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NBC News/Tampa Bay Times GOP Debate: Live Blog

Tonight at 9, the remaining four contenders for the GOP presidential nomination take the stage in Tampa to talk about the issues -- and, usually, the nonissues.

Either way, Florida's primary election next week is a winner-take-all contest for the state's 50 delegates, and the contest between former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Rep. Ron Paul, and former Sen. Rick Santorum may or may not be a wide-open race.

Refresh yourself on the previous debate by clicking here, and we go live after the jump:

10:42 p.m. After 20 minutes of nonmaterial speaking, that's all.

10:22 p.m. Romney says Obama doesn't care about outer space. Romney says he cares.

10:18 p.m. Terri Schiavo -- officially the subject of a GOP debate question.

10:12 p.m. Gingrich: "One of the fascinating things about America is that cane sugar hides behind beet sugar." Uh... sure.

10:03 p.m. They're talking espaƱol now. Me gusta.

9:50 p.m. Fidel Castro's the topic. Gingrich corrects Romney, says Castro's going to hell, not to "his maker."

9:48 p.m. Romney says we can't open banks in our garages. You learn something new every day.

9:47 p.m. Romney's talking about Florida's unemployment. Don't tell Rick Scott.

9:45 p.m. Does anyone have the rules for that drinking game? We can only handle so much about interest rates.

9:31 p.m. Santorum and Paul could have left the stage ten minutes ago, and we wouldn't know. It's the Gingrich/Romney show.

9:19 p.m. Romney decides to answer a question that wasn't asked. Check that one off the list.

9:14 p.m. Pissing match is finally cut off. Santorum gives a goofy smile explaining his 18-point loss in his reelection bid.

9:10 p.m. We're amid a nine-minute pissing match between Gingrich and Romney.

9:03 p.m. Gingrich name-dropped Reagan three words in. If you're playing that drinking game, start chugging.

9:00 p.m. Let's do some debatin'.

7:17 p.m. Pre-debate predictions: Gingrich gets pissy about the media, Paul gets shafted on the number of questions, Santorum uses the phrase "on this stage" multiple times, and Romney answers at least one question with whatever he feels like talking about.


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