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July 27, 2007

Republicans shy away from YouTube debate

Posted by David Postman at 2:06 PM

Republican presidential candidates are not so sure they want to be part of September's CNN/YouTube debate. There are lots of theories floating around about why that is. (Via The Slog) But each day it seems more are questioning whether they may not be able to fit it in their schedule. See the NY Times blog here and TIME here.

The Rudy Giuliani campaign has cited scheduling conflicts in saying it will skip the Republican version of this week's Democratic debate, while Mitt Romney has mocked the seriousness of the questions and also seems likely to withdraw. John McCain, one of two candidates who had agreed to participate (Ron Paul is the other), has also expressed doubts and aides say he's reconsidering his commitment.

I read this one wrong. After Monday night's Democratic debate I thought Republicans would be better prepared for the format and could come back strong and show an affinity for the new technology. I'm still not sure why Republicans don't want to participate. I don't think any of the Democratic candidates were hurt one bit from anything connected to the YouTubey part of the debate. There were exchanges that produced winners and losers of course. But there were no disasters and no big embarrassments.

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