Journal
With up-to-the-minute breaking news and analysis at NationalJournal.com, the essential intelligence of National Journal Daily, the knowledge and depth of National Journal magazine, and the comprehensive campaign coverage of National Journal Hotline, National Journal is Washington's premier source for 360-degree insight on politics and policy.
About Wofford College
Wofford College (www.wofford.edu), established in 1854, is a leading independent liberal arts college of 1,550 students located in historic Spartanburg, S.C. Wofford consistently ranks among the best national liberal arts institutions in guides such as U.S. News & World Report, Forbes and The Princeton Review. The college ranks 9th nationally in undergraduates receiving credit for study abroad. Wofford’s historic 175-acre campus is recognized as a national arboretum.