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Candidates head into into new round of debates

Sunday was officially the one-year mark before Election Day 2016, and to celebrate, we can take a look at the upcoming presidential debates and some of issues that will be discussed.

Republican Party

Nov. 10: The next Republican debate will take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the sponsors will be Fox News and The Wall Street Journal. From the get go, the debate should be interesting if only for the shortened line up. For the upcoming debate, candidates had to meet an average of 2.5 percent in the polls, Chris Christie, Mike Huckbee, Sen. Lindsey Graham, former Gov. of New York George Pataki, and former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore have all fallen from the debate.

Trump and Ben Carson will be on center stage, and to their sides will be Sen. Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Sen. Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, and former Sen. Rand Paul. Fox Business’ Neil Cavuto, Maria Batiromo and Wall Street Journal Editor-in-Chief Gerard Baker will moderate the debate.

Fox Business has been hyping the debate with a commercial focused on the “debacle” of the previous debate, which was moderated by CNBC, when there were widespread complaints by the candidates for what they called “gotcha” questions that, according to them, were meant to make them look bad.

“CNBC never asked the real questions, never covered real issues,” the commercial says. “That’s why on, Nov. 10, the real debate about our economy and our future is only on Fox Business Network.”

The theme of the debate will be focused on the same topics as the previous debates: jobs, taxes, economy and international issues. It will be interesting to see how the candidates behave, seeing that even President Obama had fun at their expense due to the previous debate.

The debate is scheduled to last two hours and begins at 9 p.m. Eastern Time. The debate will air on Fox Business Network and online at

Democratic Party

Nov. 14: The next Democratic debate will be held in Des Moines, Iowa, and it will be hosted by CBS News, KCCI-TV and the Des Moines Register at Drake University. Contrary to the Republican debate, the Democratic debate will be pretty streamlined, as main focus will be the leading Democratic candidates—former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley. Even then, Sanders and Clinton are the main draw.

The debate certainly lacks some of the drama that the Republican candidates bring to the table, but it does offer a new chapter in the Sanders versus Clinton battle.

The debate will be moderated by “Face the Nation” anchor John Dickerson, “CBS News” congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes, CBS’s Des Moines affiliate KCCI anchor Kevin Cooney and The Des Moines Register political columnist Kathie Obradovich assisting as panellists.

Just like the Republican debate, the Democrats will probably not deviate much from the former debates. It will be interesting to watch if any of the other candidates can steal some thunder from Clinton or Sanders, the latter who has already won one political exercise at Western Illinois University.

One bit of interesting news came in the form of social media, after Twitter announced it would be partnering up with “CBS News” for the coverage. Twitter will serve up data, reactions and voter questions to “CBS News” in real-time during the debate.

“Our people have worked with Twitter’s unique curator tools to measure changing responses to what viewers will see on the screen,” said CBS News President David Rhodes. “Twitter integration will inform our coverage and integrate seamlessly with CBSN, our always-on digital network.”

The debate will be from 9-11 p.m. ET; it will include a stream on CBSN, which should be integrated with the aforementioned Twitter integration being a big part of it.

Alonso Moreno may be reached at [email protected]

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