Despite the fact that the republican debate is holding at a venue honouring the republican party icon who popularized the “11th Commandment” ”” “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican” ”” the CNN Republican Candidates debates will be about duelling among the candidates.
Jake Tapper, one of the moderators for tonight’s debate and the organiser of the debate, CNN, have designed the debate for the candidates to go after each other.
In this debate, the candidates will have to moderate themselves.
This debate will encourage candidate interaction. CNN’s team of producers and moderators said they were looking to establish a different tempo and to emphasize candidate interaction above all else.
“My goal is more about: Let’s draw the contrasts between the candidates, and have them fight it out over these policies, over who has the best approach to Putin, over who has the best approach to taxes, over who believes what over immigration reform,” said Jake Tapper, CNN’s chief Washington correspondent, who is moderating Wednesday’s debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. “Have them lay it all out so voters can see it.”
“That’s how we’ve been crafting our questions, so that Senator X will respond to what Governor Y said about him or a policy he proposed, and try to encourage them to actually debate Lincoln-Douglas style as much as possible,” he said, referring to the face-offs between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas.
“Our whole approach is sparking a debate,” said Dana Bash, CNN’s chief political correspondent, who, along with Hugh Hewitt, a conservative radio host, will also be onstage asking questions. “If someone says something that cries out for an obvious follow-up with someone who clearly disagrees or someone who is dying to get in, let it happen. Let the debate be a debate.