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. Danny

    I just hope Kucinich is included in these debates.

    January 11, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  2. Nory

    Are mike gravel and dennis kucinich being allowed in these debates? If only a handful of states have had their is it right to exclude these candidates from the debates when their views are uncovered?

    January 12, 2008 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  3. Dave

    Do you guys plan on snuffing out Dr. Ron Paul's message just like Fox News? I sure do hope not . . .

    January 12, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. Michelle Crames

    As a Democrat, I would love to learn how to be invited to the debate. Please advise.

    January 12, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  5. John, Queensbury NY

    Many of the candidates speak of change and election reform, and I feel this deals with both. Certain candidates are being excluded from nationally televised debates. Do you feel that this exclusion, perpetrated by big corporations that control the media, constitutes an unfair election practice that limits the viewpoints and choices presented to the viewing public? If you candidate were elected President, what would he/she change to ensure that it is the American people, not big corporations controlling the media, that decides who becomes president?... or would he/she "stay the course"? THAT would make an interesting debate question.

    The USA PATRIOT Act, which enhanced law enforcement's ability to combat terrorism, erodes the civil liberties of American citizens provided to them in the Bill of Rights to the US Constitution. Shouldn't a candidate for President of the United States, sworn "upholder" and "defender" of the Constitution, oppose the USA PATRIOT Act? Is there not a constitutional means to ensure that Americans are safe from terrorism... and from their government? Do YOU known how your candidate feels about the Patriot Act?

    "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." -Benjamin Franklin, 1755

    January 12, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  6. Bryan

    The security around the Kodak Theatre and Hollywood & Highland is going to be crazy and super tight! Getting to work will be interesting for me.

    As for people wanting to can't.

    January 13, 2008 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  7. Dennis Castillo

    My question is for both sides of the polictical debate on illegal aliens.

    Why should the American people believe any thing that you and or the government says about illegal aliens? We have a our leaders stating anything from amnesty to building walls and yet we have our govenment sending middle class jobs overseas; giving tax breaks to the riches people of this country. I guess the illegal alien will again be a break for the rich via employement salaries and benefits. They will accept less. Why pay $30.00/hour when you can send work overseas and pay $2.00/hour or stay home and pay $10.00/hour. The rich (corporations) must feel that the middle class has out priced themselves and needed to create a new middle class. While them give themselves millions of dollars retirement funds. What will they do with the present middle class?

    On health care. Will you as president take away the health benefits of the congress so that they can also use the health care benefits can we all have to use; such as Medicare.?

    January 13, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  8. Carol Morgan

    I hope the people are really listening. When two major candidates are trying to be excluded ,Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul ,it is not a party thing anymore it's an American thing. Why are they trying to silence them . Listen to them and you will know! Want your country back? Vote!

    January 13, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. GP

    Why would we be surprised that the debate audiences are limited to invited guests only. The organizers can cite security reasons for limiting the audience. But the fact is that no matter who gets elected, the insiders will continue to be invited guests only. During the campaign season, the people on the street are needed for political reasons only. After the election's over, they will be off the administration's radar. Cynical, yes. Accurate? January 21, 2006, will provide the answer.

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

    Oops! 2008

    January 13, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  11. GP

    Oh no! 2009

    January 13, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  12. Danny

    After MSNBC's excusion of Rep. Kucinich, if they do not relent, CNN will be one of the last real news network for politics. Please do not make the same mistake.

    January 13, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. Carolina

    I would like to know how to get invited to the democratic debates?
    Please sent me some information at my email account. Thank you!!

    January 13, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. Eric Sievering

    I am interested in attending the debate at the Kodak Theatre on January 31st. How can I get tickets, and or ask a question at the debate?



    January 13, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  15. stephen galloway

    I am also interested in attending. I live in Los Angeles.
    let me know how?

    January 14, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  16. Bill

    There should be no exclusion of any candidate from any debate. It is not the responsibility of the media to project who will win a primary or use the airways to sway public opinion. At the time of your debate it is still possible for any candidate to win their party's nomination. It is possible that it could be that last debate is when their message might get across and win. I feel it is your right to endorse any one you please, even to give your opinions why. However you have no right to stiffle any candidate's message from getting out. Here is another thought. How about covering 2 or 3 issues and let each candidate respond to the question and tell us how they would deal with each of the problems that our country faces. We don't need to hear them sniping at each other or why the competition is wrong. We know they don't agree ,otherwise, it wouldn't matter who wins. With this format, maybe we could get to know the candidates, their opinions and solutions and not just another 30 second sound bite.

    January 14, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  17. Steven

    NBC just got PUNISHED by excluding kUCINICH!! Turns out judge had to force KUCINICH in the debate, and then the judge put a protective order canceling the debate if KUCINICH wasnt there!! CNN, do not do the same!

    January 15, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  18. yentl

    I would like to attend the debate in Los Angeles.

    January 15, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  19. Jenna Wade

    What a Croc

    ANY Candidate that is still running should be allowed to participate in their parties debate, regardless of where they stand, how many votes they've gotten in caucuses or primaries, or how much money they have.

    This is just WRONG

    Unless the candidate has stepped out of the race then they should NOT be excluded.

    Why is the media choosing our leaders?

    Shouldn't we be able to hear EVERY CANDIDATES VIEWS and choose for ourselves?

    Shame on CNN for EXCLUDING Dennis Kucinich from Nevada presidental debate

    January 15, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  20. hunter

    hey i was wondering if it was possible to get tickets to go to the democratic debate???

    January 15, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  21. Kat

    I would like to see both parties give us, the American People hope for the future for 'OUR NATION". Jobs, housing fairness. It seems more and more that our rights are being stripped away. When does illegal mean illegal. When does press 1 for English STOP! This the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and we are a proud nation. Anyone wanting to wave thier former country's flag should visit mapquest, and make their way back to the bliss they left behind.

    January 15, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  22. James

    Soon your comments may be termed a, terrorist plot. Research S 1955 and HB 1959. Write your Representatives. Stop these now. The Fourth Estate has been compromised and can no longer be trusted.

    January 15, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  23. Isabel Gaytan

    I would love to attend. How do we get tickets?

    January 16, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  24. Tonya Dummar

    For years, I have donated my money and support for Hillary Clinton. Unfortunately, she has gone too far to the right for me. Obama can hope for change but we need action. As a senator Obama, What did you accomplish? That is the reason why, I voted for John Edwards. John Edwards is a fighter who will go after the corportate greed. It is time for the redistribution of wealth in this country. The middle class needs to unite for John Edwards. Vote for John Edwards.

    January 16, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  25. Chitra F. Mojtabai

    I, along with hundreds of other Los Angeles Democrats, would love to be able to attend the January 31st Debate at the Kodak theater. I recognize that this debate is NOT open to the public, but perhaps when the distribution is finished and they find that they have extra seats, why not fill them with enthusiastic and interested Democrats. Is there anyway to be on a list for that possibility that anyone knows of?
    Thank you,

    January 16, 2008 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
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