Red Ball Wins. GOP Goes First

By Chris Ariens 

Get ready for three hours of Presidential debates Saturday, January 5.

Charles Gibson will moderate the back-to-back ABC News, WMUR-TV, Facebook debates. The order was chosen today by New Hampshire’s Secretary of State Bill Gardner. Gardner placed two balls — one blue for the Democrats, one red for the Republicans — into a bottle and mixed them up. Gardner then positioned the bottle so that just one ball would fall out &mdash red it was.

The selection was modeled after the longstanding New Hampshire tradition used to break ties in primaries.

The GOP debate will run from 7pmET – 8:30pm; the Dems will follow from 8:30pm – 10pm. (Update: After crews reset the stage the Dems will start closer to 9pmET)