Make us your home page

The Buzz

From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Republicans eyeing more debates for Florida before early primary



The early Jan. 31 presidential primary, expected to be finalized tomorrow could mean another Republican debate in the state.

NBC and the St. Petersburg Times are in discussions to hold a debate in the Tampa Bay area and CNN is looking at a debate in Jacksonville. The GOP candidates have already debated in Tampa and Orlando, both earlier this month.

The CNN debate was described as "nearly finalized." It would be held between Jan. 25-29. Republican Party of Florida spokesman Brian Hughes said the talks accelerated after . "CNN obviously recognizes the importance of Florida," Hughes said.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 29, 2011 9:00pm]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours