First GOP presidential debate to be May 2

The first Republican presidential debate of the 2012 cycle will be held May 2, 2011, at the Reagan library, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation announced Monday.

“We have established a wonderful tradition — of which I know Ronnie would be so proud — of using the Library as a first-in-the-nation forum for candidates to introduce themselves and their visions for America to a national audience,” former first lady Nancy Reagan said in a statement.

The Reagan Library, in Simi Valley, Calif., was also the venue for the first Republican debate of the 2008 campaign cycle.

MSNBC will air the debate — NBC News anchor Brian Williams will moderate, along with Politico editor-in-chief John Harris. A Telemundo reporter will also join in the questioning.

The library plans to host a second GOP debate on the eve of the Super Tuesday primaries.

No Republican has officially announced for the 2012 presidential nomination.

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