CNN and Arizona GOP will host presidential debate
September 29th, 2011
05:36 PM ET
11 years ago

CNN and Arizona GOP will host presidential debate

Washington (CNN) - The Arizona Republican Party and CNN will co-host a GOP presidential debate on December 1 in Arizona – a crucial state in the Republican nominating process.

"Arizona is a key state that will play a pivotal role in helping Republicans choose their presidential nominee," said Sam Feist, CNN Washington bureau chief and senior vice president. "CNN is honored to provide voters in Arizona and around the country an opportunity to hear the GOP candidates present their vision for the future."

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said she "can't remember a more critical election" than the 2012 race for the White House.

"When it comes to some of the hallmark issues facing our country – whether illegal immigration, the housing crisis or the ongoing power struggle between the states and federal government – Arizona is at the forefront," said Brewer, a prominent Republican governor. "These are national issues, certainly. But Arizonans live and breathe them."

"So, I'm thrilled that the Arizona Republican Party and CNN have reached agreement on a debate, and optimistic that when the candidates come to Arizona, they'll meet our voters and offer meaningful solutions to the problems facing our state and nation."

Arizona will hold its primary on February 28, 2012.

The Arizona GOP and CNN will release further details about the event at a later date.

CNN is co-hosting the Western Republican Presidential Debate with the Western Republican Leadership Conference on October 18 in Las Vegas.

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  1. T'sah from Virginia

    This is one debate that I will not watch – I've seen them all and they all say the same thing including 9 9 9!!! He would NEVER get the nomination and if he does, would NEVER get a 1/3 of the Black vote......LMAO.............Because we're "BRAINWASHED" ..... Not because the Republican party has CHANGED during the 60s from what they used to be and allowed the SOUTHERNS to take over!!!

    Obama/Biden 2012!!

    September 29, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  2. works4me

    Why bother? It will be the same old GOP bullPalin... Obama sucks and everything is his fault. The End

    September 29, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  3. Real American

    Please spare us this Circus Act all of them are jokes.......

    September 29, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  4. NoTags

    Just replay the September 12th debate. They will all say the same thing in December that said in September.

    September 29, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  5. BeverlyNC

    All the Republican debates are the SAME. We see how they have no values, are incapable of telling the truth, don't remember their answers can be fact-checked and all have found to be lying, and their crowds are extremist and downright scary. They are supposedly "pro life" but cheer for executions. They are racist against Latinos and forget we are all immigrants in this nation unless you are an American Indian. They want no one to have healthcare, especially the poor, and would prefer they die to decrease this section of our population Republicans hate. They want to waste more money on the Bush wars and rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan but defund our own education system, healthcare programs, retirement programs, food for the poor, and every program that protects the public from contaminated food, medicine, to help for disaster victims and the commercial arilines we fly. I have heard more than enough Republican lies and plans for destroying America and the middle class. I won't be watching and I doubt many others will either. NO Republican is qualified to represent ANYONE in any local, state, or national office. No more Republicans come 2012.

    September 29, 2011 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  6. GOP Robber Baron

    Too many crazies and extremist nuts in AZ. Bad choice for venue.

    September 29, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    Debates are helpful, and having them in different parts of the country, is essential to getting different viewpoints. We have seen FL twice already, and it is time to see other parts of the country, and other viewpoints.

    September 29, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  8. Clwyd

    Like I have done for the other debates I will not watch the 7 stooges make fools of themselves and their knowledge of America and American government!

    September 29, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  9. GaryB

    Drive a hundred miles on Arizona's cracked and neglected highways, and you begin to understand that Arizona is the last state that should be doling out advice on effective government.

    September 29, 2011 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  10. mrsnow

    I finally understand politics. Keep everyone angry at something, raise the blood pressure of the citizens, shortening their life spans, so the ones who remember the mistakes of the past die too soon to point it out.

    September 30, 2011 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  11. Marie MD

    oh god, not another one!!! Once again, won't be watching the clowns.

    September 30, 2011 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  12. Light In The Black

    This could be historic,
    so many lies all under one roof.
    Now i hear that the Koch Brothers are trying to get Christie
    into the mix.
    Just keep throwing them at the wall to see if one sticks.
    They all keep sliding down the wall into one big pile of stinking sheet.

    September 30, 2011 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  13. Donkey Party

    Great,another radical fundamentalist extremist right-winger hate-fest, yawn. Wish they would hold their ritual (debate) deep inside Yucca Mountain, afterall, what better venue to handle all their toxic hot-garbage?

    September 30, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  14. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    I would rather be waterboarded than listen to one more episode of this death panel circle jerk.

    September 30, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  15. MTATL67

    I can't wait to see what comes out this debate. I am sure there will be even more un-American antics than there was in Florida. Arizona another bastion of extremists and un-American only like me groups. I hope the Latino population in the Southwest start to make their voices heard and flex their voting power and vote out those extremist of the state governments.

    September 30, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |