Monday Dec. 13, 1999 at the Des Moines Civic Center in Des Moines, IA. 7:00-8:30 p.m. (CST).
|Sponsored by: WHO-TV 13.
Candidates: Gary Bauer, George W. Bush, Steve Forbes, Orrin Hatch, Alan Keyes and John McCain.
Moderators: WHO-TV 13 news anchor John Bachman and NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw.
Audience: Approximately 2,400 free tickets distributed by the Republican Party of Iowa.
Format: "Open format." Introductions and rules from the moderators. No opening statements. Moderators pose questions directly to the candidates; candidates allowed one minute to respond. Option for follow-up questions, with responses limited to about 30 seconds. A segment of candidate to candidate questioning. One minute closing statements.
Broadcast: WHO-TV; MSNBC to a nationwide audience.
Overview: Iowa's first Republican presidential
debate of the 2000 campaign.
1. WOI-TV 5, the ABC affiliate in Des Moines and a competitor to WHO-TV, had planned a debate for Dec. 11, but lacking commitments from Bush or McCain producers called it off.