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First presidential debate set for Republicans
October 30, 2014 21:57 GMT

By STEVE PEOPLES Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The 2014 midterm elections are days away, but preparation are already underway for the first debate of the 2016 presidential primary contest.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation announced Thursday that it will invite GOP presidential candidates to attend a televised debate at California's Reagan Library in September 2015.

The announcement comes two years before voters will decide President Barack Obama's successor. In some ways, the next presidential contest is already up and running. Prospective candidates in both parties have been jockeying for position while helping colleagues in midterm contests from Iowa to New Hampshire in recent weeks.

It's unclear if the Republican National Committee will sanction the debate, set for Sept. 16, 2015. The RNC recently adopted new rules to limit the number of primary debates.

 
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