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St. Petersburg Times/NBC presidential debate set for Jan. 23 at USF


The St. Petersburg Times, NBC News, National Journal and the Florida Council of 100 confirmed new details Monday for their previously announced Republican presidential primary debate.

The GOP debate will air live on NBC on Jan. 23 from a small theater on the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida. NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams will moderate, along with a panel including Times political editor Adam C. Smith.

The Florida presidential primary is Jan. 31. The debate will follow the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries.

"Florida will be at the center of next year's presidential election, and this is the state where national issues like the economy and health care loom especially large," said Paul Tash, Times chairman and chief executive officer.

This will be the first weekday, prime-time airing of a primary debate on a broadcast network in the 2012 election cycle. Telemundo also will broadcast the debate, which was first announced in April, in its entirety with simultaneous Spanish-language translation.

The event will stream live on 

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