June 10th, 2011

Voters Play Starring Role in CNN Debate

While Republican presidential primary contenders face-off Monday, June 13 in the first New Hampshire debate of the season presented by CNN, Hearst Television’s WMUR, and the New Hampshire Union Leader, voters will have opportunities to question the candidates in person and online. The debate will feature questions from New Hampshire voters inside the debate hall and potentially from town hall locations in Hancock, Plymouth, and Rochester, New Hampshire. In addition, CNN will solicit comments from its users on CNN.com as well as questions via Facebook and Twitter.

The following Republican candidates will participate in the debate: Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, businessman Herman Cain, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Congressman Ron Paul, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.

The debate, which will air live from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, will be moderated by CNN anchor and chief national correspondent John King, with questions from WMUR-TV’s Jean Mackin, Josh McElveen and Jennifer Vaughn and New Hampshire Union Leader’s John DiStaso and Tom Fahey. The debate will be broadcast live throughout New Hampshire on WMUR-TV and nationally on CNN, CNN en Español, CNN.com, CNN Radio, WMUR.com and UnionLeader.com. The debate will be available via live stream in the CNN Apps for iPhone, iPad and Android.

Viewers watching on television and online are invited to comment or ask questions by posting comments to CNNPolitics.com, by logging on to John King, USA’s Facebook page and by using the #CNNdebate hashtag on Twitter. New Hampshire voters watching the debate at the Rochester town hall will be hosted by CNN correspondent Tom Foreman and will be equipped with handheld dial-testing devices to register their reactions during the debate. CNN.com/live will offer streaming video of the live dial-testing results in addition to a live stream of the debate in its entirety.

CNN’s political team will live blog the debate on the CNN Political Ticker, which will also feature a live feed of debate-related tweets. A new interactive feature will debut Monday night on CNN when at the beginning of the debate, a QR code (a square digital barcode) will appear on screen. Viewers with smartphones will be able to scan the QR code to access exclusive content on CNN.com including a column penned by Wolf Blitzer, a quick vote poll and a behind-the-scenes photo gallery.

CNN’s coverage surrounding the debates kicks off live and on location with John King, USA on Friday, June 10 at 7 p.m. and will continue through Monday featuring anchors Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Candy Crowley, John King, Don Lemon and Christine Romans with national political correspondent Jessica Yellin and chief political analyst Gloria Borger.

The following programs will originate live from Manchester, New Hampshire:

Friday, June 10

7 p.m. – 8 p.m. John King, USA

Saturday, June 11

5 p.m. – 6 p.m. CNN Newsroom with Don Lemon

7 p.m. – 8p.m. CNN Newsroom with Don Lemon

10 p.m. – 11 p.m. CNN Newsroom with Don Lemon

Sunday, June 12

9 a.m. – 10 a.m. State of the Union with Candy Crowley

6 p.m. – 8 p.m. CNN Newsroom with Don Lemon

10 p.m. – 11a.m. CNN Newsroom with Don Lemon

Monday, June 13

6 a.m. – 9 a.m. American Morning (split show from NH and NY)

5 p.m. – 7 p.m. The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer

7 p.m. – 8 p.m. John King, USA

8 p.m. – 10 p.m. CNN/WMUR/New Hampshire Union Leader GOP Primary Debate

10 p.m. – 11 p.m. AC 360° with Anderson Cooper, Tom Foreman will also be reporting from the Rochester, New Hampshire town hall

11 p.m. – 1 a.m. CNN/WMUR/New Hampshire Union Leader GOP Primary Debate (replay)

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Edie Emery CNN Washington 202.898.7657 edie.emery@cnn.com

Megan Grant CNN Washington 202.515.2920 megan.grant@cnn.com