CNN to hold national security presidential debate
October 18th, 2011
05:59 AM ET
11 years ago

CNN to hold national security presidential debate

(CNN) – National security will take center stage next month at a Republican presidential primary debate in the nation’s capital, The Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute and CNN announced Monday evening.

This will be the first debate of the 2012 presidential election to focus exclusively on the issues of national security and foreign policy.

CNN and the two conservative Washington-based think tanks said more details about the Nov. 15 debate will follow.

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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Foreign policy is not republicans strong suit. Mittsy has a spine of jello, Cain's 999 won't work against terrorism, and Michele wants to build a fence and repeal Affordable Health Care. Perry has created a third world country in Texas, so he will be the most qualified.

    October 18, 2011 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    These debates are becoming a joke. The previous debate was supposed to be about the economy. I had predicted that no one would at least mention the phrase "middle class" because the truth is no one had during the previous debates. I had suspected that Romney would mention the phrase because his campaign has shifted to an "I am everyman" stance in light of the OWS demonstrations. Romney used the phrase one and half times. None of the other candidates used it. They remained focused on what can be done to increase profits, which is somehow supposed to "get the economy moving" again.

    This debate is supposed to focus on national security. The biggest security threats facing our nation is our symbiotic dependence on the global economy, and dependence on fossil fuels. There is an economic war taking place. It has been since the 1970s when the world first saw "global oil shortages", which were entirely manufactured crises. Our nation suffers disparaging trade imbalances as a result of bad policy on our part, and unfair practices on the part of some foreign nations.

    I wonder if the the issue of national economic security will come up tonight.

    October 18, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  3. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Here are my predictions for the Republican Nominee scores in a National Security debate:
    Gingrich: A or A+
    Huntsman: A or A+
    Romney: B-
    Paul: Knows enough to get a B+ but will probably only get a C-
    Bachmann: D (if properly coached)
    Santorum: D- (unless he can figure out how to wrap his anti-abortion platform in a National Security wrapper, then C-)
    Perry: D-
    Cain: F

    October 18, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |