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TV to host multiple debates

September kicks off nationwide coverage

In addition to its New Hampshire debate, co-sponsored with WMUR and the New Hampshire Union Leader, CNN has a Tea Party Express-sponsored debate scheduled Sept. 12 in Tampa, a Western Republican Leadership Conference debate on Oct. 18 in Las Vegas, and a Southern Republican Leadership Conference debate on Jan. 19 in Charleston, S.C.

ABC News has scheduled a debate for the weekend of Dec. 10 in Des Moines, Iowa, co-sponsored by ABC5/WOI-DT and the Iowa State Republican Party, with Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos moderating. The network is planning another debate in New Hampshire, slated sometime before that state’s primary and after the Iowa caucus (currently scheduled for Feb. 6), with WMUR-TV as co-sponsor.

MSNBC is planning a debate Sept. 7 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., with Politico as co-sponsor and Brian Williams moderating, and other are in the works. The Reagan Library also is planning a debate before the Super Tuesday primaries, although it has yet to officially name a media partner.

Bloomberg Television is planning to co-sponsor a New Hampshire debate on Oct. 11 along with the Washington Post and WBIN-TV.

PBS Newshour is teaming with the Des Moines Register, Google/YouTube and Iowa Public Television for a debate in Johnston, Iowa, on Jan. 12.

Fox News is planning a debate for Aug. 11 at Iowa State U., co-sponsored by the Washington Examiner and the Iowa Republican Party. Another debate is planned before the Iowa caucuses in Sioux City’s Orpheum Theater, and another in Orlando, Floridain October, in an event co-sponsored with that state’s Republican Party.

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