January 26th, 2012
07:43 AM ET

Thursday's live events

The four major GOP presidential candidates gather in Jacksonville, Florida, tonight for a debate.  CNN.com Live will air the debate at 8pm ET.

Today's programming highlights...

8:30 am ET - Gingrich rally - GOP candidate Newt Gingrich participates in a tea party rally in Mount Dora, Florida.

9:00 am ET - Santorum town hall - GOP hopeful Rick Santorum holds a town hall-style meeting in Tallahassee, Florida.

10:15 am ET - Romney talks housing - GOP candidate Mitt Romney discusses housing issues at a campaign event in Jacksonville, Florida.

12:00 pm ET - John King chat - Before tonight's debate, join CNN's John King as he talks about the Florida primary, the presidential race and whatever else is on his mind.  John will also answer your questions via Twitter @JohnKingCNN.

1:00 pm ET - Obama talks energy in Las Vegas - President Obama is focusing on energy and energy security today.  He'll address those subjects at a UPS facility in Las Vegas, then at Buckley Air Force Base in Colorado at 5:15 pm ET.

2:00 pm ET - Joe Paterno memorial - Penn State University and the public at large will say a final farewell to former head football coach Joe Paterno, who died earlier this week.

8:00 pm ET - CNN/Republican Party of Florida Debate - CNN and the Republican Party of Florida team up to host a GOP presidential debate in Jacksonville.  Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Rep. Ron Paul are all expected to participate.

CNN.com Live is your home for breaking news as it happens.


Filed under: Elections • Politics • Republican Party
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. 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 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    "VOTE GOP in 2012?"
    Maybe. Forse. Peut-être. Vielleicht.
    The more closely I read the extremely liberal comments on this board, the more the call of Reason and education pulls me from my centrist position and toward more conservatism.

    January 26, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Deaconessa

      You must have extremely selective vision, Joey, because I would say that the absolute rendundancy of what the conservatives say compared to the liberals is running about 50/50. Taking more money out of our educational system, as the conservatives love to do on a state level, is not going to make these comments inprove in the future. Vote the way you always have...it's what you have always done...and if you arre a centrist, I am the Queen of England.

      January 26, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    I do not think that the problems with our public educational system can be solved by money.
    Taking money from the schools would not make them worse, although it might make them more physically dangerous.
    Frequent use of the letter "F" on report cards would improve education.

    January 26, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. BobNAlabama

    Geez. If the GOP voters require dozens of "debates", they must be a terribly confused or very slow group of people. Read my lips: M A K E U P Y O U R M I N D S.

    January 26, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. Carol

    Should the audience be quiet at the debate tonight?

    January 26, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    As long as they're just Republicans, it's all right to handcuff and gag them.
    They are the party of no. They're all rich and pay no taxes.
    Bush was a Rethuglican't–what...which Bush–huh? Bush. Bush. The one who did it all. What–two? No, him...Bush. There couldn't be two–you're putting me on.

    January 26, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Luke

      Punish them because they're rich and pay few taxes but still account for the majority of our government's income? Sure, makes since. If you're Karl Marx that is.

      January 26, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jess Sayin

    I wish CNN would show the supporters at these rallies. I want to see the faces of those willing to vote for Gingrich. i can't believe anyone would vote for an unethical and immoral blow-hard like him. Why does the GOP hate America?

    January 26, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Today is

    How can Obomber be in Vegas when he's supposed to appear in a Georgia court today ?

    January 26, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    @ Luke:
    Were you addressing the connotations of my 11:21 AM post regarding Republicans and their not paying taxes?
    If so, you failed to notice my choice of the Sarcasm font.
    I am a Republican.

    January 26, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |