First 2012 SC Republican Presidential debate set

The 2008 GOP debate in Columbia
The 2008 GOP debate in Columbia

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The first 2010 Republican Presidential debate in South Carolina will take place in Greenville in May of 2011.

On May 5th, 2011, Fox News will be televising the "First in the South 2012 Republican Presidential debate" live from Greenville's Peace Center. Candidates will spar over the issues in what is expected to be one of the most hotly contested presidential elections in modern history.

A second South Carolina debate will be held in 2012 prior to the South Carolina primary, but the location has not been determined.

The debates are scheduled to be presented live on FOX News Channel, FOX News Radio, FOX News Mobile and

SCGOP Chairman Karen Floyd is excited and proud that South Carolina is set to once again play a critical part in the election process. "We are incredibly pleased to partner with Fox News to host the First in the South 2012 Republican Presidential debate," Floyd said. "South Carolina Republicans have a flawless record in selecting our Party's presidential nominee, and our state will continue to play a pivotal role in the 2012 nominating process. The eyes of the nation will be watching South Carolina, starting on May 5th."

In making the announcement that they will be televising the event, 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."

Knox White, the mayor of Greenville, is looking forward to welcoming the debate participants to his city, stating, "Downtown Greenville is proud to host the kickoff event of the presidential race. The Peace Center and our Main Street offer a great venue for a successful event."

In the coming months, Republican presidential hopefuls are expected to formally announce their candidacy.

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