CNN adds January debate to presidential schedule

CNN has added another debate to the 2012 presidential schedule.

The cable news network and the Southern Republican Leadership Conference (SRLC) will host a Republican presidential town-hall debate in Charleston, S.C., on Jan. 19, 2012, the network announced Thursday.

The event will take place as part of the SRLC’s biennial conference. 

The Southern Region includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. GOP leaders from those states will meet in Charleston the week of Jan. 19 for the conference.

CNN will host three additional debates during the race for the Republican presidential nomination. 

Fox News and the South Carolina Republican Party hosted the first presidential debate of the cycle on May 5 in Greenville, although several major contenders for the nomination did not attend.

Here's schedule of all the debates scheduled thus far:

• New Hampshire Union Leader, WMUR-TV and CNN host a debate on June 7, 2011, in Manchester.

• The Reagan Presidential Foundation, NBC News and Politico will host a debate in September.

• CNN hosts a debate on Sept. 12 in Tampa, Fla.

• FOX News and the Florida Republican Party will host a debate in October in Orlando.

The Washington Post and Bloomberg will hold a debate at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire on Oct. 11.

• CNN and the Western Republican Leadership Conference will hold a debate on Oct. 18 in Las Vegas.

• ABC News and the Iowa State Republican Party will host a debate in Des Moines on Dec. 10.

• CNN and the SRLC will host a Republican presidential town-hall debate in Charleston, S.C., on Jan. 19, 2012.

• The Reagan Presidential Foundation and NBC News will host a debate around the Super Tuesday primaries in 2012.

• National Journal, NBC News, the St. Petersburg Times and the nonprofit Florida Council of will hold a debate in early 2012 in Florida, the first major debate following the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries.

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