January 26th, 2012
01:18 AM ET

GOP hopefuls to battle at last debate before Florida primary

Republican presidential hopefuls will get a chance for some last jabs at each other before the pivotal Florida primary at Thursday night's debate at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

The function, which is hosted by CNN, the Republican Party of Florida and the Hispanic Leadership Network, comes just days before the January 31 presidential primary in Florida.

CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer will moderate the debate and the remaining four candidates - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas - have all accepted invitations to attend.

The debate comes as new poll shows frontrunners Gingrich and Romney in a virtual tie.

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  1. WOT

    All Amweicans are the 1 percent of the worlds 99 percent!

    January 26, 2012 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. gung hoe

    Be it either party theyve had about 30 debates to many

    January 26, 2012 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ron Paul is invisible

    How does a political candidate alienate himself from the press? He calls for an audit of one of the worlds federal reserve systems. No, not the ones in the EU or J apan, the one doing business in the USA. The one that's never been audited because President Obama won't allow it.

    January 26, 2012 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Deaconessa

      NO President has allowed it. Bush didn't, Clinton didn't, Bush 1 didn't, Bad Ronald didn't, and if Ron Paul were elected, he wouldn't be allowed to. Don't put it on Obama. The fault lies within Congress, and it would go against their monetary interests to let that happen.

      January 26, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  4. Godzilla

    VOTE GOP in 2012 – And let's get ready to declare another unjustified war in Iran !! The GOP is the party of unjustified wars (i.e. – Iraq / Afghanistan...) Iran is building WMD's and we have aerial surveillance photos to prove it...Just ask Romney and the Grinch...(Oops, meant to say Gingrich...)

    January 26, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  5. Demarcus brooks

    Ron Paul won the debate ,so why is CNN talking about Romney again and again is almost like they are forcing my to like the guy ,well i don't .Ron Paul is the only person that made any sense and that has a clean record the polls say he would do the best vs. Obama . why does the media ignore him ? its down right disrespectful.It wont work .

    January 26, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |