CBS News Alters Democratic Debate Plans to Focus More on Paris Terrorist Attacks

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CBS News is moving forward with plans for a Democratic debate in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, switching questions to put greater emphasis on issues like national security and foreign policy in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

“Last night’s attacks are a tragic example of the kind of challenges American presidents face in today’s world and we intend to ask the candidates how they would confront the evolving threat of terrorism,” said Christopher Isham, CBS News vice president and Washington bureau chief.

Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley will participate in the second Democratic debate of the cycle, with “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson moderating. The Des Moines Register and KCCI-TV in Des Moines are co-sponsors. The debate starts at 9 p.m. EST.

CBS News also will air a special “48 Hours” on the Paris attacks at 8 p.m. EST, anchored by Norah O’Donnell in New York with “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley in Paris.

“Face the Nation” also will air Sunday from Washington, a change from plans to broadcast from Des Moines, according to CBS News.

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  1. Michael Anthony says:

    Actually, Noonan has been desperately trying to stay revelant herself. She became a nobody, once Reagan was gone. Lord knows why any news organization would bring out this relic from the 80s, the world has changed. Only a fool would think that terrorists will be deskt with. They’ve always been a part of history and always will. And only a fool would blame avsoecifuc President, since every one if them has dealt with attacks against this country and citizens.

  2. 85wzen says:

    Why alter anything… are they gonna ‘tell us how sorry they are…” then start moaning then tell us how they are gonna ‘Get um’? With 50 fresh troops on the Ground that doesn’t seem likely anytime soon… and it’s not like things are gonna get better… things will only get worse… far worse….

    • Michael Anthony says:

      Yes, you’d rather have Trump say he’s going to have them on the run. Sure thing Donald. Only an idiot would believe that.

  3. JK says:

    Well Luis NOT the Wise, we should send your ancestors to their countries of origin and far away from America because their egregious foolishness is represented by you. Poor original people from this land

  4. dji says:

    so center right CBS wants to know who is the most hawkish in this debate. they should stick with the original format. this is BS!.

    • I didn’t see the word “hawkish” anywhere in this article. That word is coming solely out of your mouth. Asking the candidates to express how they would handle this current crisis is not such a bad idea

  5. Alex says:

    If Sanders and O’Malley are smart (they’re not) they’ll demand to know what Clinton was doing while Sec of State. She can’t blame the mess in the middle east on a video or Cheney.

    • dji says:

      oh we can blame bush and cheney. they were the one’s that tore up the status quo there. they created all of this. and history will clearly show it. i suggest you shut up and sit down goober.

  6. MarinMichael says:


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