December 21st, 2007
05:15 PM ET
8 years ago

'Super Tuesday' presidential debates in California

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The top Democratic and Republican presidential contenders will be invited to appear in nationally televised debates in California less than one week before "Super Tuesday," CNN, The Los Angeles Times, and Politico announced Friday.

The California debates, which will be broadcast on CNN, will take place in a delegate rich state that both Republican and Democratic White House hopefuls are mining for votes and campaign cash.

It will be the final time the candidates appear together on the same stage before February 5 when 23 states hold presidential nominating contests.

Republicans will appear at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley on January 30. Former first lady Nancy Reagan has personally informed candidates that they will be invited if they are frontrunners.

The California Democratic Party has sanctioned the Democratic debate, which will take place January 31 in Los Angeles. CNN, the Los Angeles Times, and Politico are organizing these historic events.

The three media organizations said candidates will be invited if they place in one of the top four spots in an early voting state, and receive at least 5 percent in either a California survey conducted by the organizers or any one of 10 nationally identified media sponsored polls in January.

Organizers will determine Democratic eligibility based upon the Democratic National Committee's early calendar schedule that includes Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. For Republicans, the list of possible contests includes: Iowa, Wyoming, New Hampshire, Michigan, Nevada, South Carolina, and Florida.

In addition to a CNN/Los Angeles Times/Politico survey of California voters, the media organizations said other polls they will use to determine eligibility include: CNN, Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg, The New York Times, CBS, USA Today/Gallup, NBC/Wall Street Journal, FOX/Opinion Dynamics, Washington Post/ABC, TIME, or Newsweek.

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soundoff (189 Responses)
  1. Eric, SI, NY

    Can you be at the debate if you qualify but say you are "suspending" your campaign or stop campaigning after Iowa, New Hampshire, or South Carolina? If you can then what would you have to lose then to go to the debate and blast the candidate you disagree with the most.

    December 21, 2007 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  2. B, Atlanta

    Eric, I am thinking on democratic side, may be Edwards will be that candidate if Obama and Him had some understanding on VP job for him. On Republican side, I am thinking Huckabee would be that candidate

    December 21, 2007 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  3. Mark R. Fort Lauderdale FL

    By the very latest, this is where Clinton will show her strong, wide-based support and capture the democratic nomination. She leads in all the large states by double digits, and has greater than 50% support in several.

    December 22, 2007 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  4. richie,nevada

    By the very latest, this is where Clinton will show her strong, wide-based support and capture the democratic nomination. She leads in all the large states by double digits, and has greater than 50% support in several.

    Posted By Mark R. Fort Lauderdale FL : December 22, 2007 2:24 am

    I really don't care about polls. I have been watching elections and they don't turn out what the media speculate.By the time we go to super tuesday, most people shall have known how to vote.
    I am supporting barack for many reasons.

    December 22, 2007 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |


    December 22, 2007 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  6. Dave Owen Canastota NY.

    It appears to be another presendential campaign where "WE THE PEOPLE" are once again challenged to choose the lesser of two evils based on the candadates runniing rather than who will lead this country down the right path, enforce exsisting laws and protect it's borders...

    December 23, 2007 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  7. Bill Hrin

    I am a democrat bu am tempered by the fact that key states needed for an Electoral College win are too conservative for BO to win.I would like to see a poll state by statenot by popular vote to see how viable/realisitic his chances are.Bill in NJ

    January 8, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. Michael

    Just wondering, whats the process to attend the debates in Los Angeles? I live nearby & would like to attend. But I'm not sure if they are closed debates? Thanks in advance!

    January 8, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. Philip

    Same question as Michael, would love to attend the debates...any clue as to how?

    January 8, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. Michelle, California

    I would like to attend the upcoming democratic debate in California. How does one go about getting a seat?

    Thank you!

    January 8, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  11. Sergio

    My father-in-law lives in Moorpark California just a couple of miles from the Reagan Presidential Library and I know he would appreciate being there for the debate. What is the process for admission to the event?

    January 8, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  12. Danielle

    So according to CNN's requirements citizens who participated in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada, 4 out of 50 states and those who participated in a poll decide which contenders can speak in a nationally televised debate for the benefit of all voting citizens?

    It would be worthwhile if networks broadcasting debates provided voters with all viewpoints regardless of polls and a few state results. Doing so would produce educated voters, hmmmm educated voters.

    I do hope everyone is taking the time to do some real research looking into voting records, top advisers and the money trail for all contenders.

    We, the deciders, will get the leader we deserve based on our own efforts.

    January 8, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  13. Jason

    Has anyone received an answer on how to attend? I also live in the area and would love to be there.

    January 8, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  14. WF

    Does anyone know how I get tickets?

    January 8, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  15. Suzanne

    I would like to know how to get admittance to the audience for the democratic debate in Los Angeles.

    January 8, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  16. Lynell

    Can general CA citizens get tickets to the debates? If so, how?

    January 9, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  17. Victor, SoCal

    I have the same question as some of the other people have asked. How can I attend the debate in Los Angeles?

    January 9, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  18. ashly

    I would like to know how to get tickets to the democratic debate.

    January 9, 2008 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  19. Naim

    Is there a way to get tickets for the debates anyone ?

    January 9, 2008 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  20. Kelly

    Consider Duncan Hunter- he's about securing the border and building a fence- stop the trade with China and keeping jobs in the USA- has anyone else even mention these importan issues- he needs support so if you are a conservative and want real change- consider Duncan Hunter-
    he stands by his votes.

    January 9, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  21. Orvilette, Los Angeles

    I would like to attend the democratic debates in Los Angeles. Where can I get tickets?

    January 9, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  22. Maria, Los Angeles

    I would like to attend the Democratic debates in Los Angeles on 1/31/08, and I was inquiring on how I could do so? Where would I be able to obtain tickets?

    January 9, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  23. RonPaulRon

    You have to wonder just how Socialists or Communists or maybe even Fascists got the power in this country to put limits on who can run for office or who can speak to the people? The two establishment parties put limits on any third party candidates the last time Ross Perot scared the crap out of them and now they are using all their power to shut down those who emulate President George Washington, Patrick Henry, General Robert E. Lee, or President Jefferson Davis, (the great defenders of the original Constitution) by keeping certain candidates out of the debates!

    Not sure there is a lot of difference between China and the U.S.? Heck, without China we could not afford to give millions or billions away every year!

    January 9, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  24. BiG MiKe

    why would anyone vote for obama? the guy that doesnt know anything and has no experience what so ever???all he doest is talks about past and thats about it he has no interest about anyone in USA cmon people wake up can you see hes brain washing you all.... you have to go with someone who knows what theyre doing and what they say they will do they sure do so..So i think the oone and only person who can get us back on track would be Hillary Clinton..

    January 9, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  25. Ben Elliott

    The debates had a uneven start not allowing all candidates to be heard!
    So The three media organizations do the same thing here what a bunch of cowards!

    I'm glad to report so far Duncan Hunter has a commanding lead in the polls in San Diego Ca. and it is way more than 5%!


    January 9, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
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