Coming up this Saturday, November 12, CBS News and the National Journal will be holding a Republican debate from Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The debate topic will primarily be foreign policy and this will be the first debate aired on a national broadcast network.
The debate will be 90 minutes, however, CBS will only be airing the first hour nationally and giving local affiliates the option to carry the last 30 minutes. CBS will also be airing the last 30 minutes Sunday, November 13, as their Face the Nation broadcast (check your local listings).
Air Time: Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT on CBS
Participants: Bachmann, Cain, Gingrich, Huntsman, Paul, Perry, Romney, Santorum (Unofficial list)
Report from the Independent Mail:
A Republican presidential primary debate will broadcast live from Wofford College on Nov. 12.
The debate is scheduled to be broadcast live on CBS and will be sponsored by the network and National Journal.
Scott Pelley, anchor and managing editor of the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley,” and National Journal congressional correspondent Major Garrett are set to moderate the 90-minute debate, the first to be hosted by Wofford College.
“We have had presidential candidates here on campus through the years, but this is the first presidential debate that we’ve had here, and we’re certainly very excited,” said Wofford College Director of News Services Laura Corbin on Tuesday afternoon.
Van Hipp Jr., a Wofford alumni and former chairman of the state Republican Party, has endowed the Hipp lecture series on foreign affairs and national security, and the debate will be the first event under that series, Corbin said.
Hipp thought having the debate at Wofford would be a good opportunity for students and the community, and would provide the school with exposure, Corbin said.
Unfortunately many of us will only get the first hour of this broadcast on Saturday evening meaning there will be several candidates who do not get much question time before the larger national audience.