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Will You Be Watching the CNN/Tea Party Express Debate Tonight?

Will you be watching the political debate filmed from the Florida State Fairgrounds, or Monday Night Football?

Are you ready for some politics?

CNN and the Tea Party Express, along with more than 100 local Tea Party groups from every state across the country, will team up Monday, Sept. 12, to present a first-of-its-kind debate from the site of the 2012 Republican National Convention.

Eight Republican presidential contenders will face questions from moderator and lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer during the two-hour event, which will air live on CNN from 8-10 p.m. from the Florida State Fairgrounds.

Participating in the debate wil be Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, businessman Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

The debate will focus on a wide range of topics, including the role, size and scope of government, with a specific emphasis on issue No. 1 to Tea Party members: the economy.

In addition to questions from Blitzer, audience members inside the debate hall, made up in part of members from Tea Party groups in 31 states and the District of Columbia, will be invited to ask questions directly to the candidates.

Questions also will be taken live from Tea Party members at debate watch parties in Phoenix, Cincinnati, and Portsmouth, Va.

Online, CNN will solicit questions via comments on CNNPolitics.com, the CNN Politics Facebook page and by using the #CNNTeaParty hashtag on Twitter.

Kevin Ozment September 12, 2011 at 07:37 PM
Better than watching on TV I will be there, protesting the Fascist of the TeaParty and their Corporate backers the Koch Brothers! Come on out and help real Patriots tell the World what these fascists are doing to true Patriots.
Jared Leone September 12, 2011 at 08:45 PM
Please feel free to share any photos you take. Send them to jared.leone@patch.com.

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