About an hour after CNN announced it was partnering with the Florida GOP for a presidential debate days ahead of the primary there, NBC News announced a date for its GOP debate, in collaboration with National Journal and the St. Petersburg Times.
NBC News will hold its debate January 30, the night before Floridians go to the polls for their primary. As first announced in April, the debate will take place at the St. Pete Times Forum in downtown Tampa — where the GOP will hold its nominating convention next August — and will air on MSNBC and NBC affiliates throughout Florida.
It was NBC’s own Tim Russert who famously predicted “Florida, Florida, Florida” on election night 2000. And in late January, 2012 all political eyes will again be on Florida.