Report: Romney to skip CNN debate on March 1 in Georgia? Update: Confirmed; Update: Santorum out too? Update: CNN cancels debate

posted at 2:35 pm on February 16, 2012 by Allahpundit

Nothing on the wires yet but Red State chief/CNN contributor Erick Erickson says the scoop comes straight from the top of the Georgia Republican Party.

GA GOP Chairwoman Sue Everhart tells me Mitt Romney will not participate in the GA GOP debate prior to Super Tuesday.

The Georgia GOP is co-sponsoring the debate with CNN so Everhart’s in a position to know. Also, remember this Byron York piece from last month? Romney’s team has been grumbling about the debates for awhile now:

“There are too many of these,” Romney strategist Stuart Stevens said after Monday night’s Fox News debate at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. “We have to bring some order to it. We haven’t accepted Florida…It’s kind of like a cruise that’s gone on too long.”…

As part of his complaint against the current debate schedule, Stevens expressed lingering irritation at the January 7 ABC News debate in New Hampshire, in which Romney faced a long a tendentious series of questions about contraception. (“It was such a lousy debate,” Stevens said.) More generally, Stevens suggested that in the long course of the campaign, this year’s key issues have been exhausted. “We’re down to the most obscure questions,” he said. “When more than ten debates mention Chilean models, and it’s not a fashion show, then something’s wrong.”

That was published on January 17, the day after Gingrich revived his candidacy by sparring with Juan Williams at the Fox News debate in South Carolina. Team Romney was grumpy about having to play to Newt’s strengths by participating in so many of these pageants — but they kept on participating anyway, and Romney recovered well enough to stomp Gingrich at both Florida debates and win the state. That being so, it’s baffling that he’d pull out of Georgia. Yeah, granted, he’s an almost certain loser in a southern stronghold that’s likely to split between native son Newt and social con Santorum, but this isn’t just any debate. It’s the last one before Super Tuesday so there’s almost no chance of it being canceled; even without Romney there, Gingrich, Santorum, and Paul will be eager to use the platform to make their closing arguments before the big vote five days later. With Mitt absent, they can take as many free shots at him as they want. He risks coming off as the arrogant establishment presumptive nominee who needn’t deign to show up at all the events the others bother with. Given the problems he expects to have turning out the base in November, why would he snub the south?

What am I missing here? Is Romney calculating that, if left alone onstage, Santorum and Gingrich will have no choice but to tear each other apart? Mitt actually needs a Newt comeback right now in order to pull Santorum back down to earth and keep the conservative vote split, and with Romney less of a threat in the south than Santorum is, Gingrich really has no choice but to focus his attacks on his “junior partner.” I guess Romney figures that giving Newt extra time in the spotlight to tear into Sweater Vest is the best thing he can do for his own candidacy right now, even if it means taking a beating there between them in absentia. That’s cynical. But that’s Mitt for you.

Erick hasn’t posted on this yet but there’s bound to be something at Red State shortly. I’ll update when there is.

Update: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is hearing this too, and notes: “Contracts among the players in a debate – the hosts and the broadcasting unit – typically include an escape clause that would permit CNN to dump the enterprise if one or more of the prime candidate refuses to show.” Won’t the rest of the field be anxious to go on with the show, though? Romney could have bigfooted a network into cancelling a debate by pulling out a few weeks ago, maybe, but now CNN’s got the new frontrunner plus Gingrich on his home turf ready to go.

Update: Erick was right. Team Mitt says he’s passing.

Update: I’m dumbfounded. From CBS reporter Lindsey Boerma:

Romney isn’t alone on skipping March 1 debate it GA, it seems. Santorum “has no plans of doing it right now,” spox tells me.

Why on earth wouldn’t Santorum want a free microphone to dump on Romney before Super Tuesday? Sure, Newt’s going to win Georgia anyway. So what? Mystifying.

Update: According to Ethan Klapper of National Journal, the debate is kaput. Amazing. I guess Santorum calculated that, with Romney gone, he’d be better off cutting Newt’s oxygen by skipping the debate too in hopes that CNN would cancel. Mission accomplished.


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sharrukin on February 16, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Yep its over, Politico says Ron Pauls out too.

nswider on February 16, 2012 at 3:28 PM

I’ve only read AP info and the updates.

My opinion: They don’t want to give Newt a platform.

bluefox on February 16, 2012 at 3:28 PM

So debate is gonna be Newt vs. Himself?

Swerve22 on February 16, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Not dumbfounding at all for Santorum to pull out. His task is to work on his closest rival, not give Newt a chance to rise again in the forum where Newt does best.

michaelo on February 16, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Agree. Romney set a trap; Santorum saw through it.

Romney loses.

Norwegian on February 16, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Yep its over, Politico says Ron Pauls out too.

nswider on February 16, 2012 at 3:28 PM

I’m guessing Newt’s going to compare the debate cancellation to the sinking of the Lusitania.

KingGold on February 16, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Maybe Mitt was too hasty in getting rid of that debate coach, the one that took all the credit.

saspepper on February 16, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Has it occurred to anyone that Mitt got rid of the debate coach because he didn’t plan on participating in too many more debates?

I wonder if Santorum planned to pull out first, Romney heard about it, and scooped him, making Santorum look like an also ran. Makes more sense for Santorum to want to bail, as he is bound to be torn to shreds by Mitt, Newt, and the moderators, and is not likely to be the not-Romney on Newt’s home turf. Why would he want to give Newt an opportunity to re-energize? Romney is not in a particularly bad position vis a vis another debate, but he doesn’t need it either. Better to leave Georgia to Newt, deny him a national platform before Super Tuesday, and focus on the swing states.

Mr. Arkadin on February 16, 2012 at 3:31 PM

So if Newt loses an opportunity for some media exposure, and a chance to take down a rival in debate, this reduces his chances to rebound before the Stupor Tuesday drinking game?!

WhatNot on February 16, 2012 at 3:31 PM

What’s left to debate? Seriously?

How ’bout Fast & Furious, Solyndra, NDAA, ObamaCare, federal mandates, tax reform, so-called spending “cuts,” effectiveness/ineffectiveness of the War on Terror, Iran sanctions, the Welfare State, civil liberties, Constitutional Government, gun-rights, free-trade, and on, and on.

Most of the debates have been about personal issues, and yet, I still have no clue why Mitt Romney wants to be President of the United States.

Aizen on February 16, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Some of those issues have been covered already. Besides, do you really expect these moderators to ask about anything that may reflect badly on Obama (Solyndra, etc)? They’re going to continue the ‘So Mitt, Santy says you suck…you’re response?’ garbage, looking for conflict.

changer1701 on February 16, 2012 at 3:32 PM

This is interesting Drudge Story, Gingrich just raised 2 million in California for campaign. I guess a lot of people don’t think hes done yet.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/post/newt-gingrich-raises-2-million-in-california/2012/02/16/gIQAPTcCIR_blog.html

nswider on February 16, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Latest poll out in GA:

Newt 35%
Santorum 26%
Romney 16%

This was taken February 6-9th; before full surge for Santorum was shown nationally. I expect Santorum & Newt to be fairly even at this point.

Romney is poison in the South; he won’t win a single state (and no, FL is not a Southern state).

Norwegian on February 16, 2012 at 3:33 PM

KingGold on February 16, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Lol.

nswider on February 16, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Mittens, Ricko, and Grandpa Looon just gave Obowma all the ammunition he needs when he backs out of the debates with who ever wins the nomination…

… and the media will be there to remind us.

Thanks guys…!

Seven Percent Solution on February 16, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Uh, no.

Unlike the dreams of erstwhile Newt supporters, there are going to be three televised national general election debates. No more, no less. And these debates won’t be cancelled if Obama doesn’t show.

KingGold on February 16, 2012 at 3:34 PM

If they won’t debate,
don’t nominate! 2012012012012012012

ConcealedKerry on February 16, 2012 at 3:34 PM

I’m glad. Most of the debates so far have either been tediously boring or needlessly fratricidal.

I will be supporting anybody but Obama in November.

Captain Kirock on February 16, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Good. The debates have become a joke and a detriment. Now Mitt can concentrate on taking out the trash.

jan3 on February 16, 2012 at 3:35 PM

I’m guessing Newt’s going to compare the debate cancellation to the sinking of the Lusitania.

KingGold on February 16, 2012 at 3:30 PM

{chuckle} ty

Deafdog on February 16, 2012 at 3:35 PM

And these debates won’t be cancelled if Obama doesn’t show.

KingGold on February 16, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Yes, they will be cancelled. And, he won’t show. By then he’ll be ‘busy’ because a hot war will be on-going in the ME, by his design.

Schadenfreude on February 16, 2012 at 3:36 PM

I keep hearing and reading comments on this thread about the number of debates. There have been too many debates. There have been 20 debates already. As far as am concerned, there is not been any debates at all.

Tell me which debates did they talk about the $16 trillion debt and deficit levels, spending levels. Energy policy (Keystone XL Pipeline, drilling in ANWR?), fixing our tax codes, fast and furious, foreign policy (e.g. Iran, Israel etc.), Wall Street bailouts, Crony capitalism etc. In which debate have they talked about these issues at length and offered real and proper solutions and not give us 20 seconds soundbites ad nauseum?

HerneTheHunter on February 16, 2012 at 3:36 PM

I smell a Mittstablishment rat – First we get Mitt saying St. ricky would be a great VP. St. ricky has a history of doing whatever the establishment wants (see the American Thinker). Now we see Mittens cower, followed by St. ricky.

It’s also interesting both these young boyz are running from debates just as the Dems launch their new attack lines. How can we assess which R can best defeat the new attack if we don’t see them do so? It’s not like any of these candidates have not put their feet in their mouths. If nothing else they need MORE, not less practice, especially since Obama is determined to make social issues a plank in his campaign.

Is the fix in for a Romney\Santorum ticket to keep the establishment in power?

Mitt’s pals have said they will give us O-romney-care (see Norm Coleman & Pam Bondi). St. Rick wears thin the more you see of him + Mitt is not attacking St. Ricky the way he attacked Newt.

I know lots of commenters like to poke fun at Newt, however Newt is the only living Rpublican who reduced the size and power of the federal government. He’s the only R on the stage who went head to head with liberals and won. If that’s what we need now, and the DC mittstablishment is against Newt, what more do we need to know?

NVA Patriot on February 16, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Deafdog, that’s a fine question, and I am happy to respond as to why Romney is the strongest general election candidate.

1. Money – can match Obama dollar for dollar – the only GOP candidate who can
2. Organization in 50 states
3. Ground game
4. Advanced strategy/infrastructure – years of planning in place
5. Crossover appeal with suburbanites, independents, soccer Moms, and seniors
6. Doesn’t have the traditional GOP gender gap. In fact, scores better with seniors and women.
7. Play on Blue turf: CT, NJ, PA, OH, WI, MI, NH, IA, and beyond. Might not carry all of these states but we’ll make Obama go broke defending them
8. Coattails to retain House and capture Senate.
9. Will nominate TP-friendly VP, such as Rubio or McDonnell
10. Can assemble a coast-to-coast coalition for the GOP
11. Well-vetted, no skeletons, so the entire election will be about Obama’s record.
12. Like Reagan, can run AGAINST Washington DC – this is huge with independents
13. Telegenic, matches up well against Obama in debates (at most 2 or 3 of them). Unlike John McCain, Romney can string 3 coherent sentences together and he doesn’t mumble.
14. Fire in the belly – well prepared – given his material advantages, Mitt hasn’t spent 6 years of his life in seedy Holiday Inns to not win in November.
15. No congressional voting record that Axelrod can dissect and destroy (such as Newt or Santorum).

matthew8787 on February 16, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Too much exposure.
Too much possibility of letting CNN make candidates look bad.

albill on February 16, 2012 at 3:39 PM

This whole thing is a farce of monumental proportions. The GOP might as well concede the presidency and use the funds to shore up the Senate and House. This won’t happen so give your money to individual candidates and let GOP flush away whatever they get for the presidential massacre.

Annar on February 16, 2012 at 3:40 PM

O/T

Just saw that The Colbert Report has been yanked. Comedy Central is mum on the ‘why’. Maybe Steve can be that mystery candidate at the storied Brokered Convention./////

:)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on February 16, 2012 at 3:40 PM

As far as am concerned, there is not been any debates at all.

HerneTheHunter on February 16, 2012 at 3:36 PM

By this logic, then, it’s utterly useless to continue with the media circus events in any case.

Those issues you raised – all legitimate – are going to be debated in the fall in two ways and two ways only; on the stump, and in television spots. Media-sponsored debates, for whatever reason, are never going to shine light on them.

KingGold on February 16, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Now Mitt can concentrate on taking out the trashbouncing and behaving.

jan3 on February 16, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Fixed for accuracy.

Kent18 on February 16, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Willard dropped out so his opponents won’t be able to answer the smears he’ll be broadcasting about them on TV.

Emperor Norton on February 16, 2012 at 3:41 PM

How does AP do original reporting? Does he call a source and say “This is AllahPundit from Hotair.com, looking for a quote on the latest Soc. Security proposal?”. What would his caller ID show … “A. Pundit”? Questions, questions.

Paul-Cincy on February 16, 2012 at 3:42 PM

If electability is the key, what is Romney doing in this race?

social-justice on February 16, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Ron Paul is skipping it, too. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Cindy Cooper on February 16, 2012 at 3:43 PM

“… but now CNN’s got the new frontrunner plus Gingrich on his home turf ready to go.”
Hang in there Newt…!!!

Seven Percent Solution on February 16, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Doesn’t this make Gingrich the winner by default? LOL

Go Newt!!

bluefox on February 16, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Well, I’m severely disappointed. Waaaaaaaaaa

tinkerthinker on February 16, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Santy was going to Trupm’s debate he was that desperate and now CNN is below his standards? wow the arrogance! and they called Newt pompas and Zaney and grandiose .oh ok.

evergreenland on February 16, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Norwegian on February 16, 2012 at 3:33 PM

I’m with you on this. It will definitely tighten up. Frankly I will be surprised if Newt wins Ga. And yes Romney even with all the billboards Pro Mormon boards that have been up in Ga for months is not well liked. You are also correct Fl. is not the south.

Bmore on February 16, 2012 at 3:45 PM

How does AP do original reporting? Does he call a source and say “This is AllahPundit from Hotair.com, looking for a quote on the latest Soc. Security proposal?”. What would his caller ID show … “A. Pundit”? Questions, questions.

Paul-Cincy on February 16, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Hey, I’m as curious as the next man as to Allah’s real identity. (As well as Ace and Gabe from AoSHQ, but that’s another story.) But I don’t want our benevolent author’s head to get sawn off either.

Questions, questions.

KingGold on February 16, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Deafdog, that’s a fine question, and I am happy to respond as to why Romney is the strongest general election candidate.

matthew8787 on February 16, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Yeah, I can understand all that and that is basically Mitt’s pitch: “I’ve got the cash and the establishment told everyone that it’s my turn.”

But why should I vote for him? His record is all over the map. What’s his theme? What’s his big idea? I get the impression that he thinks he can get by w/o telling me his plan and then do whatever he wants once in office. No sale.

Deafdog on February 16, 2012 at 3:46 PM

An indication that Mitt is about ready to throw in the towel…

right2bright on February 16, 2012 at 2:42 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Cindy Cooper on February 16, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Schadenfreude on February 16, 2012 at 3:36 PM

War in the Middle East? They’re planning a hot war on the streets of Chicago, for the G8 summit and probably beyond.

wolfsDad on February 16, 2012 at 3:48 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Cindy Cooper on February 16, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Jailbaits sister?

Bmore on February 16, 2012 at 3:48 PM

All the GOP candidates should tell CNN to take their debate and their entire…ahem…”news” operation and shuv ‘em deep and hard.

Doug Piranha on February 16, 2012 at 3:49 PM

wolfsDad on February 16, 2012 at 3:48 PM

That too, and some more in the streets, if he loses, and if he wins.

Schadenfreude on February 16, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Newt can debate himself quite well. He should invite Sarah Palin and Rick Perry to come and discuss Romney and Santorum.

jimw on February 16, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Willard dropped out so his opponents won’t be able to answer the smears he’ll be broadcasting about them on TV.

Emperor Norton on February 16, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Right!

Because Darth Mitt used his Jedi mind trick to get them to drop out too.

Got it. /s

PS.
Your foil hat needs adjustment.

Gunlock Bill on February 16, 2012 at 3:51 PM

So the two worse debaters don’t want to debate. Not surprised.

Rose on February 16, 2012 at 3:51 PM

But why should I vote for him? His record is all over the map. What’s his theme? What’s his big idea? I get the impression that he thinks he can get by w/o telling me his plan and then do whatever he wants once in office. No sale.

Deafdog on February 16, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Maybe the whole point is not that he’ll have big ideas but that he won’t suck at his job, which is what Obama brings to the table.

Like him or not, Mitt does well at the things he does. He’s a superb manager and exudes competence. Plus, since he’s restricted from smoking, drinking, and coffee, I think we can safely say that he won’t allow personal garbage to interfere with doing his job.

KingGold on February 16, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Newt can debate himself quite well. He should invite Sarah Palin and Rick Perry to come and discuss Romney and Santorum.

jimw on February 16, 2012 at 3:50 PM

If Sarah was invited you’d hear shrieking from the WH as Obama scrambled to turn off all the TVs. The Cuda would go straight for him in any debate, just as she does in her speeches.

Pattosensei on February 16, 2012 at 3:52 PM

matthew8787 on February 16, 2012 at 3:39 PM

and I’m going to explain why he is having so much trouble closing the deal matthew8787…he has no convictions and he has proven it again as this shows

DanMan on February 16, 2012 at 3:53 PM

I am happy to respond as to why Romney is the strongest general election candidate.
matthew8787 on February 16, 2012 at 3:39 PM

1. Money – can match Obama dollar for dollar – the only GOP candidate who can

Money doesn’t win elections, and even then, Ron Paul knows how to drop a “money bomb” better than anyone.

2. Organization in 50 states

Whoever the GOP nominee is will exponentially grow their campaign organization once the party rallies around them.

3. Ground game

Considering what happened in Iowa, I’d say Santorum would have the best ground game.

4. Advanced strategy/infrastructure – years of planning in place

And yet, Mitt can’t seal up the nomination of his own party, and he still can’t articulate why he wants to be President.

5. Crossover appeal with suburbanites, independents, soccer Moms, and seniors

This one is comical. Mitt’s numbers among independents has been rapidly tanking, and Mitt pandering to the seniors by not delving into specifics on entitlement programs won’t help him with the general public. Besides, Ron Paul does the best with independents.

6. Doesn’t have the traditional GOP gender gap. In fact, scores better with seniors and women.

Once the Obama Team plays up the anti-contraception nonsense, the women will flock to the Democrats, anyway, and Mitt can guarantee to sure up the male vote, most of which is prevalent within the GOP.

7. Play on Blue turf: CT, NJ, PA, OH, WI, MI, NH, IA, and beyond. Might not carry all of these states but we’ll make Obama go broke defending them

Santorum would do better in the Rustbelt States, and it doesn’t matter if Mitt wins some Northeastern States if he ends up losing PA, OH, FL, etc.

8. Coattails to retain House and capture Senate.

This is another hilarious point. Mitt does the worst in turning out the base of the GOP, the people who are actually needed to elect Republicans nationwide.

9. Will nominate TP-friendly VP, such as Rubio or McDonnell

Yeah, because he’s not Tea Party-friendly?

10. Can assemble a coast-to-coast coalition for the GOP

Again, with Mitt’s gigantic organization and war chest that’s he built up over 5 years, he still can’t even lock up the nomination, and the general election will only be more difficult. The coalition argument is a moot point.

11. Well-vetted, no skeletons, so the entire election will be about Obama’s record.

You mean ObamaCare that Mitt helped craft?

12. Like Reagan, can run AGAINST Washington DC – this is huge with independents

I give you this one, as this is probably the only real reason a conservative could vote for Mitt, but even then, his record is still inexcusable.

13. Telegenic, matches up well against Obama in debates (at most 2 or 3 of them). Unlike John McCain, Romney can string 3 coherent sentences together and he doesn’t mumble.

I suppose you haven’t watched the last few debates?

14. Fire in the belly – well prepared – given his material advantages, Mitt hasn’t spent 6 years of his life in seedy Holiday Inns to not win in November.

Please. The guy comes off as a robot.

15. No congressional voting record that Axelrod can dissect and destroy (such as Newt or Santorum).

Which only helps to reinforce the argument that Mitt’s a flip-flopper, because he doesn’t stand for anything, and he always runs away from certain issues. Not that Newt or Santorum have strong records of fiscal conservatism, but you’d be naive to think the Obama Team won’t go after Mitt’s record in Massachusetts.

Aizen on February 16, 2012 at 3:55 PM

I keep hearing and reading comments on this thread about the number of debates. There have been too many debates. There have been 20 debates already. As far as am concerned, there is not been any debates at all.

Tell me which debates did they talk about the $16 trillion debt and deficit levels, spending levels. Energy policy (Keystone XL Pipeline, drilling in ANWR?), fixing our tax codes, fast and furious, foreign policy (e.g. Iran, Israel etc.), Wall Street bailouts, Crony capitalism etc. In which debate have they talked about these issues at length and offered real and proper solutions and not give us 20 seconds soundbites ad nauseum?

HerneTheHunter on February 16, 2012 at 3:36 PM

I find it odd that in all those debates, the liberal media didn’t find a minute or two to ask Ron Paul about 9/11 and every other nutball conspiracy theory that he believes in, like the Rosicrucians, the Bilderbergs, the Illuminati, the Trilateral Commission, the Tupperware conspiracy, the Masons, Skull and Bones, etc, etc. Why the kid gloves for someone that is into double digits?

slickwillie2001 on February 16, 2012 at 3:55 PM

“Romney drops out because he is a coward”, ABRtard.

“Santorum drops out because he is a super genius”, ABRtard.

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!

Got to love the logic of the ABRtards.

Gunlock Bill on February 16, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Willard dropped out so his opponents won’t be able to answer the smears he’ll be broadcasting about them on TV.

Because Darth Mitt used his Jedi mind trick to get them to drop out too.
Gunlock Bill on February 16, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Dude, Willard dropped out first. That created the scenario I described. Once Willard is out, no one can rebut him at the debate. Duh.

Emperor Norton on February 16, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Mitt hiding under his desk again

unseen on February 16, 2012 at 3:58 PM

No more. Dead debate.

Schadenfreude on February 16, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Update……

CNN canceled the debate.

JPeterman on February 16, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Any event co-sponsored by CNN is not likely to go well for the Republican candidates. Didn’t liberals back out of a Fox News sponsored debate in 2008 just because it was sponsored by Fox News? I was hoping GOP would see the light. Why allow liberals to determine the questions, thereby controlling the debate itself and always to Obama’s benefit?

However, I am still looking forward to the Hot Air debate. If it does come to pass, and the candidates still refuse to debate, then I’ll have a problem with them.

jakev on February 16, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Mitt hiding under his desk again

unseen on February 16, 2012 at 3:58 PM

His shadow is dangerous.

Schadenfreude on February 16, 2012 at 4:00 PM

I find it odd that in all those debates, the liberal media didn’t find a minute or two to ask Ron Paul about 9/11 and every other nutball conspiracy theory that he believes in, like the Rosicrucians, the Bilderbergs, the Illuminati, the Trilateral Commission, the Tupperware conspiracy, the Masons, Skull and Bones, etc, etc. Why the kid gloves for someone that is into double digits?

slickwillie2001 on February 16, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Fox News is now the liberal media?

Besides, all that crap is made-up by the neoconservatives on talk-radio who hate to explain their hypocrisy on war spending.

Aizen on February 16, 2012 at 4:00 PM

An indication that Mitt is about ready to throw in the towel…he is smart enough to see the writing on the wall.
If he loses Michigan and Arizona, he is toast…I think this is a desperate attempt to shake things up, a last gasp of air for his campaign…

right2bright on February 16, 2012 at 2:42 PM

No, I think Team Rmney still think it’s inevitable. Remember how he was going to pass on the Florida debate? After the SC thumping, he almost broke a leg getting to Florida.
He’d be a schmuck to do this right before Super Tuesday.

katy the mean old lady on February 16, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Mitt hiding under his desk again

unseen on February 16, 2012 at 3:58 PM

HeII he ain’t even doing a good job there, his arse is showing.

Bmore on February 16, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Mitt hiding under his desk again

unseen on February 16, 2012 at 3:58 PM

No, Mitt lead and Santorum and Paul followed.

tbrickert on February 16, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Update: CNN cancels debate

Good. No fodder for the DNC’s upcoming ad campaign via the Communist News Network.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 16, 2012 at 4:03 PM

CNN has canceled the whole thing now. No Newt holding forth uninterrupted.

TOO. FUNNY.

Cindy Cooper on February 16, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 16, 2012 at 4:03 PM

You know who this helps, right?

Bmore on February 16, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Newt should pay for an hour long slot and use the time to showcase his ideas and shame the other candidates who have now admitted who they really fear.

HopeHeFails on February 16, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Good. No fodder for the DNC’s upcoming ad campaign via the Communist News Network.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 16, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Poor guys will have to suffice with the 9,546 other debates full of fodder.

amerpundit on February 16, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Good. I don’t wan to see any more debates hosted by progressive activists.

With it cancelled, the White House is going to have to find another way to set up their next issue. Bummer for them.

forest on February 16, 2012 at 4:05 PM

According to the Politico article, CNN cancelled the debate after Romney and Paul withdrew. So maybe Santorum calculated that he’d look pretty silly showing up at an empty auditorium. Shrewd one, that Santorum.

RightOFLeft on February 16, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Willard dropped out so his opponents won’t be able to answer the smears he’ll be broadcasting about them on TV.

Because Darth Mitt used his Jedi mind trick to get them to drop out too.
Gunlock Bill on February 16, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Dude, Willard dropped out first. That created the scenario I described. Once Willard is out, no one can rebut him at the debate. Duh.

Emperor Norton on February 16, 2012 at 3:58 PM

You mean he has to be there in person for them to rebut him?

They can’t use the free face time to do it without him there?

Either you or them are really really stupid.

PS. your foil hat needs adjustment.

Gunlock Bill on February 16, 2012 at 4:06 PM

No, Mitt lead and Santorum and Paul followed.

tbrickert on February 16, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Mitt didn’t “lead”. He dropped out and the other saw no point in continuing if a fourth of the field wouldn’t be there. Let’s not play this up to be heroics.

amerpundit on February 16, 2012 at 4:07 PM

That being so, it’s baffling that he’d pull out of Georgia.

Agreed.

Buy Danish on February 16, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Wow, I can’t believe it. They are so scared of Newt. He is the smartest guy in the room.

I think Santorum made a monumental error not going to the debate. Had Mitt been the only one to drop out, Mitt would have been DONE.

Makes you wonder why Santorum joined Mitt here? Was it the VP bid yesterday? Or is it b/c he too is an establishment candidate and the fix is in for Romney? Who knows.

All I know is: the more debates the better, everyone loses here!

JeffVader on February 16, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Why on earth wouldn’t Santorum want a free microphone to dump on Romney before Super Tuesday? Sure, Newt’s going to win Georgia anyway. So what? Mystifying.

Because the GOP finally figured out that they were playing the role of the Washington Generals to the DNC’s Globetrotters.

BobMbx on February 16, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Too much exposure.
Too much possibility of letting CNN make candidates look bad.

albill on February 16, 2012 at 3:39 PM

I agree. Isn’t this the complaint after the debate takes place? Why do the Republicans agree to do these liberal media debates that frame questions to benefit Obama?

OT: Now that Allah brings it up again it seems odd that Stephanopois asked that stupid contraception question and now by coincidence we are in the middle of a free contraception vs religous freedom fight.

magicbeans on February 16, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Either you or them are really really stupid.

Gunlock Bill on February 16, 2012 at 4:06 PM

The Mittbot way of influencing people and making friends.

angryed on February 16, 2012 at 4:10 PM

The Mittbot way of influencing people and making friends.

angryed on February 16, 2012 at 4:10 PM

And the ABRtard way is better?

What’s it like to be an ignorant dick who doesn’t want to understand the bigger point and who acts like a petulant teenager?

angryed on January 19, 2012 at 1:45 PM

LOL!!!!

Gunlock Bill on February 16, 2012 at 4:13 PM

How about 2 hours of Newt talking down to A liberal pundint?

ThePrez on February 16, 2012 at 4:15 PM

My opinion: They don’t want to give Newt a platform.

bluefox on February 16, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Precisely.

Connie on February 16, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Maybe they are meeting at the OK corral…high noon…

right2bright on February 16, 2012 at 4:16 PM

CNN cannot provide the “knockout” punch, but super Tuesday can…it’s that simple…or Mitt wants more time to consider being Rick VP…

right2bright on February 16, 2012 at 4:17 PM

OT: Now that Allah brings it up again it seems odd that Stephanopois asked that stupid contraception question and now by coincidence we are in the middle of a free contraception vs religous freedom fight.

magicbeans on February 16, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Yup!

They set a trap for Romney, because they fear him most, but he avoided it.

Had they set it for Saint Richard the Sanctimonious, he would have jumped in it with both feet.

Lucky for him they were after Romney and not him.

Gunlock Bill on February 16, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Mitt didn’t “lead”. He dropped out and the other saw no point in continuing if a fourth of the field wouldn’t be there. Let’s not play this up to be heroics.

amerpundit on February 16, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Wrong he took a gamble, and it paid off. The Romney camp knows most of us are sick of these debates, but he took a chance in giving the spotlight to his opponents. He took a risk and it worked.

tbrickert on February 16, 2012 at 4:18 PM

The Mittbot way of influencing people and making friends.

angryed on February 16, 2012 at 4:10 PM

You’re one to talk angryed. I’ve seen your vitriol enough to know this false piety is a window dressing.

scotash on February 16, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Newt does a Lincoln Douglas style debate with all three Presstitutes and three cardboard cutouts, yeah bgo newtron go

ConcealedKerry on February 16, 2012 at 3:20 PM

They bring in Palin as moderator and the two proceed to gut Barry like a trout.
Hey, I can dream can’t I? Imagine THOSE ratings.

katy the mean old lady on February 16, 2012 at 4:20 PM

I agree. Isn’t this the complaint after the debate takes place? Why do the Republicans agree to do these liberal media debates that frame questions to benefit Obama?

magicbeans on February 16, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Why are our debates structured like some sort of daytime TV game show anyway?

Why not have a more one-on-one style debate, where the candidates sit down together and ask each other questions? No short time limits, no scripts, no lefty moderators asking questions. Something like they do in England?

JeffVader on February 16, 2012 at 4:20 PM

They bring in Palin as moderator and the two proceed to gut Barry like a trout.
Hey, I can dream can’t I? Imagine THOSE ratings.

katy the mean old lady on February 16, 2012 at 4:20 PM

gawd that is such a beautiful thought. Nice dream. I like it.

SparkPlug on February 16, 2012 at 4:21 PM

This is where I think the GOP has made a huge mistake. I would like to see a web debate moderated by one of the usual suspects on the right and questions written by Republican governors from all over the country. Actually, I would prefer that the governors moderat the debate.

piglet on February 16, 2012 at 4:22 PM

The Mittbot way of influencing people and making friends.

angryed on February 16, 2012 at 4:10 PM

They have a Mittfit over any perceived threat to their RINO gawd.

SparkPlug on February 16, 2012 at 4:22 PM

I wish they would boycott a debate because the “mainstream” news media is running it. I wish . . .

WannabeAnglican on February 16, 2012 at 4:25 PM

The Mittbot way of influencing people and making friends.

angryed on February 16, 2012 at 4:10 PM

They have a Mittfit over any perceived threat to their RINO gawd.

SparkPlug on February 16, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Yeah, like this one,

yeah, nothing leftie about that at all, your a dishonest shill who will keep your lips firmly on willard’s cock no matter what. funding abortions is what PP does, its what they have always done. i dont care what her intent was. any money she gave no matter what purpose it helps to keep killing babies. and if she thinks otherwise she’s either too dumb or too dishonest to be a first lady.

chasdal on January 18, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Oh, wait.

Gunlock Bill on February 16, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Gunlock Bill on February 16, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Haner was banned. Haner was a Mittbot. xxesse was banned. It was a Mittbot.

SparkPlug on February 16, 2012 at 4:29 PM

gawd that is such a beautiful thought. Nice dream. I like it.

SparkPlug on February 16, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Well, now that CNN has canceled….
Mr. Ailes. Please pick up the white courtesy phone.

katy the mean old lady on February 16, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Good. No fodder for the DNC’s upcoming ad campaign via the Communist News Network.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 16, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Poor guys will have to suffice with the 9,546 other debates full of fodder.

amerpundit on February 16, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Yeah, but most of those who attended earlier debates are no longer in the picture.

My belief is that GOP debates should only be put on by the GOP or at least news outlets and organizations friendly to the GOP. Of course, the Dumocrats can make hay out of anything out there, but again I see this as one less opportunity to do so.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 16, 2012 at 4:30 PM

No, Mitt lead and Santorum and Paul followed.

tbrickert on February 16, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Awwww, how sweet!

Schadenfreude on February 16, 2012 at 4:31 PM

He took a risk and it worked.

tbrickert on February 16, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Eunuchs, the world over, are having a big party.

Schadenfreude on February 16, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Gunlock Bill on February 16, 2012 at 4:26 PM

here is a fresh post below from one of your Mittbot ilk.

This woman [PALIN] is a monster. She has done more to elect democrats than the Kennedy’s.

V7_Sport on February 16, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Just another unhinged Mittloon.

SparkPlug on February 16, 2012 at 4:34 PM

SparkPlug on February 16, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Well, now that CNN has canceled….
Mr. Ailes. Please pick up the white courtesy phone.

katy the mean old lady on February 16, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Cha Ching. Hello $$$ is talking. (:

SparkPlug on February 16, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Just another unhinged Mittloon.

SparkPlug on February 16, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Actually if memory serves, isn’t he a Newter?

Bmore on February 16, 2012 at 4:37 PM

This woman [PALIN] is a monster. She has done more to elect democrats than the Kennedy’s.

V7_Sport on February 16, 2012 at 4:19 PM

I guess you missed that whole 2010 Tea Party thing where we blew out the Donkeys thanks in part to the MONSTER.

SparkPlug on February 16, 2012 at 4:38 PM

This is unfortunate.

Fallon on February 16, 2012 at 4:39 PM

SparkPlug on February 16, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Are we sure that the X-Troll was banned? We know about MoreTeaPlease and borntoraisehogs.

kingsjester on February 16, 2012 at 4:39 PM

SparkPlug on February 16, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Actually if memory serves, isn’t he a Newter?

Bmore on February 16, 2012 at 4:37 PM

newter? hehe. Actually Newtist is funnier because it sounds like nudist.

Anyhow I am either a Newtist or a SantorumBot.

SparkPlug on February 16, 2012 at 4:40 PM

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