CNN, WMUR and Union Leader to produce the first New Hampshire GOP debate
December 15th, 2010
07:45 AM ET
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CNN, WMUR and Union Leader to produce the first New Hampshire GOP debate

Washington (CNN) - CNN is joining with WMUR-TV and the New Hampshire Union Leader to produce the first 2012 Republican Presidential Primary debate in the "First in the Nation" primary state, the media organizations announced Tuesday. It is scheduled to take place on June 7, 2011.

As the first state to hold a primary, New Hampshire has played a historic role in helping determine each party's presidential nominees. In 2008, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, won the New Hampshire primary and went on to capture the GOP presidential nomination.

"It is clear that New Hampshire will once again play a critical role with its first-in-the-nation Presidential Primary," said Joseph W. McQuaid, president and publisher of the Union Leader. "The Union Leader and are happy to team up with CNN and WMUR-TV to present voters with an early look at what promises to be an interesting field of Republican candidates."

WMUR, CNN and the Union Leader have a long history of working together to host presidential debates, most recently the historic back-to-back events that were held in June 2007.

"WMUR is proud of its long tradition of producing Presidential Primary Debates as a public service to inform our viewers," said Jeff Bartlett, president and general manager of WMUR. "We are excited to partner with CNN and the Union Leader to continue our tradition in 2011."

Sam Feist, CNN's vice president of Washington programming, said the network was "thrilled to again be working with the Union Leader and WMUR" to produce this event.

"New Hampshire's unique role in the presidential nominating process will make this first New Hampshire debate a critical event of the 2012 presidential campaign," said Feist, who also serves as CNN's political director.

WMUR, CNN and the Union Leader said additional details regarding the debate will be released at a later date.

Filed under: 2012 • Debate • New Hampshire
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. CBR

    Good grief. We just had a very a multimillion dollar primary and election period. Couldn't we give it a rest. The economy is bad yet the media and others are all making plans without thinking of costs. It must be nice to have money!

    December 14, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  2. meg

    I need to live my life if i dont work in the media or if am not a politician!

    December 14, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  3. Constitutionalist_Patriot

    MIlitant Dem bwahahahaha i knew one of them once he thought his chinese sks was an assault rifle. Modified it to make it less reliable but more scary looking to the uneducated. If thats what the dems have to offer i feel sorry for you. I keep seeing these libs that want conflict actually want to kill their fellow Americans. It's sad because I sure don't feel that way. To actually want conflict and strife is quite sickening to me. There's alot of us grizzled war vets who aren't going to take kindly to militant dems attacking our families and neighborhoods because we choose to believe differently and live our lives in our own way. It's sad and disgusting when the intolerance of the left sees the light of day. Don't they realize they are no better than the neocon war mongers?

    December 14, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  4. Peter E

    Enough with elections already! Can't we have even a single month without them? No prospective candidate made any announcements yet and CNN is already holding debate for them? Is there so little new in the world that CNN needs to fill it with announcement about a meaningless debate that nobody will watch?

    December 14, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
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