Romney, Paul decline debate invite
February 16th, 2012
03:35 PM ET
11 years ago

Romney, Paul decline debate invite

(CNN) - Mitt Romney and Ron Paul told the Georgia Republican Party, Ohio Republican Party and CNN Thursday that they will not participate in the March 1 Republican presidential primary debate.

"Mitt Romney and Ron Paul told the Georgia Republican Party, Ohio Republican Party and CNN Thursday that they will not participate in the March 1 Republican presidential primary debate," CNN said in a statement. "Without full participation of all four candidates, CNN will not move forward with the Super Tuesday debate. However, next week, CNN and the Arizona Republican Party will host all four leading contenders for the GOP nomination. That debate will be held in Mesa, Arizona on February 22 and will be moderated by CNN's John King."

Georgia Republican Party Chairman Sue P. Everhart responded to the developments saying she is "deeply disappointed."

"The efforts that Republican grassroots activists put in day after day should not go unrecognized, and it is my sincere hope that the candidates will reconsider this opportunity to speak directly to the driving force behind all that our Party will continue to accomplish," she said in a statement Thursday.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Ron Paul
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. NoMoreObama

    "Go Romney! Not everyone hates you."

    Just true conservatives – we need someone who can turn this country around – not an Obama-lite!

    February 16, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. Lolo

    Yeah they are scared and they know they do not have a snowballs chance in you know where? LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also please republican followers stop making up excuses for your failure. You have failed to realize that not all of us are stuck on stupid.

    February 16, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. carrotrot

    According to the reports I'm reading on other news sites, it seems like Romney initiated this since he was the first person who decided to pull out of the March 1st debate. Once that happened Santorum and Paul followed. I am guessing the Romney camp wants to avoid to much direct questioning, since their candidate has a tendency to do poorly in debates.

    February 16, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. The Dude

    Maybe they will air something worth watching for a change instead of another useless bobble-head debate. How about an old western or reruns of Gilligan's Island?

    February 16, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |

    I'll bet Newt complains about the debate being cancelled. I'm sure he would have loved debating himself, maybe calling himself names to create a stir....LOL Talk about your clowns, give Newt a big red nose and the clown car is complete, oh wait, it's already complete. But can't you just hear Newt right now complaining to CNN about not holding the debate that he would have been the star of, that will be the next headline.

    February 16, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. Steve Moore Smithton, Mo.

    If I was Ron Paul I wouldn't debate either. Anybody who has watched the previous debates surely realizes that he gets no respect and very little participation time compared to the other candidates. The media has tried everything in their power to keep his message and philosophies silent and keep him in the background. He is treated like the last one picked for the recess kickball team by the very organizations that claim they are fair and balanced in their reporting, CNN included. Wolf Blitzer would rather ask Mo, Larry, or Curly what color their underwear is than ask Dr. Paul any question at all. And, when he does filnally let Mr. Paul into the discussion, it's usually a question that has absolutely nothing to do with Presidential politics or policies.

    February 16, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. James

    Why anyone would subject themselves to idiotic questions from imbeciles is beyond me anyway–Democrats or Republicans–Waste of time. They ask questions that have absolutely nothing to do with the issues. Just personal attacks to their character.–Crazy–

    February 16, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. NoMoreObama


    George Bush was no conservative! Think No Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D to name a few. But the debt he racked up is nothing compared to your boy Obama! In addition, Barney Frank and Chris Todd, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton are directly responsible for the housing mess, think Community Reinvestment Acts I & II. Look it up some time instead of watching Chris Matthews or Keith Olbermann. You might learn something.

    February 16, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. Austin

    'Just true conservatives – we need someone who can turn this country around – not an Obama-lite!"

    So Santorum, who never saw an earmark he didnt like, never voted to cut spending one time, and voted to raise the debt ceiling several times is a true conservative??? Far right Republicans have ruined this party and if they want Rick Santorum and his terrible record as a Senator when he was apart of the Republicans under Bush, who lost their conservative ways by spending like Democrats and not balancing the budget,and who knows nothing when it comes to the one thing this country needs, CUTTING SPENDING AND BALANCING A BUDGET, then vote for Santorum so he can get smashed by Obama just like he got smashed as Senator by 18 points and ruin this country even more bymaking sure will never get rid of Obamacare

    February 16, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. honeybe

    Interestingly enough we've stopped hearing from the diehard and enthusiastic Ron Paul crowd. Equally notable is the fact that even as he is 'soaring' in the polls Santorum doesn't have a following on this site. On the contrary, the more exposure he gets the more his detractors are coming out of the woodwork to expose him.

    Can't speak for all his supporters, but so many articles (when you can find one here on CNN) about Dr. Paul have the comments disabled. Case in point: the debacle of the Maine Caucus was relegated to and "older post" despite it being less than 2 hrs old. Comments were disabled shortly thereafter.

    February 16, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  11. Austin

    Who do you want as the Republican nominee? Cuz if it's Santorum he did nothing to stop the debt and in fact voted to raise it muliple times. So if your saying Bush was far from a conservative, check out Santorum's record and I can almost guarantee he voted with Bush on almost all the list of things you mentioned in a previous post. If your not a Santorum supporter ignore my post.

    February 16, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. dagoberto

    It's a tatic of Rmoney and Paul against Moongrich to not let him open his mouth.

    February 16, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  13. Vincent

    Who would have ever thought that Willard was going to hide behind Paul? Wasn't Charlie Black or some other surrogate just saying the other day that Willard welcomes debates? Come on Team Romney, you have to make Willard look better than that.

    February 16, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  14. dagoberto

    Dominican mama 4 Obama
    Interestingly enough we've stopped hearing from the diehard and enthusiastic Ron Paul crowd.

    Are you only watching CNN lately?

    February 16, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
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