O’Sullivan says the event, which will be held on November 5 at the Woodlands Resort near Houston, will also feature Rep. Steve King (R., Iowa) as an emcee.Mo broadcast or cable news network has yet agreed to air the forum, but there has been some talk of live streaming the debate on the Web.
In background conversations, both campaigns say they look forward to the discussion. A source close to Gingrich tells NRO that the former speaker will speak at length about his policy proposals and will, “in a friendly way,” illustrate his differences with Cain.
“We initially wanted a forum with all of the candidates,” O’Sullivan says. “But when we heard Gingrich say he wanted a more serious debate, like the Lincoln–Douglas debates, we wanted to do that, especially since watching the recent superficial debates has been frustrating.”
“This debate is going to be dominated by the candidates going back and forth, in a respectful way,” O’Sullivan says. “It will be divided into parts, one for each major entitlement — Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid — with each candidate detailing their arguments.”
The Lincoln–Douglas Debates of 1858 were a series of seven debates for Senate in Illinois between Republican Abraham Lincoln and the incumbent Senator Stephen Douglas, a Democrat. The format for each debate was that one candidate spoke for 60 minutes, then the other candidate spoke for 90 minutes, followed by the first candidate speaking again for 30 minutes. The candidates alternated speaking first from debate to debate.