First GOP Presidential debate will be held in Ohio

First GOP Presidential debate will be held in Ohio

The first debate for GOP Presidential candidates will be held in Ohio this August.

Republican National Committee Spokesperson Ryan Mahoney said the location is not confirmed, but Cleveland is the goal.

The decision was made at the Republican National Committee (RNC) Winter Meeting in San Diego, California.

There will be a total of nine debates from August 2015 through March 1, 2016.

"The 2016 cycle is underway, and I can tell you it will be a landmark election for Republicans," Chairman Reince Priebus said. "By constructing and instituting a sound debate process, it will allow candidates to bring their ideas and vision to Americans in a timely and efficient way.  This schedule ensures we will have a robust discussion among our candidates while also allowing the candidates to focus their time engaging with Republican voters.  It is exciting that Republicans will have such a large bench of candidates to choose from, and the sanctioned debate process ensures voters will have a chance to gain a chance to hear from them. The American people are tired of President Obama's policies, and I am confident the debate process will enable candidates to communicate their ideas and ultimately help us elect a Republican president in 2016 to get our country back on track."

The 2016 Republican National Convention will be held in Cleveland July 18-21

"We look forward to hosting the Republican National Convention in Cleveland," said Mayor Frank Jackson. "Throughout this process, we've been able to demonstrate our ability and passion to host the RNC, while letting the site selection committee know whichever date they picked, Cleveland would make it happen."

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