This evening from Spartanburg, South Carolina, eight GOP hopefuls will take the stage addressing foreign policy issues in a debate sponsored by CBS News, the National Journal and the South Carolina Republican Party. The debate is being held at Wofford College.


Air Time: Saturday, November 12 at 8pm ET / 5 pm PT on CBS

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Wofford College and the South Carolina Republican Party are busy making preparations for their turn in the national spotlight on Saturday night.

Wofford will host the first network-broadcast GOP presidential debate starting at 8 p.m. on CBS.

“There’s probably not an office on this campus that hasn’t been touched in some way,” Wofford spokeswoman Laura Corbin said. “It’s a huge opportunity that you couldn’t pay for to get some recognition out there.”

S.C. GOP political director Alex Stroman said the state party is expecting all of the major Republican candidates to participate in the debate.

About 1,400 people will watch the event inside Benjamin Johnson Arena, and all tickets already have been assigned, save an allotment of about 100 tickets that are being given away via lottery to Wofford students and faculty.

About 200 members of the media, some representing outlets based in foreign countries, including Japan and Australia, are expected to receive credentials for the debate.

The college also will hold a debate-watching event in Leonard Auditorium in Main Building for those without tickets.

While the debate will be focused on national security and foreign policy issues, all types of questions are on the table, Stroman said.

Foreign policy has taken a back seat to the economy and jobs as would be expected given the current economic downturn we’re experiencing. Certainly some other questions will make their way into the conversation, however, the GOP candidates have yet to delve fully into foreign policy so this will be an interesting discussion.

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