St. Pete Times to co-host GOP presidential primary debate

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The St. Petersburg Times will be one of several organizations that will co-sponsor a Republican presidential primary debate early next year in Tampa, the sponsors announced Monday, reports the News Service of Florida. The debate, also sponsored by NBC News, the National Journal and the Florida Council of 100, will likely be the first major debate after the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, and will be nationally televised. “Florida will be at the center of next year? presidential election, and this is the state where national issues like the economy and health care loom especially large,” said Paul Tash, Times chairman and CEO. “Our debate will be a telling preview of the presidential campaign and the Republican convention, right back here at the St. Pete Times Forum.” The debate will be held at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa.

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