October 10th, 2011

CNN Western GOP Pres. Debate: Oct. 18

Anderson Cooper to Moderate the Oct. 18 Face-off among Seven Presidential Contenders in Las Vegas

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper will moderate the Tuesday, Oct. 18 debate presented by CNN and the Western Republican Leadership Conference (WRLC). The debate, which will air live from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. (ET), will be broadcast from The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Voters from the 16 states and territories that make up the Western region of the United States will be in the audience and will have an opportunity to pose questions directly to the candidates. Nevada will be one of the first states to vote in the Republican presidential primary process in 2012, as chosen by the Republican National Committee.
The following seven presidential contenders will participate in the debate: Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, businessman Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

CNN’s live and on-location coverage surrounding the debate will begin with CNN Newsroom on Saturday, Oct. 15 and continue through American Morning on Wednesday, Oct. 19. Programming from Las Vegas will include anchors Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blitzer, Erin Burnett, John King, T.J. Holmes, and Carol Costello. CNN political contributors and analysts also on hand in Las Vegas will include Gloria Borger, Ron Brownstein, Alex Castellanos, Ari Fleischer, David Gergen and Mary Matalin. (See full programming details below).

CNN en Español’s Washington, D.C. anchor Juan Carlos López will host live analysis on that network before the debate starting at 7:45 p.m. (ET). At 8 p.m., CNN en Español will take the debate live with simultaneous interpretation followed by more analysis with CNN en Español’s team of political contributors. The debate will also be carried live on CNN International.
Online, users can visit CNN’s Election Center and for all things political before, during and after the debate.  On debate night, will live stream the event. In addition to questions posed by Cooper, CNN will solicit questions and comments submitted in real-time from, the CNN Politics fan page on Facebook and by using the #CNNDebate hashtag on Twitter. The Political Ticker will live-blog the debate and incorporate live comments generated from social networks directly on the Ticker. will also showcase commentary and analysis from CNN’s political contributors, and feature a post-debate camera live from the Spin Room. CNN iReport, the network’s global participatory news community, will be asking for submissions of reactions to the debate, some of which will be shown across and broadcast on CNN.

The following programs will originate live from Las Vegas, Nevada (All times Eastern):

Saturday, October 15
9 a.m. – Noon        CNN Newsroom – with T.J. Holmes

Sunday, October 16
Live reports from T.J. Holmes throughout the day.

Monday, October 17
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.        The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.        John King, USA
8 p.m. – 9 p.m.        Anderson Cooper 360°

Tuesday, October 18
6 a.m. – 9 a.m.         American Morning
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.        The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.        John King, USA
7 p.m. – 8 p.m.        Erin Burnett OutFront
8 p.m. – 10 p.m.      CNN Western Republican Presidential Debate
10 p.m. – 11 p.m.      Anderson Cooper 360°
11 p.m. – 1 a.m.         CNN Western Republican Presidential Debate (Replay)

Wednesday, October 19
2 a.m. – 4 a.m.          CNN Western Republican Presidential Debate (Replay)
6 a.m. – 9 a.m.         American Morning

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Criteria for candidates participating in the CNN, WRLC debate on Oct. 18, 2011 can be found on Criteria for the CNN Western Republican Presidential Debate.

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