Republicans Lead off ABC News, WMUR-TV and Facebook Back-To-Back Debates in New Hampshire

Dec 12, 2007 6:33pm

ABC News’ Tahman Bradley Reports: The Republican presidential candidates will take the stage first at the ABC News, WMUR-TV and Facebook debates in New Hampshire on Saturday, Jan 5, 2008. The order was selected Wednesday night with a little Granite State flare and tradition.

Under the watchful eye of WMUR anchor and political director Scott Spradling, New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner placed two balls — one blue for the Democrats, one red for the Republicans — into a bottle and mixed them up. Mr. Gardner then positioned the bottle so that a ball would fall out – and the red ball was revealed.

The selection was modeled after the longstanding New Hampshire tradition used to break ties in primaries.

The 90 minute debates, which take place on the campus of St. Anselm in Manchester, come two days after the Iowa caucuses.

ABC’s "World News" anchor Charles Gibson will moderate with additional questions from Spradling.

The first debate, with the Republicans, airs at 7:00 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network with the second debate, with the Democrats, immediately following

WMUR is owned by Hearst Argyle.

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