CNN Debate Preview: In Which Newt Gingrich Is Now a Frontrunner

Erika Johnsen

11/22/2011 5:50:00 PM - Erika Johnsen

Although our national attention may be wandering with a self-induced Turkey-coma just two tantalizing days away, tonight’s foreign policy-focused extravaganza—the eleventh major GOP debate so far—merits some serious attention. The usual eight candidates will take to the stage at DAR Constitution Hall in D.C. at 8 PM, just blocks from the White House, and my colleagues Guy Benson, Dan Doherty, and I will all be there live. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer will moderate—I thought the debate he moderated earlier this season was quite snappy and on-point, so I’m hoping we’ll see more of the same tonight. Co-sponsored by the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute, this evening’s topics will revolve around foreign policy, national security, and related economic concerns, and the candidates’ answers will hopefully provide further elucidation on Heritage’s guiding question: which presidential candidate would best protect America?

I think it's safe to say that Barack Obama’s presidency has all but made a mockery of the United States’ power and prestige abroad, and so, while Americans are largely preoccupied with economic woes, the primacy of foreign policy demands equal scrutiny from a potential commander-in-chief.

Here are some of the items I’ll be listening for tonight:

Let's do this--tune in just before 8 PM for the Townhall/HotAir team's live coverage!