CBS Will Shift Focus of Tonight's Democratic Debate to Paris Attacks


In the wake of the Paris attacks, CBS News said that it has reworked the focus of tonight’s Democratic debate. Steve Capus, the executive editor of CBS News, told the New York Times, that his team immediately changed the questions for the Democratic candidates which will now focus on the attacks, terrorism and international security.

“American leadership is put to the test,” Capus told the Times. “The entire world is looking to the White House. These people are vying to take over this office.”

Christopher Isham, CBS News vice president, added, “Last night’s attacks are a tragic example of the kinds of challenges American presidents face in today’s world, and we intend to ask the candidates how they would confront the evolving threat of terrorism.”

Thus far the Democratic candidates have said little about the Paris attacks, offering their sympathies to the families of the dead on social media:

The Des Moines debate is scheduled for 9 p.m. EST.

Image via AP.

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