First 2012 GOP presidential debate announced

The Reagan presidential library plans to hold the first GOP debate of the 2012 presidential cycle, setting the date for the spring of 2011.

All the leading contenders for the GOP presidential nomination will be invited, former first lady Nancy Reagan announced Thursday.

The library, located in Simi Valley, Calif., will host a second GOP debate on the eve of the Super Tuesday primaries.

“Ronnie would be thrilled that the road to the White House will begin at his Presidential Library,” Reagan said in a statement.

The library hosted two debates in the 2008 election cycle, including the first of the election cycle.

NBC News will be the television partner and Politico will be the online partner for the first debate, according to the announcement. The media partners for the second, pre-Super Tuesday debate will be announced next year.