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Greer: No pay-TV presidential debate



State Republican Chairman Jim Greer says presidential hopefuls who take part in the GOP's Oct. 21 debate on the FOX News Channel  won't be charged a fee to be on TV.


Greer issued a statement Tuesday evening that said in part: "Candidates will not be charged a fee to participate in the presidential debate. Eligibility to participate in the debate will be determined by a criteria established by the Republican Party of Florida and FOX News Channel at a later date."

Some news reports cited a $100,000 debate admission fee. That may be a charge the RPOF is considering charging candidates to participate in the complete series of weekend events in Orlando on Oct. 20-21.

Party spokesman Jeff Sadosky declined further comment beyond Greer's statement. "We have not talked about any costs," Sadosky said.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:31pm]


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