Wednesday, September 7, 2011


POLITICO-NBC News Republican Candidates Debate details

WHEN: Begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Wednesday, Sept. 7.

WHERE TO WATCH: POLITICO will be livestreaming the debate online – with a pre-debate show from the Library beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET and post-debate analysis immediately following. Watch it at: or on the POLITICO iPad app. The debate will also air live on MSNBC and re-air on CNBC and Telemundo.

DEBATE LOCATION: At the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, as a part of the Reagan Centennial Celebration.

MODERATORS: POLITICO Editor-in-chief John F. Harris and NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, with questions from Telemundo's Jose Diaz-Balart.

QUESTIONS FROM READERS: POLITICO has been soliciting questions from readers for the last few weeks and will incorporate them into the debate.

COMPLETE COVERAGE: ◼ At and ◼ on Twitter, #reagandebate.

It will be Rick Perry’s first Presidential candidates debate. The eight candidates taking part in the debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California are Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman, Michelle Bachman, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul.

MSNBC Preps for Republican Debate - Mediabistro (image source)

MSNBC has also moved some of its programming to California for the week, including “Hardball,” which will air live editions at both 5 and 7 PM ET.

Following the debate around 9:45 PM ET, MSNBC’s primetime anchor lineup of Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz and Lawrence O’Donnell will host a post-debate analysis roundtable until 12 AM ET.

The decision is an interesting one. The debate itself is sponsored by NBC News, with “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams co-moderating, but it is airing first on MSNBC, which has moved toward opinion programming in primetime. The current programming lineup will effectively have a non-partisan debate flanked on either side by partisan programming.

Live Streaming Video: NBC News-Politico 2012 Republican (GOP) Presidential Candidates Debate