Live MSNBC Republican debate chat tonight @ 9pm

We will be conducting somewhat of an experiment tonight holding a live chat during the MSNBC Republican debate at 9pm eastern. Around 8pm the link to the chat will be available for all to join. Come discuss the debate and monitor Fred Thompson’s first appearance.

Here’s a little preview:

WASHINGTON – Fred Thompson, a veteran actor but a newcomer to presidential politics, steps onto a debate stage Tuesday for the first time in a decade.

He’s been practicing for weeks.

Although nine Republicans will take part in the forum, which begins at 4 p.m. EDT in Dearborn, Mich., the focus will be on Thompson, a former Tennessee senator.

A late entry into the race, Thompson has sometimes struggled to answer questions on the campaign trail in his initial weeks as a full-fledged candidate.

He’s no stranger to the small screen. He spent years acting on NBC’s “Law & Order.” But the last time he engaged in a political debate was 1996 during his successful Senate re-election campaign.

Over the past two weeks, Thompson has held seven to nine debate sessions at his McLean, Va., campaign headquarters outside Washington, aides say. In each session, Thompson would answer timed questions on a variety of subjects. Aides then would stop and review answers with him.

Practicing he may be but is he ready for prime time against his colleagues who’ve been debating for months already?

We will find out tonight.

The debate will be broadcast live at 4pm on CNBC and replayed at 9pm on MSNBC. We will be live chatting during the MSNBC broadcast.

See you then.