Editors Note: The date of this debate has been changed from November 15th to November 22nd 2011
Republican candidates will gather for a debate on foreign policy and national defense on Nov. 22 at DAR Constitution Hall. The debate, presented by The Heritage Foundation and American Enterprise Institute on CNN, will be moderated by Wolf Blitzer.
Constitution Hall, located across the street from the White House, was built in 1929 by the Daughters of the American Revolution for its annual convention. Today it is one of the largest event venues in Washington, D.C.
The debate will include eight Republican presidential candidates: businessman Herman Cain, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, Reps. Ron Paul (TX) and Michele Bachmann (MN), former Gov. Jon Huntsman, and former Sen. Rick Santorum.
The debate will mark the first time that either Heritage or AEI — two nonprofit, nonpartisan research institutes — has sponsored a presidential debate. It will air nationally on CNN and CNN en Español and worldwide on CNN International, CNN Radio and CNN.com.
Correction: An earlier version incorrectly reported the Nov. 22 debate would be the first presidential debate in Washington, D.C., since John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon squared off in 1960.
AEI Special Topic: GOP Debate
The Republicans vying to challenge Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election have revealed precious little of their vision for American national security. Do they appreciate the implications of China’s rise? Do they understand the principles behind America’s alliance with Israel? What will their answer be to the challenge from Iran? How will they respond to the collapse of the Eurozone? Will they keep troops in Afghanistan? Can they articulate a clear vision for America’s role in the world? AEI has been asking—and answering—questions about global security for more than 70 years. Today, our foreign and defense policy scholars stand on the leading edge of public policy, shaping the conversation about U.S. strength abroad. Ahead of the AEI/Heritage/CNN GOP debate on November 22, AEI analysts have prepared briefings about the top security issues that all Americans should be thinking about.
CNN Press release
Washington, D.C., Oct. 17, 2011 – The Heritage Foundation will co-host a Republican presidential debate on foreign policy and national security with the American Enterprise Institute and CNN, officials of the two Washington-based think tanks and the worldwide cable news organization announced late tonight.
The Republican candidates’ debate, scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 8 p.m. at a Washington location to be announced shortly, will air nationally on CNN and CNN en Español and worldwide on CNN International, CNN Radio and CNN.com.
“Heritage is delighted to have this opportunity to increase public understanding of the candidates’ positions on critical foreign policy and national security questions requiring American leadership in the second decade of the 21st century,” Heritage President Edwin J. Feulner said.
The debate will mark the first time that either Heritage or AEI has sponsored a presidential debate. Details such as format will be announced later, said spokesmen for CNN and the two nonprofit, nonpartisan research institutes.
The Heritage Foundation is the nation’s most broadly supported public policy research institute, with more than 710,000 individual, foundation and corporate donors. Founded in 1973, it develops public policy solutions that advance free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional values and a strong national defense.
The American Enterprise Institute focuses on policies to expand liberty, increase individual opportunity and strengthen free enterprise. Founded in 1943, AEI is dedicated to research and education on issues of government, politics, economics and social welfare.
CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System Inc., a Time Warner Company, includes nine cable and satellite television networks; two radio networks; CNN Digital Network, the No. 1 network of news websites in the U.S.; and CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively syndicated news service.