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CNN Calls Republicans’ Bluff, Reschedules YouTube Debate

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  • Greg Cannon
    http://thinkprogress.org/2007/07/28/cnn-debate-postponed/ CNN Calls Republicans’ Bluff, Reschedules YouTube Debate cnnyou.gif On July 23, all eight
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      CNN Calls Republicans’ Bluff, Reschedules YouTube
      Debate

      cnnyou.gif On July 23, all eight Democratic
      presidential candidates participated in the
      CNN/YouTube debate. By uploading a 30-second video to
      YouTube, “voters could directly question a
      presidential candidate during the debate.” Steve
      Grove, YouTube’s news and politics editor, called this
      new debate format “more democratic than ever.”

      Yet so far, just three Republican presidential
      candidates — Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), Sen. John McCain
      (R-AZ), and as of yesterday, Tommy Thompson — have
      confirmed that they will participate in the Sept. 17
      debate.

      Both former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani and
      former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney have said
      that they have scheduling conflicts. CNN has called
      their bluff. The website for Republican presidential
      candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) reports today that CNN
      has postponed the September debate:

      We received word yesterday that the
      CNN/YouTube/Florida GOP presidential candidates debate
      scheduled for September 17 has been postponed. A new
      date has yet to be determined.

      ThinkProgress spoke with the Paul campaign today, who
      confirmed that CNN contacted them and said that it is
      rescheduling the debate. The campaign said that it
      believes it was done to accommodate the schedules of
      the other candidates. Earlier today, the New York
      Times reported that CNN “said it would work with the
      campaigns to find a new date.”

      It’s unclear whether the other candidates will
      actually participate in the rescheduled debate. Romney
      recently mocked the debate, stating, “I think the
      presidency ought to be held at a higher level than
      having to answer questions from a snowman,” referring
      to a citizen dressed as a snowman who submitted a
      question about global warming.
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