The horrifying attacks in Paris on Friday night will influence not only the tone of tonight’s Democratic debate, but the structure of the debate itself.
While originally moderators had included space for foreign policy questions, the focus on foreign policy will now have a greater prominence, and questions posed to candidates will be relevant to the events in Paris.
“Last night’s attacks are a tragic example of the kind of challenges American presidents face in today’s world and we intend to ask the candidates how they would confront the evolving threat of terrorism,” CBS News Washington bureau chief Christopher Isham said in a post on CBSNews.com.
At least one campaign was purportedly unhappy about the change in focus. Yahoo News reports that Mark Longabaugh, an aide to Bernie Sanders, got into an argument with Isham about the foreign affairs focus in a pre-debate conference call that included the other campaigns; it was a staffer on another campaign who described what transpired to Yahoo News’ Hunter Walker.
The two-hour debate starts at 9 p.m. ET and will be broadcast from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. In addition to airing on the CBS Television Network, it will also stream via CBSN on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Xbox One. A livestream, which will include Twitter data, is available at CBSNews.com.
Hashtag for the debate is, once again, #DemDebate. Like FBN‘s debate, WiFi access at the site comes with a message attached. This time, the network is 13MillionNewJobs. As for the password, there is none. “The Democratic Party is the party of inclusion and we believe in expanding access and economic opportunity for all,” is the message that goes where the password normally would.