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GOP debate: Heritage, AEI and CNN to host foreign policy debate

The American Enterprise Institute, Heritage Foundation and CNN will host a Republican presidential candidate debate on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 8pm, the organizations have announced. (Update: this debate has been moved to Nov. 22)

The topic of the debate will be national security and foreign policy.

“Heritage is delighted to have this opportunity to increase public understanding of the candidates’ positions on critical foreign policy and national security questions requiring American leadership in the second decade of the 21st century,” Heritage President Edwin J. Feulner said.

“We hope that this debate will illuminate the candidates positions on national security and foreign policy at a critical time for America in the world,” said AEI president Arthur Brooks.

Neither AEI, nor Heritage have hosted a debate in the past.

The two conservative think tanks, which hold a 501(c)3 status under IRS code, are forbidden from engaging in explicit political activity.

Location and format of the debate have not yet been determined.

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He freelances and hosts a podcast at and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.
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