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Four days after the Democratic debate in Charleston, S.C,. more than 400 questions directed to the GOP presidential field have been uploaded on YouTube -- targeted at Republicans scheduled to get their turn at videopopulism on Sept. 17.

But so far, only Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and Rep. Ron Paul (Tex.) have agreed to participate in the debate, co-hosted by Republican Party of Florida in St. Petersburg.

"Aside from those two candidates, we haven't heard from anyone else," said Sam Feist of CNN, who's co-sponsoring the debate with the popular videosharing site.

Rudolph Giuliani and Mitt Romney, both with dozens of videos on their YouTube channels, have not signed up. Neither have the rest of the Republican candidates, including Rep. Tom Tancredo (Colo.), whose "Tancredo Takes" on his YouTube channel draw hundreds of views. Sources familiar with the Guiliani campaign said he's unlikely to participate. Kevin Madden, Romney's spokesman, said the former Massachusetts governor has seven debate invitations covering a span of 11 days in September.

"We haven't committed to any of them yet," Madden said.

In an interview Wednesday with the Manchester (N.H.) Union Leader, Romney said he's not a fan of the CNN/YouTube format. Referring to the video of a snowman asking the Democratic candidates about global warming, Romney quipped, "I think the presidency ought to be held at a higher level than having to answer questions from a snowman."

The Sept. 17 Republican debate was announced last Friday by YouTube, CNN and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) , who called Monday's Democratic showdown "the people's debate." An informal "save the date" reminder was sent about a month ago to the candidates, CNN's Feist said, and individual campaigns were called shortly after Friday's announcement. Formal invitations arrived at campaigns yesterday. YouTubers can upload videos until Sept. 16.

Erin Neaves, 25-year-old mother of three, uploaded this question: "You hear a lot about supporting the troops from the Republicans, and we're not getting any kind of support from the government ..... We are getting more than 15-month deployments. We are getting cut out of our bonuses. ..... How will you support the troops?" She's a Democract and her husband serves in the U.S. military.

John King, a paramedic student at Cincinnati State, has a direct question for Giuliani about his business, Giuliani Partners. "I'm not saying that's wrong to make money off your image, but why are you keeping it such a secret -- the clients, how much they paid you, what kind of work you did for them?" asks the 24-year-old Republican.

Patrick Ruffini, former eCampaign director at the Republican National Committee who served as online adviser to Giuliani for a few months earlier this year, said it would "very problematic" if the Republican candidates declined. "What's worse -- questions from the public, many of whom are supporters, or questions from the media, who many Republicans believed are biased? This is YouTube. That's not something they'd want to snub," Ruffini said.

So far YouTube, CNN and Florida's Republican Party are staying optimistic.

"We're very hopeful that all the campaigns will get on board," said Steve Grove, head of news and politics at YouTube.

Added state Republican spokeswoman Erin VanSickle: "It's an important debate in an important battleground state that just moved its primary to Jan. 29th. In other words, we have every confidence that they will attend. They can't afford not to."

--Jose Antonio Vargas

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Seriously, people can't be actually be accepting YouTube as a viable place for debate. Have they looked at YouTube and the postings on there? As Homer would say, D'oh!! Have we lowered ourselves to thinking that answering a question from a snowman is serious? Neither party has a viable candidate of integrity. The problem is it's difficult to find where they truely stand. The networks will spin "their" candidate and destroy the "evil" opposition. I have more respect for a candidate that will not "sell their soul" for popularity than the spineless chameleons that stand for nothing. People today are lazy and buy into anything they're spoon fed by the media. We will continue down a shameful spiral with the congress polls in the teens and the administration in the twenties. It's nobodys fault but public ignorance. How else could you explain Teddy K as a Senator? You get what you deserve!

Posted by: spc43529 | August 23, 2007 7:28 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: ronholland | August 16, 2007 9:59 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure that in the end, the GOPers will participate in the YouTube debates - especially since the Chair of the RNC has come out publicly in favor of the debates.

I do hope though that the next set of YouTube questions will more accurately mirror the gender mix of the electorate. In last weeks CNN/YouTube debate, only 24% of the chosen questions were from women - even though women make up 54 percent of the population, 55 percent of registered voters and 60 percent of the electorate.

Check out my recent blog on that topic:
Almost 9 Million More Women - YouTube Blew It?

Posted by: pjpohly | August 1, 2007 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Small secular thinktank put together a site to discuss the implications of a Mormon president. We have articles, a discussion board, LDS video and a recommended reading list. We're not attacking elements of faith and we describe our reasoning very clearly... specifically on what can be considered faith. We have a problem with how Mormons blindly follow the prophet in Salt Lake City. This is of great concern. Mitt Romney seems like a very nice individual, but his sincerity and independence is in question. Take a look at the article title THE MORMON WILDCARD. How can we question his sincerity? Take a look at under VIDEO CLIPS / NEWS REPORTS & watch the first video with Stephanopoulos. Please provide feedback. We have an LDS consultant on staff, so stand by our Mormon doctrinal statements. We have plenty of criticism from the Mormons, but no one has corrected our statements. Again, the concern is will Romney be able to hold office free from the influence of the LDS Church. There is no comparison to the Pope for anyone that understands comparative religions.

http://www.exposeromney.com


Posted by: info | August 1, 2007 1:38 AM | Report abuse

Small secular thinktank put together a site to discuss the implications of a Mormon president. We have articles, a discussion board, LDS video and a recommended reading list. We're not attacking elements of faith and we describe our reasoning very clearly... specifically on what can be considered faith. We have a problem with how Mormons blindly follow the prophet in Salt Lake City. This is of great concern. Mitt Romney seems like a very nice individual, but his sincerity and independence is in question. Take a look at the article title THE MORMON WILDCARD. How can we question his sincerity? Take a look at under VIDEO CLIPS / NEWS REPORTS & watch the first video with Stephanopoulos. Please provide feedback. We have an LDS consultant on staff, so stand by our Mormon doctrinal statements. We have plenty of criticism from the Mormons, but no one has corrected our statements. Again, the concern is will Romney be able to hold office free from the influence of the LDS Church. There is no comparison to the Pope for anyone that understands comparative religions.

http://www.exposeromney.com


Posted by: info | August 1, 2007 1:37 AM | Report abuse

Cowards.

Posted by: t_wolves_fan | July 30, 2007 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Gerard says:

"he was answering a question in a NON debate situation"

How is CSPAN a "NON debate situation"? In fact, the very definition of debate means to question in public.

Regular citizens thru the CSPAN format of Republican, Democrat or Independent telephone lines, repeatedly ask very smart questions to public figures and politicians. If they don't answer it sufficiently or they seem to be side-stepping the question, the CSPAN host follows up so hopefully the question is fully answered.

BTW, "parable" is a synonym of "metaphor" therefore my using "parable" is a correct colloquial.

Gerard says of himself:

"a complete and well intoned arguement. [sp]"

LOL!! I guess your going to be the judge of that!

Posted by: sheryl7962 | July 29, 2007 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Sheryl,
I appreciate you telling me what I mean. Let me take you through this slowly so you wont miss a beat this time.

The reference to the "four year old teaching him karate", is because a four year old isn't very tough. Therefore he isn't in for much of a fight, just as if he was answering a question in a NON debate situation. There was nobody debating him on Cspan, therefore he wasn't in for much of a fight. I watch Cspan quite regularly and take it as one of the few attempts at bipartisan representation by the main stream media. I'm trying to use a monosyllabic vocabulary and verbal breadcrumbs so that you can follow this and not make the grotesque assumptions that are fueling your arguements. It's pretty evident in your abuse of the English language through your foiled attempt at using words that are most obviously out of your comfort zone, and your assumptive nature, that your ability to critically assess what I'm saying is a little beyond your reach...but you know that already don't you. You're just a fired up little Righty who fixates on distorting a single piece of information in the interest of attacking a complete and well intoned arguement. If you read the whole thing I've written above. (The original post) With even an ounce of objectivity I think you would realize that there are some valuable and salient points there that have nothing to do with outmoded technology (eight track players), glorifying pop culture (you tube) or blind love (I think I've been on youtube five times in my entire life).

Before your opinions can have any value in an arguement (or debate?) you have to really see what's there before you comment on it. That makes sense, right? You can't make outlandish interpretations because you're looking for something that isn't there.

And FYI, a parable is a mythic or religious story, the four year old thing was a metaphor.

I also meant you no disrespect when I mispelt your name at the end. I have a good friend who spells it the second way, and didn't realize I had done it until after I posted...

But I still thought the Gerard reference was cute though.

Looking forward to continuing this, but please in the interest of not embarassing yourself in a public forum, think out your rebuttals more throughly...

Posted by: geraldflemming | July 29, 2007 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Gerard:

You most certainly were dissing CSPAN, which is empirically proven in the very next sentence when you write "he's taking Karate lessons from a four year old".

FYI Gerard, CSPAN is not the "4 year old" of real debate in that pathetic parable of yours.

Plus YouTube isn't a debate forum. It was a device to get questions from the voters to the candidates. And it wasn't "the free flowing stream of ideas and opinions" either; over 3,000 questions were submitted and 39 questions were asked.....someone was restricting the other 2,961+ questions.

Hardly the definition of "free flowing" in any dictionary.

BTW, it's a widely held truth in the best of circles, that a person who anoints himself "sophisticated" probably isn't.

Posted by: sheryl7962 | July 29, 2007 2:15 AM | Report abuse

Dear Sheryl7962,
Wasn't dissing CSpan and certainly wasn't advocating Youtube as the be all and end all of Political Discourse. I think it is an interesting forum, that's it. Cspan on the other hand is not a debate forum. There is no chance for another Candidate to challenge his opinions in real time, and frankly I'm a little suspicious of whether he recieved the question in advance. That's the point I was making. If you read and sit in what I was saying I think you would realize that.

That's the concern for you Righties is you react without thinking, and then you extrapolate on some false point to try to discredit what was actually being said. It's a valid tactic I guess, but that's all it is. A tactic. And who knows, maybe I'm giving you too much credit, maybe you weren't smart enough to figure out what I was saying in the first place. They did a study of the people who voted in the last election and the average discrepancy in IQ between a Rep and a Dem was something like seven or eight points. That's considered a pretty distinct difference. I'm hoping 2008 will bring out a greater degree of critical thinking that was gleaned from multidimensional sources of information. And if you're wondering Cheryl? That was definately snobbery.

Posted by: geraldflemming | July 28, 2007 1:33 PM | Report abuse

McCain and Paul, they are both good! As people, whatever they say. There is surprisingly fresh stuff and there is stuff I dont like, Paul and taxes and McCain and Bush, but the gesture is allways great!

Posted by: uzs106 | July 28, 2007 12:52 PM | Report abuse

"And Romney taking a YOUTUBE question on C-span. PLEASE!"

Oh so now your disssing CSPAN?!? Good grief. You are acting like YouTube has re-invented the wheel...too funny!

YouTube has just put a face to a format that CSPAN has been doing for years; taking real questions, from real people to the politicans.

Your blind love for YouTube reminds me, back in the day, of people fawning over eight track players.

Once you get over your YouTube fascination, you'll realize it's just a communication tool just like anything else.

Perhaps by then your YouTube snobbery will have diminshed!!!

Posted by: sheryl7962 | July 28, 2007 11:40 AM | Report abuse

I think it is fascinating that Right people on this blog actually are comparing the Fox debate to the You tube one. Go to the Fox sight and all you see are the Republican candidates listed there like they are the only ones that matter. On both CNN and YOU TUBE you have all the candidates represented. Is there a hostility on YouTube towards the GOP candidates and this administration? Absolutely. 25% approval ratings due to an arrogant behavior that flys in the face of polls...Georgie Peorgie talks about making tough unpopular decisions...it's better to do that than be liked. He is the best friend a Democrat ever had! Keep it up George you are single handedly dismantling the GOP party for years to come...and the only reason the Senate ratings are so low is because they haven't done a suitable job in going in there and kicking the administrations ass. It's rerouted GOP anger.

And Romney taking a YOUTUBE question on C-span. PLEASE! And I also hear he's taking Karate lessons from a four year old. Really mixing it up there Mitt. Did you get to practice the inflections of your answer in the mirror while winking at yourself? That's it. Leave the internet to the people who are grown up and sophisticated enough to handle the freeflowing stream of ideas and opinions that come from eclectic and progressive thought and REAL debate

Posted by: geraldflemming | July 28, 2007 10:43 AM | Report abuse

They haven't been listening to the American people for years now. Why would they start now?

Posted by: fortheclueless | July 28, 2007 9:45 AM | Report abuse

"Of course most of the Republicans are afraid of YouTube - they saw how effective it was in getting real as opposed to canned questions to the candidates"

Huh? How is taking live questions for 90 minutes on CSPAN and taking a YouTube question as well being afraid of anything?

YouTube, which can be a very cool site, isn't the last bastion for finding truth that everyone is elevating it to. It's just another form of communication.

Anyway CSPAN has been doing the "townhall" format forever. YouTube is just putting a face on the questions....they're not exactly in "re-inventing the wheel" territory.

Plus Romney was wise to back out of the CNN/YouTube Republican debate because it's scheduled on Sept 17th, up against Monday Night Football.....so smart!

Posted by: sheryl7962 | July 28, 2007 2:41 AM | Report abuse

Of course most of the Republicans are afraid of YouTube - they saw how effective it was in getting real as opposed to canned questions to the candidates... http://paullevinson.blogspot.com/2007/07/first-youtubecnn-presidential-debate.html

Posted by: PaulLev | July 27, 2007 11:29 PM | Report abuse

It's interesting, reading all the puffery today about how Mitt is some how afraid of YouTube and then I turn on CSPAN and there he is answering a YouTube question...NICE!

Classic....from a class guy!

Posted by: sheryl7962 | July 27, 2007 9:21 PM | Report abuse

If the YouTube community is so bad, why do they have campaign channels on it?

Any No-Show should have their YouTube channel removed.

Posted by: dontwantit | July 27, 2007 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Mitt Romney was just on CSPAN and took a YoutTube question, along with a plethora of telephone calls in CSPAN's standard format of Republican, Democrat and Independent phone lines.

He also said, due to his schedule, he is unable to attend the CNN/YouTube debate.

Posted by: sheryl7962 | July 27, 2007 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Talk about tripping over your skirt!..These guys are WIMPS. Too afraid to listen to the American people. Too afraid to debate Ron Paul. If you ever thought for a second that Rudy or Romney had a pair. You count that idea as false. They are now officially "MAN-GINA" candidates. And every word that comes out of their mouths from here on out is nothing but smegma.

I know 5 year olds with more chutzpah than these guys.

It's my assertion that Hillary Clinton would waste Rudy or Romney in a cage match to the death. That little woman would destroy them while they wet their diapers.

Posted by: bigrubes2000 | July 27, 2007 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Why is it ok for the democrats to skip a debate cosponsored by Fox News but not ok for the Republicans to skip one where people dressed as snowmen ask the questions. If you are not willing to take questions from all corners then you don't deserve to be President

Posted by: brschuster | July 27, 2007 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Why is ok for the democrats to skip a debate cosponsored by Fox News but not ok for the Republicans to skip one where people dressed as snowmen ask the questions. If you are not willing to take questions from all corners then you don't deserve to be President

Posted by: brschuster | July 27, 2007 4:49 PM | Report abuse

COWARDS! Get on that stage and answer the questions posed to you by the citizens of the country you wish to lead and represent!

Posted by: POTUS20321 | July 27, 2007 4:26 PM | Report abuse

They are afraid! So I hope you don't consider them for President. Vote Ron Paul! He's the only HONEST one of the bunch.

Posted by: meckert1960 | July 27, 2007 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Well I would love to ask Rudolph Giuliani and Mitt Romney the following: When you were running for office in Mass. & New York you stated that you were pro-choice and pro-gay. Now FLIP to 2007 and you are against both, when we FLOP over to 2008 will you change your mind again since you know you can get elected in the general election if you are too far right on these issues.

Posted by: XOUTBALATA | July 27, 2007 3:30 PM | Report abuse

This just shows how backwards the Flat Earther candidates - all but two of the Red Bushies running for Pretzeldent - are.

And how insulated they are from what three-quarters of America wants.

Posted by: WillSeattle | July 27, 2007 2:48 PM | Report abuse

What eveyone is missing is this, Ron Paul has already won the YouTube debate. Go look for yourself. Don't just search for his name, look for things like 'republican'. Give it a try. YouTube is Ron Paul land and the rest of the field knows it. Besides they all know they can't hold a rational and intelligent debate that is unscripted like Ron Paul can. Ron Paul is a rising star and a breath of fresh air.

For the record I am a republican and have been for over 20 years, and I am completely disgusted with the GOP these days. Ron Paul gets my vote and if you have half a brain he should get yours too.

Posted by: mrbigfat | July 27, 2007 2:12 PM | Report abuse

It should be noted that the "pro-family" groups are having a debate on the same day, also in Florida.

I wonder how many of these candidates will accept that invitation. I'm sure Romney and Brownback will be happy to debate each other on who is going to have the "honor" of carrying on the message of the party that apparently wants to remain close-minde and intolerant.

Posted by: jdenby | July 27, 2007 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Jose Antonio Awesome.

Posted by: yonatanb | July 27, 2007 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Well of course they won't agree to be "questioned" by the likes of any of us.
We are simple peons and they only speak and answer "scripted" GOPER questions that are friendly and not to difficult to answer. You might get them all to agree if they were told you would have some military people as a backdrop for them, or maybe a "mission accomplished" sign behind them. They like that kind of look at how patriotic we are format! They only give it lip service anyway.

Posted by: sfilutze | July 27, 2007 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Well of course they won't agree to be "questioned" by the likes of any of us.
We are simple peons and they only speak and answer "scripted" GOPER questions that are friendly and not to difficult to answer. You might get them all to agree if they were told you would have some military people as a backdrop for them, or maybe a "mission accomplished" sign behind them. They like that kind of look at how patriotic we are format! They only give it lip service anyway.

Posted by: sfilutze | July 27, 2007 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Well of course they won't agree to be "questioned" by the likes of any of us.
We are simple peons and they only speak and answer "scripted" GOPER questions that are friendly and not to difficult to answer. You might get them all to agree if they were told you would have some military people as a backdrop for them, or maybe a "mission accomplished" sign behind them. They like that kind of look at how patriotic we are format! They only give it lip service anyway.

Posted by: sfilutze | July 27, 2007 1:04 PM | Report abuse

This is not too surprising, actually - the questions have really started to flow in on YouTube, and the candidates' advance people have started to go through them. They don't know exactly which questions will be selected, of course, but that's not important. What's important is that the general tenor of the questions is becoming apparent - and they're pretty damn hostile, as expected. The GOP has a lot to answer for, and no CNN concept of "fairness" is going to change the fact that there are not going to be a lot of easy or friendly questions to pick from. Nobody wants to send his guy into the meat grinder that is going to result.

On the other hand, as the calendar counts down closer to the date of the debate, the pressure to get onboard or be considered cowardly is going to escalate. Should be fun to watch that happen...

Posted by: achilli | July 27, 2007 12:31 PM | Report abuse

"Kevin Madden, Romney's spokesman, said the former Massachusetts governor has seven debate invitations covering a span of 11 days in September.

"We haven't committed to any of them yet," Madden said. "

So they have a previous engagement that trumps talking to the American People?

This, folks, is the political equivalent of the American People asking Mitt Romney and the Republicans for a date, and them blowing us off by saying they have to stay home and wash their hair. Granted, it's somewhat believable in Mitt " I'm seeing John Edwards' hairdresser behind his back " Romney's case. It's a little harder to swallow from the Colonel Clink twins, Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson.

I have the feeling that the Republican field will find the Republican constituency will have a previous engagement on Election Day 08.

Posted by: streudel2000 | July 27, 2007 12:27 PM | Report abuse

So the Republican candidates want to be president of the most powerful nation on earth, and yet they're shaking in their collective shoes to face questions from ordinary U.S. citizens?

Come on guys. MAN UP!

Posted by: Ethearch | July 27, 2007 12:23 PM | Report abuse

I think a clear distiction is beginning to come into focus. On the one hand we have a free thinking, intelligent, analytical, and creative problem solving party. On the other hand we have the partisan, party line, goose stepping, sycophants who need their talking points issued daily by the party propagandist using Amway style duplication as their marketing model.

Posted by: hgs3 | July 27, 2007 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Keep in mind that these YouTube questions are filtered through CNN. It's not just people at random asking. It's CNN deciding which questions are going to be asked. The Democratic field refused to show for a debate on FoxNews and it was canceled.

Posted by: calmom | July 27, 2007 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Doesn't anyone copy edit these awful MSM "blogs"?

"She's a Democract"?

Posted by: brendan.rogak | July 27, 2007 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Of course they don't want to participate! It doesn't take someone with a doctorate in political science to realize that the Romni and Guiliani will get butchered if they show up to answer questions from the American people.

They want controlled audiences with scripted questions just like W.

Posted by: aggie_knight | July 27, 2007 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Romney doesn't even know the difference between YouTube and MySpace.

Posted by: pcstorandt | July 27, 2007 11:08 AM | Report abuse

I've been a Democrat for all of my voting life, but THIS election is all about Ron Paul for me. If the debate ends up being "An Evening with Ron Paul" I'll be just fine with that. The rest of the Republican candidates don't have the courage or the integrity OR THE INTELLIGENCE to have an honest and un-scripted discussion with the American people.

Posted by: BabushkaBlue | July 27, 2007 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Looks like a good narrowing of the field of Republican Candidates to me, which naturally occurs as the main stream media's "fringe" candidates for all intensive purposes decide they cannot win the debate.

It should be obvious to all that the main stream media's "fringe" candidates Rudolph Giuliani and Mitt Romney have nothing to gain in a debate where they have to answer to the American people. They have everything to lose. From their perspective, the status quo is best and it's best to let the main stream media to continue to promote and campaign for them and their unchristian, unamerican ideals.

Run Ron Run, you've just past McCain and are closing in on Romney. Freedom is a powerful message!

Posted by: webegood | July 27, 2007 10:42 AM | Report abuse

From the past elections we should have learned that we can't rely on scripted answers to softball questions from institutional media rep's and 20 second commercial sound bites to pick good leaders. Anything that opens the dialogue and gets gets people more interested in the selection process is an improvement over this stale, money driven popularity process. Chris Matthews "hardball" moderation kept the candidates on their toes and he didn't allow them the opportunity to dodge his questions or go into their preprogrammed responses too easily. Let's see what the YouTube\CNN format yields before passing judgment!

Posted by: lfrangos | July 27, 2007 10:11 AM | Report abuse

How arrogant can they be! The most obvious
point is that they think it is perfectly fine
as a good Republican to ignore and disregard
the opinions of the American people. After all, they know better and are above the rest of us. Maybe they should envision the French
storming the Bastille, would that penetrate their elitist brains? The Whig Party is what
they have become and now it is time for them
to be dismembered. After all old honest Abe
couldn't stand the Whigs and joined the new
party, The Republican Party, which supposedly was a coalition of farmers and small businessmen. If they cannot tollerate
the only classical Republican of the group
Ron Paul, they are imploding. Said enough.

Posted by: carlatalk | July 27, 2007 9:02 AM | Report abuse

I find that it is very strange that most of the GOP candidates won't comment to taking utube questions, these questions are from the people, you know the government for and by the people. Are they afraid that they won't be able to stand the heat from the "people" or can answer only the canned question from friends. I hope they comment to this debate but I will still watch, I want to see how Paul and McCain answer. I've got a feeling these are the only two that have the guts to be president.

Posted by: chattykathy | July 27, 2007 7:58 AM | Report abuse

The big boys are running scared. Ron Paul, on YouTube, dominates! He's gone from less than 6,000 subscribers in May to over 22,000 today. His channel views are second only to Barack Obama. The so-called 'top-tier' candidates America don't think it's worth while to take your questions directly. Nor are they interested in your comments (both Rudy and Mitt DO NOT allow comments on their YOUTUBE sites). These guys are a sham to the American public. Thank God for the internet. Don't know who Ron Paul is? Goggle him and enjoy the message of Freedom and Liberty from government tyranny.

Posted by: MIForRonPaulcom | July 27, 2007 7:57 AM | Report abuse

So they pass themselves off as hawks and it turns our they're chickens!!!

Posted by: jmsazboy | July 27, 2007 7:08 AM | Report abuse

Isn't the comment of Tupac_Goldstein just beautiful?

Posted by: wcain1 | July 27, 2007 6:15 AM | Report abuse

Remember when Republicans said Democrats couldn't face Al Qaeda if they couldn't handle Fox Noise's propaganda. It turns out they are the biggest hypocritical cowards of all. They are afraid to take Youtube questions from their own people. Talk about cowardice.

Romney's quote actually means he's a typical chicken hawk coward (Had to get a special deferment through his church to avoid Vietnam.)

Romney = A true hypocrite to the bone.

Posted by: puunjab | July 27, 2007 3:45 AM | Report abuse

GWB has never spoken before an audience that he didn't choose. Why should those who hope to succeed him? After all, the idea of addressing the questions of the rabble is, well, just icky.

Posted by: jrgalegher | July 27, 2007 2:24 AM | Report abuse

If no other candidates want to show up, we'll just call it; A Youtube Evening With Ron Paul.

Posted by: mnorto80605 | July 27, 2007 2:11 AM | Report abuse


Build a debate and they will come. Current GOP reluctance to sign up may have less to do with techno phobia than the timing of the release of various reports on the Iraq occupation. Petraeus and Crocker: "We are lost but we are making good time." (Yogi). GAO: "It was Bush's idea to drain the swamp."

The mandated release date is September 15. Look for September 11. During that week Americans will be subjected to cow manure reduced to a demi- glace sauce. I am hopeful Congress will say "no mas." I've made reservations to be on Tralfamadore that week.

Posted by: 2sense | July 27, 2007 2:02 AM | Report abuse

This really highlights the difference between the two parties. Every Democratic candidate showed up to their YouTube debate, and it was the best debate so far. The Republicans -- McCain and Paul excepted -- are all staying away, apparently afraid of questions from real people.

They're gutless, but they're smart. They know that if they got the same types of questions as the Democrats got, their answers would make them look really, really bad to a YouTube audience. They're all against gay rights, stem cell research, universal health care, and concern for global warming, and they're all in favor of the war in Iraq. The only way for Romney or Giuliani to win the debate is not to participate in the first place.

Posted by: unpeople | July 27, 2007 1:36 AM | Report abuse

Let's see. McCain is old and broke and on the skids; Romney's biggest worry is receiving enough contributions from rich patrons to pay back the money he loaned himself; Giuliani is too sleazy for most of America (but just right for the Bush morons) and best known as the Bag Man who got ride of the evidence and the NYFD bodies; as for Ron Paul, his focus on the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, is old fashioned and who cares anyway?
Not the Republicans that for sure.

Posted by: swami35 | July 27, 2007 1:28 AM | Report abuse

Only cowards choose to use YouTube as a platform for their campaign, but refuse to participate in the upcoming CNN/YouTube debate. I'm sure Republicans are not cowards, right? I mean, if they can't face CNN, YouTube and the American public, how can they be expected to face Al Qaeda????

Posted by: sf_scorp | July 27, 2007 1:27 AM | Report abuse

A debate between the only two courageous candidates in the race would be great. I could do without the Rudy and Romney posturing. A Paul and McCain show would put the issues clearly in focus.

Posted by: jdadson | July 27, 2007 1:27 AM | Report abuse

The dying GOP clinginging to hate radio and median age of 70 for Faux News makes the whole genre alien. They are dying off and are not sophisticated enough for the new median. The GOP do not have a prayer thanks to their dying idealogy and ignorant blindness to their Fuhrer.

Posted by: dan3 | July 27, 2007 1:06 AM | Report abuse

Rape-Public-Can take questions from peasants? Loathesome blue collar middle Americans? They do not understand why they would waste their time. There is no money in it for them and they do not do crowds they cannot control. Maybe they can pose in front of a hostage military crowd or fake townhall.

It is LAUGHABLE the Rape-Public-Cans think they have a prayer after Failure in Chief has destroyed their party.

Posted by: dan3 | July 27, 2007 1:03 AM | Report abuse

More Youtube, less CNN... We know that youtube it is not the paradise of the freedom either, but it is not cnn. The same for Democrats and republicans!

Posted by: scozzarin | July 27, 2007 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Hah. I don't find their reluctance to turn to YouTube surprising.

These are the same people who use phrases like "geek", "nerd", "techies", and so on as derogatory terms. Primarily, I've always believed, because they couldn't understand technology and so derided it as a means of avoidance.

And, I should add, these are the same people who were all too thrilled to have "cost-cutting" as an excuse to first outsource and then offshore all things technical. Out of sight, out of mind.

You expect them to easily accept that things technical can have an impact on their very existance?

Republicans don't eat crow so well, don't you know.

Posted by: ibsteve2u | July 27, 2007 12:41 AM | Report abuse

It is pretty obvious that Rudolph Giuliani and Mitt Romney are afraid to answer people's questions directly, they can't skirt around with half answers and half truths. Like them or not John McCain and Ron Paul at least have the integrity to face the voters. Not showing up shows what kind of president Giuliani and Romney would be, missing in action!
Giuliani and Romney = Flip and Flop

Posted by: info4 | July 27, 2007 12:39 AM | Report abuse

I suspect that the GOP field is uneasy about questions from the citizenry. This Administration and the GOP corporate mantra is antithetical to what is good for the American people. They are undoubtedly afraid of the questions that will face, particularly since they might not have canned answers at the ready.

Posted by: xargaw | July 27, 2007 12:31 AM | Report abuse

I have a hard time imagining that any of the rest of the republicans will show up. They all seem to be so scripted and either focused on terror, Iraq, or illegal immigration that I am sure they wouldn't know how to answer the unscripted kind they will be given, such as those the Democrats were asked regarding health care, education, global warming, same sex marriage, etc. I know it would be a shame not to have them appear but then if they opt out, perhaps that will be even more telling than their actual answers to the questions. Would it mean there indeed was another event they had to attend, or just they are afraid to attend his one?

Posted by: psherman | July 27, 2007 12:23 AM | Report abuse

I'd love to see a debate with just John McCain and Ron Paul. McCain represents the current neoconservative, big government, interventionist GOP that has been in charge for the last 8 years. Paul advocates a limited government that respects individual freedom and refrains from interfering in other countries' affairs. It would provide a clear choice for Republican voters on the future of the party -- one that revels in imperial power or one that protects individual liberty.

Posted by: by | July 27, 2007 12:09 AM | Report abuse

YouTube is for those one step above mouth breathing. OK for Democrats but not too swift for grown ups.

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | July 27, 2007 12:09 AM | Report abuse

I find it intriguing that Romney is above answering questions from a "snowman", but apparently not above standing next to a "supporter" with a spelling problem and a need to compare Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to Bin Laden. By the way, when will there be the big public expose about Romney spending several hundred dollars on make-up from his campaign funds, a la Edwards' ridiculously overhyped haircut? Why is the press (including WaPo) being such right-wing elitists?

Posted by: tdavis2 | July 27, 2007 12:09 AM | Report abuse

No surprise here -- why would a party that has secretely embraced elitism since 1970 take questions from the ordinary people? They only answer to the rich and the big oil companies.

Posted by: jimbaron | July 26, 2007 11:07 PM | Report abuse

The GOP is too enthralled with all the porn.

Posted by: vze2r3k5 | July 26, 2007 11:03 PM | Report abuse

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