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Monica Almeida / The New York Times
Monica Almeida / The New York Times

Fox News announces additional Republican presidential debates in IA and SC.

Bret Baier to host both the Hawkeye huddle on Dec. 16 and Palmetto State powwow on Jan. 16.


FOX News will host additional Republican presidential debates in Iowa and South Carolina in the upcoming months, announced Michael Clemente, Senior Vice President of News.

The Iowa debate will be held at the Sioux City Convention Center on December 15th from 9:00-11:00 PM/ET, in conjunction with the Iowa Republican Party. Additionally, FOX News will host a debate with the Republican Party of South Carolina at Myrtle Beach Convention Center on January 16th from 9:00-11:00 PM/ET.

In making the announcement, Clemente said, “We are pleased to host these additional Republican presidential debates and provide viewers an opportunity to gain more insight into the nominees at such critical junctures in the 2012 election season.”

Both debates will be moderated by Special Report anchor Bret Baier on FOX News Channel (FNC) and live-streamed on, in addition to FOX News Radio, FOX News Mobile, and

FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news as well as political and business news. A top five cable network, FNC has been the most watched news channel in the country for nearly ten years and according to Public Policy Polling, is the most trusted television news source in the country. Owned by News Corp., FNC is available in more than 90 million homes and dominates the cable news landscape, routinely notching the top ten programs in the genre.


The dirty little secret of all these network debate announcements is that they are typically not accompanied by candidate commitments. The hopefuls cannot possibly do all the debates that have been announced. There are extraordinary behind-the-scenes negotiations going on on a regular basis at this point.
Related Topics: 2012 Elections, News, Republican Party

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