There have been a few changes in the debate schedule coming up in December which has prompted several reader emails concerning rescheduled and/or canceled debates. Here is the most accurate, up-to-date information regarding the schedule in December, 2011:

December 10, 2011 9pm ET on ABC
Location: Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa
Sponsor: ABC News, ABC5/WOI-DT, The Des Moines Register and Republican Party of Iowa
Participants: TBD
December 15, 2011 9pm ET on Fox News
Location: Sioux City Convention Center in Sioux City, Iowa
Sponsor: Fox News and Republican Party of Iowa
Participants: TBD

The major changes involve the CNN Arizona GOP debate originally scheduled for December 1st, then rescheduled to November 30th, now finally rescheduled to February 22nd. There will be no debate on December 1st or November 30th.

The December 19th PBS GOP debate from Iowa has been canceled and joined with the December 10th Iowa debate being broadcast by ABC.

The December schedule originally contained 4 debates, however, I’m currently aware of only 2 debates and, in addition, a Presidential forum hosted by former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee on Saturday, December 3rd.


  1. Telemundo’s debate was supposed to be in December, but there has been no update on it and they may just decide to move it to February before the caucus.

  2. It’s a crime that Republican primary voters are expected to vote for the next president based on so-called “debates” giving us sound-bites and one-minute answers to complex questions or 1/2 minute rebuttals! Some candidates have used their time repeatedly(Bachmann and Santorum) only to angrily attack others, often without knowing the facts.

    More voters tend to watch the television “debates” than read political news articles (usually slanted to the papers’ bias) or than do their own research or fact check what’s said in the short sound-bites.

    We need a forum similar to Rick Warren’s in California that was televised during the 2008 presidential election. EACH candidate had an opportunity to explain themselves and their policies for half hour or at least a lengthy period of time.

    The current format is a disservice to Republican voters!

  3. I agree it would be helpful to have a forum similar to Warren’s, however with 8 current canidates @ 30 mins each we would be looking at a time slot 4 hours long plus commericial time, add another hour. Fox News has regular interviews with all the canidates 2 or 3 times a week on different programs. The Bret Bair hour in the evening has had all the canidates in a 30 minute question and answer format, while O’Reilly, Hannitty, and Greta have all done 15 min, 30 min and longer interviews. Most of the pieces are available in the video archieves. They all have websites with their views, positons and policies available. Google any of the canidates names and you will get pages of negative and positive resources. I suspect very few voters use newspapers any more as a primary source of information about anyone or anything. Republician voters don’t need to be told how to vote and are smart enough to find out what they need to know. Just my opinion.

  4. I agree,what used to be something I enjoy as a political junkie, I now despise for the biased questions and time allowed the candidates.Most of them have been Jerry Springer like, with nothing gleaned for the audience to reflect upon.I distrust the media more than ever.

  5. Knowing the gravity of what’s at stake, I’m outraged that the liberal media have not pulled back in their dogged Obama bias. What a crime on the public! Where is objective journalism? Those who are not “political junkies,” like us, have a slim chance of learning the facts. I’m especially concerned about the general election and perceptions of independents & disenchanted Democrats, who will likely determine the presidential outcome.

    I’m disgusted with the line of questioning at the pseudo debates–the limited time is often spent on absolute trivia, gotcha questions and rants by Bachmann or Santorum attacking front-rummers in
    desparate games of oneupmanship. The format is an insult to the voting public. Oh, for a forum like the one Rick Warren held in California in 2008 with one-on-one interviews. Eric Erickson of RedState had hoped to plan such a forum though I’ve heard nada.

    Voluminous polls have undue influence on potential voters as well, with polls often skewed by the wording of questions, the number of people questioned and the group questioned. It’s a fact that a segment of the population historically votes for the likely winner, i.e. the guy at the top of the polls at any given time.

    Over past four decades, I can’t remember a period reflecting such political turmoil, economic instability, high unemployment, disastrous housing collapse,all at the same time. But then too, I’ve never witnessed a president divide the country into haves & have-nots, played the race card, blamed & attacked the opposition party daily, ignored the budget & deficit leadership responsibility, spent taxpayers’ money like a drunken sailor. It is truly frightening for us, our children, grandchildren . . .

    We the People deserve much more.

    • Obama bias? In the 270 some words used in your screed you never once cited a single instance of so-called Obama bias by the news media. You would be hard-pressed to find any examples of so-called Obama bias outside the parallel universe of the Right Wing blogosphere and Fox.

  6. I would love to know WHO of these candidates will do something about having the funds returned to SS that have been used as a slush fund for the Congress…
    Everyone mentions it but I have never heard anyone talk about how this money is to be repaid. Thank you

  7. With the EXCEPTION of Ron Paul, NONE of the other GOP candidates, including Bachman, EVER thought enough of this country to “suit-up” when they had the opportunity. Yes, Cheney “had more important things to do” as he told us. And the current slate of candidates seem more interested in making money for themselves and the 1 % that they would ignore us lesser folks.

    Disgusted vet

    • Bill, I’m sorry but your facts are simply incorrect. Perry too ‘suited up’ and was a pilot in the US military.

  8. Since Bill is concerned about the candidates making money for themselves and the 1%, I strongly recommend reading “Throw Them All Out” by Peter Schweizer, the expose used for the CBS “60 Minutes” show on insider trading, sweetheart land deals, manipulation of the stock market and worse in D.C.

    Perhaps most distasteful are mentions of Pres. Obama’s relationship with George Soros and Warren Buffet, both clearly in the 1%. The two men apparently have been personal advisers to Obama–in and out of the White House. With insider information culled from being on the “inside,” it seems the two have uber-enriched themselves to the tune of millions. Another politico in the 1% category is Rep. Nancy Pelosi, whose properties in San Francisco have been enriched with infrastructure earmarks and whose investments included IPO’s obtained from insider information.

    To understand Obama’s often used “fair share” or “fair shot,” read Schweizer’s book. More than a handful of sitting elected Congressmen have had more than their fair share and have become millionaires on the taxpayers’ dime! As a result, many career politicians have gained access to Obama’s 1% club by being on the inside. This must stop! It’s criminal behavior by any stretch of the imagination! The same laws that apply to the rest of us should also apply to Congressmen and the White House.

  9. Obama is going to win by default if for no other reason than all Republicans are acting like puppets controlled by Grover Norquist and his absurd requirement that no Republicans can vote for any bill to raise taxes no matter what the circumstances. Over 60% of voters favor raising the taxes on the wealthiest 1% whose income have been going up by double digits each year. Romney is the only person who can get a substantial number of independents’ and liberal Christians’ votes. Get a clue!

  10. Not a fan of Mrs Bachmann, nor feel she’s qualified for highest office.

    That being said, government money for accepting responsibility for foster children is pay for a legitimate job or service. Or do you think foster parents provide housing, food, clothes from their own pocket? All parents should be respected for making the sacrifice to take children into their home, kids who are usually damaged, unwanted or abused.

    In D.C. insider trading, insider knowledge, sweetheart land deals, IPO’s, earmarks, etc. are apparently “legitimate.” In all cases, taxpayer money is involved in some way to enrich the pockets of lawmakers or their cronies. For elected government officials at the city, county and state levels, these behaviors are clear conflicts of interest and in most cases, criminal & punishable by prison. For any citizen, insider trading is also criminal. The revelation that our lawmakers in D.C. are not held accountable is a travesty of justice.

  11. For those of you who missed it, Mike Huckabee’s forum on the 3rd was worth watching. Each of the candidates who showed up had 20 minutes of time to discuss their positions along with a 1 minute closing statement at the end. For those of you who find it difficult to see media bias I would suggest you watch the Huckabee video, than watch the ABC/Diane Sawyer debate. I suspect you can view it on ABC, Yahoo or find a link on your local ABC network.
    I would also suggest you watch a little Fox News, the evening line up with O’Reiley, Hanniety, and Greta for a week. Follow up with Jon Stewart at 11. Then go back to your regular programming (pardon the pun). To gain insight into the Libertarian viewpoint, try Fox Business with Lou Dobbs, The Judge and Stossel again the evening line-up. You do watch the opposition occasionally, right? I agree we must dismantle the national progressive machine that has been established over the past 80->100 years, primarily under the Democratic banner, assisted by RINO’s and hard shelled conservatives who would rather go down to defeat rather than mingle with the riff raff and pagans. If we can get back to defending the free choice of each individual (that it harm no other) against the tyranny of popular opinion and government control, just maybe we’ll make it yet. My opinion anyway.

  12. I wish the moderators would be different from debate to debate. It’s the same old commies every time, no hard questions and no understanding for the Constitution or the need for individual freedom. Ron Paul is the only sane candidate but the moderators don’t recognize that but want the usual political psycho babble to feel in the zone. Obama is steadily hanging on to the lead by the grip of the knife he and the Democrat Party have sunk into the back of the US. Hanging on.

  13. Diane Sawyer was embarrassing to watch in last weeks ABC debate. What a waste of valuable time. Don’t these liberals realize that the upcoming primary is for us registered conservatives to decide?

    I’m sick & tired of liberal pundits & newspeople assessing the GOP candidates! Their only concern is which one is easiest to defeat. They attempt to make all appear flawed.

    Better to have conservatives like John Bolton, Charles Krauthammer, Bill Kristol, Steve Hayes, Nina Easton, Liz Cheney, Mary Alice Hamm, Dana Perino, Brit Hume, there are many, many who would formulate the tough questions for us.

  14. I’m surprised you didn’t mention Grover Norquist as an interviewer. As the most influential Republican, I think he would do a great job of putting a final stake into the heart of the the Republicans’ chances to elect a president. Maybe you could get a Pat Robertson type to help you win the independent vote! I have no trouble with conservative interviewers. The candidates themselves are the ones attacking each other, not the moderators. If things get too cozy with soft questions, the viewership will drop and you’ll never get the independent vote which is essential for you to win.

  15. I am completely astonished that the media has essentially buried the whole MF Global Bankruptcy crisis! There are hundreds if not thousands of people whos segragated account funds have completely disappeared! If anyone deserves a bailout it is these people, not freddie or fanny or any of the banking giants- they helped the crisis happen! Please spread the awareness about this problem!

  16. They obviously won’t do it on the mainstream media networks. And anyone who still thinks the media bias is a right/left thing, you’re not seeing the bigger picture. It’s not about right or left, it’s about hiding the big stories that the banking and corporate giants don’t want people to hear. Whatever candidate works for the man will get covered.

  17. Anyone even AWARE that the U.S., for all intents & purposes, is no longer involved in combat ops in Iraq. I hope that next generation has learned from mistakes/lies of pols that got us involved in a war that they themselves, or their own family, did not volunteer to ‘serve’ in. . .they were quick to involve us in a war, using SOMEONE ELSE’S body, as long as they d/n put their ‘patriotic’ asses on the line. G-d bless our military, our country, and all of us. . . .Merry Christmas/Happy New Year to all!

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