Another debate is being added to the already packed schedule of debates among the Republican candidates for president. CNN and the Arizona Republican Party announced Thursday that they will co-host a debate in the Western state on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011.
The event would bring to 13 the number of GOP candidate debates in 2011. Several more are expected in early 2012, when primary voting for the presidential election begins in Iowa. “Arizona is a key state that will play a pivotal role in helping Republicans choose their presidential nominee,” said Sam Feist, CNN Washington bureau chief and senior vice president, in a statement.
To date, Republicans have held eight debates, the last one on Sept. 22 in Orlando, Fla. The next debate is scheduled for Oct. 11 at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. Sponsors are Bloomberg News, The Washington Post and WBIN-TV.