Columbia, S.C. – Politisite and Iron Mill News Service will be covering the Republican Presidential Primary debate to be held on Saturday evening, November 12 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The debate, held on the campus of Wofford College, will be presented by CBS News and National Journal.
The debate will last 90-minutes. The first hour will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network. Additional portions will be broadcast on FACE THE NATION, CBSNews.com, NationalJournal.com and will be available to CBS affiliate television and radio stations.
Politisite and Iron Mill News will be providing in depth reporting an analysis on location with portions dedicated to Pre-debate and Spin-Room interviews. Live Blogging will be provided by Albert N. Milliron and the rest of the Politisite Team.
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – As the Republican presidential candidates gather here for the CBS News/National Journal foreign policy debate, airing tonight on CBS and CBSNews.com, here are five things to watch:
1. Can Rick Perry clear the low bar of expectations? Almost every debate has been a challenge for the Texas governor, but after Wednesday night’s face plant in Michigan, there’s really nowhere for him to go but up. He’s tried to make light of he stumbles and turn them into strengths, saying he’s not slick, that he speaks from the heart. That’s all well and good, but the danger for Perry is that voters already have formed an opinion of him–and that based on his past performances, they lack confidence that he is either capable or can persuasively carry the conservative message to victory. Debates matter to voters: In our new poll, 76 percent of Republicans said the candidate’s performance was important in deciding their vote.
You don’t have to be a championship debater–the pundits and the media never gave the debate points George W. Bush. But Bush clearly passed the threshold that he was qualified to be president. In debates, he was able to connect with voters and communicate his message in a way Perry so far has not.
2. Will Newt Gingrich contain himself? Gingrich is the flip side of Perry: He scores the debate points, and he conveys intelligence and knowledge. His poll numbers, as a result, have steadily risen, and he’s now tied for second with Mitt Romney. But Gingrich can go too far and come across as arrogant and distant–the professor who wants to lecture to show how smart he is. That could turn off voters who are looking for hopeful optimism. He should perform well tonight in a debate focused on serious and complex matters of foreign policy. But he can’t be overconfident to the point that he seems egotistical.
2049- via Karl Gotthardt – No knockout punch yet. On Pakistan I think Newt, Bachmann and Sentorem had it right. The US can’t afford not to engage with Pakistan. It needs to work on not only improving its own relationship but also ensure it works on settling differences between India and Pakistan. Whether or not the culture in Afghanistan can be changed, is debatable. In a tribal nation, a national government doesn’t work too well. Leaving Afghanistan insecure is not the answer though. The state of the Afghan Security forces should be the cue to leave.
1840: Just under 3000 people who wanted tickets for tonight’s debate where unable to get them. The venue just could not hold any more folks. Additionally tens of thousands of questions were presented for consideration for tonight’s debate
Politisite Team Coverage:
- GOP contenders to debate foreign policy – Will there be a breakthrough?
- Chairman Chad Connelly on the GOP Presidential Debate on CBS – YouTube
- PolitiSite Live Blog – #CBSNJDebate #PS – CBS NJ SCGOP Republican Debate
- #CBSNJDebate – CBS National Journal National Security and Foreign Policy GOP Debate November 12, 2011