Tuesday, November 22, 2011

What to Watch in Tonight's Republican Debate in Washington, D.C. TONIGHT 5-7

Much to gain and lose for Gingrich, rivals in CNN national security debate - CNN
Republican presidential candidates take on national defense, the economy, international relations and terrorism issues in the CNN Republican National Security Debate in Washington, moderated by Wolf Blitzer at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday on CNN, the CNN mobile apps and CNN.com/Live.

The candidates share the stage at DAR Constitution Hall, just down the street from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. CNN is teaming up with leading Republican-leaning think tanks Heritage Foundation and American Enterprise Institute to host a debate that focuses heavily on national security and foreign policy issues, but which will also include top economic concerns, including the failure of the congressional super committee to find agreement to cut $1.2 trillion from the country's long-term debt.

The debate is the 11th major showdown between the Republican candidates and the first in 10 days.

It's also the first in which former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is firmly among the front-runners in national surveys, deadlocked with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the top spot in the nomination race.
The latest GOP debate comes at a time of campaigns in turmoil and unanswered questions about foreign policy - The Atlantic

GOP debate: Conflict for AEI and Heritage as new players? - Washington Post
The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and the Heritage Foundation, two conservative think tanks that are co-sponsoring the debate with CNN, will appear front and center by asking many of the questions during the debate that will be moderated by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer at the historic 2800 capacity Daughters of the Revolution Constitution Hall. But can the two think tanks divorce themselves from the candidates they are tied to in order to produce an impartial debate?