On Tuesday, October 11, Bloomberg and WaPo are hosting their first presidential debate of the 2012 campaign live at Dartmouth College. This is Bloomberg’s first presidential debate.
The focus: the economy. The format will be different than the others with candidates seated side-by-side at a round table facing the hosts and surrounded by audience members. Bloomberg organizers, in a release, say the format “will facilitate serious and substantive debate on issues of vital importance to the country.”
Debate moderators include Charlie Rose, WaPo political correspondent Karen Tumulty and Bloomberg TV White House correspondent Julianna Goldman. The background will not be silhouetted against a black background like a typical Rose program.
Participating candidates include Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, businessman Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.
Details: The 8p.m. ET debate, which will be broadcast live on Bloomberg Television, Bloomberg Radio and WBIN-TV in New Hampshire, will be available to viewers across multiple digital platforms including livestream on Bloomberg.com, washingtonpost.com/debate and Bloomberg Mobile.