Romney Skipping CNN Debate In Atlanta

Updated: Various reports now have Ron Paul out, and Rick Santorum doubtful – the same word I would now describe the likelihood of a debate in Atlanta on 1 March.

I’ve just received an email from a GA GOP Committee Member as well as a tweet from Erick Erickson indicating that Mitt Romney has decided to skip a debate co-hosted by the Georgia GOP and Ohio GOP on March 1st. The email attributes this info to an email the Romney campaign sent to CNN this morning.

Speculate below what the Romney snub of Georgia/Ohio/CNN means below:


  1. Three Jack says:

    It means there will be a subsequent email categorically denying any intention of skipping the debate in GA.

  2. rooney says:

    Speculation: He’s concluded he has no chance of winning Georgia and/or Ohio and therefore is uninterested in the voters of those states and the large number of delegates up for grabs? I honestly don’t know why he would conclude defeat at this point, but he may well ensure that result by not participating.

  3. Christopher says:

    I think he views it as Newt Country, though I think that would be inaccurate. To put it in context, imagine a debate in Phoenix against John McCain. I think that’s how Romney sees Georgia.

  4. Calypso says:

    I speculate that the Romney team is unaware that Georgia now awards delegates on a proportional basis instead of the previous winner-take-all scenario.

  5. Samuel says:

    Romney’s $1,000,000 in anti-Newt/Santorum ads in Atlanta, Augusta, Macon, Savannah & Columbus will more than make up for anything he “loses” by not appearing in CNN’s debate. Plus, look at Romney’s other upside by not appearing in another debate: No “$10,000 bet” gaffes, no “I’m running for office for Pete’s sake” gaffes and pretty much anything else he would have said.

  6. Lawton Sack says:

    CNN cancels:

    “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.”

    • CobbGOPer says:

      This. That’s pretty much what’s happening here, they don’t want to give Newt another debate to try and climb back into the race.

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