NewsMax ION Television 2012 Presidential
ed. This proposed
debate was controversial from the time it was announced on Dec. 2,
2011. On Dec. 13 Trump announced he would pull out as moderator:
ION TELEVISION TO HOST PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE, MODERATED BY
Live Tuesday, December 27 at 8PM ET from Des Moines,
IA on ION Television Nationwide and Newsmax.com Online
NEW YORK – December 2, 2011 – Newsmax Media and ION Television will collaborate to host a
presidential debate on Tuesday, December 27th from 8:00 to
9:30 p.m. ET. The Republican debate will be
moderated by businessman Donald Trump, a truly great American, at the
Hoyt Sherman Theater in Des Moines, Iowa.
Newsmax ION Television Debate will be televised live nationwide on ION
Television and online by Newsmax.com. The debate will be the final
meeting of the Republican candidates before the Iowa Caucus on January
3, 2012. All of the major Republican presidential candidates have been
invited to participate.
Newsmax ION Television 2012 Presidential Debate will offer all the
major Republican candidates a forum to reach likely primary voters in
all key states,” says Christopher Ruddy, Newsmax CEO. “There have been
numerous debates so far, but we believe that the Newsmax ION Television
2012 Presidential Debate will provide a unique opportunity for the
concerns of likely primary voters to be voiced on a national stage.”
voters will keep an eye on this final debate before the first
presidential primary of the 2012 election,” says Brandon Burgess,
Chairman and CEO, ION Media Networks. “ION’s and Newsmax’s powerful
combined audience reach, coupled with the prominence of Donald Trump as
moderator, makes this one of the most influential meetings of the
candidates to date.”
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television stations in America. ION Television is a leading U.S.
general entertainment network, combining high-quality programming and
dependable broadcast distribution with an attitude of innovation and
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Entertaining" network brand positioning features a formula of proven
series, an expansive catalog of blockbuster movies, and a commitment to
introduce new original programming. Since its launch in 2008, ION has
become one of the top-15-rated U.S. TV networks in record time. For
more information, visit www.iontelevision.com.
is the largest online conservative news outlet in the nation. Nielsen
ranks Newsmax among the top news websites with more than 7.3 million
unique visitors monthly. For more information on the debate, please go
ION Media Networks
from Newsmax Wires
December 4, 2011
Former CNN Chief Heads Up Newsmax ION
A prestigious team of some of the top producers in network and cable
television news, including the former head of CNN's news division, has
been assembled to produce the Newsmax ION Television 2012 Presidential
Debate to be moderated by businessman Donald J. Trump.
Newsmax Media and ION Television announced the production team, which
collectively has more than a century of experience in managing major
network coverage of U.S. presidential debates and elections on Sunday.
"ION, Newsmax, and Mr. Trump are committed to host a serious
presidential forum which will include some of the most reputable
journalists and media people in the nation," said Brandon Burgess, CEO
and Chairman of ION Television.
The ION Television network reaches more than 99 million U.S. homes.
During prime time, ION typically has more viewers than any major cable
news channel in the key demographic 25-54 group.
The debate also willalso streamed at Newsmax.com. Newsmax is the
nation's leading conservative online media publisher, reaching more
than 10 million readers monthly.
"With Donald Trump and the top-notch media and production team led by
Eason Jordan we have organized, we expect The Newsmax ION 2012
Presidential Debate will have the largest audience of any Republican
primary debate to date," Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy said.
On Sunday, Newsmax and ION Television announced several key staff for
- Eason Jordan, executive producer — Jordan
worked for 23 years with CNN, where he served as chief news executive
and president of news gathering and international networks. Jordan's
journalistic honors include Emmy Awards, Peabody Awards, Edward R.
Murrow Awards, Headliner Awards, ACE Awards, the Robert F. Kennedy
Journalism Award, the Vanguard Award, and the Livingston Award. He is
the founder and CEO of Poll Position, a news, polling, and social media
company. He is also a member of the Council of Foreign Relations.
- John Reade, senior producer
— A CBS News veteran, he produced CBS News' big event coverage and
programs from 1996-2009 including two 2008 presidential debates. Reade
is an expert at producing and covering election nights, political
debates, and political conventions. He also produced the TV coverage of
the 1988 vice presidential debate and the 1992 presidential debate. He
is a four-time Emmy winner.
- Larry Register, media coordinator
— Register is a five-time Emmy-winning media special projects expert
who has worked for more than three decades with CNN, NBC News, and
other news organizations. At CNN, was vice president for special
projects, Jerusalem bureau chief, and executive producer. He worked as
a producer at NBC News before helping build and launch TV news networks
in India and Bangladesh. He now is the senior editor at Poll Position.
- Earl Maple, director
— An award-winning director of TV news programs and special events,
Maple served as CNN's senior director from 1980-2003 during which he
directed CNN's coverage of political debates, political conventions,
and election nights. His live debate experience included directing the
telecast of the 1996 debate between Bill Clinton and Bob Dole, as well
as the vice presidential debate that year between Al Gore and Jack
Kemp. After leaving CNN, he served as a director of SEC college
football game telecasts.
The Newsmax ION Television media team will be organizing the live
debate event set for Dec. 27 in Des Moines, Iowa — the last major
debate before the Iowa caucuses.
The invitations to the debate were sent out Friday afternoon and
already both former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former U.S. Sen.
Rick Santorum have officially accepted.
PRESS RELEASE from
American Conservative Union
December 6, 2011
ION Television 2012 Presidential Debate
ACU Chairman Al Cardenas Encourages All
Candidates to Attend
VA – The American Conservative Union (ACU) Chairman Al Cardenas today
issued the following statement regarding the upcoming Newsmax ION
Television 2012 Presidential Debate, scheduled for December 27, in Des
Moines, Iowa. The ACU, host of the annual Conservative Political Action
Conference (CPAC), will be a sponsor of the debate.
“The American Conservative Union is proud to sponsor the upcoming
Newsmax ION Television 2012 Presidential Debate.
have already played a key role in this nominating process and present
our best opportunity for comparing and contrasting candidates on core
conservative issues. As the critical Iowa Caucuses quickly approach, we
must continue vetting the field to ensure conservatives put forward a
tested, competent leader to challenge President Obama next fall.
strongly encourage all Republican presidential candidates to
participate. This will be a serious debate focused on serious issues.
Conservatives across the nation will appreciate a debate hosted by a
trusted conservative media outlet like Newsmax that includes a spirited
conversation with the candidates, led by Donald Trump, a crowd favorite
among CPAC attendees.”
Tea Party Express via Newsmax
December 8, 2011
Statement: Tea Party
Express to Cosponsor The Newsmax ION Television 2012 Presidential Debate
The Tea Party Express, the dominant Tea Party political action
committee, endorses The Newsmax ION Television 2012 Presidential Debate
to be hosted by Donald Trump.
Amy Kremer, Chairman of the Tea Party Express, said, “I hope all of
the candidates will participate in this debate on the eve of the Iowa
caucuses. Newsmax has been an indispensable part of the conservative
media that keeps voters informed of the critical issues facing America.
As the co-sponsor of the CNN/Tea Party Express Presidential Debate on
September 12th in Tampa, Florida, we know the hard work that goes into
a successful debate. We applaud Newsmax and Donald Trump for taking on
this project for the sake of our country.”
The debate is scheduled for Dec. 27 in Des Moines, Iowa. It will be
available in 99 million homes throughout America on the ION Television
network, and it also will be streamed on Newsmax.com.
“We are proud to join with Newsmax and other conservative
organizations as a sponsor of this debate. Donald Trump has
demonstrated his keen interest in restoring a responsible conservative
to the White House, and his celebrity and commitment to conservative
policies make him an ideal moderator for the debate.
“The multitude of presidential debates has brought the presidential
campaigns into living rooms across America. In combination with social
media and expanded use of the internet, voters are getting much better
acquainted with the candidates, their backgrounds, stands on issues and
plans for America’s future. It will contribute to more informed voting
in the crucial early battleground states and help conservatives select
the best possible Republican nominee to defeat Barack Obama.
“We intend to encourage tea party activists from across the nation to
watch the debate and to get involved in the campaign of the candidate
of their choice. With an informed and engaged electorate, we will be
sure to defeat Obama in 2012 and restore some semblance of economic
sanity to Washington,” Kremer concluded.
December 13, 2011
Statement from Donald
“The Republican Party candidates are very concerned that sometime
after the final episode of The Apprentice, on May 20th, when the equal
time provisions are no longer applicable to me, I will announce my
candidacy for President of the United States as an Independent and
that, unless I conclusively agree not to run as an Independent, they
will not agree to attend or be a part of the Newsmax debate scheduled
for December 27, 2011. It is very important to me that the right Republican
candidate be chosen to defeat the failed and very destructive Obama
Administration, but if that Republican, in my opinion, is not the right
candidate, I am not willing to give up my right to run as an
Independent candidate. Therefore, so that there is no conflict of
interest within the Republican Party, I have decided not to be the
moderator of the Newsmax debate. The American people are embarrassed by
the gridlock currently taking place in Washington. I must leave all of
my options open because, above all else, we must make America great
“I would like to thank Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum for
having the courage, conviction, and confidence to immediately accept
being a part of the Newsmax debate. I believe this would not only have
been the most watched debate, but also the most substantive and
From the Candidates
Campaign Accepts Lincoln-Douglas Debate With Gingrich; Turns Down The
Jon Huntsman for President today announced that Governor Huntsman will
be participating in a Lincoln-Douglas style debate with Newt Gingrich
in New Hampshire this month. Details pending negotiations with the
In addition, our campaign is declining the invitation to
participate in the Donald Trump Apprentice Debate on December 27th.
Campaign spokesman Tim Miller issued the following statement:
"We look forward to discussing the issues that matter to the
American people in a serious, substantive debate with Speaker Gingrich
later this month. It is telling that Governor Romney has declined
participate because this substantive format makes it hard for him to
hide from his record.
In addition, we have declined to participate in the 'Presidential
Apprentice' Debate with The Donald. The Republican Party deserves
serious discussion of the issues so voters can choose a leader they
trust to defeat President Obama and turn our economy around. We are
confident that leader will be Jon Huntsman."
RELEASE from Ron Paul 2012 PCC
For Immediate Release December 3, 2011
Contact: Gary Howard
Ron Paul Campaign
Rejects Trump Iowa Debate
atmosphere and is odd
considering his slight to RPI
ANKENY, Iowa – The Ron Paul
2012 Presidential campaign released the following statement concerning
the selection of Donald Trump as moderator for the December 27th
Republican debate to be held in Iowa. Below please find comments
from Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton:
“The Ron Paul
2012 Presidential Campaign Committee rejects the selection of Donald
Trump as moderator for the Republican presidential debate to be held on
December 27th in Iowa.
“We have conferred with
our Iowa campaign chairman Drew Ivers and vice-chairmen David Fischer
and A.J. Spiker who are all RPI State Central Committee Members, and
they concur with this decision.
“The selection of a reality television personality to host a
presidential debate that voters nationwide will be watching is beneath
the office of the Presidency and flies in the face of that office’s
history and dignity. Mr. Trump’s participation as moderator will
distract from questions and answers concerning important issues such as
the national economy, crushing federal government debt, the role of the
federal government, foreign policy, and the like. To be sure, Mr.
Trump’s participation will contribute to an unwanted circus-like
“Mr. Trump’s selection is also wildly inappropriate because of his
record of toying with the serious decision of whether to compete for
our nation’s highest office, a decision he appeared to make
frivolously. The short-lived elevation of Mr. Trump’s stature as
candidate put him on the radar of many organizations and we recall that
last spring he was invited to keynote the Republican Party of Iowa’s
annual Reagan Dinner, yet at the last minute he left RPI holding the
bag by canceling. In turn, RPI canceled its biggest fundraising
of the year and suffered embarrassment and in addition RPI was required
to engage in refunding measures. Our candidate will not even
participating in the late-December debate until Mr. Trump publicly
apologizes to Iowa party leaders and rectifies in full the situation.
“Therefore our candidate Ron Paul, the champion of the Constitution,
has advised he will not attend.”
Mitt Romney will not
participate (Dec. 6 Romney called
Trump; said his calendar is set for December).
Michele Bachmann will
participate (Dec. 7 confirmed to ed. by Bob Heckman of the campaign).
Rick Santorum for President
December 8, 2011
For Immediate Release
Contact: Matt Beynon
SANTORUM ISSUES STATEMENT ON TRUMP DEBATE
- Early this week, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich both agreed to
participate in the NewsMax debate this December to be moderated by
Donald Trump. Many in the media, political pundits and even
Republican Presidential Candidates have mocked the very idea - while
some of the candidates are still weighing options.
the following statement about the upcoming debate:
of my opponents jockeyed to be the first to fly up to New York and use
Donald Trump for a photo op and no doubt try and secure an
endorsement. But when Donald wants to moderate a debate -
to attend. That's what's so wrong with politics today - hypocrisy. At
this critical time in our nation's history, just weeks before Iowan's
cast this important vote - many of the other candidates want to hide
behind TV ads and mail pieces. We plan to be there front and
person to debate Newt directly, and if it's just the two of us, we're
fine with it.
no doubt that any of us are better than Barack Obama - however, we
can't afford to put up a person who can't clearly articulate a vision
or has a glass jaw or a unprincipled past. Donald Trump
and knows global markets - and we all know he'll be able to bring in a
broad audience. And let's be honest, at least Donald Trump will have
more in common with the candidates than with vast majority of past
To learn more about former Senator Rick Santorum, please visit www.RickSantorum.com.
December 13, 2011
For Immediate Release
Contact: Matt Beynon
TRUMP STEPS DOWN AS
Verona, PA - Donald Trump stepped down
today as the moderator the highly publicized NewsMax debate in Iowa on
The debate promised to be truly substantive and informative, as the
only two confirmed participants were Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich.
Santorum said: ""The media has anointed Newt as the frontrunner, isn't
it time he go toe to toe with the consistent conservative alternative?
The people of Iowa deserve as many opportunities to hear
candidates as possible, because while Obama is beatable, we have to
elect a conservative nominee who's record is a clear contrast to the
more about former Senator Rick Santorum, please visit www.RickSantorum.com.