Plans Moving Forward for Oregon Republican Presidential Debate Moderators, format selected for March 19th Oregon Presidential Debate Portland, OR – Ray Suarez, Senior Correspondent for PBS NewsHour, Ralph Hallow, Chief Political Correspondent from the Washington Times, have been selected to moderate the Oregon Republican Presidential Debate, on March 19, 2012 6:00 PM PST (9 PM EST), Oregon Republican Party Chairman Allen Alley announced today. Invitations to the debate, which is sanctioned by the Republican National Committee, have been sent to the candidates; responses are pending.
The leading candidates vying for the Republican Presidential nomination will have an opportunity to discuss the issues in a live, 90-minute broadcast debate. The Oregon Debate will air live on PBS and NPR stations nationwide and can be heard on Voice of America and Armed Forces Radio and Television worldwide. PBS stations are making this program available to Hispanic audiences through closed captioning and live language translation on a secondary audio channel. This debate is a production of Oregon Public Broadcasting with the Washington Times, organized by the Oregon Republican Party, and sanctioned by the Republican National Committee.
The setting for this 90-minute debate is a round table with Suarez and Hallow and the candidates, in front of an audience of approximately 120. The debate format is designed to create an intimate conversation for an in-depth discussion of the issues.
"This debate will be a departure from previous Republican Presidential Debates in that candidates will be asked to focus on an in-depth discussion of the issues facing America’s future and discourage personal attacks by the candidates. Portland, Oregon, a city known for its forward thinking views on trade, technology, the environment and international economic competitiveness, provides an excellent setting for what may be the most important discussion of the issues facing Americans during the 2012 Republican Primary," Chairman Alley concluded.
Chairman Alley is available for additional comments and on-camera interviews.