CNN/YouTube Call Republicans’ Bluff

July 29, 2007 at 6:46 am 6 comments

Most Republican candidates, including all of the front runners, are continuing to run scared from the CNN/YouTube debate. They are tossing out all kinds of “reasons” why they can’t attend kind of like George Bush throwing out all kinds of “reasons” for the invasion of Iraq. And now comes word that CNN and YouTube are calling the Republicans’ bluff and are offering to reschedule the debate to resolve any claimed scheduling conflicts.

From ThinkProgress:

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.

If the Republicans are too afraid to face questions from the very people that they are asking to vote for them, then how can we possibly expect them to face the real challenges facing our country?


Entry filed under: 2008 Election, Campaigns, Conservatives, John McCain, Mitt Romney, New Media, Politics, Republicans, Ron Paul, Rudy Giuliani, Sam Brownback, Television, Tommy Thompson, Video, YouTube.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. criminyjicket  |  July 29, 2007 at 9:06 pm

    gee, rescheduled for a time not in the middle of the iraq benchmarks debate…guess I didn’t call that one right.

    they still hsouldn’t attend without an impartial moderator, or one that favors conservatives…CNN is not to be trusted, which in a way makes the perfectly suited for hanging out with politicians

  • 2. Bloggernista  |  July 29, 2007 at 10:01 pm

    If you haven’t heard, the supposed analysis on the success or failure of Bush’s war escalation has been postponed until November. I guess the administration needs the extra time to hire a better pr firm to try to convince Americans that the Iraq war has been a colossal and expensive failure.

  • 3. criminyjicket  |  July 29, 2007 at 10:07 pm

    hmmmmm…that was an option, but it has been refused by congress last i heard…believe me…september will be big…in fact i saw them talking aobut it again tonight…september will happen…i’ll bet you two democratic congressman and a republican senator on it

  • 4. James  |  July 29, 2007 at 10:09 pm

    All I have to say is…Ron Paul in 08′.

  • 5. Bloggernista  |  July 29, 2007 at 10:19 pm

    The Democrats in Congress are pushing back because they know that Bush is stalling and that whatever comes out is not going to be the truth. The Bush administration has a history of “editing” reports to fit whatever political spin they want to put out.

  • 6. criminyjicket  |  July 29, 2007 at 10:23 pm

    not according to toe sucker russ feingold, but you may be right. It really doesn’t matter. Like you said, the administration will lie, and the democrats will make noise, but the last thing they want is the war to end before the election. Looks like the status quo will continue

    btw…notice that the pictures of osama look the same all the time? Ever wonder if he’s dead, and freeze dried? Ready to be thawed out in September 08?


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