[Tampa, FL] On Wednesday, the Florida State Fair Authority announced that it will be the site for the Republican Presidential Debate hosted by The Tea Party Express and CNN.
The debate is taking place Sept. 12, 2011, and will consist of an audience mainly made up of members of over 100 Tea Party groups from across the country.
“We are pleased to be selected as the site of this debate as it fits with our mission of supporting education and community service,” said Chuck Pesano, Executive Director for the Florida State Fair Authority. “It’s important that we, as citizens, have the opportunity to learn about those running for public office.”
In addition to the debate, The Tea Party Express will be winding up its fifth cross-country bus tour in Tampa before the debate. CNN has plans to air several shows live from the State Fairgrounds throughout the weekend before the debate, according to a press release issued by The Tea Party Express.
It is expected that hundreds of journalists will be on hand to provide coverage.
That makes Pesano happy, as it should:
“This debate will focus the eyes of the nation on the Tampa Bay Area and all it has to offer.”
No word yet on ticket availability. For more info, please visit the Florida State Fairgrounds website here.
Since 1995, the Florida State Fair Authority has been under the administration of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Agriculture Commissioner Adam H. Putnam leads the Fair Authority and presides over the Fair Authority Board (comprised of 20 leaders from throughout Florida) and the annual Florida State Fair.
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