CNN to Air Live Broadcast of Presidential Candidates Forum on Faith Issues

CNN's Campbell Brown to Co-Moderate with Newsweek's Jon Meacham April 13 Compassion Forum in Pennsylvania


April 7, 2008


Barbara Levin CNN, New York, 212/275-8152,
Katie Barge Faith in Public Life, 202/243-8289,
Dan Nejfelt Faith in Public Life, 202/290-8795,


CNN will serve as the exclusive broadcaster of a presidential candidate forum on faith, values and other current issues at Messiah College near Harrisburg, Penn., on Sunday, April 13, at 8 p.m. (ET) CNN Election Center anchor Campbell Brown and Newsweek editor and election anchor Jon Meacham will moderate what is being billed as The Compassion Forum, which will take place nine days before the Pennsylvania primary.


Organized and sponsored by Faith in Public Life, the 90-minute forum will consist of wide-ranging and probing discussions of policies related to pressing moral issues that are bridging ideological divides now more than ever, including poverty, global AIDS, climate change and human rights. It will feature Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on the same stage to talk about these topics as each candidate sits down individually with the moderators. The program will also stream live at


Leading up to The Compassion Forum, chief national correspondent John King will anchor live special coverage beginning at 10 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, April 12, and then again on Sunday, April 13, immediately following the forum. Special coverage on Sunday will feature analysis from commentators across the faith and ideological spectrum. King will be stationed at CNN's Pennsylvania "mini-bureau," the CNN Election Express bus, which has allowed the network to maintain a full-time presence in these weeks leading up to the April 22 primary. "Ballot Bowl" will also originate live from Pennsylvania and air throughout the weekend, bringing the candidates' significant events directly to viewers in long-form, not soundbites.


Media interested in covering the event should contact Faith in Public Life directly or fill out the form.


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