CNN, Republican Party of Florida plan January debate
September 30th, 2011
04:43 PM ET
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CNN, Republican Party of Florida plan January debate

Washington (CNN) - The Republican Party of Florida and CNN announced Friday plans to hold a debate in late January 2012 that will allow the GOP candidates for president to make a last pitch to Florida voters before the state's primary.

"With the Florida Republican primary now scheduled for Jan. 31, that state's central role in helping Republicans choose a nominee is now secure," said Sam Feist, CNN Washington bureau chief and senior vice president. "CNN is proud to present voters in Florida an opportunity to hear from the candidates one final time before they head to the polls."

Earlier in the day, a panel of Florida legislators bucked national Republican Party rules and approved a motion to hold the state's presidential primary on Jan. 31 of next year.

The CNN/Republican Party of Florida debate will take place in Jacksonville.

"The Republican Party of Florida is excited to be working with CNN for a debate linked to the state's primary date," said RPOF Chairman Lenny Curry. "The opportunity to host it in my home city, Jacksonville, helps shine the national spotlight on another region of Florida that our eventual nominee must win."

Florida Gov. Rick Scott noted that Florida will not only play a key role in the GOP primary, but also the general election.

"After national debates in Tampa and Orlando, this latest partnership with CNN for a debate in Jacksonville in January demonstrates the crucial role Florida will play, not only in the Republican Presidential Primary, but in the general election next November," Scott said.

Tampa will also host the Republican National Convention in 2012 where GOP delegates will officially nominate their candidate for president.

Next month, CNN is co-hosting the Western Republican Presidential Debate in Las Vegas with the Western Republican Leadership Conference. That debate will take place on Oct. 18.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. YOU Decide 2012: A bankrupt socialist welfare country or a thriving capitalist super power

    Enough with the debates already... Just WAY too many of them.

    September 30, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I think they should hold the debate in the Everglades. The 'no regulation' teabaggers would then see that it is necessary to have regulations on snake trafficking. Although, the republicans are a lot like Burmese Pythons, and may want to have their population increased, . . . never mind.

    September 30, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. JD

    Ever notice that, since Obama was elected, nearly all GOP insignia closely resemble Obama campaign signage? It truly is marketing genious: get the people on the fence BAMN.

    September 30, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Teabaggers are the Fascist Wing of the republican party. They are Fascist as they refuse to accept anyone other than their own mentally challenged to represent them. Fascist in that they want smaller government but want a government agent in women's bedrooms. Fascist because they are intent on making the United States a third world country.

    September 30, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  5. warren macdonald

    Republicans, a party of warlocks and witches!

    September 30, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    There have already been 2 debates in FL. We don't need another one there........CNN should take it to another state, or forget it.

    September 30, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  7. Florida Joe

    RPOF.....Republicans Pollute Our Future….Great one more debate and our thief Governor will be in the front row……….Enough, you guys have already shown the American people how inept you all are........Not one of them had the GUTS to tell the crowd they were wrong to boo a soldier at the last debate.....disgusting bunch they are...........GO Away you bunch of cowards, terrified of the Tea Party.........

    September 30, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  8. John

    You kidding me? Facists? Have you ever looked up the term in Webster? Hahaha. You and the neo-cons are one in the sad

    September 30, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  9. T'sah from Virginia

    ►YOU Decide 2012: "Enough with the debates already... Just WAY too many of them."◄

    Wow – this is one time I truly and wholeheartedly agree with you!!!!

    September 30, 2011 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  10. Kweg Yung

    Corporate America continues its expansion into China; where socialized healthcare and socialized education are the norm. Bush's “tax cuts for the rich” policy continues to help fund this transition. (When was the last time you saw a job created in the U.S.?) These former American companies only pay tax in China, supporting a growing communist government and military. The Republican party represents the rich corporations- and these corporations are moving to China. These guys aren't batting for us (U.S.) anymore. The writing is on the wall. Just open your eyes...

    September 30, 2011 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  11. jules

    Who cares? They're gonna say the same fruitcake crap they've been saying to pander to the TeaBaggers. The GOP of today is an embarrassment. None of them, leaast of all Perry, Santorum or Bachmann, has any clue at all...and that's the blind leading the blindfolded. I'm SO upset w/these TeaPartiers making my normal Republican friends look SO terrible! They all, save for maybe Romney and Huntsman, are total idiots who have NO idea about how to run a country. "Less government!" they scream. "But make sure government can tell folks who to love/marry, what a woman can do with her own reproductive system and dismantle our educational system because it supports scientific fact rather than biblical creationist theory! Down with the Evil people!" If you support this BS, you're, in layman's terms, an idiot.oh-and must I remind you, oh party of so-called "Family/Christian Values?" that Newt is an aduterer according to that book everyone tosses around durng their stupid sound bites? You GOP'ers have GOT to get a grip-and some sense.

    September 30, 2011 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  12. WolfManJax

    Jacksonville Yeah!
    I hope they have it on the NorthSide.
    Bussiness is kind of slow on that side of town.

    September 30, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  13. Martino- TORONTO CANADA

    The RPOF,.. is a ripoff.

    September 30, 2011 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  14. no1atall

    Herman Cain won the straw poll, tea baggers promptly arrange a do over; CNN is happy to go along like the corporate shill that it is while posing as a news agency.

    September 30, 2011 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  15. thomas

    @YOU Decide 2012: A bankrupt socialist welfare country or a thriving capitalist super power
    This sounds like your kind of vacation !

    Foreign fighters support Israel's settlements
    The Jewish Defence League has dispatched French "militants" for a "show of solidarity" in illegal West Bank settlements.

    October 1, 2011 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  16. Jake

    Does anyone else read that as "RIPOFF" or am I nuts?

    October 1, 2011 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  17. Squigman

    Just another sign filled with symbolism that disgraces the image of the noble elephant. It's a shame the elephant can't sue, for using it's image to further the agenda of people who's symbol should be a straight jacket.

    October 1, 2011 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  18. GonzoinHouston

    Is RPOF pronounced "Rip-off"? That's the worst acronym since Nixon's CREP (Committee to Re-Elect the President), which will always be pronounced "creep".

    October 1, 2011 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  19. Johnson

    The republican party reminds me of germany before WWII. (HORRIBLE)

    October 1, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |