Finally, a GOP foreign policy debate

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In a recent editorial, The Post noted that "Foreign policy has played a marginal role so far in the Republican presidential contest, squeezed to the side during debates focused on the U.S. economy and by social issues such as immigration." I could not agree more. In a recent column, I noted the same dearth of discussion on these issues, and argued that the only one way to ensure such a discussion takes place before Election Day is to hold at least one debate exclusively to foreign policy and national security.

"Now it's up to the candidates to accept the challenge and tell us exactly how they plan to lead the free world." -- Marc Thiessen

It looks like that will now, finally, happen. Last night, the American Enterprise Institute (where I work), the Heritage Foundation and CNN announced the first and only Republican presidential debate centered on the questions of national security and foreign policy.

The debate will take place in Washington, D.C. on November 15 at 8 p.m. ET, and will be broadcast nationally and online on CNN. Importantly, CNN will make the feed available to the American Forces Network, which is seen in 175 countries and aboard naval ships around the world. This will allow our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines serving overseas to hear the views of the candidates vying to serve as their next commander in chief.

In a letter to the candidates, AEI president Arthur Brooks, Heritage president Ed Feulner and CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist wrote, "Thus far, the Republican presidential debates have provided an illuminating discussion of your views on many important domestic matters….We believe it is essential that Americans learn more about how you will fulfill your responsibilities as commander-in-chief." Amen to that. Now it's up to the candidates to accept the challenge and tell us exactly how they plan to lead the free world.

Marc Thiessen is a visiting fellow at AEI.

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