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Constitution Hall to Host GOP Debate; First in D.C. Since Nixon-Kennedy

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Constitution Hall to Host GOP Debate; First in D.C. Since Nixon-Kennedy

On 11.08.11 12:00 PM posted by Rob Bluey

For the first time in more than 50 years, Washington, D.C., will host a presidential debate when Republican candidates gather 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 and focus on foreign policy and national security.

Not since John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon squared off in a presidential debate on Oct. 7, 1961, has Washington, D.C., played host to presidential contenders for a nationally broadcast debate. This will be the first primary debate for either major political party ever held in the nation’s capital.

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.

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