Wednesday February 22, 2012Press Releases on the CNN Arizona Republican Presidential Debate
On Wednesday, Feb. 22, Republican presidential hopefuls will face-off for the final debate before a dozen states take to the polls on Super Tuesday. CNN anchor and chief national correspondent John King will moderate the two-hour debate, which will air live from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET from the Mesa Performing Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona.
King, Wolf Blitzer and Erin Burnett will anchor their respective programs live from Mesa on the days surrounding the CNN debate. Anderson Cooper will anchor special, post-debate coverage.
National political correspondent Jim Acosta, senior political correspondent Joe Johns and CNN Radio’s Lisa Desjardins will report from Arizona. In addition, chief political analyst Gloria Borger, senior political analyst David Gergen and CNN political contributors John Avlon, Donna Brazile, Erick Erickson, James Carville and Ari Fleischer will be on site in Arizona to provide insight and analysis across all programming. On the campaign trail covering the candidates leading up to the Arizona and Michigan primaries are reporter-at-large Peter Hamby, political reporter Shannon Travis, and political producers Rachel Streitfeld and Shawna Shepherd.
All four of the leading Republican presidential contenders will participate in Wednesday’s debate: former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. In addition to questions posed to the candidates by King and Arizona Republicans in the audience, the network will solicit questions and comments submitted in real-time from CNN.com, the CNN Politics fan page on Facebook and by using the #CNNDebate hashtag on Twitter.
Online, users can visit the CNN Election Center and CNNPolitics.com for all things political before, during and after the debate. On debate night, CNN.com will live stream the event online and on the CNN apps for iPhone, iPad, Android phone and Android tablet. The Political Ticker will live-blog the debate and incorporate live comments generated from social networks directly on the Ticker. Users may also 'check in' to the CNN debate on GetGlue for exclusive CNN debate stickers.
CNNPolitics.com will also showcase commentary and analysis from CNN’s political contributors, and feature a post-debate camera live from the Spin Room. CNN iReport, the network’s global participatory news community, will be asking for submissions of reactions to the debate, some of which will be shown across CNN.com and broadcast on CNN.
CNN en Español and CNN International
CNN en Español will join in the coverage of the Arizona debate with anchor Juan Carlos López reporting from Mesa, Arizona starting on Tuesday, Feb. 21. On Wednesday, Feb. 22, López will lead the live coverage beginning at 7:45pm with pre-debate analysis joined by contributors Maria Cardona and Roberto Izurieta from Washington D.C. and Juan Hernández from Dallas. CNN en Español will simulcast the debate at 8 p.m. with Spanish interpretation, followed by 30 minutes of post-debate analysis with the contributors.
The debate will also be carried live on CNN International.
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The Arizona Republican Presidential Debate, scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, will move to Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, CNN announced.
Arizona will hold its primary on Feb. 28, 2012 and CNN decided it would be more appropriate to hold this important debate in the critical state of Arizona closer to the primary election. CNN’s partner in the debate, the Arizona Republican Party, and Gov. Jan. Brewer, a driving force in making this debate happen, agreed to CNN’s request to change the date.
The debate will be held at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona and air in primetime on CNN, CNN en Español and globally on CNN International and CNN Radio.
CNN, Arizona Republican Party to Present Presidential Primary DebateAs the race for the Republican nomination intensifies, CNN and the Arizona Republican Party announced today they will co-host a debate among the 2012 Republican presidential candidates in this key Western state on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 2, 2011
CONTACT: Thayer Verschoor
Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Republican Party Chairman Tom Morrissey released the following statement today regarding Arizona’s role in a Republican Primary Presidential debate in Arizona:
“The Arizona Republican Party shares and supports Governor Jan Brewer’s goal to ensure that Arizona voters are heard loud and clear during the presidential nomination process. So, I was pleased to learn that the Republican National Committee has preliminarily granted Arizona an RNC-sanctioned debate among GOP candidates, preferably in December 2011.
The Arizona Republican Party will shortly submit to the RNC an official application for this debate and will be coordinating with the Governor regarding other arrangements for this exciting opportunity. Morrissey continued, “I am grateful to Governor Brewer for her leadership in this process. All Arizonans can look forward to this debate, which will give our voters an up-close look at the candidates and make certain that issues critical to Arizona and the Southwest are addressed in a serious and substantive manner.”
For more information regarding The Arizona Republican Party and its role in this important event, please contact Thayer Verschoor at (602) 957-7770.