Republican Punk Out on CNN/YouTube Debate?

July 27, 2007 at 5:13 am 28 comments

Why are the Republican presidential candidates afraid of participating in the upcoming CNN/YouTube Republican Debate?

Four days after the Democratic debate in Charleston, S.C,. more than 400 questions directed to the GOP presidential field have been uploaded on YouTube — targeted at Republicans scheduled to get their turn at videopopulism on Sept. 17.But so far, only Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and Rep. Ron Paul (Tex.) have agreed to participate in the debate, co-hosted by Republican Party of Florida in St. Petersburg.”Aside from those two candidates, we haven’t heard from anyone else,” said Sam Feist of CNN, who’s co-sponsoring the debate with the popular videosharing site.

Seems like Romney thinks that he’s too good to take question from the American people.

Guliani is citing unspecified scheduling conflicts.The Republicans continuously talk about how they represent ordinary Americans yet they are afraid of answering questions that come from ordinary Americans.

This is just weak.


Entry filed under: 2008 Election, Campaigns, Conservatives, Media, Mitt Romney, Politics, Republicans, Rudy Giuliani.

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  • 1. Christopher  |  July 27, 2007 at 6:14 am

    They are, after all, GOP chickenhawks! LMAO!

  • 2. Bloggernista  |  July 27, 2007 at 7:30 am

    I guess we should not be surprised seeing as how they are more than willing to send other people’s kids to fight in Iraq, but not their own.

  • 3. D-Hoggs  |  July 27, 2007 at 10:54 am

    Let me get this straight, liberals defended and cheered when democrats were too scared to debate on big bad Fox News, but now the Republicans are punks for POSSIBLY not doing a debate on YouTube, the democratic youtube debate being a ludicrous showing to say the least? Can we say HYPOCRITES?!!

  • 4. Bloggernista  |  July 27, 2007 at 11:06 am

    D-Hoggs, can you say “making lame excuses?” Fox Noise is a tool of the right-wing media machine. YouTube is a tool used by people to communicate with one another. I can see why that would scare the Republicans. I mean, God forbid they actually have to answer questions from someone who is not a part of their carefully screened robotic audiences.

  • 5. D-Hoggs  |  July 27, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    You’ve GOT to be kidding me. Wow, BDS acting up again huh. Yup, Britt Hume is truly a tool of the “right-wing media machine”, that’s why he was chosen to mediate ’04 debates. Debates that were quite fair to all involved. By your assessment I guess the Republicans should scream and cry and not go on CNN or MSNBC for debates, you know, those stations being tools of the liberal media machine. But I am sure that you don’t believe those stations are liberal, just that Fox is “right-wing smear machine”. The fact that you can’t see the hypocrisy in your stance is truly revealing. And the fact that you’d like candidates answering questions from Snowmen over real substantive questions is even more revealing of your idiocy. Lets not forget the fact that Google/YouTube are decidedly left leaning, YouTube regularly attempting to quash Conservative POV, yeah, I’m sure Google/YouTube doesn’t screen ANY of the questions they get, nope, just regular people asking regular questions. For the record, I think the Republicans should do the debate, but the fact that liberals are making a big deal about the POSSIBILTY of them not, is truly ludicrous in light of their most recent actions. It’s hypocritical plain and simple, and trying to explain that away is pathetic.

  • 6. Christopher  |  July 27, 2007 at 2:10 pm

    D-Hoggs – No one was afraid. FOX Noise isn’t a news network: it’s a propaganda operation, like Pravda or Al-Jazeera. When will you wingers see pasy Billo’s obsession with lesbian gangs and crazed kangaroos? Jeez, no wonder you’re confused.

  • 7. Bloggernista  |  July 27, 2007 at 2:24 pm

    D-Hogg, you got it right Britt Hume is a truly a tool of the right-wing media machine. I am glad to see you admit that. And so is Loofah Boy O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and the folks at Fox Noise who simply recite the GOP talking points.

  • 8. D-Hoggs  |  July 27, 2007 at 3:09 pm

    Wow, you are all certifiable. Fox = biased, CNN, MSNBC = fair, Olbermann = objective, democrats didn’t run away from Fox, check got it. OK, back to your dream world.

  • 9. Bloggernista  |  July 27, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    D-Hoggs, you are more than welcome to join us in the real world. Let us know when you’re ready and we’ll help you detox from drinking the GOP Kool-Aid.

  • 10. Christopher  |  July 27, 2007 at 6:52 pm

    Wow, you are all certifiable. Fox = biased, CNN, MSNBC = fair, Olbermann = objective, democrats didn’t run away from Fox, check got it.

    CNN & MSNBC is fair? Who said that? Not me and not Bloggernista.

    Keith Olbermann? Absolutely. No question. He’s the exception on MSNBC.

    FOX Noise, the Washington Times (Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s rag) and the Wall Street Jouranl work in tandem. They’re the most biased names in news and I use the word “news” lightly.

    Roger Ailes, was for decades one of the savviest and most pugnacious Republican political operatives in Washington. He’s said to have two speeds, attack and destroy. FOX Noise daytime anchor David Asman is formerly of the right-wing Wall Street Journal editorial page and the conservative Manhattan Institute. Tony Snow, formerly on FOX Noise, is a conservative columnist and former chief speechwriter for the first Bush administration. Eric Breindel, previously the editorial-page editor of the right-wing New York Post, was senior vice president of Fox’s parent company, News Corporation, until his death in 1998; FOX Noise senior vice president is John Moody, a long-time journalist known for his staunch conservative views. Brit Hume, a veteran TV journalist and contributor to the conservative American Spectator and Weekly Standard magazines is so far to the right that when his son came out as a gay, Hume rejected him and the teenager committed suicide.

    And then there’s Bill O’Reilly. A true rightwing lunatic and liar and columnist for the conservative and a registered Republican. O’Reilly is legendary for lying and inventing dates and facts and arguing his side of the debate even when confronted with facts and reality. He’s a womanizer and obsessed with lesbian gangs. He’s a kook.

    But, D-Hogg, this is Murika and people can believe what they want and think what they want. You can believe the Sun rises in the west and that’s your right. So go ahead on and watch FOX Noise. It just means you’re not terribly bright.

  • 11. sheryl  |  July 27, 2007 at 7:00 pm

    Mitt Romney was just on CSPAN and took a YouTube question. Along with a plethora of telephone calls in CSPAN’s standard format of Republican, Democrat and Independent lines.

    He also said, due to his schedule, he is not able to make the CNN/YouTube debate.

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  • 13. SteveW  |  July 28, 2007 at 11:02 am

    The Republicans also had unspecified scheduling conflicts for the NAACP debate.

  • 14. Sheryl  |  July 28, 2007 at 11:21 am

    It’s interesting, reading all the puffery today about how Mitt is some how afraid of YouTube and then I turn on CSPAN and there he is answering a YouTube question…NICE!

    Classic….from a class guy!

    Plus Romney was wise to back out of the CNN/YouTube Republican debate because it’s scheduled on Sept 17th, up against Monday Night Football… smart!

  • 15. Christopher  |  July 28, 2007 at 4:11 pm

    So Wilbur Romney took one YouTube question on C-SPAN?

    Big fucking deal.

    Yesterday, Romney’s spokesperson mocked the YouTube debate, stating that “a lot of Americans would wonder whether we should be answering questions from a cartoon.”

    All the GOP candidates are spineless lemmings. Including Wilbur.

  • 16. sheryl  |  July 29, 2007 at 1:58 am

    “The Republicans also had unspecified scheduling conflicts for the NAACP debate.”

    The NAACP hasn’t asked the Republicans to debate so sort of a silly point to make.

    John Edwards, Barak Obama & Hillary Clinton are the only candidates I’m aware of backing out of a debate with an African American organization. The one co-hosted by FOX News and the Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute on September 23rd.

    “Big fucking deal.”

    Oh so now it isn’t a big fucking deal…..O.K….whatever.

    Hmmm most Republican politicans want to continue to kill the death-loving, women-hating, anti-human, racist, sexist, bigoted, pious, Islamist Fascist terrorism that is plaguing the world, by not pulling our brave men off the battlefield until we win.

    Hardly the definition of spineless in any dictionary.

  • 17. Bloggernista  |  July 29, 2007 at 4:23 am


    You have got to be kidding. The CBC/Fox Noise debate is a sham. What was the CBC thinking partnering with a right-wing noise machine on a “debate?”

    The NAACP did in fact invite the Republicans to appear and only one candidate had the courage to appear. The Republican Party has next to nothing to offer Black people except additional opportunities to screw us.

    Republicans are the “death-loving, women-hating, anti-human, racist, sexist, bigoted, pious,” threat plaguing the U.S. and the rest of the world. And, they are indeed spineless and nothing but chickenhawks who want to send other people’s kids to fight their wars.

    Let’s see Jenna and Barbara fighting in Iraq and then we can talk.

  • 18. Republicans Just Don’t Get It « Bloggernista  |  July 29, 2007 at 10:08 am

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  • 19. sheryl  |  July 29, 2007 at 11:55 am


    Projecting your own prejudice, by regurgitating real factual descriptions about Islamist Fascist terrorists, isn’t proof of any truth about America’s political parties. There are no Republicans plaguing the US and the rest of the world, nor any Democrats for that fact. Both parties represent great Americans of all walks of life.

    You can see the Islamist Fascist Terrorist’s hateful views on full display by reading their many writings and watching their websites.

    Or go to YouTube and type in “Undercover Mosque”. There you will find a documentary to view (in six, 10 minutes segments) that display’s the very roots of their hatred and see it for yourself.

    Fox News and the Congressional Black Caucus are all grown up men and women who came together to produce a debate…..I don’t know how that is a sham. A sham of what? If anything it showed a willingness and politeness to reach across ideological sides to communicate. That’s nice. Perhaps your mind just isn’t open enough to see it.

  • 20. sheryl  |  July 29, 2007 at 12:00 pm

    Oh yeah, when did the NAACP set up a debate? I haven’t seen anything in the news about this. Please provide a link to the news story.


  • 21. Bloggernista  |  July 29, 2007 at 12:05 pm


    Check out this on the NAACP Republican debate. All nine candidates were invited. Tancredo was the only one to show. The others claimed “scheduling conflicts” just like some are doing to get out the CNN/YouTube debate.

  • 22. sheryl  |  July 29, 2007 at 4:18 pm


    Thanks for the link to the news story. It’s a shame that the GOP candidates wouldn’t and/or couldn’t attend this event.

    As Bush said a year ago at the NAACP annual convention “I consider it a tragedy that the party of Abraham Lincoln let go of its historical ties with the African-American community,” and said. “For too long, my party wrote off the African-American vote, and many African-Americans wrote off the Republican Party.”

    It is also a shame that the Chairman of the NAACP, Julian Bond when he said: “The Republican Party’s idea of equal rights is the American flag and the Confederate swastika flying side-by-side.”

    Also, it’s shame that the NAACP’s National Voter Fund ran a television ad in 2000 against the Republican Party Presidental nominee connecting the heinous murder of James Byrd to the GOP.

    Perhaps these sentiments, by the current NAACP leadership are an unwelcome forum for civil debate. I wish it weren’t so because the original doctrine of the NAACP is one of non-partisanship.

  • 23. Bloggernista  |  July 29, 2007 at 4:41 pm


    I am from Texas and when George Bush was governor he opposed hate crimes legislation in the state and refused to meet with the family of James Byrd. The NAACP was right to run that ad against Bush. he has shown not one iota of interest in the issues important to African-Americans.

    You mention that Bush spoke at last year’s NAACP conference, but that is after refusing invitations to speak for the previous 5 years.

    The NAACP is about advancing issues of importance to the Black community and at this stage in our nation’s history the Republican Party is standing in the way of progress. Check out this post about GOP attempts to suppress votes from Black people in Ohio in 2004 as an example:

  • 24. sheryl  |  July 29, 2007 at 10:07 pm


    Opposing a piece of legislation does not equal the brutal murder of James Byrd (after all the law covers the crime of murder). The fact that NAACP infered in the ad that Mr. Bush was somehow complicit in the murder by him “getting killed all over again” is deporable ugliness.

    It would be equally depolable if Jesse Dirkhising’s family members were used in a similar ad to promote a piece of legislation in Arkansas because their 13-year old son was drugged, tied to a bed, repeatly raped, tortured, then suffocated and brutally murdered by two homosexual men.

    Anyway, hate crime legislation isn’t the panecea I think you are elevating it to.

    Hate crime legislation wasn’t going to help the white victims of the African American Carr brothers murdering spree. Even though the Carr brothers methods of torture, rape, excessive violence, pattern of similar attacks, degredation of their victims met with the FBI guidelines for suspecting hate crimes, the prosecutor out right dismissed that possiblity, so no hate crime investigation was conducted.

    If you want to believe Republicans and George Bush hates black people, I leave you to your own thoughts. It’s been interesting writing to you.

  • 25. sheryl  |  July 30, 2007 at 1:52 am

    Oops forgot to add about voter fraud (terrible stuff) and it seems to be everywhere. I hope it get’s sorted out.

    ACORN – Allegations of voter registration misconduct

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