Gingrich, Cain To Square Off In One-On-One Debate

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain will meet in what's being billed as a "Lincoln-Douglas-style" debate sponsored by a Texas tea party group.

Texas Tea Party Patriots PAC President Julie Turner says the Republican presidential candidates will meet Nov. 5 outside Houston for a "one-on-one conversation" on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas held in-depth debates while competing for Illinois' U.S. Senate seat in 1858.

Turner said Monday that Gingrich suggested the format after complaining that today's traditional debates were "sound-bite boxing matches." Her group knew Cain from his addressing a Texas
Tea Party Patriots PAC event in April.

The group has contacted the campaigns of Texas Gov. Rick Perry and ex-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to see if they would participate in a separate Lincoln-Douglas-style debate.