Some Texas tea-party activists have agreed to hold a “modified Lincoln-Douglas debate” next month between businessman and current frontrunner Herman Cain and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.
Bill O’Sullivan, the treasurer of the Texas Tea Party Patriots, says that both candidates have agreed to appear at the debate. The debate will mostly focus on fiscal issues.
The event will be held on November 5 at the Woodland Resort near Houston, and will also feature Rep. Steve King (R-IA) as an MC.
Both campaigns have said that they look forward to the “discussion.” Gingrich will speak at length about his policy proposals and his differences with Herman Cain.
“We initially wanted a forum with all of the candidates,” O’Sullivan says. “But when we heard Gingrich say he wanted a more serious debate, like the Lincoln–Douglas debates, we wanted to do that, especially since watching the recent superficial debates has been frustrating.”
Apparently, the event was easy to organize (probably because neither candidate had anything better to do). “We had a relationship with Herman Cain. He spoke at our tea-party event six months ago. We contacted him, asking if he was interested in a Lincoln–Douglas debate on entitlements. Then we got in touch with Speaker Gingrich.”
“This debate is going to be dominated by the candidates going back and forth, in a respectful way,” O’Sullivan says. “It will be divided into parts, one for each major entitlement — Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid — with each candidate detailing their arguments.”
“These two candidates have been the most interesting people to watch in the debates,” he says. “So having them together for a modified Lincoln–Douglas debate will be great; it’ll be a real opportunity for the conversation about entitlements to get serious.”
No TV station has agreed to air the debate yet. I wonder why……
(Credit to the National Review and Political Wire for the link)