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The Republican YouTube debate – who will come?

31 July, 2007
By Allison Orr

The CNN/You Tube Democrat debate last week has generated a great deal of buzz on the Internet, and it appears that this format has been embraced by younger viewers, with CNN declaring it was the biggest audience for 18-34 year olds for a cable news debate since measurements began in 1992.

However, despite the enthusiasm, there is some question hanging over the Republican debate scheduled for 17 September.  While all Democrats candidates appeared in the recent debate, so far only John McCain and Ron Paul have agreed to participate in the Republican debate.  Mitt Romney has said that he thinks “the presidency ought to be held to a higher level than having to answer questions from a snowman”, a reference to the last debate where a global warming question was put to candidates by a talking snowman.

This is not being well received by the online community, with Wired asking if Republican candidates are “afraid to face the YouTube generation?

The organisers are now considering changing the date, in the hope that more Republican candidates can participate.

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