August 13th, 2007
08:56 AM ET
13 years ago

CNN’s GOP debate set for Nov. 28

CNN and YouTube hosted a debate for Democratic presidential candidates last month.

DES MOINES (CNN) - The Republican Party of Florida, CNN and YouTube will announce Monday that the organizations' Republican presidential debate will be held on Nov. 28, two months before Sunshine State voters hold their gateway primary into "Super Tuesday."

Originally, the three partners targeted Sept. 17 as the date for the debate that will feature video questions submitted by voters through YouTube. But some campaigns expressed concerns about the timing of the event and the debate partners worked to find an alternative date.

CNN's Anderson Cooper will moderate this debate that will be held at the Mahaffey Theater at the Progress Energy Center for the Arts in St. Petersburg. In July, CNN and YouTube partnered with the South Carolina Democratic Party to hold a similar debate in Charleston. Cooper also moderated that event, which was sanctioned by the Democratic National Committee as the party's first official presidential primary debate of the 2008 race for the White House.

Candidates such as New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Arizona Sen. John McCain have told the partners they will participate.

- CNN Political Editor Mark Preston

Filed under: CNN/YouTube Debate
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Brian Hubbell II

    Hopefully this time Ron Paul can get some equal speaking time compared to the other candidates. At least his message is honest and his record proves it, as well as his message being truly conservative, unlike the Rudy McRomney neocon festival that's currently going on.

    August 13, 2007 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  2. Jim, Tucson AZ

    So, Romney forced CNN to change the debate date?

    August 13, 2007 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  3. Will

    Boy I can't wait to see this. On how much they bashed the Democrats answers and since most of the questions won't be about Iraq and probably more on economic issues such as Health Care they will have their hands full.

    August 13, 2007 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  4. Scott Austin, TX

    This is surprising. I didn't think the GOP knew of the internet.

    August 13, 2007 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  5. Mark G.

    I would make the case that all candidates deserve equal time, not those deemed by the media to control the flow of information.

    Dr. Paul deserves more time in these debates, I have yet to see him have an opportunity to talk about his other strong conservative values, they only talk of anti-war, but his economic package, healthcare package, his strong 2nd amendment message should be heard by all

    August 13, 2007 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. Larry Florida

    Even the lazy one could be in this.

    Hello Fred.

    August 13, 2007 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. Jason, Bremerton, Wa.

    I hope the questions asked to republicans are of better class than what was shown with the democrats. Hopefully no talking snowmen.... But real questions.

    August 13, 2007 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. Bob, San Francisco, CA

    Most of the questioners shown at the Democratic debate made the American population look like morons (especially Democrats). I was pretty embarrassed for my country (not the first time!) watching the debate. As a Democrat myself, I was hoping to be represented a little more intellectually than that. We've reached a pathetic low in the political process, and these aren't really "debates" so much as candidates just respond to questions they were probably expected to be asked. Debate means "back and forth discussion".

    August 13, 2007 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. Dan, Maryland

    Total waste of time.

    August 13, 2007 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. Chip Celina OH

    Bob from S.F. has it right: "Debate means 'back and forth discussion'."

    The problem is we don't see these candidates actually debating the issues, going back and forth actually kind of hammering out a consensus position. Do you ever think you would see one of them (if we were treated to a real debate) stop and say, "You know, that's a great idea you've just spoken of, if you would take that and maybe do (or not do) this....." and have the other respond with a "oh yeah, that would make sense, I never thought of it that way..."

    It'll never happen in our current climate. All we're gonna get are 30 second sound bites, slogans and politically correct terminology with either more of the same or mud-slinging retorts.

    Every one out to prove their case and not willing to give any kind of compromise.

    I'm tired of the "well, my opponent would have you believe..."

    We need someone that's a fresh change from the status-quo.

    Have a good day,

    August 13, 2007 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  11. Wyatt, OH

    hmmmm...Did anyone notice the original date of the debate, and the reason they changed it? Timing issues huh. I'm thinking that September 17th is cutting it a bit close to some sort of deadline...what could it be, i wonder...

    August 13, 2007 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. Greg, Port Charlotte, FL.

    It will be interesting to see if CNN will give Ron Paul his fair time in this debate. If this man is given the opportunity to reach the masses, the choice should be obvious to all.

    St. Pete get ready for the Ron Paul Revolution invasion.

    To the other candidates.........bring your crying towels.

    August 13, 2007 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  13. Max, Topeka, KS

    I think it's funny how it says "Candidates such as New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Arizona Sen. John McCain have told the partners they will participate." Looks like these guys actually wised up after wussing out of the Iowa Straw Poll.

    August 13, 2007 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  14. Ron Nebraska

    The Republican party caters to the wealthy and manipulates the ignorant.

    August 14, 2007 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  15. Dustin,Knoxville,TN

    Ron Paul will be there! Hello! And he better have more time, this time!

    August 15, 2007 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  16. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    The Democrats cater to people that don't work for a living and want everything handed to them by taxing the people that work and redistibuting it to them and they then manipulate the uneducated by using soundbites and buzzwords that are happily put out by the media that is in bed with them.

    Next topic.

    August 15, 2007 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  17. Al-Hetershi

    go ron paul go

    August 26, 2007 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  18. Jay, Gurnee Illinois

    The Republican party caters to the wealthy and manipulates the ignorant.

    Posted By Ron Nebraska : August 14, 2007 12:12 am

    This is not true...they are no more or less manipulative than the democrats. When the real republicans get back in office the country will be much better off...unless you like being controlled by the government, then you better hope for the democrats to win.

    September 14, 2007 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  19. Conor, Charleston WV

    I hope Ron Paul is given an equal amount of time to speak as Guliani and Romney. Maybe Ron will get a fair shake now that Hannity isn't here to deny the results of his own polls.

    November 10, 2007 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  20. martha

    can not believe we can't see a debate
    that is fair and equal. all we see and hear is rudy, mitt and john jabbering among themselves. lets hear something of substance from the others. the media must really be afraid to let the public hear anything from Ron Paul who makes more sense than the rest combined. I think the public is getting wise to the way the debates
    are run.

    November 29, 2007 10:00 am at 10:00 am |