CNN cancels debate with only Gingrich attending

By David Edwards
Thursday, February 16, 2012 16:15 EDT
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Newt Gingrich lashes out at CNN
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Apparently the prospects of Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich berating debate moderator John King for two hours didn’t appeal to CNN.

The network has canceled a debate in Georgia scheduled for March 1 after the three other GOP candidates decided not to attend.

CNN reported that both Texas Congressman Ron Paul and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney told the Georgia Republican Party that they had better things to do.

Rick Santorum’s spokesman, Hogan Gidley, also told National Journal that the former Pennsylvania senator “has no plans of doing it right now.”

But former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was on record as saying that “our expectation is that we’ll participate.”

“Without full participation of all four candidates, CNN will not move forward with the Super Tuesday debate,” CNN said in a statement.

“However, next week, CNN and the Arizona Republican Party will host all four leading contenders for the GOP nomination. That debate will be held in Mesa, Arizona on February 22 and will be moderated by CNN’s John King.”

Gingrich has made an art form out of attacking the moderators of nearly every major GOP debate in the past year.

During January’s CNN-hosted debate, the Georgia Republican blasted King for asking if his second wife, Marianne, was telling the truth when she claimed he had asked for an “open marriage.”

“I think the destructive, vicious nature of much of the news media makes it harder to govern this country, harder to attract decent people to run for public office, and I am appalled that you would begin a presidential debate on a topic like that,” Gingrich said angrily.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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