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The Florida Republican presidential debate: What we learned

Since the Florida Republican presidential debate ended 12 hours ago, we’ve been reflecting on lessons learned from the night. (Man that looks WAY nerdier now that we see it written down.)

Republican presidential candidates, from left, Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, businessman Herman Cain, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, applaud before a Republican presidential debate Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson) (Mike Carlson - AP)

Our take on what we should take from the Tampa CNN/Tea Party Express debate is after the jump.

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Florida Republican presidential debate: Winners and losers

The fourth debate of the 2012 Republican presidential race is in the books!

Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney exchange comments during the CNN/Tea Party Republican presidential candidates debate in Tampa, Florida, September 12, 2011. REUTERS/Scott Audette
After live-blogging the proceedings, we turn to our favorite part of any debate night: looking at who won and who lost.

Our take is below. Agree or disagree with our picks? Leave a question or comment for today’s Fix Face-off video Q&A, or in the comments section below.

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Live-blogging the Florida Republican debate

At 8 p.m. tonight, eight Republican presidential candidates will take the stage in Tampa, Florida for the fourth major debate of the 2012 race.

Republican presidential candidates sing the National Anthem before the CNN/Tea Party Debate. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) (Chris O'Meara - AP)
And the Fix will be bringing every minute, no, every second of the action to you in our live-blog. We’ll pregame around 7:30 pm — warming up our typing fingers and comic stylings for the 8 p.m. kickoff. (Speaking of kickoffs, we will also keep an eye on the Patriots-Dolphins game that starts at 7 pm.)

Never participated in one of our live blogs before? (Shame!) We like to think of it as “Mystery Science Theater 3000” but for politics. And without the robots.

Join us. It’ll be fun. If not, we’ll give you your money back.

GOP debate in Florida: What to watch for

For the second time in five days, eight Republican candidates for president will gather on a debate stage — this time in the all-important state of Florida.

Republican presidential candidates will debate tonight in Florida. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

The proceedings get started at 8 pm eastern time on CNN and we will be live-blogging every minute of it right here! But, what do you do to kill time before tonight?

Never fear. Below you’ll find our Cliff Notes version of what you should watch for tonight. See you at 8!

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