Reminder: March 1, 2012 GOP debate cancelled

Political watchers reminder: CNN has canceled its March 1, Republican presidential debate scheduled in Georgia after three of four candidates have declined to participate, citing busy campaign schedules leading to Super Tuesday on March 6.

The candidates — Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum –have participated in 20 debates, including the one this past Wednesday in Mesa, Arizona.

(View the Arizona debate in its entirety here.)

“Mitt Romney and Ron Paul told the Georgia Republican Party, Ohio Republican Party, and CNN Thursday that they will not participate in the March 1 Republican presidential primary debate,” CNN said in a statement. “Without full participation of all four candidates, CNN will not move forward with the Super Tuesday debate.”

Rick Santorum also said he would not participate, leaving only Newt Gingrich committed to attending in his home state.

One Response to Reminder: March 1, 2012 GOP debate cancelled

  1. LD20PC says:

    I think they were all afraid of giving Newt a platform to garner more support. Newt can out debate anybody I have ever seen including Bill Buckley, with Newt’s knowledge of history and outcomes of programs supported by both the Dems and the GOP. I truly believe that the nasty campaign by Mitt has muddied the waters for any Republican candidate including himself.