Florida, the site of the GOP nominating convention, will host a presidential debate during the 2012 cycle.

NBC News, National Journal and The St. Petersburg Times will co-sponsor the debate, along with the Florida Council of 100, a nonprofit group of the state's civic and business leaders. According to a press release, this is the first time a Republican primary debate will be held in the same state where the GOP nominee will accept the nomination.

The exact date hasn't been set yet, but it will be after the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries.

"Florida has played a pivotal role in every presidential election of the past century and could very well be the stage for history again in 2012," NBC News President Steve Capus said in a statement Monday.

The debate is also the first one that National Journal is co-sponsoring.

A new Sachs/Mason Dixon poll out Monday found former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) leading President Obama in Florida.

Obama and Vice President Biden have fundraised in the state recently. In 2008, Obama won Florida with 51 percent of the vote.