Madison County GOP leaders want final Republican presidential debate to be held in Huntsville

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. - Madison County GOP leaders have thrown Huntsville's name into the debate ring, arguing that the final Republican presidential primary debate should be held in the Rocket City.

Madison County Republican Executive Committee Director of Finance Jay Town said in the letter addressed to all GOP presidential candidates, the RNC Committee Debate Committee, the RNC chairman, and Fox News, "Huntsville represents, in myriad ways, the issues most important to our party..., all of which are at the forefront of any serious political debate providing an obvious debate theme for the network and the candidates."

Town said the Madison GOP leaders have been trying for a year to bring the debate, set for March 2016, to Huntsville. In the letter, he said there are currently "no debates scheduled in a traditional southern state that isn't on the Atlantic Ocean."

"The RNC has correctly identified some issues regarding our party's primary debates. It is time we recognize the heart of our party at the epicenter of so many conservative issues is right here in Huntsville.  Why are we rewarding California and Boulder and other venues with the honor of hosting a debate?  It is time we have a debate of republicans, by republicans and for republicans," Town said.

Read the full letter here.

WHNT News 19 is speaking with Town now. We will have an update for you tonight on WHNT News 19 at 10.

The current schedule of GOP primary debates is as follows:

  • Nov. 10: Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Dec. 15: Las Vegas, N.V.
  • *Jan. : Iowa
  • Feb. 6: Manchester, N.H.
  • Feb. 13: Greenville, S.C.
  • Feb. 26: Houston, Tex.
  • March 10: Florida
  • *March: TBD

*Date/Time TBD