NBC News/Tampa Bay Times/National Journal GOP debate tonight on NBC

All four remaining GOP candidates have been confirmed for tonight’s debate sponsored by NBC News, the Tampa Bay Times, The National Journal and the Florida Council of 100. The debate will take place at the University of South Florida in Tampa. This will be the first of 2 debates this week focusing on the Florida GOP primary on Tuesday, January 31st. Note the air times on the east and west coast.

Television Air Time: Monday, January 23rd at 9pm ET, 8pm CT and 9pm PT on NBC

Full Debate Video: Watch the full NBC News/National Journal Florida GOP debate

Participants: Gingrich, Romney, Santorum, Paul

Statement from NBC News:

NBC News Senior Vice President of Specials Mark Lukasiewicz released a statement following statement regarding the status of Monday’s presidential primary debate:

“All four qualifying Republican presidential candidates have confirmed their attendance for Monday’s NBC News, National Journal, Tampa Bay Times debate. Florida has often been the stage for history in politics — we look forward to hosting a substantive and stimulating forum for the candidates to make their case to the voters in this crucial state and the whole country.”

The NBC News, National Journal, Tampa Bay Times Republican Candidates Debate, in association with the Florida Council of 100, will take place on Monday, January 23 at 9:00pm ET at the University of South Florida. The debate will be moderated by NBC’s Brian Williams and will include a panel with National Journal’s Beth Reinhard and the Tampa Bay Times’ Adam Smith.

This will be the first weekday primetime airing of a primary debate on a broadcast network in the 2012 election cycle.

The event will air live on the NBC television network at 9pm ET / 8pm CT and on the west coast at 9pm PT, and will also stream live on nbcpolitics.com, nationaljournal.com, and tampabay.com. Telemundo will broadcast the debate in its entirety with simultaneous Spanish-language translation.

Clearly coming from South Carolina where the front runner changed yet again, this debate will have some serious implications heading into Florida. Mitt Romney has to come out stronger than he has and possibly come out to the right of Gingrich in his defense of capitalism and free markets. Ron Paul and Rick Santorum would need to basically win Florida to build any momentum moving forward and avoid this becoming a two-man race between Romney and Gingrich.

Update

It seems that many cable and satellite channel guides (I’ve confirmed DirecTV and Dish among other cable operators) don’t have the debate listed for NBC this evening. It is happening tonight, it has not been canceled. I think the fault lies with NBC in not updating their schedule with this event. If you have any question on what time it will air in your local market, please check out the NBC schedule which does in fact list the debate happening tonight (1/23/12).

277 comments to NBC News/Tampa Bay Times/National Journal GOP debate tonight on NBC

  • Out of respect for the office if not for the person the candidates should address Barack Obama as President Obama. This should be enforced by the debate host.

  • Out of respect for the office if not for the person the candidates should address Barack Obama as President Obama. This should be enforced by the debate host.

  • Out of respect for the office if not for the person the candidates should address Barack Obama as President Obama. This should be enforced by the debate host

  • J ellis

    The perpetuation of our species is predicated on how well we learn to live and work in space.
    I worked at NASA during the last two Apollo missions. I still get goose bumps from that time.I’m a GED graduate and got there buy a lucky fluke.If you can imagine, like every boy of that time I wanted to be an astronaut. I watched Allen Shepard lift off on TV and then ran outside to see the launch vehicle rise over the roof of our family home. I ended up there through luck and found my self in the mist of the greatest achievement
    in the history of mankind It’s funny, the highlight in my life will probably go down to the time when I was 21
    years old.
    Newt through his speech yesterday rekindled an American standard that has been lost yet not forgotten. You gettem Newt!
    J Ellis
    Nashville Tn

    • Carmen

      The others aren’t against space projects, esp military ones, but not to use that to win votes at the time we cannot afford it.

    • Simon H

      I wish we had the money to put more people in space, after all it’s our children’s, children’s future. People are selfish if they don’t see results fast they think its a waste of money, I can’t expect we would even reach light speed for hundreds of years to come if not thousands but if we don’t try now.. nor will our future generations.

      Kind Regards
      Simon H
      http://www.bybe.net

  • Surfisher

    Valid observation — someone said the more you listen to Newt, the less you like him.

    And since he’s been talking endlessly, he should lose big in FL today. Without Newt in the running, Ron Paul’s message will have to be accorded greater exposure (instead of the Newt-Mitt dog-and-pony show that preempts air-time).

    Floridians — it’s up to you to make a difference today!

  • Since when does our country or a debate host have the right to enforce american citizens to call Mr.Obama, President Obama, if so lets use his real name: PRESIDENT BARACK HUSSAIN OBAMA Hope I spelled it right……