Miller Center and ABC News partner for series of debates


‘Tis the season to get ready for what appears to be a very interesting race for the White House.

UVA’s Miller Center has just announced a partnership with ABC News’ “This Week with Christiane Amanpour” for a series of debates on issues pertinent to the 2012 presidential campaign with guests from both parties.

The first debate will be held on Sunday, December 18, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., and will delve into federal government regulations and taxes, among other topics. The first debate will feature Republican Representative Raul Ryan and columnist George Will on one side, and Democratic Representative Barney Frank (who recently announced he will not seek re-election) and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich on the other. Amanpour will moderate.

"The Great American Debate allows us to really delve into the substance of this election and unpack the differing visions for the country. By talking to key thinkers, we hope to move beyond talking points and examine the ideological divide separating the two parties," said Amanpour in a news release.

In the meantime, will Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell make the short list of potential VP nominees? It depends, said C-VILLE’s Odd Dominion. If Newt Gingrich nabs the Republican nomination, then McDonnell’s chances, who has been a supporter of Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney, "are basically toast."

Read the Odd Dominion here.