Iowa Debate: The Des Moines Register Added as Co-Sponsor of Dec. 10 GOP Debate on ABC


Debate to Air Nationally on the ABC Television Network on December 10 from 9:00-11:00 PM/ET

Plus: Debate will be Live-Streamed on Yahoo! as well as,,  and

ABC News/Yahoo! is pleased to announce that The Des Moines Register will join ABC5/WOI-DT and the Republican Party of Iowa as a co-sponsor of the previously announced Republican presidential candidate debate in Iowa on Saturday, December 10. The debate, moderated by ABC News anchors Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos , will air in primetime from 9:00-11:00pm/ET nationally on the ABC Television Network and locally on ABC5/WOI-DT.  In addition it will be live-streamed on,,, and ABC News will re-air an excerpted version of the debate the following Sunday morning on “This Week with Christiane Amanpour.”  The debate was initially announced on March 24.  

Statement from Laura L. Hollingsworth, president and publisher of the Des Moines Register: “The Des Moines Register has convened presidential candidates for debates since 1980.  This year, we’re pleased to partner on this event with ABC News, WOI-DT in Des Moines, Yahoo! and the Republican Party of Iowa so that we can continue our focus on the most meaningful issues that Iowans care about and share them with the entire nation. This debate is three short weeks before the Iowa Caucuses. It will be an important time for Iowans to be making important decisions, and we are pleased to help lead them.”

Statement from Matthew Strawn, chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa: “This is a win-win agreement as it is in the best interest of our Republican presidential candidates and Iowa’s Republican caucus-goers. First, the remaining nationally-televised debates will assist our candidates in reaching as wide an audience as possible in the final weeks leading up to the January 3 Caucuses. Second, reducing the number of Iowa debates provides our candidates more time to engage in the personal, retail politicking with voters that is the hallmark of the Iowa Caucuses.”


About ABC5/WOI-DT ABC5 News, serving Central Iowa from the state capitol city of Des Moines, has a long tradition of producing robust coverage of the Iowa caucuses and related events such as the Iowa Straw Poll.  Its partnership with ABC News in recent election cycles has provided viewers the most comprehensive and incisive political coverage available. Sponsoring, hosting, and/or broadcasting political debates along with exclusive one-on-one candidate interviews are an integral part of ABC5's news and public service commitment. ABC5 News coverage is also available at, on mobile platforms at and as a free iPhone/iPad application.

About Des Moines Register Media Des Moines Register Media is a multi-platform, news and information and advanced marketing services company. Des Moines Register Media, a Gannett Co., publishes The Des Moines Register, along with 10 community and weekly newspapers, Juice, five monthly lifestyles magazines, and a multitude of web and mobile sites including,, and National alignments and partners include,,,, Yahoo! and others. Des Moines Register Media owns and produces RAGBRAI, a trek across Iowa that’s the world’s oldest, largest and longest annual bicycle ride. Des Moines Register Media reaches more than 500,000 actively engaged consumers every week and excels at providing local businesses with solutions to reach their best customers.

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