When the CNN Debate goes live Wednesday, Sept. 16, television viewers may be wondering “Who is Hugh Hewitt?” He’ll join Jake Tapper and Dana Bash as the panel of moderators for the latest Republican debate held at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. Hewitt will assist Tapper and Bash in presenting questions to the 11 candidates for CNN’s final GOP debate. He’s already made headlines for his argument with Donald Trump before the debate has even really started.
According to MSNBC.com in a Sept. 15 report, Hugh Hewitt is a conservative radio host who grilled Trump recently about Middle East policy. Trump was stumped over the questions and ended up in an argument with the host. He’ll now be taking more questions on Wednesday night from Hewitt as he serves on CNN’s panel. Hewitt, who turned 59 back in February, has a show on the Salem Radio Network. He’s also a lawyer, academic and author. Hewitt has also served as a professor for the Chapman University School of Law.
What has helped Hewitt stand out is that he has a strong stance about “new media” and how it can be used to balance “liberal bias” from mainstream media. That could very well be a great counterbalance when he joins Jake Tapper and Dana Bash of CNN to help present questions to the 11 candidates on Wednesday night. Tapper was also previously involved in working for various posts for the Reagan administration so it’s only fitting he’ll be at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Wednesday night.
Jake Tapper will be the main host of the debate. The 46-year-old American journalist anchors CNN’s weekday television show “The Lead With Jake Tapper” and the Sunday morning program “State of the Union.” A Syracuse.com report from Sept. 15 indicates that Tapper doesn’t want this debate to become candidates versus moderator but instead a look at the candidates having meaningful exchanges with one other. So he’ll be trying to avoid the headline-making incidents that Fox News’ Megyn Kelly had with Donald Trump.
CNN chief political correspondent Dana Bash will join Tapper and Hewitt. Bash previously worked as CNN’s White House correspondent and now exclusively covers Capitol Hill. She’s not only a journalist on the scene but also an anchorwoman for the network. She’s 44 and received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Communications at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Bash also happens to be the daughter of ABC senior broadcast producer Stu Schwartz. She’s been married twice, and is currently divorced but has a son with her first husband, Jeremy Bash.
So it will be a trio of moderators on Wednesday night with Jake Tapper leading as well as Dana Bash and Hugh Hewitt assisting. The latest debate is scheduled for 8 p.m. EST on CNN.