Getting ready in Tampa
September 10th, 2011
11:44 AM ET
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Getting ready in Tampa

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – Greetings from the Florida State Fairgrounds, site of Monday night’s CNN Tea Party Republican debate.

While it might be relatively quiet on the campaign trail this weekend, as the country marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, it’s anything but quiet here at the debate site.

And come Monday night, we’ll be firmly in the presidential campaign spotlight, as eight GOP White House contenders share the stage and answer questions from tea party activists and supporters from here in the debate hall and from sites across the country.

On Monday, Sept. 12th, CNN will broadcast the "Tea Party Republican Debate," live from Tampa, Florida at 8 p.m. ET. Follow all the issues and campaign news leading up to the debate on and @cnnpolitics on Twitter.

Filed under: 2012 • CNN/Tea Party Republican Debate • Florida • Republicans
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  1. once upon a horse

    a Tea Party debate, huh? Well I think one of the questions that should be asked is why is the Tea Party so unpopular now polling at only 28% or less approval rating? Would love to hear what Michelle Bachmann's answer would be to that. I'm guessing though it's the "evil left-wing media's" fault for portraying them in such a negative light.

    September 10, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  2. mark

    The most important question... will RON PAUL be in attendance?

    September 10, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. logic in LA

    I would have thought there would have been a Big Top! Usually when the circus comes to town there is a tent! And where's the little car for the clowns to get out of that will be debating?

    September 10, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  4. T'sah from Virginia

    Okay – we had the Fox News Debate, which equal Tea Party. We had the MSNBC debate – even though the questions may have been more liberal the answers were Tea Party-ish; and now we have the CNN Tea Party debate, which is Tea Party. What's next? We have heard it all and NOTHING is left but the debate with President Obama and the loser from the other side!!!

    September 10, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. YouIdiot!

    Flip Floppers:
    Rick Perry: democrat to republican
    Michele Bachmann: democrat to republican
    Newt Gingrich: wife #1 to wife #2 to wife #3, Southern Baptist to Catholic

    Unemployed, living on taxpayer subsidies (a.k.a. pacs and corporate welfare):
    Rick Santorum
    Herman Cain (millionaire)
    Mitt Romney (millionaire)
    Jon Huntsman, Jr. (billionaire)
    Newt Gingrich (millionaire)
    Tim Pawlenty (quitter)

    Living Large:
    Rick Parry: living in $10,000.00 per month mansion at taxpayer expense
    Michele Bachmann: collects thousand$ in $ubsidie$ while preaching to others about fiscal debt and responsibilities

    Historical Revisionists:
    Michele Bachmann- claims African-Americans had it better as slaves among many other errors
    Newt Gingrich (also charged with ethical violations while in office)

    Please educate yourself and do further research on each and every candidate and not just presidential.

    September 10, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  6. YouIdiot!

    Rick Perry

    For Illegals to attend college/university in Texas and pay cheaper in state tuition.
    American out of state students must pay the higher out of state tuition.

    September 10, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |