Telemundo will host its first-ever Republican presidential debate in Nevada this December. The Spanish-language network will broadcast the debate in prime time from Las Vegas. Telemundo news anchor José Díaz-Balart will host the debate, which will focus on a variety of topics, including the economy, health, immigration and education policies.
According to a press release from Telemundo, “the network has invited the Republican Presidential candidates to establish a direct dialogue with the Hispanic community and address the issues that matter to them at a critical time in our country.”
The battle-ground state of Nevada, one of the first states to vote in the Republican primary season, has a large Latino population. (Pew Hispanic Center Nevada Profile)
Politico’s “On The Media” blog reported the news of the debate:
“…Telemundo is pitching the debate as an open dialogue between the Latino community and Republican candidates. The state’s population is about 27 percent Latino. The economy will likely be a focal topic as well, with Nevada’s unemployment rate the highest in the nation, topping 13 percent.
Telemundo’s main rival, Univision, will also hold a Republican debate this election cycle, on Jan. 29. Several GOP candidates have said they may boycott the event due to a spat between the network and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). Telemundo also participated in and rebroadcast the POLITICO/MSNBC debate in September. “
Many question if the Univision Republican debate will occur if the majority of the GOP candidates continue to boycott the January debate in Florida.
The debate, produced in partnership with NBC News, will be broadcast live on Telemundo and its stations reaching nearly all Hispanic viewers in our country, and may be rebroadcast at a different time across other NBC News platforms.