Just When You Thought the Republican Debates Were Over!


I thought the Republican presidential primary debates were a thing of the past, at least as far as this year is concerned. But it looks like there will be at least one more, this Saturday night on Mike Huckabee’s show. At least since it’s with Huckabee it should be a kinder, gentler debate. The New York Times reported that the focus of the debate will be on the economy, which will be a nice change.

Mr. Huckabee will host his third presidential forum on Saturday, an executive for the Fox News Channel said on Tuesday. So far three candidates, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, have committed. Ron Paul has still not indicated whether he will attend.

The program, which is scheduled from 8 to 10 p.m., will be broadcast from Ohio, the executive said, speaking anonymously because a formal announcement had not been made.

Mr. Huckabee will focus the forum on jobs and the economy, a particularly potent subject in Ohio where the manufacturing sector has suffered greatly. Underscoring that distress, the setting for the event will be a now-shuttered DHL plant in Wilmington.