Coalition of groups to protest outside GOP Debate at USF Monday night

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In a press release, the activist groups say "We're calling on all students, workers, young people, immigrants, and oppressed people to join Fight Back Florida St. Pete, Tampa Bay, and Orlando, SDS- Tampa Bay, Occupy Tampa & Occupy USF as we protest ALL these candidates and their policies, and call for a different direction for the people of Florida and the United States. One that offers Good Jobs, Healthcare, Affordable Education, Equality and Peace."

The debate is the second Republican presidential debate to be held in Tampa in the past five months. On September 12, CNN and the Tea Party Express aired a two-hour debate from the Florida State Fairgrounds.

Monday's forum is sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times, NBC, the National Journal and the Florida Council of 100.

There have been 14 full-fledged GOP presidential debates aired on broadcast and cable television in the past year, and they keep on coming.

You thought Monday night's donnybrook in Myrtle Beach would be the last forum in South Carolina before Saturday's primary election? Are you kidding? The Republicans will gather again Thursday night in Charleston on CNN beginning at 8 p.m.

And then of course Tampa hosts its second debate of the season next Monday night at 9 p.m. on NBC, and a coalition of activist groups and citizens intend to make their voices heard hours before the first question gets posed.

The groups Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society, Occupy Tampa and Occupy USF and Fight Back Florida say they will be protesting outside the Marshall Center on the Tampa USF campus beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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