Expect sparks to fly in tonight's GOP debate

11/28/07 Mitch E. Perry
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With five weeks to go before the Iowa Caucuses, the stakes are high for tonight's debate.

YouTube says that almost 5,000 video questions have been submitted, more than twice the number posed for the Democratic debate in July. CNN is likely to use about 40.

The last Democratic debate – also hosted by CNN, featured moderator Wolf Blitzer use the first 15 minutes to question Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama on the latest charges they were throwing at each other.

But tonight’s debate, moderated by Anderson Cooper, may lend itself to fewer personal attacks, because of the format.

Ron Brownstein is the former chief political correspondent and columnist for the Los Angeles Times. He now works as political director for Atlantic Media, and he’s the author of the new book, The Second Civil War: How Extreme Partisianship Has Paralyzed Washington and Polarized America. We asked him if the thinks the format will limit any type of political fireworks.

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