NBC to Keep GOP Debate on Sept. 7

Date unchanged despite conflicting Obama address the same night

NBC News will go ahead with its planned Republican presidential primary
debate on Sept. 7, despite an announcement by the White House Wednesday that President Obama will address a joint session of Congress on his jobs plan that same evening.

"We are thrilled that we now have a terrific opportunity
to hear from national leaders of both major parties about the most
pressing domestic issues facing the country," NBC News said in a statement.

The debate is sponsored by NBC News and Politico, and hosted by the Reagan Foundation.