DON'T MISS: Roy Moore, Luther Strange meet in historic Lincoln-Douglas style debate TONIGHT
Roy Moore and Luther Strange head to head

Roy Moore, Luther Strange meet in historic Lincoln-Douglas debate

Posted September 21, 2017 04:44 PM by Chris Pandolfo Roy Moore and Luther Strange head to head
Judge Roy Moore, left, and Sen. Luther Strange.Their campaigns confirmed the candidates in the race for Attorney General Jeff Sessions' former Senate seat will debate on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. Mickey Welsh | AP Photo
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Tonight in Alabama, Republican Senate candidates Judge Roy Moore and incumbent Sen. Luther Strange will face off for the first and only debate of the runoff primary election.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. The debate will begin at 6:30 p.m. ET and will be held at the RSA Activity Center in Montgomery, Ala. WSFA.com will stream the debate live online (as well as on Facebook).

2. This is a “Lincoln-Douglas style” debate. That means there is no moderator and no questions from the liberal media. Instead, each candidate will be allowed to speak for a designated amount of time and a timekeeper will let each candidate know when his time is up. There will be one five-minute opening, one five-minute closing, and each candidate will alternate for five-minute increments for 60 minutes in between.

3. This is a historic moment (named for the 1858 Senate debates between Republican Abraham Lincoln and Democratic Senator Stephen A. Douglas in Illinois). This is unprecedented for a major office like U.S. Senate in modern history.

4. Political scientists are excited, but cautious. The University of Alabama’s Robert Imbody thinks the Lincoln-Douglas format will offer a “distinct clash.” Professor emeritus of political sciences at the University of Alabama, William Stewart is skeptical that Moore and Strange can pull pull it off successfully. "Lincoln and Douglas were both Illinoisans and skilled debaters,” Stewart told Al.com. “Moore is a better speaker than Strange. As you know, he loves to quote long passages from historic documents which he has memorized. Strange is very skilled in one-on-one persuasive conversations as a result of his lobbying experience."

5. This debate can have major consequences for future elections. If it is a perceived success, it could pave the way to more political debates in the Lincoln-Douglas style, which would end the biased questions from liberal moderators once and for all.

Tune in at 6:30 p.m. ET (5:30 p.m. CT) to watch this historic debate between Judge Roy Moore and Luther Strange.


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Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.