The Georgia Republican Party has announced that it will be partnering with the Ohio Republican Party for the primetime March 1st GOP Presidential Debate on CNN in Atlanta. An Ohio venue will be chosen and participants will be given an opportunity to ask questions to the presidential aspirants.
The presser with additional details is posted below the fold:
ATLANTA – The Georgia Republican Party is pleased to announce our partnership with the Ohio Republican Party for the 2012 Super Tuesday Republican Presidential Debate in Atlanta, Georgia. Co-hosted by CNN, the Debate will air live on Thursday, March 1, at 8 p.m. ET on CNN, CNN en Español, CNN International and streamed on CNN.com. An announcement on the venues will be forthcoming. A separate venue will be set aside in Ohio where participants, in conjunction with the Ohio Republican Party, may ask questions of the presidential candidates as well.
With 76 and 66 National Delegates, respectively, Georgia and Ohio are the two largest delegations that will be holding their Presidential Preference Primaries on Super Tuesday.
“I am thrilled that Chairman DeWine and the Ohio Republican Party will be joining us in hosting the 2012 Super Tuesday Republican Presidential Debate,” remarked Georgia GOP Chairman Sue Everhart. “With a combined 142 Delegates up for grabs on March 6th, Georgia and Ohio are truly the power brokers in this year’s Republican presidential contest.
“Voters across the country will be watching closer than ever on March 1st, and our Debate will provide the premier forum for Speaker Gingrich, Congressman Paul, Governor Romney and Senator Santorum to make their respective cases in the 11th hour of the race in two of our country’s most pivotal states. On behalf of Chairman DeWine and myself, we look forward to welcoming the Republican candidates to the Peach State!”
“The Ohio Republican Party is very pleased to take part in this special partnership with Chairwoman Everhart and Georgia Republicans,” Ohio Republican Party Chairman Kevin DeWine stated.
“As residents of the quintessential presidential battleground state, Ohio voters have always taken their role in vetting and electing presidential candidates very seriously. We look forward to working with the Georgia Republican Party, and Republicans across America, to renew our party’s conservative vision and usher in a new generation of economic prosperity by fighting to ensure that Barack Obama is a one term president,” Chairman DeWine concluded.