CNN Presents Democratic Debate, Special On Race


As the nation honors what would have been the 79th birthday of the slain Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this Monday, CNN will broadcast the Democratic presidential primary debate from Myrtle Beach, S.C., and a live Anderson Cooper 360º special about the influence of race upon American politics.

From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., CNN will host the two-hour debate with the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, live from the Palace Theater in that city. CNN’s lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer will serve as moderator for the debate, and CNN correspondentsJoe Johnsand Suzanne Malveauxwill serve as panelists questioning the candidates.

.Following the debate, Anderson Cooper hosts a special post-debate edition of Anderson Cooper 360º from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. will stream live coverage of the debate, as well as provide post-debate responses and commentary from Live anchor Nicole Lapin. In addition, CNN will offer up-to-the minute reporting and analysis at and on the CNN Political Ticker at

CNN International and CNN en Español will simulcast the complete debate

Then at 11 p.m., CNN will present a live, one-hour Race & Politics: America Votes 2008 special on Cooper’s show. Soledad O’Brien and Cooper will guide viewers through some of the issues related to race that may impact how America votes.  

O’Brien will focus on black evangelical Christians and GOP efforts to attract these traditional Democratic voters, while Cooper will moderate a panel of guests, including Amy Holmes and Roland Martin, who will discuss the most pressing political topics related to race in the current presidential campaign.