Earlier this evening, businessmen Herman Cain and former US House Speaker Newt Gingrich met at the Texas Tea Party Patriots PAC fundraiser for a Lincoln-Douglas style debate. The candidates were given ample time to elaborate on many issues surrounding the economy and entitlement reform. The debate was held at The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center in The Woodlands, Texas.

Here is the entire 80 minute video, it is worth the watch if you enjoy either of these candidates or just would like to see a debate with more substance than 30-second clips.

Report from The New York Times:

THE WOODLANDS, Texas — The rancor that defined much of the last week on the Republican presidential campaign trail subsided a bit here on Saturday night, as Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain basked in each other’s company and the warm embrace of the Texas Tea Party for what was styled as an old-fashioned issues-focused debate.

The challenges facing the Cain campaign over the last week, as it struggled to deal with revelations of sexual harassment accusations made against Mr. Cain while he was head of the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s, were not addressed at all.

The event, formally titled the Cain-Gingrich Debate 2011, was actually a fund-raiser held in a cavernous hotel ballroom north of Houston that was packed with 1,000 people. It felt more like a conservative love-in, with each candidate going out of his way to compliment the other and shower praise on the audience.

I much enjoyed watching this event. It didn’t have the awkwardness or the bitterness witnessed in previous “debates” on the major networks. Both candidates were cordial and complimentary to each other, something not often witnessed in politics today.