Sorry, Portland, There Won't Be a Presidential Debate Next Week

More
It's official: The GOP candidates are done debating each other. The last planned debate, like the one before it, will likely be canceled.

nomoredebates.banner.jpg

Reuters


As the Republican candidates continue their acrimonious squabbling, there's one thing they can apparently agree on: No more debates!

There was one last GOP primary debate on the schedule -- this coming Monday, March 19, in Portland, Oregon. But it looks like a boycott is afoot.

Mitt Romney is skipping the debate, his campaign said in an email -- he'll be campaigning in Illinois, which holds a March 20 primary, instead. Representatives from the Ron Paul and Rick Santorum campaigns said they weren't planning on attending, either. "It doesn't appear it will happen to us," the Paul campaign's Jesse Benton said in an email. Newt Gingrich's campaign didn't respond to a query.

The debate was to be cosponsored by PBS, the Washington Times, and the Oregon Republican Party. A statement on the party's website, dated last week, proclaimed "plans moving forward." A party spokesman didn't return a phone call seeking comment on those plans.

Oregon holds a May 15 primary. The last planned GOP debate, scheduled to be held in Georgia ahead of Super Tuesday last week, was also canceled for lack of participation.
Jump to comments
Presented by

Molly Ball is a staff writer covering national politics at The Atlantic.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Why Are Americans So Bad at Saving Money?

The U.S. is particularly miserable at putting aside money for the future. Should we blame our paychecks or our psychology?


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

The Death of Film

You'll never hear the whirring sound of a projector again.

Video

How to Hunt With Poison Darts

A Borneo hunter explains one of his tribe's oldest customs: the art of the blowpipe

Video

A Delightful, Pixar-Inspired Cartoon

An action figure and his reluctant sidekick trek across a kitchen in search of treasure.

Video

I Am an Undocumented Immigrant

"I look like a typical young American."

Video

Why Did I Study Physics?

Using hand-drawn cartoons to explain an academic passion

Writers

Up
Down

More in Politics

Just In