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CNN Teaming With Tea Party For Republican Presidential Debate

First Posted: 12/17/10 12:54 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:20 PM ET

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CNN announced Friday that it has teamed up with the Tea Party Express to host what it is calling a "first-of-its-kind Tea Party presidential primary debate" in September 2011.

The Republican debate will be held during the Labor Day week in Tampa, Florida. In a statement, CNN said the debate will place special emphasis on issues that the Tea Party has been "vocal in advocating," including less government spending, lower taxes and a smaller deficit.

In the same statement, CNN political director Sam Feist said that "undecided voters turn to CNN to educate themselves during election cycles, so it is a natural fit for CNN to provide a platform for the diverse perspectives within the Republican Party, including those of the Tea Party."

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Filed by Jack Mirkinson  |