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Not even 2011 yet but the debate schedule news continues to flow. Fox News has been busy cutting deals with the South Carolina Republican Party to host 2 debates running up the 2012 Presidential Election. The first will happen on May 5th, 2011.

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Report from MediaIte:

FOX News and the South Carolina Republican Party have jointly announced that they will present two presidential debates, which are expected to attract the top 2012 Republican contenders for President of the United States. The debates are currently scheduled to be presented live and exclusively on FOX News Channel (FNC), FOX News Radio, FOX News Mobile and FOXNews.com.

The initial debate will take place on May 5, 2011 at the Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina. The second debate will be held in 2012 prior to the South Carolina primary at a location to be determined.

In making the announcement, FOX News’ Senior Vice President of News Editorial Michael Clemente said, “Fox News looks forward to presenting these key debates with the South Carolina Republican Party and giving the contenders an open forum to present their views at this critically important time in the country’s history.”

That will make a total of 4 scheduled debates so far. Head on over to our 2012 Republican Primary Debate Schedule page and check out the rest.

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Nate Ashworth is the Founder and Senior Editor of Election Central. He's been blogging elections and politics for almost a decade. He started covering the 2008 Presidential Election which turned into a full-time political blog in 2012 and 2016.

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