CNN has announced that they will be hosting two of the GOP presidential debates in Iowa and New Hampshire. This will be the first time in the cable news organization’s history that they have hosted a GOP presidential debate on American soil. The debates are scheduled to air in January of 2020 and will be moderated by two of CNN’s most recognizable anchors—Jake Tapper and Wolf Blitzer.
The network’s decision to broadcast the Republican debates from Iowa and New Hampshire follows suit from their commitment to host the Democratic debate events from both states, as well as three other locales across the nation.
This move by CNN is an historic one. Hosting a major political event of this magnitude has never been done before and is a sign of CNN’s dedication to provide comprehensive news coverage. The program is expected to draw a massive viewership, showing the world just how compelling American politics can be.
CNN also has plans to air a special opening segment during the debates. The segment will feature videos of both candidates discussing their respective party platforms. The special segment will be a way for viewers to get a first-hand look at how the would-be presidents view the issues facing the nation.
It is no secret that television news outlets have a huge role in shaping opinion and influencing the decisions of American voters. By airing debates like these, CNN is providing the public with the opportunity to explore and evaluate the candidates in a more in-depth manner than just relying on soundbites and snippets.
It is going to be an exciting election year. With such high stakes debates that will be televised across the nation, anything can happen and the potential for inspiring moments is immense. Only time will tell how these events will shape the 2020 campaign and hopefully help the electorate make the right decision come November.