Washington (CNN) – The Georgia Republican Party announced it will host a GOP presidential debate with CNN on March 1, less than one week before “Super Tuesday.”
In announcing the debate, Georgia Republican Party Chair Sue Everhart highlighted the key role the delegate-rich Peach State will play in helping the GOP chooses its presidential nominee.
"The road to the White House in 2012 runs straight through Georgia, and I look forward to welcoming the Republican presidential candidates to the Peach State for our Super Tuesday Presidential Debate," Everhart said in a statement.
Georgia is one of 11 states scheduled to hold nominating contests on March 6, a day commonly referred to as “Super Tuesday” because of the large number of delegates up for grabs in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
Republicans will begin the process of officially choosing their presidential nominee on January 3, when Iowa holds its caucuses. Several primaries will follow in January including those in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida. Seven more caucuses and primaries will be scattered throughout February in the march to Super Tuesday.
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced in late September that Georgia would hold its primary the first Tuesday in March – an announcement closely watched by political observers and the presidential campaigns.
"I am excited that the Georgia Republican Party will be partnering with CNN to host a presidential debate here in Georgia before the March 6 Presidential Preference Primary," Kemp, a Republican, said in a statement.
While Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich claim strong ties to Georgia – the battle for the state’s 76 delegates are very much up for grabs.
CNN is hosting a Republican National Security debate with the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation on Tuesday, November 22. CNN has hosted three other GOP presidential debates since June: the New Hampshire Republican Presidential Debate, the Republican Presidential Tea Party Debate in Florida and the Western Republican Leadership Conference Debate in Nevada.
The location of the "Super Tuesday" debate will be announced at a later date.
This debate does not belong on the distinguished airwaves of CNN. It belongs on Comedy Central.
Hey CNN: With all your ties with The White House maybe you can pull a few strings and ask Bozo to make an appearance. It would be great seeing him answer some of the same questions you and your audience will be posing to the GOP contenders. Just a wishful thought but that would be much too fair!
Sorry, CNN, can't stand to watch the GOP-clowns "debate".
They're coming to Georgia? Isn't it disgraceful enough that Georgia is considered a red state in the first place? Why compound the insult?
Jeeze, no one cares about Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich. These guys are scum.
Please stop with calling these debates!! GOP love in ego fest,Obama bash is more like it. Biden should debate Obama for equal time!!!
I am ready to watch the republican debates scheduled on cnn 11/15 @ 5pm and all i've seen for the last 26 minutes is anderson cooper reporting on penn state story. granted, very important story, but was prepared to watch comedy debates. what's the story. should i hang on, is this anderson story on and debates cancelled?
thank you, eleni
I hope the Georgia GOP insists on equal time for whoever remains in the race after the early primaries and caucuses.
Maybe with all that anti-immigration posing, they can arrive one or two days early and help farmers plant since any right-thinking Latinos, legal or illegal, would avoid the state like the plague.
These aren't debates; they're free campaign advertising by the GOP whose stated goal is not to better our country, but instead to make President Obama a one-term president.
What else does the GOP have to offer our country except this nonsense day after day, and week after week? Lord knows they don't have a record of accomplishments to run on! All they've got is economic, military and foreign policies that are PROVEN FAILURES and a line-up of clowns and buffoons!
Get real, America. Get smart – and vote Democratic in 2012.