Former CNN anchor Campbell Brown recently launched The Seventy Four, an education-focused news site; and now, Brown is planning to host presidential forums for both political parties, Maggie Haberman of the New York Times reports.
The Republican forum will be first, in August, and Jeb Bush, who has made education a signature issue in his campaign, is among those who have committed to attending. So have Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett Packard chief executive.
The Democratic candidates will meet in October in Iowa in an event hosted in conjunction with the Des Moines Register, Ms. Brown said. The Seventy Four and the Register will also put out a corresponding poll focused on education.
The invitations for that forum were just sent, Ms. Brown said. But one of the most visible candidates in the Democratic field, Hillary Rodham Clinton, was endorsed over the weekend by the American Federation of Teachers.
“[Education is] a critical issue, it’s a critical moment, and we need to know where these candidates stand,” she said.
Back when The Seventy Four launched, Campbell spoke to TVNewser, and said her goal with the education news site was “Holding [the establishment] accountable, which I believe we have failed to do for way too long.”
With these forums… it looks like she’ll be able to do just that.