Wednesday, April 6, 2011 | 9:11 a.m.
CNN will produce a Republican presidential primary debate scheduled for October in Las Vegas.
The Western Republican Leadership Conference said today it selected CNN to host the GOP debate Oct. 18 at the Venetian.
Nevada has been chosen by the Republican National Committee to be one of the first states to vote in the Republican presidential primary.
The group said Republican leaders from states that make up the RNC’s Western Region will meet at the the Venetian during the week of Oct. 17 for a Western Republican Leadership Conference. The debate will take place as part of the WRLC’s four-day conference.
"Republicans in Western States will play an important role in determining the next Republican nominee for president," former Nevada Rep. Jon Porter, chairman of the Western Republican Leadership Conference, said in a prepared statement. "On behalf of the Western Republican Leadership Conference, I am excited to be working with CNN on this important debate. I look forward to hosting our 2012 presidential candidates, and showcasing their ideas on Western and national issues."