Of the candidates who qualify now, only Rick Perry has yet to RSVP. Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, New Gingrich and Mitt Romney are all in.
ABC’s Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos to Moderate Debate from Saint Anselm College with WMUR Anchor Josh McElveen Just Three Days Before “the First in the Nation” Primary
Debate to Air in Primetime at 9:00 PM/ET on the ABC Television Network; Excerpted Debate to Re-Air Sunday, January 8 on “This Week with Christiane Amanpour”
On Saturday, January 7, 2012 ABC News and WMUR-TV, ABC’s Hearst-owned affiliate in Manchester, NH, are joining forces to host a Republican presidential candidate debate in New Hampshire just days before the Granite State’s first in the nation primary — a critical moment in the Republican nomination process. It will be the only broadcast network debate in primetime before the primary and air from 9:00-11:00pm/ET from Saint Anselm College. The debate will air live nationally on the ABC Television Network and locally on WMUR-TV and will be moderated by ABC’s Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos; they will be joined by WMUR-TV anchor Josh McElveen.
The debate will also stream on ABCNEWS.com and WMUR.com. ABC News Radio, the nation’s largest commercial radio news organization, will carry it live on its stations. ABC News will re-air an excerpted version of the debate on Sunday, January 8 on “This Week with Christiane Amanpour.”
For more details on the debate, you can view the October 17 debate announcement here.
Saint Anselm, ABC, WMUR to Host Presidential Primary Debate
Every four years, Saint Anselm has a tradition of extending our Benedictine hospitality to presidential primary candidates, the news media, and the general public for nationally televised debates.
Saint Anselm College will once again play this important role by hosting a Republican debate to be held by ABC and WMUR, to be held Saturdy January 7, 2012. The debate will air nationally from 9 to 11 p.m.
ABC hosted the final Granite State presidential debates at saint Anselm in 2008 - an event that brought Republican and Democratic candidates on stage together for the first time, only days before the first-in-the-nation votes were cast.
Criteria for WMUR ABC News Debate In NH on Jan. 7, 2012
In an effort to provide viewers the best opportunity to hear from the candidates, the co-sponsors of the ABC News, Yahoo!, WMUR debate at Saint Anselm College on Jan. 7, 2012 have agreed on a set of criteria for a candidate’s participation. The candidates have been informed of these criteria, which are the same criteria ABC News applied during the 2008 election cycle.In order for a candidate to meet the standard of eligibility to participate in the debate, they must either:1) Achieve 5 percent or higher in a poll of likely NH Republican primary voters conducted by UNH Survey Center, Harvard/Saint Anselm NHIOP, or any polling organization on the list below, conducted between Nov. 1, 2011 and Jan. 6, 2012;- OR -2) Achieve 5 percent or higher in a primary trial heat of registered Republican voters in any of the national polls designated on the list below, conducted between Nov. 1, 2011 and Jan. 6, 2012;- OR -3) Place first, second or third in the Iowa Republican caucuses.Polling organizations include: ABC News, AP, Bloomberg, CBS, CNN, FOX, Gallup, NBC News, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post
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