Georgia to host GOP Presidential debate in March

From the press release:

Chairman Sue P. Everhart is pleased to announce that the Georgia Republican Party will be partnering with CNN to host the 2012 Super Tuesday Republican Presidential Debate. Taking place in Metro Atlanta, Georgia within days prior to the March 6th Primary, each of the ten candidates to appear on Georgia’s Republican Presidential Preference Primary ballot will be invited to share the stage.

In the coming days, additional details will be released as they are finalized.

“I am excited that the Georgia Republican Party will be partnering with CNN to host a Presidential debate here in Georgia before the March 6th Presidential Preference Primary,” remarked Secretary of State Brian Kemp. “When I set the Primary date last month, I chose March 6th because I felt Georgia would be very relevant on this date, and we will be.”

“Hosting the 2012 Super Tuesday Republican Presidential Debate will ensure that the national spotlight shines on Georgia, one of the reddest states in our great nation,” continued Chairman Everhart. “With 76 Delegates to the Republican National Convention and millions of principled, conservative voters, the State of Georgia is rightfully a can’t-miss stop for each and every Republican candidate vying for our Party’s nomination.

“The road to the White House in 2012 runs straight through Georgia, and I look forward to welcoming the Republican Presidential Candidates to the Peach State for our Super Tuesday Presidential Debate.”


      • I wouldn’t quite go that far, though yes I do realize that the best candidate in the race does seem to be excluded from most of the polls and debates. A former 2 term Republican governor who slashed the size of government while in office in a state that is 2/3 Democrat and yet he’s being excluded from even participating in debates while a former radio talk show host is included? Yeah… that makes complete sense.

        • Calypso says:

          I hear ya, I was just bustin’ your chops. You and I have a lot in common, political view-wise. However, you should take a lesson from your avocation, and learn when to get out of the saddle of that dead horse on which you’re sitting.

          Good point about the top three always playing musical chairs. Unfortunately, that might be how the Rep nominee gets selected; by being in the chair when the music finally stops next summer.

          • Actually, funny enough, I don’t even ride horses all that often. My wife does. I spend more time fixing stuff around the farm than I do riding. Either way, I’ve donated to both Johnson’s and Paul’s campaign. While I’d love to see Johnson doing better than he is, realistically I’ll probably end up voting for Paul if Johnson doesn’t end up picking up any steam between now and then. Looking at the numbers, Paul does at least have a chance… especially if the rest of the field keeps changing like it does.

            I just can’t see myself voting for Cain, Romney or Perry (or anyone else who happens to rotate into the top 4 chairs or so).

            • Calypso says:

              “I just can’t see myself voting for Cain, Romney or Perry (or anyone else who happens to rotate into the top 4 chairs or so).”

              You talking about the primary or the general?

              • Both. The only Republican I would vote for in the general is Johnson or Paul. I’m certainly not voting for Obama, but I don’t see anyone in the rest of the Republican field as that much better than what we have now. Newt was part of the whole Medicare Part D thing, Cain supported Tarp… hell, even last election McCain, Bush and Obama all supported the bailouts. I’ll either cast my protest vote for the Libertarian candidate if I like who the nominee is or I’ll focus on state / county level politics during the presidential election.

  1. Harry says:

    At that point in the primary season, they should limit the participants to the top three. Then you will get some substantive discussion. Any remaining minor candidates by then will just distract from helping the undecided pick the best nominee…which is likely what CNN wants anyway.

    • But the top three keep changing. Besides, they only gave Ron Paul what, 89 seconds out of the hour long debate the other day in South Carolina? Seems like the media is doing a pretty good job of limiting the participants all by themselves.

    • I’m not sure that what we’ve been seeing on TV is what I would qualify as a debate, but I would imagine that some of them do have the capability if given the chance at an *actual* debate. Perry might even remember to bring his notecards. 🙂

      • Herb says:

        +1 on the Perry comment. Even Bush, Dole, McCain, among others of the like, did a better job at articulating their points than this crowd.

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