GOP primary debate at Coliseum tonight

PETA, Occupy Charleston planning shenanigans

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CNN and the Southern Republican Leadership Conference will host the last big debate before the South Carolina GOP primary election tonight. The live televised event will begin at 8 p.m. at the North Charleston Coliseum and will be moderated by CNN anchor and chief national correspondent John King.

Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum will enter the arena for the rhetorical rumble after giving speeches around Charleston throughout the day. Also, be on the lookout for Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Erin Burnett, and Soledad O’Brien, who will be recording their shows on location in Charleston.

You can also expect shenanigans from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, who will be circling the Coliseum in a convertible wearing pig costumes and advocating for a 10-cent-per-pound sin tax on meat. And our sources at Occupy Charleston are holding their cards close to the chest, but they've got a few major protest events planned as well, with occupiers traveling to help out from Columbia, New York, New Hampshire, Boston, and Washington, D.C.

Want to educate yourself before the debate? Read our Election 2012 coverage.

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