Right Wing Radio Host Hugh Hewitt To Moderate First GOP Presidential Debate

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February 24, 2015 9:57 a.m.

Update: This story has been updated.

Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt will be the moderator for the second Republican 2016 presidential debate hosted in a partnership between CNN and Salem Media Group.

The debate will be at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California on Sept. 16.

“I am delighted to be included with journalists posing questions as part of one of America’s finest political traditions —the presidential debate,” Hewitt said in a statement on Tuesday. “These debates come at a critical time, and good questions will allow Republican primary voters the opportunity to see and hear their would-be nominees provide answers to issues that genuinely concern them. Any reporter who is also a political junkie welcomes the chance to be on such a panel, which of course I do.”

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said he was “thrilled” that Salem and CNN were partnering for the first debate.

As TPM reported in 2013, Salem Communications is the once somewhat obscure conservative media company that’s made a number of major acquisitions in recent years, including both Michelle Malkin’s Twitchy and Erick Erickson’s Red State.

(H/t: Politico)

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Correction: Read an updated version of this story here. This story also said that the debate would be the first GOP presidential debate. It will actually be the second.

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