Saturday, October 18, 2008

Third-party presidential debate canceled - (DAMMIT!)

The troubled presidential debate for third-party candidates scheduled for Sunday at Columbia University in New York was canceled Friday after none of the four candidates had committed to the event.

"Due to circumstances beyond our control, several of the candidates decided not to participate in the debate at the last minute," said Lauren Salz, a student with the Columbia Political Union, which was hosting the debate.

Independent Ralph Nader, Libertarian Party nominee Bob Barr, Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney and Constitution Party nominee Chuck Baldwin were expected to participate in what was billed as a "historic" event.

Barr claimed a conflict while McKinney opted for an online debate originally scheduled for that evening. Baldwin was reluctant to travel to New York. Nader was willing to participate, aides say, but, seeing the debate falling apart all week, held back.

McKinney, it turns out, also had another reason for staying in her hometown of Atlanta, said her running mate, Rosa Clemente. McKinney is attending the Black Panther Party annual reunion.


**The debate of 3rd-party candidates planned for Sunday afternoon was cancelled when everyone but Nader pulled out, for various reasons including schedule conflicts. A new date, with a different moderator, is tentatively set: Thursday 23 October 2008 in Washington DC, at 6 pm Pacific Daylight Time (9 pm Eastern). Some candidates have not yet confirmed, so the official announcement will not go out until tomorrow.

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