The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation (www.reaganlibrary.com) announced today that it has joined forces with CNN (www.cnn.com), the Los Angeles Times (www.latimes.com) and POLITICO.COM (www.politico.com) to host the final GOP presidential debate before the 2008 “Super-Tuesday” primary in California and several other key states. Mrs. Ronald Reagan has extended invitations to the front-runner GOP Presidential candidates to return to the Reagan Library for this final debate, which will be held on Wednesday, January 30, 2008. The event will give voters one last opportunity to hear the GOP front-runner candidates discuss their positions in a debate format before casting their votes in the February 5, 2008 primary. This will serve as a follow-up to the first debate of the full field of GOP Presidential candidates that was held at the Reagan Library on May 3, 2007.
Specific details of this debate will be announced at a later date.
“We are very pleased to be a host of the final Republican presidential debate before Super Tuesday,” said Jon Klein, president of CNN/U.S. “Given the timing, this debate should play an important role in the outcome of the presidential election and it is extremely fitting that it will be held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.”
“The Los Angeles Times is very pleased to co-host the final pre-Super Tuesday Republican candidate debate with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, CNN and Politico.com,” said Los Angeles Times Publisher David D. Hiller. “California’s February 5th primary will be a crucial factor in the 2008 presidential nomination process and we look forward to bringing our readers and users vital insight into the candidates via this public forum and across multiple media.”
“The Reagan Library debate will come at a critical moment in a critical election,” said John Harris, editor-in-chief of POLITICO.COM. “It is destined to be one of the most newsworthy candidate exchanges of the campaign season. Politico.com is thrilled to be participating with CNN and The Los Angeles Times, with their stellar reputation at covering big political stories, at this major political event.” “The Reagan Presidential Library is delighted to be able to host this important debate on the eve of these crucial primary votes,” said Frederick J. Ryan, Jr., chairman of the board of trustees of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation. “It was President Reagan’s dream that his Library play a meaningful role in our democratic process and this event will be another milestone toward fulfilling that goal.”
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About the Reagan Library
Located in Simi Valley, California, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library houses over 55 million pages of Gubernatorial, Presidential and personal papers, an extraordinary collection of photographs and film, and over 100,000 gifts and artifacts chronicling the lives of Ronald and Nancy Reagan. Home to Air Force One 27000, it now also serves as the final resting place of America’s 40th President. www.reaganlibrary.com
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