CNN To Host GOP Debate on National Security, Foreign Policy

By Merrill Knox 

Wolf Blitzer will moderate a Republican presidential primary debate focused on national security and foreign policy on November 22, CNN announced today.

CNN will team up with The Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute for the debate, which will be held in the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC.

This will be the fourth debate of the season for CNN, and the second that will be moderated by Blitzer. An October 18 Tea Party-Republican debate drew 5.5 million viewers, second only to the Fox News/Google debate on September 22.

The full release from CNN is after the jump.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer to Moderate National Security, Foreign Policy-Focused GOP Debate at the DAR Constitution Hall

CNN lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer will moderate the Republican presidential debate at the historic DAR Constitution Hall in Washington on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. ET. The GOP candidates will have an opportunity to weigh in on two of the most critical subjects of the presidential season—national security and foreign policy. The debate is hosted by CNN, in partnership with The Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute.

This will be Blitzer’s second debate of the 2012 primary election season; in September, Blitzer moderated eight Republican presidential contenders in the first-of-its-kind CNN-Tea Party Republican debate in Tampa, Florida.

Not only is Blitzer known for his political experience, he has traveled the world providing in-depth reports on international affairs and news events to include the Iraq war in 2003 and the crisis in Israel between the country and Hezbollah in 2006. Most recently, during the Arab Spring, Blitzer traveled through the Middle East and North Africa as part of the Secretary of State’s delegation. In December 2010, he was granted rare access to travel to North Korea with the former New Mexico governor. Blitzer earned a master of arts degree in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.