WASHINGTON, March 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the
Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute
(CBC Institute) has announced that it will sponsor four (4) presidential
primary debates for the 2008 election -two for Democratic candidates and
two for Republican candidates, and that it has reached an agreement with
cable news leader CNN to broadcast two of these debates.
One of the two debates broadcast by CNN will be among Democratic
candidates. This debate will take place in January 2008 in South Carolina,
preceding the first-in-the-South primaries. The CBC Institute is also in
discussions with the Fox News Channel to broadcast two debates.
In announcing the primary debates, CBC Institute Board Chair U.S.
Congressman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) said, "The CBC Institute is continuing a
primary debate program initiated during the 2004 campaign. This cycle we
are pleased to work with CNN, one of the most influential news networks, to
bring the presidential candidates to the broadcast audience."
Thompson added, "Our goal with each debate is to provide a platform
that will allow voters to hear the positions of candidates from both
political parties. Our partnership with CNN provides unprecedented
viewership and allows the CBC Institute to take the 2008 presidential
election to homes across America."
CNN U.S. President Jon Klein said, "CNN is pleased to join with the CBC
Institute in spotlighting two important primary debates. These debates are
a meaningful addition to our comprehensive coverage of the 2008
presidential election, particularly as they give us an opportunity to
explore more closely a range of issues that will impact the pivotal
U.S. Congressman James Clyburn (D-SC), majority whip for the House
Democratic Caucus stated, "I am thrilled that the CBC Institute and CNN
will host a debate in my home state of South Carolina. It is my strong
belief that this debate, leading to the first-in-the-South primaries, will
be the definitive forum for America as we choose our next president."
The Presidential Debate Program is one of several initiatives sponsored
by the Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership
Institute (CBC Institute), a nonprofit organization designed to train and
educate African Americans and others on key issues of national policy. The
CBC Institute also commissions policy research, holds conferences and
symposia, and conducts a political education and campaign training program.
Founded in 2000, the CBC Institute is governed by a board of directors
comprised of individuals from academia, business, labor and elective office
including members of the Congressional Black Caucus. Its activities are
undertaken on a non-partisan basis. For more information visit
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Warner Company, is one of the world's most respected and trusted sources
for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite
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wireless devices around the world; four Web sites, including CNN.com, the
first major news and information Web site; CNN Pipeline, CNN.com's premium
live video news service; CNN Newsource, the world's most extensively
syndicated news service; and partnerships for four television networks and
two Web sites.
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