The Lincoln-Douglas Debates: Huntsman vs. Gingrich

This first debate is being publicized as being

SALT LAKE CITY, December 12, 2011—When the lesser known Abraham Lincoln ran against incumbent Sen. Stephen Douglas in 1858 the candidates partook in a series of debates - seven in all - across the state of Illinois.

In the end, Sen. Douglas retained his senate seat however the Lincoln-Douglas debates had much to do with Lincoln’s success in winning the presidency in 1860.

This evening Jon Huntsman Jr. and GOP frontrunner Newt Gingrich will stage what they are calling the first of, we hope, many “Lincoln-Douglas ” debates.  

Tonights debate will be held in in New Hampshire where both candidates are attempting to usurp  Mitt Romney ‘s stranglehold on Republican support in the Granite State.

This first debate is being publicized as being “on foreign policy and national security.” It will begin at 4 p.m. ET and can be steamed online at or viewed on television when C-SPAN rebroadcasts the event at 6 p.m. ET.

Communities writer Rich Stowell will be offering his “chair side” observations of the debate and you are welcome to join in on the conversation below.

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Can Jon Huntsman make it competitive?


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Rich Stowell

Rich Stowell has written about politics and travel for the Washington Times Communities since 2011. He is a soldier in the Utah National Guard and a fellow at the Center for Communication and Community at the University of Utah. Rich is the author of "Nine Weeks: A Teacher's Education in Army Basic Training"and continues to blog about military issues at “My Public Affairs.”

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