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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Who needs another CNN debate anyway moderated only by scumbag slimestream mediots?! Wait, did I repeat myself?

stukinIL4now on February 16, 2012 at 4:40 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

Two words: seek and therapy. In that order.

Kent18 on February 16, 2012 at 4:40 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

Darn. I guess you are right. We have no proof. ):

SparkPlug on February 16, 2012 at 4:42 PM

In terms of viewership, CNN is practically a cable access channel. Any Republican who accepts an invitation to be insulted by them has no excuse.

logis on February 16, 2012 at 4:43 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

And here is a fresh one from a Mitt hater speaking of Palin.

I demean and belittle her? You and your ilk build her up to be Reagan on steroids when in fact she is a woman of precious little accomplishment (a partial term as governor is weak tea) who is hero-worshiped like a cult leader.

She bombed out of her last job, bombed out of the last presidential election, and yet is held up as some kind of conservative ideal by people who seem to have the worst kind of teenage crush.

Project much?

CorporatePiggy on February 16, 2012 at 3:27 PM

So, now what?

Gunlock Bill on February 16, 2012 at 4:44 PM

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

SparkPlug on February 16, 2012 at 4:29 PM

What is your point?

That Mittbots get banned for behaving like ABRtards?

Gunlock Bill on February 16, 2012 at 4:47 PM

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

Also see Forest above. It’s about time the candidates wised up. It is becoming clearer that the “debates” are just a set-up for the media to introduce Obama’s next anti-Repbulican attack and try to get sound bites to use in negative ads against the Republican candidates. That bizarre contraception question right before the Obama mandate on contraception could not have been a coincidence. It’s time for the Republicans to stop giving Obama the rope to hang them with.

talkingpoints on February 16, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Gunlock Bill on February 16, 2012 at 4:47 PM

csdeven. A mittbot Palin hater.
lourdes. A mittbot Palin hater.
petunia. A mittbot Palin hater.

The top three loons on HotAir.

SparkPlug on February 16, 2012 at 4:50 PM

That Mittbots get banned for behaving like ABRtards?

Gunlock Bill on February 16, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Nope. For behaving like you, Rimshot.

kingsjester on February 16, 2012 at 4:52 PM

I still like Newt.

Newt is the only man who can successfully debate himself and make it watchable.

flicker on February 16, 2012 at 4:53 PM

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.

The combined power of Newt and Herr Doktor would not be enough to overpower John King’s grunting every time they took a breath.

MadisonConservative on February 16, 2012 at 4:53 PM

SparkPlug on February 16, 2012 at 4:50 PM

I think all ABRtards are loons too.

So now what?

Gunlock Bill on February 16, 2012 at 4:56 PM

aizen, presidential elections are won or lost with the middle of the electorate. Santorum cannot capture the middle. The Florida electorate is pretty close to the national demographic, and we saw that Romney performed best in those conditions.

Santorum would be a disaster in the general, Axelrod would destroy him in 72 hours. It takes years of planning, money, and infrastructure to take out an incumbent president – ANY incumbent president. Hell, Santorum cannot even get on the ballot in Virginia or Indiana.

Come Labor Day, Obama will have the Rose Garden, Santorum the tabloids.

matthew8787 on February 16, 2012 at 4:57 PM

That Mittbots get banned for behaving like ABRtards?

Gunlock Bill on February 16, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Nope. For behaving like you, Rimshot.

kingsjester on February 16, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Well, I am no worse than you, Rimshot.

Gunlock Bill on February 16, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Gunlock Bill on February 16, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Yeah, right.

kingsjester on February 16, 2012 at 5:00 PM

I still like Newt.

I’m sure that he can follow Mitt around until he accedes to another debete.

Right? Oh, well.

flicker on February 16, 2012 at 5:02 PM

kingsjester on February 16, 2012 at 5:00 PM

I told you he was banned, right?

Bmore on February 16, 2012 at 5:03 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

we aren’t retreating we are advancing in a different direction. Mitt was afraid to show his arse. Rick figured he had nothing to gain and Ron Paul was worried he would fall asleep. All three of them retreated, left the field, hid under the desk call it what you will but in no way was it “leading” it was a cowards way out.

unseen on February 16, 2012 at 5:03 PM

And this recently posted on another thread.

The initial compliant and childish name-calling…

Behold the typical Mittwit supporter…
No facts, just slime!
idesign on February 16, 2012 at 2:39 PM

After which the following litany of fact-based information flows…

Look, it’s a Kos kid unhinged…LOL
Does your mommy know you’re using the computer?
idesign on February 16, 2012 at 2:57 PM

It looks like HotAir has it’s own Masochist…LOL
idesign on February 16, 2012 at 3:08 PM

No, but I can see your face turning green from my house..:)
idesign on February 16, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Works for me..:)
idesign on February 16, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Looks like your magic underwear is too tight.:)
idesign on February 16, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Who are they?
idesign on February 16, 2012 at 3:43 PM

The wacko’s seem to get more deranged with each Palin thread…LOL
idesign on February 16, 2012 at 3:49 PM

I’ll take option one..:)
idesign on February 16, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Your comments today don’t help your case….
idesign on February 16, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Yea right…LOL
You need some V8, dumba**…
idesign on February 16, 2012 at 4:24 PM

You have to admire the unbridled hypocrisy.

Droopy on February 16, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Is idesign a classic example of an ABRtard?

Gunlock Bill on February 16, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Waa, waa, waa. I don’t want to debate.

Mitt’s hiding from more televised scrutiny of his liberal RomneyCare MA record.

Poor Rick is afraid he’ll have to defend his own big govt spending and liberal fiscal policies now that he’s the frontrunner.

If you can’t take the heat get out of the kitchen boys.

Waa, waa, waa.

IndeCon on February 16, 2012 at 5:05 PM

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

Well said. I agree.

Night Owl on February 16, 2012 at 5:07 PM

I told you he was banned, right?

Bmore on February 16, 2012 at 5:03 PM

X-Troll? Where?

kingsjester on February 16, 2012 at 5:09 PM

This doesn’t look good for Romney or Santorum. What are they afraid of? Maybe the thought of Newt getting the best of them and gaining ground was part of the decision. If Perry was still in and made a call like this, Oh, the ridicule he would have gotten!!

Tn.-Vol on February 16, 2012 at 5:09 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

Darn. I guess you are right. We have no proof. ):

SparkPlug on February 16, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Apparently, trust only goes so far around here.

Oh, and Ed, you and I both know how this ugly episode will end.

Bmore on February 15, 2012 at 2:31 PM

That comment must have been deleted before I got to it, but xxessw won’t be back. The trolling and insults to other commenters just got to be too much.

Ed Morrissey on February 15, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Hey guys, how about a little trust my way Huh?

Bmore on February 16, 2012 at 5:10 PM

kingsjester on February 16, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Good enough for ya?

Bmore on February 16, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Well said. I agree.

Night Owl on February 16, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Both Ricky and Willard think they’ve go Newt boxed in and neutered so they’ll do everything to avoid multiple debates going forward,

Annar on February 16, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Hey guys, how about a little trust my way Huh?

Bmore on February 16, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Trust, but verify. LOL

Night Owl on February 16, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Is idesign a classic example of an ABRtard?

Gunlock Bill on February 16, 2012 at 5:04 PM

I’m a legend in your mind…LOL

Too cool..:)

idesign on February 16, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Newt will be a wild stallion in the WH. Unrideable. Untameable. Beautiful in motion. Who knows what vistas he will reveal to us as he charges into the sunrise?

flicker on February 16, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Newt will be a wild stallion in the WH. Unrideable. Untameable. Beautiful in motion. Who knows what vistas he will reveal to us as he charges into the sunrise?

flicker on February 16, 2012 at 5:13 PM

I’m a Newt supporter, but even I don’t need that picture in my head.

Night Owl on February 16, 2012 at 5:18 PM

I’m a legend in your mind…LOL

Too cool..:)

idesign on February 16, 2012 at 5:13 PM

No, actually you are a moron in my mind and legend in yours.

Gunlock Bill on February 16, 2012 at 5:28 PM

chasdal on January 18, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Well, I hope this person is added to the list of the banned. No one expects to read this on HA or any other reputable site.

bluefox on February 16, 2012 at 5:29 PM

No, actually you are a moron in my mind and legend in yours.

Gunlock Bill on February 16, 2012 at 5:28 PM

You’re not to good at this, are you..LOL

idesign on February 16, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Hey guys, how about a little trust my way Huh?

Bmore on February 16, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Awesome news. Dang you are the bomb dude.

SparkPlug on February 16, 2012 at 5:45 PM

chasdal on January 18, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Well, I hope this person is added to the list of the banned. No one expects to read this on HA or any other reputable site.

bluefox on February 16, 2012 at 5:29 PM

It looks to me like you got your wish.

slickwillie2001 on February 16, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Two words: seek and therapy. In that order.

Kent18 on February 16, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Yeah, because brokered conventions are great for the party! They really improve the GOP’s chances of winning the election! Oh wait, no, that’s stupid. Sorry if I said something against St.Sarah but I am sick of pretending that she is infallible for the sake of the same drooling fanboys who can’t figure out that you have to win elections to have influence.

V7_Sport on February 16, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Newt is the only man who can successfully debate himself and make it watchable.

flicker on February 16, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Heh. I’d watch that. :)

Syzygy on February 16, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Just another unhinged Mittloon.

SparkPlug on February 16, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Great rebuttal.

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

Guess you missed the Sharon Angle, Doug Hoffman, Joe Miller, Christine O’Donnell thing where we turned over sure things because we don’t know what “electability” is and we don’t want to learn. And giving her credit for the Tea party is ridiculous.

V7_Sport on February 16, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Thanks, Bmore.

kingsjester on February 16, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Great! Should never do another GOP debate on any other network than Fox. It has much higher ratings than all the others combined anyway.

kirkill on February 16, 2012 at 5:59 PM

There have been what? 20 debates? I just want super tuesday to come and go already. These primary politics are killing us for the general.

Kriggly on February 16, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Newt wins by default.

I am finding more and more reasons to dislike Romney. If he is finding the debates tedious, then maybe he needs to strengthen his arguments beyond talking points and maybe the moderators should ask more intelligent questions.

onlineanalyst on February 16, 2012 at 6:03 PM

bluefox on February 16, 2012 at 5:29 PM
It looks to me like you got your wish.

slickwillie2001 on February 16, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Thanks. I didn’t see it on this thread, must have been another one.
Do you know where?

bluefox on February 16, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Well I guess Newt will not get his wish for those Lincoln/Douglas style debates!!..:)

Dire Straits on February 16, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Romney is going to be on Hannity’s show tonight.

bluefox on February 16, 2012 at 6:07 PM

I’m going to be uncharacteristally optimistic here and assume they did this to keep yet another “mainstream media”/Barack mouthpiece from framing the narrative.

SouthernGent on February 16, 2012 at 6:10 PM

bluefox on February 16, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Going out on limb here..But try the “Rasmussen has Santorum up by 12 points” from yesterday..:)

Dire Straits on February 16, 2012 at 6:11 PM

There are nine months until the general election. Every contender should be vetted through questions that provide evidence of demonstrable leadership and thoughtfulness by the candidates.

By the time of the pre-Super Tuesday election, there will be many events emerging to provide topics to discuss and debate in re to national and international issues and policies.

FWIW I would like to have an in-depth interrogation interrogatio of Obama sans teleprompters and media interviewer suck-ups.

onlineanalyst on February 16, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Thanks. I didn’t see it on this thread, must have been another one.
Do you know where?

bluefox on February 16, 2012 at 6:04 PM

I don’t believe AP or Ed always post on it when it happens. It may be that they saw this one as not even worthy of notice.

slickwillie2001 on February 16, 2012 at 6:13 PM

slickwillie2001 on February 16, 2012 at 6:13 PM

You are correct..:)

Dire Straits on February 16, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Fox News just reported that fully 1/3 of the delegates will not be awarded until the last two weeks which is about the first week in June.
Texas and California being the biggest in numbers but several smaller states also adding in their totals.

Long way to g!o Mitt can’t hide forever while his super pacs do the dirty work of leveling the playing field. The Establishment is pissing off the base and begging to face a third Party run or brokered convention with Mittens scorched earth policies.

ConcealedKerry on February 16, 2012 at 6:18 PM

These debates have done nothing but prop up underfunded losers.

Pull the plug on this crap, Mitt.

matthew8787 on February 16, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Are you saying that the winner should be the one who can buy the election? Then that would ultimately be Obama.

onlineanalyst on February 16, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Looks like there is a couple of boys that do not want Newt to get any traction again!

KOOLAID2 on February 16, 2012 at 6:19 PM

No coverage as yet of Solyndra, Fast&Furious, and a whole slew of other government overreaches. Like, will a president Romney use recess appointments while congress is still in session? Will a president Romney use kinetic military activities? There is plenty left out there…

astonerii on February 16, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Media Matters, with WH complicitness, has never allowed those issues to be part of the news cycle much less the topics of debates. It appears to be a rigged game.

onlineanalyst on February 16, 2012 at 6:22 PM

“There are too many of these,” Romney strategist Stuart Stevens Obama strategist David Axelrod said.

onlineanalyst on February 16, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Having CNN moderate a republican debate is like Rush moderating a Democrat debate.

Grunt on February 16, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Did I miss this post in here?

Mitt Romney will end up being the nominee.
lobotomy4life

KOOLAID2 on February 16, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Having CNN moderate a republican debate is like Rush moderating a Democrat debate.

Grunt on February 16, 2012 at 6:26 PM

A better analogy would be Stephanopopolis vs Rove, since they both were in presidential administrations and are both now associated with news networks.

slickwillie2001 on February 16, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Cowards, yeah that’s exactly the kind of trait I want in a president. Sheesh….

Durka-Durka on February 16, 2012 at 6:42 PM

No more media-run debates.

disa on February 16, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Thus Newt wins the debate by default!

Time to take another good look at Newt.

DannoJyd on February 16, 2012 at 6:57 PM

“… this year’s key issues have been exhausted.”

– Fast and Furious

– Solyndra

– Federal Agents inspecting a 4 year old’s lunch bag

– Keystone Pipeline and the coming $5.00/gal of gas

– Our own oil and gas production

– +1,000 days with out a budget in the Senate

– +$16,000,000,000,000.00 in debt and climbing

– American “hostages” in Egypt and the $1.8 Billion in aid to the Muslim Brotherhood

– Iran

– Europe and the economic collapse

– Obowma gutting the military and the nuclear arsenal

… yeah, all old and busted.

Nothing left to talk about…

… Maybe Mittens can just form a duet with Obowma?

Seven Percent Solution on February 16, 2012 at 3:01 PM

This should be posted repeatedly to remind people why it’s so very very important to get Obama out of office regardless of who the GOP candidate is.

kim roy on February 16, 2012 at 6:59 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.

Not mystifying, CNN would immediately start the debate with dumb social issues questions against Santorum and Romney which sound like “isn’t it true that you beat your wife” to the cookie jar, and Cruelty to animals is the worst thing, do you condemn animal cruelty Mr. Romney and yet how long has it been since you engaged in it? Etc.

How about something real?

Fleuries on February 16, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Dire Straits on February 16, 2012 at 6:11 PM

slickwillie2001 on February 16, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Thanks both of you. Dire, I was speaking of this comment on this thread today: chasdal on January 18, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Many times if the comments are gross, Ed or AP will delete the comments and ban and say so. I wouldn’t think they would leave this comment stand.
Just my opinion. If it was bad enough to ban, it should have been bad enough to delete.

bluefox on February 16, 2012 at 7:01 PM

I can envision a new series of mental hospitals opening up specializing in therapy to cure disease called “Palinism”. Since 2008, there been a huge epidemic of people suffering from mass delusions of a goddess and/or savior manifested in the form of a tall, athletic woman who sports glasses, and speaks with a SCREEEEEECHY voice. Sufferers from Palinism experience grand delusions of an annoying woman reaching the office of Presidency of the United States and somehow brings all factions of America together, despite an overall approval rating of 20%. These poor souls also revere in long stories of this woman’s past, in particular, her short career as a high school basketball star — one of few.

In fact, I can hear the endless cries, gnashing of teeth, and screams of these future mental patients calling out for their beloved savior that never really existed as they saw her:

“Oooooooooohh!!!! SARAHCUDAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!”

Firecracker729 on February 16, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Thus Newt wins the debate by default!

Time to take another good look at Newt.

DannoJyd on February 16, 2012 at 6:57 PM

You want another look? Replay his Nevada presser.
Meltdowns can be watched more than once.

tbrickert on February 16, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Firecracker729 on February 16, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Your firecracker’s a dud….

idesign on February 16, 2012 at 7:12 PM

This is to prevent Newt from rising from the dead…again.

dukecitygirl on February 16, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Firecracker729 on February 16, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Sounds like you escaped from said mental hospital.

dukecitygirl on February 16, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Just got a call from “Romney for President”. I asked the hack on the phone why Romney is too chicken to show up for the GA debate!! LOL He hung up on me.

karenhasfreedom on February 16, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Just got a call from “Romney for President”. I asked the hack on the phone why Romney is too chicken to show up for the GA debate!! LOL He hung up on me.

karenhasfreedom on February 16, 2012 at 7:43 PM

LOL, You left him speechless!!! Good job!!

bluefox on February 16, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Romney camp is absolutely right. We’ve had a ridiculous number of debates this season, and each is less substantive than the last.

netster007x on February 16, 2012 at 7:56 PM

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

You LIE!!! You’ve focused on the mundane and obscure to avoid talking about FnF, solyndra and all the issues that Oboobi has betrayed us with. It also shows Mittness doesn’t have an answer on contraception or the first amendment just when people want to hear a current opinion or strategy for it. Another question should be this; how do you deal with ObamneyCare if SCOTUS upholds it?

AH_C on February 16, 2012 at 8:00 PM

netster007x on February 16, 2012 at 7:56 PM

I agree..I am in the camp of the whole debate system should be altered for more substantial info to voters..:)

Dire Straits on February 16, 2012 at 8:03 PM

FTR – There is another CNN debate in Arizona on February 22nd. All the candidates are participating in that.

The Atlanta debate had not been agreed to by the candidates and there were scheduling problems for Santorum, Paul and Romney…

Buy Danish on February 16, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Yeah, right.

kingsjester on February 16, 2012 at 5:00 PM

You’re a troll and you spam Hot Air with links to your lame@ssed blog. So in actuality, you’re worse than anyone.

csdeven on February 16, 2012 at 8:06 PM

You want another look? Replay his Nevada presser.
Meltdowns can be watched more than once.

tbrickert on February 16, 2012 at 7:10 PM

I was embarrassed for his family. That was a sad, sad thing to watch.

csdeven on February 16, 2012 at 8:08 PM

You’re a troll and you spam Hot Air with links to your lame@ssed blog. So in actuality, you’re worse than anyone.

csdeven on February 16, 2012 at 8:06 PM

As I said earlier, please scour today’s threads and find an overt link to my blog, which is not my name.

You’re delusional and you’re full of it.

kingsjester on February 16, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Just got a call from “Romney for President”. I asked the hack on the phone why Romney is too chicken to show up for the GA debate!! LOL He hung up on me.

karenhasfreedom on February 16, 2012 at 7:43 PM


ROMNEY 2012:
“Quit It! I Mean It! I’m Telling! MOMMMMMMMMM — !” ;)

Kent18 on February 16, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Firecracker729 on February 16, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Jailbait?

Bmore on February 16, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Bmore on February 16, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Could be….but he didn’t laugh.

kingsjester on February 16, 2012 at 8:13 PM

One thing to observe from this comment thread. Folks seem to think there have been to many Debates, nonsense, the more the better. I want our guys debates skills polished. 0 will come out of the gate ice cold comparatively. Plus I like the debate threads and 7% drinking games. So there.

Bmore on February 16, 2012 at 8:16 PM

kingsjester on February 16, 2012 at 8:13 PM

There has been two today that resembled kin or it, the other was a girls name.

Bmore on February 16, 2012 at 8:18 PM

to=too

A common problem for me.

Bmore on February 16, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Bmore on February 16, 2012 at 8:18 PM

A Troll that’s already been banned under 4 other names, would have no compunction about registering several sockpuppets.

kingsjester on February 16, 2012 at 8:19 PM

What is the logic for the GOP contenders to participate in a debate monitored by the enemy, I mean the liberal mouthpieces?

Belle on February 16, 2012 at 8:25 PM

You’re a troll and you spam Hot Air with links to your lame@ssed blog. So in actuality, you’re worse than anyone.

csdeven on February 16, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Says the biggest nutter loon on HotAir. Bwaaah Abdicate.

You are pure Troll.

SparkPlug on February 16, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Normally the person behind wants a debate. Is the plan for romneypac to slam Santorum while he hides since Santorum slapped him around at the last one and he still has no answers for Romneycare? Or is it that this should put a stake in Newt once and for all.

It doesnt make him look good by doing this.

Sultanofsham on February 16, 2012 at 8:58 PM

What is the logic for the GOP contenders to participate in a debate monitored by the enemy, I mean the liberal mouthpieces?

Belle on February 16, 2012 at 8:25 PM

There isnt but once they are set its stupid to back out unless all of the guys do it as one, saying something like ” we all feel that we will not debate on such and such channel because they are biased”. Or in the case of Diane Sawyer we’d like her to be sober.

Sultanofsham on February 16, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Lol, look likes the boys are starting to get it. What I don’t understand is who in the GOP are deciding to co sponsor with these hack job lib networks.

Africanus on February 16, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Let’s be blunt. This is proof that none of these pretenders wants anything to do with Newt on a debate stage. With the full complement of candidates on stage, Newt’s competitors can fairly hide their shortcomings. Santorum has momentum. He’s just lacking a spine. Mitt has “looks presidential” but he doesn’t have a spine or a conservative accomplishment.

Newt’s the intellectual heavyweight of the group.

Today’s decisions prove that we’re now down to Newt vs. the Three Wimps.

LFRGary on February 16, 2012 at 9:59 PM

CNN has used their debates to ambush Republicans, but they were softball contests in 2008 for Democrats. They aren’t neutral and have NO business pretending to be.

Good for Romney and Santorum. And in future cycles, let’s not have media setting our debate rules. If they want to cover them, fine. They can even submit questions, but the irrelevant and “gotcha” baloney won’t make the cut.

The truth is there wasn’t much difference in our candidates’ actual positions on the issues anyway. It’s fair to argue records, and commitment, and proposals, but they all stand fairly close together except for Ron Paul, and everyone knows where he stands, too, by now. So these aren’t really debates as much as food fights.

Adjoran on February 16, 2012 at 10:04 PM

LFRGary on February 16, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Newt had two great debates just before South Carolina – aided by questioners begging to be slapped down. Most believed he won one other. Besides that, he was no world-beater.

It’s a myth, like the preposterous idea he was a good Speaker. He sucked anus, which is why conservatives threw him out.

He’s good enough with one-liners to fool the dull of wit, of course.

Adjoran on February 16, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Pretty boy Mitt doesn’t wanna get his hands dirty, he lost his mini me attack poodle so now lets his pacs level the field with false, misleading and outright lying ads.
He and the Establishment started on Palin before the ink was dry on the Obama coronation. Chicken chit Mitts been running for Pres for eight years and still can’t get out of the 30′s he’s Obamas wet dream of a candidate to run against a Wall Street Fat Cat gazillionare. Fits their occupy scheme perfectly with the added benefit of being the author of Govt Mandated healthcare.

ConcealedKerry on February 16, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Seems to me some of these same folks backed out of Trumps debate too. Really not becoming of a candidate to run from debates!

If they won’t debate,
Don’t nominate!

ConcealedKerry on February 16, 2012 at 10:46 PM

tbrickert on February 16, 2012 at 7:10 PM

That still puts Newt on top. Better to vote for an angry republican than a fleebagger.

Hey! This chalks up as another fine example of RonMe being so much like a liberal. Thanks for getting me to consider that.

DannoJyd on February 16, 2012 at 11:21 PM

He’s good enough with one-liners to fool the dull of wit, of course.

Adjoran on February 16, 2012 at 10:07 PM

+1

Newt for press secretary.

csdeven on February 17, 2012 at 5:58 AM

Jailbait?

Bmore on February 16, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Please tell me that you are not buying into the conspiracy theories of the tinfoil hat brigade!

They see sock puppets everywhere they look. But they don’t turn that discerning eye on themselves and realize that they ALL SOUND ALIKE when they start with the Plain worship and the sock puppet talk etc. And when they get a group of them together in a commenting frenzy, it makes no difference which person is the author of a comment. You can reply to one and it applies to them all.

Rational folks know that they are all different people who are coming to the same conclusions and using the same rational.

csdeven on February 17, 2012 at 6:08 AM

Just got a call from “Romney for President”. I asked the hack on the phone why Romney is too chicken to show up for the GA debate!! LOL He hung up on me.

karenhasfreedom on February 16, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Seriously, Karen ….?

cableguy615 on February 17, 2012 at 6:22 AM

Lol, look likes the boys are starting to get it. What I don’t understand is who in the GOP are deciding to co sponsor with these hack job lib networks.

Africanus on February 16, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Maybe that’s the plan, keep the GOP infighting going…confuse the far-left lib media as to who to attack is most conservative (of what’s left)

cableguy615 on February 17, 2012 at 6:27 AM

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