The eyes of the U.S. presidential contest will focus on the University of Alabama on December 6 with the 7–9 p.m. Republican debate.

The following day, Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends" will broadcast live at Tuscaloosa's Brick & Spoon. Alabama folks drinking coffee or eating breakfast can give their take on the debate results from the previous night.

The "Breakfast With Friends" segment will air live from 5 to 8 a.m. Thursday, December 7, which happens to be Pearl Harbor Day.

The public is invited.

Brick and Spoon posted on their social media Wednesday, "Fox & Friends is doing a 'Breakfast with Friends' show live @ Brick & Spoon Tuscaloosa next Thursday morning from 5 a.m. til 8 a.m. After the presidential debate Wednesday night in Tuscaloosa. Hopefully, this will be some great exposure on national TV. Would love to have a nice turnout so if you know of anyone that might be interested in stopping by, let them know. We will open that Thursday @ 4:45 a.m."

NewsNation, the cable news channel of Nexstar Media, will broadcast this fourth Republican presidential primary debate in Tuscaloosa at the University of Alabama. Megyn Kelly, Elizabeth Vargas and Eliana Johnson will be debate moderators. 

The December 6 debate will air on NewsNation and be simulcast in the Eastern and Central Time Zones on Nexstar's broadcast television network, The CW. 

Four Republican presidential candidates will face off on the debate stage: Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy.

The venue for the debate is the Moody Music Building on the UA campus, where the Million Dollar Band headquarters keeps its equipment and practices.

The Thursday morning "Breakfast With Friends" will be hosted by Steve Doocy and Ainsley Earhardt.

No RSVP or ticket is needed for admission to the December 7 breakfast. Simply show up at Brick & Spoon, 2318 4th Street, Tuscaloosa. Breakfast is Dutch treat. Order off the menu.

"Fox & Friends" has broadcast a number of these "Breakfast With Friends" segments in local areas around the United States as they hold elections or debates.

The presence of the Republican presidential candidates and their staffs in Alabama has generated at least one other off-shoot activity. Candidate Vivek Ramaswamy is highlighting a fundraiser for the Alabama Republican Party the night before the debate at Ross Bridge Hotel in Hoover.  More details here.

Jim Zeigler is a former Alabama Public Service Commissioner and State Auditor.  You can reach him for comments at