Now THIS is the Kind of Campaign Debate We Need

By September 10, 2007General

From a September 6 news release:

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Sept. 6, 2007—CNBC/MSNBC/The Wall Street Journal announced today that they are jointly sponsoring the first Republican Presidential debate of the 2008 campaign focusing on economic issues. The two-hour debate is scheduled to be held on October 9 in Dearborn, Mich. and will be broadcast live on CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, at 4 PM ET and re-broadcast on MSNBC at 9 PM ET that evening.

The debate will be held at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in Dearborn, Mich., a suburb of Detroit. The debate format, as well as its moderator, will be determined after further discussions with representatives from the respective campaigns.

“This debate will focus on issues that are at the heart of every Presidential election, namely the economy, taxes, fiscal discipline and government regulation,” said Mark Hoffman, CNBC President. “This will mark the first time in the 2008 presidential campaign that all declared Republican candidates will be asked to provide voters with specific plans for the American economy and American workers in an increasingly global marketplace.”

It’s true that the Democratic candidates have also addressed some business issues, but almost exclusively in the context of appealing for votes from organized labor. This debate — and we hope the Democrats agree to a similar one — has the benefit of being run by media outlets, so the candidates will not be competiting to curry favor. (As much.)

Jim Geraghty has more at NRO’s The Campaign Spot.

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