Republican Debate Tonight From Florida On MSNBC @ 9pm ET

Starting at 9pm eastern time, 6pm pacific, the remaining Republican candidates will square off on MSNBC live from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton on Thursday, 1/24/08.

Story from USAToday:

FORT LAUDERDALE — Republican presidential candidates attempting to break through and win the largest state prize to date are trying to use the promise of tax cuts to their advantage.

The questions of which taxes to cut and by how much figure to come up tonight as the five remaining GOP contenders debate at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. It will be their only faceoff before next week’s primary.

A credit crunch and drops in the stock market have made the economy a major topic for both parties. It has special resonance in Florida, where Tuesday’s ballot includes a statewide referendum designed to restrict property tax assessments, which in turn would reduce revenue to local governments.

“You’re going to see the tax issue be the No. 1 issue in Florida in a presidential year,” said Gary Reese, editor of the political newsletter Florida Insider.

John McCain, Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul each offer different ways to cut taxes, both in the short term to jump-start the economy and in the long run for growth. The debate starts at 9 p.m. ET on MSNBC.

How will the dynamic change without Fred Thompson? How far will Romney go to take down McCain? Furthermore, how far will Giuliani go to recapture some of his support?

Rudy has to pull something big out of his unmentionable in order to have a chance at survival in Florida. Once leading, he’s now trailing at 3rd place in a statistical tie. We’ll see how things turn out tonight.

I’m betting this will be quite the brawl as Florida will be a major decider heading into Super Tuesday, Feb. 5th.

As always, we’ll have complete coverage starting with some preview clips during the day and live analysis during the debate followed by video highlights. Also, we’ll have entire debate video once it airs if you miss it.

Tune in tomorrow for more details.


Here’s a little video preview from NBC:

Romney appears to be getting a slight bounce after Thompson dropped out, we’ll see just how hard he’s willing to slug McCain tonight.

Update @ 7:12pm ET

We will be running a Live Debate chat starting around 9pm ET, 6pm PT. Will post a link here and have it front and center on the main page.

Update @ 8:46pm ET

Join the live chat:

Live MSNBC Republican Debate Chat

Live stream:


In Windows Media Player or find it at

Update @ 10:13pm ET

Analysis and video clips here:

MSNBC Florida Republican Debate Analysis


Here’s the full video:

Video: MSNBC Republican Debate From Florida – 1/24/08