September 12th, 2011

Tune In: First-Ever CNN-Tea Party Republican Debate

Eight GOP Hopefuls Face-Off Tonight at 8 pm (ET)

CNN and the Tea Party Express, along with more than 100 local tea party groups from every state across the country, will team up tonight to present a first-of-its-kind debate from the site of the 2012 Republican National Convention: Tampa, Florida. Eight Republican presidential contenders will face questions from moderator and lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer during the two-hour event, which will air live on CNN from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. from the Florida State Fairgrounds. The debate will focus on a wide-range of topics, including the role, size and scope of government, with a specific emphasis on issue number one to tea party members and all Americans: the economy.

Participate online by submitting your questions for the candidates via comments on, the CNN Politics Facebook page, and by using the #CNNTeaParty hashtag on Twitter.

Visit the CNN Political Ticker for a list of candidates participating in the CNN-Tea Party Republican Debate: GOP hopefuls will face off in CNN Tea Party Debate.

The debate will be broadcast live nationally on CNN, CNN International,, and CNN Radio. It will also be available via live stream in the CNN Apps for iPhone, iPad and Android.