One day after CNN, WMUR & Union Leader announce first 2012 N.H. presidential primary debate, Fox News follows suit
December 15th, 2010
12:43 PM ET
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One day after CNN, WMUR & Union Leader announce first 2012 N.H. presidential primary debate, Fox News follows suit

Washington (CNN) - One day after CNN announced it is co-producing the first 2012 Republican Presidential Primary debate in New Hampshire, Fox News followed a similar plan.

On Tuesday, CNN announced it will partner with the Granite State's WMUR-TV and the New Hampshire Union leader for a debate scheduled for June 7, 2011.

On Wednesday, Fox News and the South Carolina Republican Party announced, in a press release, they will co-host two presidential debates. One is scheduled for May 5, 2011 in Greenville, South Carolina. The second debate "will be held in 2012 prior to the South Carolina primary at a location to be determined," the statement said.

The CNN event will be especially noteworthy because of New Hampshire's unique role in picking presidential candidates: the state traditionally holds the first presidential primary. The winner earns a mass of media and public attention. And political observers often see the victor as having critical momentum leading into other key primaries.

South Carolina's presidential primary is traditionally the first in the U.S. south.


Filed under: 2012 • Debate • South Carolina
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. vic nashville tn

    Simple FOX own the GOP

    December 15, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    They can't be out done for GOP debates since they are the GOP channel. If they deny this, they are liars. Since when have they given Democrats or liberals completely equal time? That would almost never.

    December 15, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. Danny Cali

    All I say is just "NO" to the Republican that's going to campaign for President in 2012, because Republican always said "NO" to us last 2 or 3 years. Let's VOTE "NO" to GOPer PRESIDENTIAL.

    December 15, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Gary

    It looks like Fox wants to control the process. They already have most of the Republican Candidates on their payroll. Now they want to control the race as well.

    December 15, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. Take America Back From The Libs

    Wahh Wahh Waaahhh that ole mean ole Fox is duping CNN again boo hoo hoo.....YEP and again and again and again! As long as you CNN keep on leaning to the left, you will continue losing viewers and all the whinning in the world will not help your down hill slide......good luck w/that one!

    December 15, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  6. allisonsguestpass

    This time, how about letting ALL the candidates debate, not just the corrupt Republicans and Democrats?

    December 15, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. Lib Loving CNN

    Waaaaaaa, I know, and the same thing hapened when Kelloggs introduced corn flakes, why right after that Post came out w/their corn flakes as well........ I anxiously await for them to renounce that hidious bit of interloping!

    December 15, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  8. MAhole

    Well Sarah Palin fans – your wish has come true.
    She won't debate anywhere but on Fux.
    But she might just end up debating ALONE.
    Then she could tell us all what she really thinks and how she has all the answers to America's problems.
    We're all waiting Sarah – PLEASE tell us how YOU would fix the country – and bring jobs for all, a zero deficit, and a surplus in the country's bank account – WITHOUT your death panels, WITHOUT cutting SS and Medicare, and WITHOUT otherwise saying the same-old-same-old tired Republican rant – which by now we all know is nothing but lies and more of the same.............

    December 15, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. kyle

    A Faux news debate, even Palin can compete in this.

    December 15, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. Northdakotax

    "The CNN event will be especially noteworthy .."
    REALLY?? Noteworthy???
    Just how self serving CNN can be... now THAT'S noteworthy!

    December 15, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  11. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Fox(Fixed) News will be the downfall of any republican candidate running for President in 2012. The only one who may stand a fighting chance is Romney and he's a hypocrite.

    December 15, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  12. kds562

    Palin will demand the questions now so she can find ways to write short-hand on her hands.

    December 15, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  13. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    OK, you are all officially off your collective rockers! When are the parties going to break this lock that two of the most unimportant states in the Electoral College system (not that CT is much more important) going to break the grip that Iowa and New Hampshire (and sort-of South Carolina) have on the primary system by letting them pretty much dictate who will be the candidates by DEMANDING the option to meet them more frequently than anyone else in the country?
    While having a first "presidential candidate" debate in June before the first primaries will force some fence sitting pols to actually declare their intentions (instead of making everyone wait until they decide what they will do) is a good thing, it will only serve to extend the pain the rest of us have to deal with that much longer.
    In 2003, CT basically lost our junior Senator (not that losing Joe Lieberman is a bad thing) to New Hampshire, as he decided to move to a "2nd" home there so he could meet the people who he wanted to vote for him. Luckily the folks in NH quashed his Presidential dreams early enough to gain our Junior Senator back. Then in 2007 we lost our senior Senator to Iowa for the same reasons. It took until South Carolina to realize that he was polling behind Moe and finally moving back to CT.
    Now we have the early migration that many of these people take on going to practically live in one state while attempting to represent or govern another all in the hopes of looking like the most Conservative of the Republicans, or most Electable of the Democrats (Mike Dukakis was a fluke) to Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida.

    Here is how I would set things up if I was in charge of the primaries.
    The number one change is there will be no "winner-take-all" victors. Right now if you have a field of 5 candidates, all one candidate needs is 21% to claim all the states delegates. The one rule I would say is a candidate needs at least 2% of the votes to claim any delegates. Any "unclaimed" delegates would be able to vote for whoever they want to.
    The number two change is get rid of the "super delegates" or limit them to just the Governor, Congressmen and Senators. That way the people will have the power in choosing candidates. In no way should any Secretary of State be allowed as a delegate or be allowed to support publicly any candidate as they are responsible for the integrity of the elections.
    There would be nothing until the beginning of March. Let Iowa hold their caucuses on the 8th and New Hampshire hold their primary on the 22nd.
    Then on April 5, you hold the primaries/caucuses for the remainder of the states with population ranks 41-50. This means that every 10 years this could change depending on population. It also allows smaller states to play a bigger role in the early decisions, instead of the 20+ state Super Tuesday nightmare!
    On May 3 you hold them for states ranked 31-40. On May 31, states 21-30. On June 28, states 11-20
    Now whoever is left with money and supporters can campaign in states 6-10 for July 12 and states 1-5 on July 26.
    Because of this, pretty much every one will still be in play up to the conventions. At the conventions, each delegate will be obligated to cast a vote for the person they are "claimed" by unless released by their candidate prior to the nominating vote. This will make conventions exciting once more and let everyone keep their interest – something that has not been seen since 1980!

    December 15, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. DJ in TX

    So Fox is ONLY hosting only a GOP debate – go figure. How "fair and balanced" is that. Why not host both the GOP and Democrat debates? That would be balanced at least.

    December 15, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I think Fox should be allowed to bring their communist agenda to the GOP. After all, they run the GOP Bagger party, and the right wingnuts follow the teachings of G-Lenin Beck and Kim Sean Hannity.

    December 15, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |