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Florida Republican debate: Where and when to watch

at 02:27 PM ET, 01/26/2012

What can we say about Thursday’s GOP debate that hasn’t been said 18 times before? Here’s what you need to know to watch.

CNN, the Republican party of Florida and the Hispanic Leadership Network will sponsor the final debate before the Florida primary on Tuesday. The debate begins at 8 p.m. ET at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville and is scheduled to last two hours.

Where can I watch the debate?

CNN will broadcast the debate, and it will live stream on CNN.com. CNN en Español, CNN International and CNN Radio will also carry the debate.

As usual, The Fix team will host a live chat throughout the debate starting at 7:30 p.m. and Felicia Sonmez will live-blog all the events starting around 7:30 p.m. in Election 2012.

Who is participating?

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.), U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and former U.S. senator Rick Santorum (Pa.).

Who will moderate the debate?

CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer will moderate the debate, and CNN en Español’s Juan Carlos Lopez will moderate a panel in Miami as the debate is happening.

How do I follow the debate on social media?

From CNN’s news release: “CNN will solicit questions and comments submitted in real-time from CNN.com, the CNN Politics fan page on Facebook and by using the #CNNDebate hashtag on Twitter.”

In addition, PostPolitics is asking our readers in Jacksonville and at other debate-watching sites to submit pictures using the iPhone app Instagram and the hashtag #2012Unfiltered (more on how to do that here). We are also compiling views on what our readers think the role of government should be. Send Youtube videos tagged mygovernment and send us your comments on Twitter using #mygovernment.(Learn more about the project here).

Big thanks to the students at the University of North Florida who are contributing their #2012Unfiltered photos, like the ones in the gallery above, and #mygovernment videos. Check out their live blog of the debate here.

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