"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.'"
'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.'"
"Earlier in the week, Romney confused YouTube with MySpace ['YouTube is a website that allows kids to network with one another and make friends and contact each other,' Romney "explained" yesterday in Iowa.'*] Yesterday, Romney’s spokesperson mocked the debate — where citizens nationwide submit video questions — stating that 'a lot of Americans would wonder whether we should be answering questions from a cartoon.'"
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