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Myrtle Beach eying another presidential debate

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – With the presidential race heating up, the city of Myrtle Beach says it wants in on the fun.

On Tuesday, city council plans to discuss whether it will support an attempt to bring a republican presidential debate.

Presidential election debates are nothing new to Myrtle Beach. In fact, the city has hosted three debates in the last two presidential races.

This time around, both the city and local republican party want to bring in another one, and believe it could be a real possibility.

Local party leaders say they are on board too, and already taking steps to make it happen.

"We're hoping to land it, to bring it to Myrtle Beach,” explained Horry County Republican Party Chairman Robert Rabon.

Rabon says Myrtle Beach is one of four cities being considered by CBS to host the February debate.

He says just two weeks ago, the TV network came to town to meet the chamber of commerce and party leaders.

Rabon says the party showcased everything Myrtle Beach has to offer.

"We kind of feel like it's down to us and Greenville, but the decision hasn't been made yet,” He said.

Rabon says that decision from the network is expected in the next 30 to 60 days.

If Myrtle Beach is selected he believes it will be an invaluable opportunity.

This debate would be the first in the south, and is scheduled just one week before the South Carolina primaries.

We reached out to local Democratic Party leaders today. They say they'll support the push too.

“It will give us an opportunity to challenge the Republican viewpoint on policies and we will welcome that opportunity,” said Joan Furlong, Chair for the Horry county Democratic Party:

The local democratic party says don't count it out either. A Democratic candidate debate is also coming to South Carolina, and local leaders are pushing to bring it here as well.

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