Wolf Blitzer at the Heritage-AEI debate

Moderator Wolf Blitzer stands in front of GOP presidential candidates at last week's Heritage-AEI debate. Photo: CNN

The media–including the mainstream media–has had nothing but kind words for the GOP presidential debate on national security that The Heritage Foundation co-sponsored last week with AEI and CNN.

Here’s a sampling of the coverage:

“…probably the most substantive and serious presidential debate of this election cycle.”
Michael Barone, The Washington Examiner

“… a substantive debate that brought to the fore differences among candidates on a variety of foreign policy issues …”
Jim Rutenberg and Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times

“The Republican presidential candidates have held many debates with terrible moderators, biased questions, and nonsense about what food and beverages they prefer eating … Finally, America was brought a serious, adult debate where substance was served up from beginning to end.”
Eric Golub, The Washington Times

“The idea of having think-tank executives and scholars ask the questions worked marvelously well. The queries were much deeper and more substantive than those the candidates typically get from political journalists and handpicked ‘regular voters.’”
James Taranto, The Wall Street Journal

“Republican presidential candidates grappled Tuesday over how to balance civil liberties and securities, as they engaged in a lively and substantive debate over how best to protect Americans from threats around the world.”
David Lightman and Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers

“The hosts of this debate – CNN, Heritage, and AEI – did a very nice job with both the debate generally, and with outreach to New Media sources (like, well, RedState**). The logistics to these things are formidable, by the way: successfully presenting a debate is not easy, but they did it.”
Mo Lane, Red State

“…we got an articulate, informed and serious group of candidates responding to sober, intelligent questions — most of which were posed from the audience by associates of two conservative think tanks, Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute.”
Michael A. Walsh, New York Post

“Fortunately for CNN, Tuesday night’s debate will divert from the previous 11 network debates in both content and location … And to help drill down where the candidates stand, CNN has teamed up with two prominent conservative think tanks, the American Enterprise Institute and Heritage Foundation … Feist said, “It really is a partnership between the three organizations. In many ways, they are the foreign policy experts, so they are very much helping to drive the content of the debate.”
Michael Calderone, The Huffington Post

“…a tense national-security debate that laid out sharply contrasting views on how to keep America safe from attack.”
The Seattle Times

“This was also the best audience participation we’ve had at a debate, largely because the joint sponsorship by the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute meant that the questions were coming from conservative intellectuals (including some recognizable faces, like Ed Meese, Fred Kagan, and Paul Wolfowitz) rather that the usual YouTube and Twitter rabble. As such, this was the first debate that actually seemed formatted for the tastes of a Republican audience aiming to seriously vet their choices for the presidential nomination.”
Troy Senik, Ricochet.com

Comments (1)

Joseph McKennan - December 2, 2011

I am proud to support the Heritage Foundation. This is the first time in 15-20 years that a fair consideratioin was given to candidates from the conservative side.

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