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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  1. African American Male

    For some time I have favored Hillary, however her "reality check" comment got me to thinking. Thousands of people voted for Senator Obama in Iowa and New Hampshire; rivaling Senator Clinton's support. So I question if Hillary would respect the voices of descent when suggestions are made that seem unconventional. This is the foundation of America's problems, when "experienced" people like Allen Greenspan reports the members of the House of Representatives that the economy is strong. Several members question the accuracy of his data telling Mr. Greenspan that they are not seeing it within the communities they represent. It was apparent to me then he was speaking of corporate America and Mr. Greenspan was not going to be forced to change his position. The voice of the people lost that battle.

    So I wish to submit a question:
    Hillary & Barack have stated this "election is about the people".
    After all the votes are in, do you agree that the top two candidates should join on a Presidential/Vice Presidential nomination; would'nt this be the true voice of the people?

    January 9, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. African American Male (California)

    I would like to know what questions you folks have before January 31.

    January 9, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. Susan Byrd

    Can someone email me about how to get tickets to the Jan. 31st debate at the Kodak theatre? Thank you.

    January 9, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  4. Jenna

    What has to happen in order for to attend the Democratic debate?

    I am very interested in going.

    January 9, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  5. Heather

    how do we get tickets to democratic debate in los angeles? Go clinton!

    January 9, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  6. John

    I'd like information on how I can attend the debates as well. I'm an Independent and don't know how I'm going to vote yet. I'd love the opportunity to see the Democratic candidates in person so I could get a better feel for them.

    January 9, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  7. Colleen

    I too am very interested in attending the Democratic debate in LA and would like to find out how we can attend.

    January 9, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  8. Daniel Chow

    I will be in Los Angeles on Janaury 31, 2008 and I would like to attend the Democratic Party Debates. Are Tickets available to the General Public?

    January 9, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  9. Velvet Garriques

    I"d like to attend the debate in either one of the states. i have some very important questions for all the candidates to answer. Democrats, and Republicans know what is at stake here, but do the american people? America you had better wake up! this Presidential nomination is critical to the survival of american people. First and foremost, in categorical priority; #1 working americans, (blue collar) #2 poor americans, single mothers, persons with disabilities. older americans, veterans, #3 the middle working americans, #4 special interest groups, upper elite, corporate america. This is whats at stake right here and now. If any of the other candidates get the nomination this process will be diligently worked towards reversing the process. It will then become 4,3,2,1. as it has been for yhe last 75 years. So when you look at the nominees stats be very careful in whom you choose! this election hinges on a lot of significant historical data, hopefully if the american people are really serious about change, Obama is your choice out of proverty! He knows not to sell out to his adversaries, the work that has been done is to vital for any mistakes to be made at any point in his campaign. He still has one ace in the hole, that will shock all the experts analyst, Mr. Obama knows there are only a few of us who know the truth behind this madness. As you all ponder who you will vote for remember The Gettyburg Address, that should answer your question on whose the right candidate to become our Nation's next leader. So if you study long and study wrong you haven't felt whats it's like to be in the dog house.. TRUST ME ON THIS ONE! This chapter in the Historical books has already begun with the ink to the paper! I urge all the young people to vote for your future, based on past failures of your US Officials.

    January 9, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  10. alice

    please send me info on how to attended the debates

    January 10, 2008 05:32 am at 5:32 am |
  11. Kelly Cofield

    Dennis Kucinich is the voice of reason and integrity for the Democratic Party. He was right about Iraq, he will create jobs by getting out of NAFTA, sustainable energy, planet preservation, workers rights, single-payer universal healthcare, equality. The Kucinich plan of Peace Through Strength is viable and so is he if his platform could be heard. It doesn't speak well for the Democratic party to align with the MSM, MIL and political machine to silence him. Perhaps the establishment is reluctant to let him speak, Dennis will undoubtably mention the impeachable crimes of this administration and the lack of accountablity enforcement from the Democratic party. What would Carlyle, Halliburton, GE, Boeing, Blackwater, etc,etc,etc...do if there were no more foreign enemies to fight? There's no money in peace.

    January 10, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  12. Kelly Cofield

    Dennis Kucinich is the voice of reason and integrity for the Democratic Party. He was right about Iraq, he will create jobs by getting out of NAFTA, sustainable energy, planet preservation, workers rights, single-payer universal healthcare, equality. The Kucinich plan of Peace Through Strength is viable and so is he if his platform could be heard. It doesn't speak well for the Democratic party to align with the MSM, MIL and political machine to silence him. Perhaps the establishment is reluctant to let him speak, Dennis will undoubtably mention the impeachable crimes of this administration and the lack of accountablity enforcement from the Democratic party. What would Carlyle, Halliburton, GE, Boeing, Blackwater, etc,etc,etc...do if there were no more foreign enemies to fight? There's no money in peace.

    January 10, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. lonnie white

    How do you get tickets for Cali. Jan. 31st debate?

    January 10, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  14. James A.

    anyone got any information yet on the ticket situation in LA? I would love to attend and support the candidates. Please let us know CNN!

    January 10, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  15. Jeremy

    Kucinich hopefully be there, I as a citizen of this country want my voice to be heard through kucinich

    January 10, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  16. Jeremy

    kucinich place 2nd in the San Mateo Straw Poll in California

    January 10, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  17. Jeremy

    Please CNN be fair, please

    January 10, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  18. Jackie

    I am also interested in attending. I live in Los Angeles.

    January 10, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  19. Benjamin P.

    There are no tickets available, you must be invited, I do not know how to get invited though. It says this on the Kodak Theatre Events Website. Here is the Link :

    http://www.kodaktheatre.com/events.htm

    if anyone knows how to become invited please let us know

    January 10, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  20. Curtis Bradley

    DENNIS KUCINICH must be heard by the people. Silencing DENNIS KUCINICH should be illegal.

    Railroading the democratic process is FASCIST, and against the Constitution.

    We should be able to hear every candidate running for president not just the ones some corporate news station deems electable. Corporations controlling the outcome of a public election is FASCISM.

    Dennis has introduced articles of impeachment for the lying war criminals that have hijacked this nation, H Res 333.

    Dennis will kill NAFTA and WTO and bring work back to the U.S.

    Dennis Kucinich will put the U.S. back to work implementing new sustainable energy technologies across the country to help us break free from oil's shackles.

    Dennis has immediate plans to save our environment.

    DENNIS IS NOT OWNED BY THE CORPORATIONS. DENNIS KUCINICH IS OWNED BY THE PEOPLE AND THE PEOPLE ARE WHO HE WORKS FOR.

    CNN and other news corporations do not care for the people of this country if they don't let DENNIS KUCINICH and other candidates speak in this debate.

    CNN is guilty of rigging the election process if you do not let all candidates have a voice in this debate.

    CNN and other news corporations are helping to create the FASCIST STATES OF AMERICA.

    THE CORPORATIONS PROFITING FROM THE WAR ARE MORE DANGEROUS TO THIS COUNTRY THAN IRAN, NORTH KOREA, OR OSAMA..

    DENNIS KUCINICH will return the power to the people, that is why you corporate fascists are so fearful of him.

    January 11, 2008 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  21. lisa

    How do you get tickets to the 1/31/08 debates?

    January 11, 2008 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  22. Kevin

    I heard Keith Olbermann say something.

    He said when he wanted to do something for a political reason, his boss or the executive in charge demanded he give a business reason to do what he wanted because they could not be political.

    Olbermann in this case came up with one.

    Allow me to be that newsman coming to you, the executives at CNN, to give you not a political reason but a business reason for putting Dennis Kucinich in the debates.

    Ratings and viewers will increase significantly.

    They will go up from what they were if you were to have a Edwards-Clinton-Obama debate.

    You see, Americans have heard all they need to hear in a debate from these three and will be bored out of their minds if you don't include the man they know little about.

    Thank you for considering how this makes business sense to include Dennis.

    January 11, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  23. jibbguy

    If CNN locks-out Dennis Kucinich from their debate; it will look extremely "fishy"... And even criminal. It will fuel the feeling many have that Big Media is trying to control elections and democracy... That the corporate-owned and dominated media are deliberately limiting the choices of voters; and perhaps also that the Democratic Party is not only allowing it to happen but furthering it.

    This feeling is becoming more widespread; and many besides Kucinich supporters are starting to notice a distinct bias against the reform candidates.... Candidates who's views on subjects like Universal Health Care, ending the war immediately, impeachment, election fraud, and reform of the lobbyist system are often in direct conflict with the corporations that own these news organizations, and their sponsors.

    Dennis Kucinich is the clear choice of the majority of Progressives. Silencing him is a dangerous precedent..... If this sort of misuse of media power is allowed to happen without comment, where will it end? Next year it could be the Religious Right who are silenced.

    CNN has a civic responsibility to include Dennis Kucinich in the upcoming debate. To bow to pressure from any side... Corporate sponsors or the other Democratic candidates… Is to fail in their mission to the public. And what happens here will be watched, and carefully noted, by millions. By their choice, CNN has a chance to disprove these "urban legends" and conspiracy theories regarding the corporate control of Big Media.... Or confirm them.

    January 11, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  24. Michelle

    Can we suggest a question / topic to discuss? I am a transgender woman and all the Democratic candidates say they support ENDA. What ENDA? The one currently in Congress? An inclusive ENDA that includes the transgender population? Would they allow a non-inclusive ENDA to pass? Wouldn't it make more sense to just modify the Civil Rights Act and remove all the enumerated classes in favor of "Cannot discriminate in employment for any reason other than a bonafide job related requirement", or something like that?

    Thank you,

    January 11, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  25. michael

    Please include Dennis KUCINICH, Stand Up for a Democracy!

    January 11, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
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