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GOP YouTube Debate Back On

Look out, Republicans! You might meet your share of talking snowmen this time around.

CNN, YouTube and the Republican Party of Florida announced today that the Republican debate is back on, months after former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani hesitated on participating in the format. In an interview with the Manchester Union Leader days after the Democrats took their turn in South Carolina on the CNN and YouTube stage, Romney criticized the debate's format and said: "I think the presidency ought to be held at a higher level than having to answer questions from a snowman."

The first GOP candidates to sign up for the debate was Sen. John McCain and Rep. Ron Paul, the party's breakout Internet star. On Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the Mahaffey Theatre in St. Petersburg, they'll be joined by former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Rep. Duncan Hunter, Rep. Tom Tancredo and the newest candidate in the field, former senator Fred Thompson.

So far, more than 2,600 videos have been uploaded on YouTube.

-- Jose Antonio Vargas

By Washington Post editors  |  October 29, 2007; 1:51 PM ET
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