Second Florida Republican Debate Tonight

If Florida voters thought the South Carolina debates were nasty, they could be in for a shock tonight. With so much on the line (Romney’s sitting at 36% and Gingrich at 34% according to Wednesday’s CNN/Time/ORC International survey)  along with the increased bomb-lobbing between the former Massachusetts Governor and former Speaker of the House, tonight’s debate could be a doozy. And with Texas congressman Ron Paul and Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum looking for any opportunity to slip past the quarreling front runners, they’ll likely be a bit more feisty.

Here are the details for Thursday night’s Republican Candidates Debate sponsored by CNN, CNN en Español, The Hispanic Leadership Network and The Republican Party of Florida.


Where? The University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

When? Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. MST

Watch: Airs on CNN and will be streamed live on

Engage: As usual, Decision 2012 will host a live chat during the debate starting at 5:45 p.m. And don’t forget to check the blog throughout and immediately after the debate for immediate reactions from the Deseret News politics team.

Who is participating in the Debate?

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.), U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and former U.S. senator Rick Santorum (Pa.).

Who will moderate the debate? CNN’s Wolf Blitzer will tonight’s debate.

What is the official Twitter hashtag? @DeseretNews is using #FLDEBATE.


  1. Doug Anderson

    I suggest that you put debate information in the printed edition of the Deseret News. I never (or hardly ever) see any notice of the debates in my newspaper. It only makes the paper after the debate has taken place. I usually learn that there was a debate when Jay Leno comments on it.

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