Debate Scheduled to Air Live Tuesday, December 27 at 8PM ET from Des Moines, IA on ION Television Nationwide and Online

NEW YORK – December 2, 2011 Newsmax Media and ION Television will collaborate to host a presidential debate on Tuesday, December 27th from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET. The Republican debate will be moderated by businessman Donald Trump, a truly great American, at the Hoyt Sherman Theater in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Newsmax ION Television Debate will be televised live nationwide on ION Television and online by The debate will be the final meeting of the Republican candidates before the Iowa Caucus on January 3, 2012. All of the major Republican presidential candidates have been invited to participate.

“The Newsmax ION Television  2012 Presidential Debate will offer all the major Republican candidates a forum to reach likely primary voters in all key states,” says Christopher Ruddy, Newsmax CEO. “There have been numerous debates so far, but we believe that the Newsmax ION Television 2012 Presidential Debate will provide a unique opportunity for the concerns of likely primary voters to be voiced on a national stage.”

“All voters will keep an eye on this final debate before the first presidential primary of the 2012 election,” says Brandon Burgess, Chairman and CEO, ION Media Networks. “ION’s and Newsmax’s powerful combined audience reach, coupled with the prominence of Donald Trump as moderator, makes this one of the most influential meetings of the candidates to date.”


ION Television reaches 99 million households and is the largest owner of television stations in America. ION Television is a leading U.S. general entertainment network, combining high-quality programming and dependable broadcast distribution with an attitude of innovation and growth normally associated with a cable channel. Its "Positively Entertaining" network brand positioning features a formula of proven series, an expansive catalog of blockbuster movies, and a commitment to introduce new original programming. Since its launch in 2008, ION has become one of the top-15-rated U.S. TV networks in record time. For more information, visit

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Christina Gilmartin

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