Today is Sunday, January 22, 2012 and I have just finished watching Face the Nation on CBS. Host Bob Schieffer had presidential hopeful and South Carolina primary winner Newt Gingrich as his guest for the first half of the show. Schieffer asked Gingrich’s questions about the debate, about differences between him and Mitt Romney, and about the personal life related question CNN’s John King used to open the debate last Thursday. The unstinting conclusion is that Newt Gingrich won the primary on the debate floor.
As the interview closed, Schieffer reminded his guests and audience that next week’s show (Sunday, January 29 10:30 a – 11:30 a ET) would be a full hour in length and asked Mr. Gingrich if he could get Mitt Romney to appear on the program, would you [Mr. Gingrich] be willing to debate Mr. Romney for the hour? Gingrich said he would check with the RNC but would be very interested. Shieffer said he would put the call into the RNC and to the Romney Camp.
I believe Mitt will agree and with the one hour format of a Sunday morning political forum show, it will be Lincoln-Douglas style or very close where Schieffer will ask one global question and each will in turn deliver an oral essay stating and defending their positions with follow up at the end. It may involve more than one question, but the harbinger is Schieffer open the show, ask the question or questions, and let Romney and Gingrich run the show until it is time for Mr. Shieffer to tell everyone “we are out of time.” Let the games begin!